Posted by Jerry White on May 11, 2015
Everything I need to live a triumphant life in this sinful, polluted world is in Jesus Christ, and He is in me. His Spirit and my spirit are one so that He can be the source of my thoughts, words and decisions. I need look no where else but My indwelling Savior for every situation, circumstance and relationship. I can rest in His sovereign tender care and know that He is in absolute control of all that comes to me. Worry, fretfulness and anxiety should have no place in me. Fear, doubt and unbelief are my bitter enemies and if found in me are an affront to my Lord who has given His all for me and His all to me.
Faith pleases my Lord, and so I can please Him today by trusting Him to be my all in every relationship and circumstance.
For me to live is Christ—Christ for me, Christ with me, Christ in me, and Christ through me.
The Lord Jesus is my abundant Life.
Christ is all I need,
Christ is all I need,
All, all I need.
Christ is all I need,
Christ is all I need,
All, all I need.
He was crucified,
For me He died,
That He loved me so,
This is why I know
Christ is all I need.
Posted by Jerry White on Feb 22, 2015
For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.
Colossians 2:9-10 (ESV)
And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption.
1 Corinthians 1:30 (ESV)
Everything I need to live a triumphant life in this sinful, polluted world is in Jesus Christ, and He is in me. His Spirit and my spirit have become one so that He can be the source of my words, thoughts and decisions (1 Corinthians 6:17). I need look no where else but Him for every situation, circumstance and relationship (Hebrews 12:2). I can rest in His sovereign tender care and know that He is in absolute control of all that comes to me (Colossians 3:3; Psalms 27:5). Worry, fretfulness, and stress should have no place in me. Fear, doubt, and unbelief are my bitter enemies, and if found in me are an affront to my Lord who has given His all for me and given all He is to me.
Faith pleases Him, and so I can please Him today by trusting Him to be my all in every relationship and circumstance (Hebrews 11:6). More than able is He.
For me to live is Christ—-Christ for me—-Christ with me—-Christ in me—-and Christ through me (Philippians 1:21). The Lord Jesus is my abundant Life (John 10:10; 4:13-14).
He responds to do what He alone can do when I consciously and deliberately trust Him.
Posted by Jerry White on Jun 29, 2014
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.
John 15:4 (ESV)
“Never let an hour pass without drawing upon the bank of heaven. If all your needs seem satisfied, look steadfastly until the next moment brings another need; and then do not delay, but with this proof of necessity, hurry again to your treasury. Your needs are so numerous that you will never lack a reason for petitioning the fullness of Jesus. However, if such an occasion should ever arise, enlarge your heart, and then love will fill the void.
Do not allow any supposed riches of your own to suspend your daily blessings from the Lord Jesus. You have constant need of Him. You need His intercession, His upholding, His sanctification; you need Him to carry out all your works in you and to preserve you until the Day when He appears again. There is not one moment of your life in which you can do without Christ. Therefore, be always at His door, and the needs that you complain of will be reminders to turn your heart toward your Savior.
Thirst makes a person pant for water, and pain reminds man of the physician. Let your needs likewise lead you to Jesus, and may the blessed Spirit reveal Him to you while He lovingly gives you the rich supplies of His love! Go, poor Christian, let your poverty be the rope that pulls you to your rich Brother. Rejoice that your weaknesses make room for grace to rest upon you, and be glad that you have constant needs that perpetually compel you to have fellowship with your Redeemer—-who is worthy to be adored.”
Joy in Christ’s Presence, 90-91
The branch must draw its life from the vine or it cannot bear fruit. Conscious dependence on the Spirit of Christ within you is the way for His life to be revealed through you. This deliberate inner trusting in any situation or relationship you encounter is abiding in Christ. Quietly relying on His indwelling life in the quietness of your heart allows His Spirit to be in charge so that rivers of living water flow from you, and often this happens without you being conscious of it.
Posted by Jerry White on Oct 2, 2013
“The believer is said to be in Christ, as the element or atmosphere which surrounds him with its perpetual presence and which constitutes his vital breath.
Christ and the believer have the same life. They are not separate persons linked together by some temporary bond of friendship, — they are united by a tie as close and indissoluble as if the same blood ran in their veins.”
A. H. Strong
Systematic Theology, pp. 797, 802
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
John 15:5 (ESV)
But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.
1 Corinthians 6:17 (ESV)
Our Lord Jesus, by His life’s blood poured out, purchased for us complete cleansing from all of sin’s defilement before Holy God. Not even one faint stain remains. His atoning sacrifice cleanses completely. This perfect cleansing by His perfect sacrifice prepares believers to become the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit , their bodies becoming the very temple of God (1 Cor. 6:19-20). The Holy Spirit, who is the living third person of the Trinity, and One who is exactly like the Lord Jesus, invades the believer’s inner being at conversion and joins Himself to the spirit of that person (1 Cor. 6:17). This incomprehensible result is the Spirit of Christ and the spirit of the believer actually become one so that Christ is in the believer and the believer is in Christ, like the Son is in His Father and the Father is in His Son. This means that wherever you go today, and whatever you do, Christ with all of His beauty and power is in you wanting to express His life through you for the Father’s glory. What difference would it make if you and I lived with this powerful awareness, “I and the Lord Jesus Christ are one in this frail human body?”
