Day: July 26, 2011

Paul Desired To Be Exactly Like Jesus!

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"Paul’s Seven Wishes" 1856

"I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings — becoming like him in His death!" Philippians 3:10

Paul’s next all-absorbing desire was to be CONFORMED to Christ! It was not enough to know Christ, to win Christ, to magnify Christ, or to be in Christ; Paul wishes to be LIKE Christ! He would . . . breathe His spirit, exhibit His temper, copy His example, and be just like Christ!

He desired to be . . . like Christ in poverty, like Christ in suffering, like Christ in death itself!

Paul desired to be exactly like Jesus!

Are You Trusting Him Completely

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Fret not thyself in any wise—Psalm 37:8

A life was lost in Israel because a pair of human hands were laid unbidden upon the ark of God. They were placed upon it with the best intent to steady the ark as the oxen drew the cart carrying it along the rough way. But they touched God’s work presumptuously, and they fell paralyzed and lifeless.

Much of the life of faith consists in letting things alone. If we wholly trust an interest to God we can keep our hands off it, and He will guard it for us better than we can help Him.

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass (Psalm 37:7).

Things may seem to be going all wrong, but He knows better than we, and He will arise in the right moment if we are really trusting Him completely enough to let Him work in His own way and time. There is nothing so effective as inactivity in some things, and there is nothing so damaging as restless working, for God has undertaken to work His sovereign will.

by A.B. Simpson