Friday, November 17, 2017

Earned or a Gift

Every saved child of God at one time or another longs
for victory over sin. Yet many have sadly given up
hope of having a complete victory, mistakenly suppo-
sing that that blessing is only for the life after this.
They do not know how simple, and how immediately
available, is the victory for which they are not daring
to hope. It is right at hand in Christ, for all who let
Him undeceive them, and who will receive the victor-
ious life as the outright, supernatural gift of God.

The great truth that so many earnest surrendered
Christians have even yet failed to see is that salvation
is a twofold gift; freedom from the PENALTY of sin
and freedom from the POWER of sin. Most Christians
know that they are free from the penalty of sin, but
many have not realized that they may, in the same way,
by faith, be freed from the power of their sins. Even
though they know that their own efforts had nothing
to do with salvation, they are yet deceived by the
Adversary into believing that somehow their own ef-
forts must play a part in victory over their sins.

If we as Christians come to the Lord and say, "I want
to be saved from the power of my sins, and I will let
You save me provided You will let me share in the
work of overcoming their power, so that You and I
shall always know that part of this victory has been
accomplished by You, and part has been accomplished
by me." Christ Himself cannot save us from the power
of our sins? Think about it. When our Lord says to us
through Paul, "Sin shall not have dominion over you; 
for ye are not under law, but under grace," He wants
us to remember what grace is. Grace is not partly man's
work and partly God's work. It is wholly God's work
and exclusively God's work; and all that man can do is
to receive it as God's outright, undeserved, and wholly
sufficient gift.

The Lord wants our lives on earth to be one long Christ-
mas day of receiving His gift of Himself as our victory.
If we say that our experience refutes this, do we mean
that we have found through the help of our own efforts
a satisfying completeness of victory over all recog-
nized sin, so that impatience, irritation, unlove, impur-
ity, have all been taken out of our life, and we are able
to live from day to day not only free from our outward
expression of these sins, but free from their dominion
within us?

Our hope for victory over sin is not "Christ plus my
efforts," but "Christ plus my receiving." To receive
victory from Him is to believe His Word that solely
by His grace He is, this moment, freeing me from the
dominion of sin. And to believe on Him in this way
is to recognize that he is doing for us what we cannot
do for ourselves. When the Lord was in Nazareth He
could do "not many mighty works there because of--
"Their inactivity?" No; "because of their unbelief."
To attempt to share by our effort in what only grace
can do is to defeat grace.

"This only would I learn from you, Received ye 
the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hear-
ing of faith? Are ye so foolish? Having begun in 
the Spirit, are ye now perfected in the flesh?...He 
therefore that supplieth to you the Spirit, and 
worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the 
works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?...
For freedom did Christ set us free: Stand fast 
therefore in the liberty, wherewith Christ has set 
us free, and be not entangled again in the yoke 
of bondage...But I say, 'Walk by the Spirit, and 
ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh." 
Gal 3:2, 3, 5; 5:1,16

Let us never forget this simple truth: the faith which
lets Christ bring us into and sustain us in victory is
just remembering that Christ is faithful; that it is His
responsibility and duty to accomplish this miracle
in our lives. Charles G Trumbull

Reader, my prayer is that YOU GET THIS! Let me
know in the comment section if you have heard this
before, needed reminding, have never heard it but
intrigued. Pray for one another...



Thursday, November 16, 2017

The True and the Counterfeit

I continue exploring with Charles G Trumbull. 

Victory is a great word in the NT but there are many dedica-
ted Christians who are, nevertheless, deceived day by day by 
counterfeit victory when God wants them to know the real 
thing. 

Jesus said, "Every one that commit sin is the bondservant 
of sin...If therefore the Son shall make you free, you shall 
be free indeed." John 8:34-36

The Holy Spirit spoke through Paul and said:
"Sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not 
underlaw, but under grace" Romans 6:14
"You are not under law"--which says DO--, "but under grace"--
which says DONE, and that is the reason sin shall not have
dominion over you.
"To me to live is Christ"  Phil 1:21
"Thanks be to God who GIVETH us the victory through 
our Lord Jesus Christ."  1Cor 15:57

He GIVES the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. That is 
grace. That is the test of the real or the counterfeit victory. 
Just remember this: any victory over the power of any sin 
whatsoever in your life that you have to get by working for, 
is counterfeit. Any victory that you have to get by trying for, 
it is counterfeit. If you have to work for your victory, it is 
not the real thing; it is not the thing that God offers you. 

A woman said to me, "I am trying to live the victorious 
Christian life..." I said to her and others listening, "If any 
of you are making the mistake of trying to live the victorious 
life, you are cheating yourself out of it, for the victory you 
get by trying is counterfeit. You must substitute another word: 
not TRY, but TRUST. You cannot try and trust at the same 
time. Trying is what we do, and trusting is what the Lord 
does.

