Sunday, July 24, 2016

All the Fullness of God

Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
Will you not give us life once more,
your people's joy in you restore?
O Lord, your lovingkindness show,
and your salvation now bestow.
 —Psalm 85:6-7
Suggested tune: Mendon (LM)

See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have come to fullness in him, who is the head of every ruler and authority.
—Colossians 2:8-10
Remember that the condition of having Christ is trusting to his Name and longing for his presence. ‘If anyone open the door I will come in.’ We have him if we trust him. That trust is no mere passive reception, such as is the case with some empty jar which lies open-mouthed on the shore and lets the sea wash into it and out of it, as may happen. Faith is an active taking, not a passive receiving. We must ‘lay hold on eternal life.’ Faith is the hand that grasps the offered gift, the mouth that feeds upon the bread of God, the voice that says to Christ, ‘Come in, thou blessed of the Lord; why standest thou without?’ Such a faith alone brings us into vital connection with Jesus. Without it, you will be none the richer for all his fullness, and might perish of famine in the midst of plenty, like a person dying of hunger outside the door of a granary. They who believe take the Savior who is given, and they who take receive, and they who receive obtain day by day growing grace from the fullness of Christ, and so come ever nearer to the realization of the ultimate purpose of the Father, that they should be ‘filled with all the fullness of God.’
 —Alexander Maclaren
Fill me now, fill me now, Jesus, come and fill me now; fill me with thy hallowed presence, come, O come and fill me now...
 —Elwood Stokes, 1879
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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