The Exchanged Life

Posted by Jerry White on Sep 28, 2014

“Do you know, I now think that this striving, longing, hoping for better days to come is not the true way to holiness, happiness or usefulness. It is better, no doubt, far better than being satisfied with poor attainments, but not the best way after all. I have been struck with a passage from a book… entitled Christ Is All. It says,

‘The Lord Jesus received is holiness begun; the Lord Jesus cherished is holiness advancing; the Lord Jesus counted upon as never absent would be holiness complete….
‘He is most holy who has most of Christ within, and joys most fully in the finished work. It is defective faith which clogs the feet and causes many a fall.’

This last sentence, I think I now fully endorse. To let my loving Saviour work in me His will, my sanctification, is what I would live for by His grace. Abiding, not striving nor struggling; looking off unto Him; trusting Him for present power;…. resting in the love of an almighty Saviour, in the joy of a complete salvation, ‘from all sin’—this is not new, and yet ’tis new to me. I feel as though the dawning of a glorious day had risen upon me. I hail it with trembling, yet with trust. I seem to have got to the edge only, but of a boundless sea; to have sipped only, but of that which fully satisfies. Christ literally all seems to me, now, the power, the only power for service, the only ground for unchanging joy….

How then to have our faith increased? Only by thinking of all that Jesus is and all He is for us: His life, His death, His work, He Himself as revealed to us in the Word, to be the subject of our constant thoughts. Not a striving to have faith… but a looking off to the Faithful One seems all we need; a resting in the Loved One entirely, for time and for eternity.”

Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret (1932)

Yes, in me, in me He dwelleth—-
I in Him and He in me!
And my empty soul He filleth
Now and through eternity.

Horatius Bonar

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Keep My Life

Posted by Jerry White on Sep 22, 2014

Frances Ridley Havergal (1838-1879) is best known for her poem / hymn, Take My Life, and Let It Be.” Her best known book, Kept For The Master’s Use, was published by her sister, Maria V. G. Havergal, in Autumn after Frances’ death on June 3, 1879. Frances had just finished revising the proofs for her book before she died. Referring to her poem, Take My Life, and Let It Be,” she wrote in her book, “May I give it to you just as it floats through my own mind again and again, knowing whom I have believed, and being persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him?

Keep my life, that it may be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.

Keep my moments and my days;
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Keep my hands that they may move
At the impulse of Thy love.

Keep my feet that they may be,
Swift and ‘beautiful’ for Thee.

Keep my voice that I may sing
Always, only, for my King.

Keep my lips, that they may be
Filled with messages from Thee.

Keep my silver and my gold;
Not a mite would I withhold.

Keep my intellect, and use
Every power as Thou shalt choose.

Keep my will, oh, keep it Thine,
For it is no longer mine.

Keep my heart; it is Thine own,
It is now Thy royal throne.

Keep my love; my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure-store.

Keep my self, that I may be
Ever, only, ALL for Thee.”

It is good to meditate upon and pray over these words for ourselves.

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Faith Alone

Posted by Jerry White on Sep 15, 2014

“O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
Matthew 14:31

The Lord Jesus was always surprised at doubt or unbelief in people. He held people responsible for not believing and trusting Him, like He did with Simon Peter in the Scripture above.This means that He saw people as having control over whether they will trust God or not. “Why did you doubt?”

Joseph S. Carroll spoke about the necessity of faith, as recorded in a little book of excerpts from his messages, Reflections on Faith & Prayer (49-50).

“It is faith alone that enables you to enter into all that the Lord has prepared for you.
Many years ago, I was ministering in Asheville, North Carolina. One cold evening, I returned to my friend’s home after a meeting. When those who had driven me wanted to make certain I could enter the house, I assured them it wasn’t necessary.

There was no response when I pressed and kept pressing the doorbell. I decided to go to a nearby shopping center after first looking through all the windows. As I walked against the traffic, a car rounded a curve, blinded me, and I slipped into a culvert filled with icy water. Very uncomfortable! I finally reached a motel and called the number where I thought I might find my hostess. In a rather grieved voice, I asked, ‘Why didn’t you tell me you wouldn’t be home?’ I’ve never forgotten her answer, ‘Well, Mr. Carroll, I did give you a key.’ I put my hand in my pocket. Sure enough, there was the house key.

God has given us a key that we seldom use. While we are busy knocking at doors, ringing bells, and seeking help from other sources, we have the key that allows us to enter into all that we need. That key is faith. Multitudes of Christians are double-minded and fearful because they have forgotten this key.

God has no substitute for faith.”

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Will God’s Will

Posted by Jerry White on Sep 7, 2014

Nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.
Matthew 26:39 (ESV)
“Someone says,… ‘I want you to answer this question. Five months ago I had the loveliest little baby boy that ever mother fondled. My husband and I perfectly doted upon that little fellow. He took sickly, and we hung over him and prayed for him, and did everything we could for him. He closed his eyes one day in death, and I have never been able to feel resigned since then. Am I very wicked?’
‘What do you mean by “not feeling resigned”?’
‘Well, I shed floods of tears when I am alone.’
‘My dear woman, that is all right. Jesus wept. He gave you power to weep, and tears relieve the overtired, overwrought system. Cry on till God shall wipe every tear away.’
Do you say, ‘Sir, I do not quite mean that; I feel as though I cannot forgive God about it. I cannot feel as though I can say yes.’
‘No, because you are beginning in the wrong part of your nature. God asks you to will submission, and the emotions will follow suit. You cannot begin by feeling resigned, but you can begin by willing resignation. Say to Him, “I will Thy will.’ ”
‘But I do not feel it.’
‘Never mind! Say it a hundred times a day: “I will Thy will,” and within a week you will change your note, and instead you will say, “I choose thy will.” By saying that a hundred times a day for a week,” you will change you note again, “I delight in Thy will.” ’
We begin by willing it, we come to choose it, and we end by delighting in it. And that is the secret of rest.
Will you take the yoke of God today?”

F.B. Meyer (1847-1929)
The Christ-Life for the Self-Life

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