Posted by Jerry White on Aug 1, 2013
You have been filled in him [Christ], who is the head of all rule and authority.
Colossians 2:10 (ESV)
“We ought to rise higher in experience. How much of the fullness of Divine grace we know almost nothing of! How much belongs to us in Christ that we have never claimed as personally our own!
To say that it is the privilege of every Christian to enjoy to the utmost the blessings that flow to him from his union to Christ is not to say enough. It is his duty as well. We not only may be, but ought to be, ‘Strengthened with all might by His spirit in the inner man,’ ‘abounding in hope,’ ‘kept in perfect peace.’ But do we really seek this? Do we actually attain it? Is it uncharitable to say that most Christians are only barely alive?
Their spiritual pulse is feeble; their spiritual progress is slow; their spiritual victories are few; their spiritual joys are poor. There is no vigor in their faith. If they see at all it is only dimly. The full sunshine they never know. The clouds hang always low and trail heavily across their sky. This poor and meager experience is certainly better than no experience of grace at all; just as a sick man is better than a dead man. But when Christ comes to do His saving work upon us, He does not restore us from death to sickliness; He restores from death to the fullness of happy life.
Why do we not enjoy the assured position He gives us? Why do we walk so often with drooping face and downcast eye when Christ has risen a Conqueror, to make us sharers in His triumph over sin and death and hell? Looking upon our gloom-covered faces, listening to our cheerless, half-faithless tones, who would ever dream that we were the heirs of a glorious liberty obtained for us by the Christ who dies, and rose again, and lives for evermore?”
G. H. Knight
His Victorious Indwelling, 421
Nick Harrison, Editor
All of God’s fullness is in Christ, and all His children have this fullness in Him. Nothing is lacking for God’s child to live overflowing with joy, peace and love.
Posted by Jerry White on Jun 9, 2013
“While speaking to adult Christian groups in evangelical churches, several years ago, I (Neil) would make the following statement: ‘Christian maturity is understanding the principles of the Bible and trying as best we can to live them.’ I then asked how many people agreed with that statement. Nearly everybody did. Then I told them I disagreed with almost every aspect of that statement! It’s true that it’s understanding the principles of Scripture that is essential for Christian maturity, but that in itself is not Christian maturity. Christian maturity is Christlike character. If you know all the principles but don’t have the character, then you are only a ‘resounding gong or a clanging cymbal’ that is without love (1 Corinthians 13:1). Also, trying as best you can to live the Christian life will probably bear no fruit because apart from Christ you can do nothing. Only by God’s grace can you live the Christian life.
Progressive sanctification is a supernatural work. Clearly the victory over sin and death through Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection was God’s victory and not ours. Only God can redeem us from the power of sin, set us free from out past, and make us new creations ‘in Christ.’ Even though we have become a partaker of the divine nature due to Christ’s nature due to Christ’s presence in our lives, we still need to be dependent upon God to supply the power to conform us to His image. Becoming a Christian does not mean that we have more power in and of ourselves. It means that we are inwardly connected to the only source of power that is able to overcome the laws of sin and death, which is the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:2). That we are tempted to misunderstand this truth or perhaps unconsciously forget it in our attempt to grow as believers is seen in Paul’s sharp question to the Galatians: ‘Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?’ (Galatians 3:3).”
Neil T. Anderson
The Common Made Holy, 257-258
If you long to become like Jesus in character so that He is seen through your personality day by day, there is only one way: You must consciously and deliberately trust Him to be who He is through you. Otherwise you live out of your self-life (flesh). What a waste!
Posted by Jerry White on Mar 7, 2013
“Paul had already seen Christ exalted at the hand of God, but now He was revealed to Him by the Holy Spirit as dwelling in his unworthy heart. From that moment, there was a new dimension in his experience. ‘It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me’ (Galatians 2:20). In this glorious fact lay, in large measure, the explanation of his flaming ministry.
There is always a moral basis for such a revelation.
‘It is the man who loves Him that Jesus reveals Himself even more fully. Obedient, trusting love leads to a fuller and a fuller revelation…. No evil man can receive the revelation of God. He can be used by God, but he can have no fellowship with God. It is only to the man who is looking for Him that God reveals Himself…. Fellowship with God, the revelation of God, are dependent on love; and love is dependent on obedience.’ (William Barclay, The Gospel of John, Edinburgh: St. Andrew, 1955), 197
But the Holy Spirit does not rest content with a mere revelation of Christ. His objective is a reproduction of Christ in the life of the believer. With this in view, He patiently works until Christ is formed in each (Gal. 4:19).
When an egg is laid, amid the fluid there floats a tiny speck of life. As the egg is incubated, the embryo gradually develops, while the fluid diminishes. At the end of three weeks, no trace of fluid is left. The fully-formed chick pecks its way out of the confining shell and embarks on life in a new world.
When the new life enters the believing heart, it is an embryo life that must be nurtured on the ‘pure milk of the word’ (1 Peter 2:2). Through devout meditation on Scripture and seasons of waiting on God, the Holy spirit fosters and develops that life from within, until the likeness of Christ is more and more apparent without.”
