Tag: One

One by one

A.B. Simpsonby A.B. Simpson

Here is the very core of spiritual life. it is not a subjective state so much as a life in the heart. Christ for us is the ground of our salvation and the source of our justification; Christ in us is the source of sanctification. When this becomes real, [We] are dead. Our own condition, state and resources are no longer counted upon any more than a dead man’s, but . . . [our] life is hid with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3). It is not even always manifest to us.

Moreover, Christ who is our life must Himself maintain it and be made unto us of God all we need. Therefore, the Christian life is not just coming to Christ to save us, and then going on to work out our own sanctification, but as [we] have received Christ Jesus the Lord, thus to walk in Him, just as dependent and as simply trusting as for our pardon and salvation.

Ah, friends, how much it would ease our tasks, for the day that’s just begun, to live our life a step at a time, and our moments one by one.

by A.B. Simpson

 

One Stick At A Time

John Newtonby John Newton

Sometimes I compare the troubles we have to undergo in the course of a year, to a great bundle of sticks far too large for us to lift. But God does not require us to carry the whole at once. He mercifully unties the bundle, and gives us first one stick, which we are able to carry today; and then another, which we are able to carry tomorrow; and so on.

This we can easily manage–if we would only take the burden appointed for us each day. But we foolishly choose to increase our trouble, by carrying yesterday’s stick over again today–and adding tomorrow’s burden before we are required to bear it.

“As your days–so shall your strength be.” Deuteronomy 33:25

by John Newton