Tag: Crucify

Oh, what a blessed formula for us!

John MacDuffby John MacDuff

“Nevertheless, at Your Word!” Luke 5:5

Oh, what a blessed formula for us!

This path of mine is dark, mysterious, perplexing! Nevertheless, at Your Word I will go forward.

This trial of mine is cutting, sore for flesh and blood to bear! It is hard to breathe through a broken heart, “May Your will be done!” But, nevertheless, at Your word I will say, “Even so, Father–for this is Your good pleasure!”

This besetting sin or bad habit of mine–is difficult to crucify. It has become part of myself–a second nature! To be severed from it would be like the cutting off of a right hand, or the plucking out of a right eye! Nevertheless, at Your Word I will lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily entangles me! This idol, I will utterly abolish!

“You have laid down precepts that are to be fully obeyed!” Psalm 119:4

“Help me understand Your instruction–and I will obey it and follow it with all my heart!” Psalm 119:34

by John MacDuff

Crucify The Natural Life

A.B. Simpson 90 x115by A.B. Simpson

The carnal mind is enmity against God—Romans 8:7

The flesh is incurably bad. It is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. It can never be any better. It is no use trying to improve the flesh. We may educate it all we please. We may train it by the most approved methods, we may set before it the brightest examples, we may pipe to it or mourn before it we may treat it with encouragement or severity. But its nature will always be incorrigibly the same.

The wild hawk which the little child captures in its infancy and tries to train in the habits of the dove will fasten its cruel beak upon the gentle fingers that caress it, showing the old wild spirit of fear and ferocity. So the flesh is a hawk by nature, and it can never be made a dove. For the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

The only remedy for human nature is to destroy it and receive instead the divine nature. God does not improve man. He crucifies the natural life with Christ and creates the new man in Christ Jesus.

by A.B. Simpson