J. Oswald Sanders
Enjoying Intimacy with God, 75-76
Posted by Jerry White on Feb 14, 2013
These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.
1 Corinthians 2:10 (ESV)
“There is no darkness that God’s own Spirit cannot scatter, no difficulty He cannot remove, no portion of the Word He cannot explain. All that is necessary to your salvation is revealed in the Word; all that can be known of Jesus is there discovered. All this the blessed Spirit stands prepared to make known to you. He leads you to Jesus; Jesus lifts the veil and reveals the Father; and the Father, when revealed, appears full of love, mercy, and forgiveness to the poor returning prodigal, who in penitence and lowliness, seeks an asylum in His heart. And, oh, how ready is the Spirit to instruct you! He has such love and grace in His heart that the heavenly dove seems always poised on wing, ready to fly to the soul who even sighs for His inward teaching. Does He see a soul oppressed with a sense of guilt? He hastens to apply the atoning blood of Jesus. Does He mark one weary with his fruitless toil? He seals the promise of the Savior on the heart, ‘Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy leaden, and I will give you rest’ (Matt. 11:28). Does He find a soul combating with temptation, tormented with fear, harassed with doubts, struggling with infirmity, or halting through weakness? Oh, how ready is He to show that soul where its great strength, comfort, and grace lie—in the fullness of a most loving, precious, and all-sufficient Savior!
Oh, then, in the name of Jesus, seek this glorious gift of God. Seek Him as a life-giving Spirit who makes Jesus known to you; leads you into the deep things of God’s Word; deeply sanctifies you; imparts to you the love, confidence, and consolation of an adopted child; comforts you in every sorrow; strengthens the divine life in your soul; and proves to be your earnest and seal of eternal glory.”
Evening Thoughts, 75-76
Often, modern day Christians with busy, distracted minds neglect consciously trusting the loving Holy Spirit who indwells them. His presence does no good without faith.
Posted by Jerry White on Feb 11, 2013
“The true Christian life, which begins with a supernatural transition, consists and continues in a supernatural transfusion.
The very life and nature of Christ are transfused into the innermost being of the Christian believer by the Holy Spirit. Thus our Saviour’s word is fulfilled: ‘Because I live, ye shall live also’ (John 14:19). Paul not only says, ‘I live, yet not I’; he goes on to say, ‘but Christ liveth in me.’ There is not only transition; there is transfusion. This is the most precious and sacred secret of the Christian life…. The man of the world neither understands it nor even suspects it. Yet oh, how real it is to our Lord’s own!
Now just because of this supernatural transfusion, the New Testament ideal for our Christian life is that there shall be within us a continual displacement of the old self-life, and an ever-clearer enthronement of the new Christ-life. All of us, by nature, are ego-centric, self-centered; but we are meant to become Christocentric, or Christ-centered. Christ is to be the new life within our life; the new mind within our mind; the new will within our will; the new love within our love; the new Person within our personality.
We cannot always be on the mountaintop of transfiguration, seeing heavenly visions and hearing heavenly voices. We cannot always be experiencing spiritual raptures and sensory ecstasies. A high frequency of these is neither necessary nor desirable in our present state; nor could our nervous system sustain too much of it.
Often we must be down on the long-stretching plains of every-day hum-drum realities; and sometimes we must needs be down in some grim valley, drawing the sword in fierce battle against Apollyon himself.
Yet, whether up on the mountain top, or down on the monotonous plain, or deep in some valley of trial, I am convinced of this, that we Christian believers need never lose an uninterrupted consciousness of our indwelling Saviour. Surely this is implied in the words, ‘Christ liveth in me.’ To be Christocentric is to be all the while Christ-conscious.”
J. Sidlow Baxter
His Victorious Indwelling, 105-106
Nick Harrison, Editor
Posted by Jerry White on Jan 31, 2013
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13 (ESV)
“Paul faced life with an air of sublime confidence because he was conscious of possessing reserves adequate for meeting any situation whatsoever. His assertion is so remarkable that we should be quite clear about the nature of the power that made such poise possible.
It was not human power. No man, however strong in himself, would dare to say, ‘I can do all things.’
It was not human power reinforced. We have heard of the soldier in Wellington’s army who asked to be allowed to grasp the Iron Duke’s ‘all-conquering hand’ before going on a dangerous mission. A magnetic personality can do much to brace the flagging morale of another.
But the power of which Paul spoke was more than that. It was nothing less than Christ’s own power communicated to him and into him through the medium of mystic union. We might translate still more accurately: ‘I am strong for anything in Him Who infuses strength into me.’
Christ’s own strength within me! I see the Man of Nazareth moving from task to task in a great calm that was never disturbed. He knew no defeat. He was never thrown off balance. In one day He was confronted successively with a raging sea, a raving demoniac, a disease that no man could heal, and finally with death itself. He was equal to everything.
The power that made Him competent for His tasks is available to make me competent for mine. Should I not live in Union with Him and use the power? Then I, too, shall have the rest of adequate resources.”
G. H. Morling
The Quest for Serenity, 84-85