The tragedy of it it that the Christians of our land have not 
been taught the truth in this matter. Our ministers are not 
able to teach this truth because they have not been taught 
the truth.

A well, known preacher recently said this in a sermon: "We 
all of us need to do weeding, rooting up the bad weeks in the 
garden of our lives. The thing to do is to give your attention 
to some weed, some sin that has taken root, and with prayer 
and effort dig it up. It may take you a long time, but keep at 
it day after day, week after week, till you have weeded that 
sin to. Then go on to another sin.

Dear friends, you do not find anything of this sort in God's 
Word. A victory gained in that way, by a gradual conquest 
of evil, is counterfeit. A thief who comes to Christ does not 
say that this week he will cut stealing by 25%, then next 
week by 50% and in a month he will stop stealing! No, he 
just quits!

The victorious life, the life of freedom from the power of sin, 
is not a gradual gift, and victory is a gift. It is not a growth. 
"Thanks be to God who GIVETH us the victory through 
our Lord Jesus Christ." How long does it take for you to 
grow into your Christmas presents? It is yours as soon as 
you pick it up from under the tree. 

Victory is not fighting down your wrong desires.
Victory is not concealing your wrong feelings. 
One dear Quaker lady was always unruffled under the 
most trying circumstances, and who was approached 
one day and was asked how she was always so sweet 
even when most people would boil over. She said, "Per-
haps I don't boil over my dear, but thee does not know 
what boiling is going on inside." This is not victory!  
Charles G Trumbull

Reader, there is so much in this blog, so many things 
that I believed throughout most of my Christian life. We 
may have read the above scriptures many times but how 
many sermons have you heard about what we have IN 
Christ? Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount:
"Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the 
Prophets; I did not come to abolish, BUT TO FULFILL." 
(Matt 5:17) Jesus took the whole law into Himself on the 
cross along with all of our sins when He died. May God 
give us a new revelation of what Christ has given to us 
through His death and His resurrection!



Tuesday, November 14, 2017

His Life In Us

There is a life that wins: and that life is the life of
Jesus Christ: and that it may be our life for the ask-
ing, if we let Him--in absolute, unconditional sur-
render of ourselves to Him, our wills to His will,
making Him the Master of our lives as well as our
Savior--enter in, occupy us, overwhelm us with
Himself, yea, fill us with Himself 'unto all the full-
ness of God.'

What has the result been? Did this experience give
me only a new intellectual conception of Christ? No!
It meant a revolutionized, fundamentally changed life,
within and without. 'If any man be in Christ, there 
is a new creation.' This does not mean he can't sin
again. The life that is Christ still leaves us our free
will, we can resist Him. But I have learned that the
restoration after failure can be supernaturally blessed,
instantaneous, and complete. I have learned that this
freedom is sustained and unbroken as I simply recog-
nize that Christ is my cleansing, reigning life.

My three great needs have been met:

1 There has been a fellowship with God utterly differ-
ing from and infinitely better than anything I had ever
known in all my life before.

2 There has been an utterly new kind of victory, victory-
by-freedom, over certain besetting sins (the old ones
that used to throttle and wreck me) when I have trusted
Christ for this freedom.

3 And, lastly, the spiritual results in service have given
me such a sharing of the joy of Heaven as I never knew
was possible on earth. Christ through me brought six
dear friends into a revolutionized life in Him. Life fairly
teems with the miraclulous evidences of what Christ is
willing and able to do for others through anyone who
just turns over the keys to His complete indwelling.

The conditions of receiving Christ as the fullness of life
are simple two:

1 Surrender absolutely and unconditionally to Christ
as Master of all that we are and all that we have, telling
God we are now ready to have His whole will done in
our entire life, at every point, no matter what the costs.

2 Believe, trust, that God has set us wholly free from
the law of sin (Rom 8:2) that He has done it. Upon this
second step, the quiet act of faith is layered. Faith must
believe God in entire absence of any feeling or evi-
dence. For God's word is safer, better, and surer than
any evidence we can discover. We are to say, 'I know
that my Lord Jesus is meeting all my needs now (even
my need of faith), because 'His grace is sufficient for
me.'

Remember that Christ is better than any blessing,
power, victory, or service that He grants. He is God's
best. We may have Christ, yielding to Him in such
completeness and abandonment of self that it is no
longer we that live,
but Christ that lives in us.
Will you thus take Him?
Charles G Trumbull from Victory in Christ

Here are some wonderful scriptures to ponder:
John 15
Galatians 2:20
Ephesians 3:14-21
Philippians 1:21


Monday, November 13, 2017

A Winning Life

There is only one life that wins; and that is the life of
Jesus Christ. Every man may have that life; every 
man may live that life.

To explain what I mean, I must simply tell you a very
personal and recent experience of my own. I think I 
am correct when I say that I have known more than 
most men about failure, betrayals, dishonoring Christ, 
and falling short of that which I saw others attaining.

The conscious needs of my life, before there came a
new experience of Christ were these:

1 There were great fluctuations in my spiritual life of
feeling close to God and then far away. I saw other 
men doing as I was not doing. Those men were ex-
ceptional; they were in the minority. Why not me?

2 Another lack was in the matter of besetting sins. Yet
I had prayed, oh, so earnestly, for deliverance and the
deliverance had not come.

3 A third conscious lack was in the matter of spiritual
power that would change others. I was not seeing re-
sults. I didn't see lives made over by Christ, revolution-
ized and turned into firebrands for Christ. Other men 
had such an impact, why not I?

About a year before I found myself intimidated by men
who seemed to have a conception of Christ that I did not
have. How could anyone have a better idea of Christ than
I? Did I not believe in Christ and worship Him as Savior
for more than 20 years? Did I not believe that in Him
alone was eternal life, and I had given up my whole life
to Him? Did I not ask His help and guidance constantly?
Was He not my only hope? I knew that I needed to serve
Him far better than ever, but that I needed a new concep-
tion of Him I would not admit.

Yet it kept coming to me from various directions. One day 
I came to know another minister whose work had been 
greatly blessed. He told me that his greatest spiritual asset 
was his habitual consciousness of the actual presence of
Jesus. His presence was with Him regardless of his failings. 
Moreover, he said that Christ was the home of his thoughts. 
Whenever his mind was free, it would turn to Christ. So 
real was the presence of his Savior.

Several months later in Edinburgh, I heard a man whose
opening statement set my heart to singing with a new joy.

'The resources of the Christian life, my friends, are just--
Jesus Christ.'

Later as I talked to the speaker he said to me, 'Oh, Mr.
Trumbull, if we would only step out upon Christ in a more
daring faith, He could do so much more.'

Before leaving Great Britain I was confronted once more
with the thought that was beyond me, a Christ I did not
know. The text was Philippians 1:21: ' To me to live is 
Christ.' It was the same theme--the unfolding of 'the life 
that is Christ,' Christ as the whole life and the only life. I 
did not understand all that he said, and I knew vaguely 
that I did not have as my own what he was talking about.

A few months later a Bishop spoke to us on the Water of 
Life. He told us it was Christ's wish and purpose that every 
follower of His should be a wellspring of living, gushing 
water of life all the time to others--a continuous irresistible 
flow.

The next morning, alone in my room, I prayed it out with 
God, as I asked Him to show me the way out. I studied the 
sermon, 'For me to live is Christ,' then I prayed again. He 
gave me a new Christ--wholly new in the conception and 
consciousness of Jesus that now became mine.

Wherein was the change? To begin with, I realized for the
first time that there are many references to, Christ in you,
and you in Christ. Christ our life, and abiding in Christ,
are literal, actual, a blessed fact and not a figure of speech.
I had always known He was my Savior, but I thought of
Him as being external to me, one who was ready to come
close and stay by me giving me power and strength. At
last I realized that Jesus Christ was actually within. More
than that He had constituted Himself as my very life, tak-
ing me into union with Himself--my body, mind and spirit--
while I still had my own identity and free will. Was this 
not better than having Him as an external Savior: to have
Him, the Son of God, as my own very life? It meant that
I need never again ask Him to help me, but simply do His
work, His will in me, and with me and through me. What
He asked me to recognize was, 
I have been crucified with Christ,
and it is no longer I who live,
but Christ liveth in me.  Galatians 2:20
Charles G Trumbull

Reader, can you begin to grasp this? This is the best
news I have ever heard! In the next blog we will look
at a few more things.



Friday, November 10, 2017

A Story

A veteran missionary friend of mine told me that some
years ago the missionaries had said to each other that
their own daily lives were not of the sort described in
the New Testament as characteristics of the early
Christians. They did not know what the matter was; they
only knew that they longed for something they did not
have. So they agreed to go apart and lay the matter be-
fore God and ask Him to give them what they didn't
have. They did this. God took them at their word; and
my friend, consecrated Christian missionary and veteran
in the service of His Lord, came back a new man in
Christ, with a new life and with a new Christ.

He told of another missionary, a high spirited, high-tem-
pered young woman, about the whole matter. She saw
the truth, and was enabled of God to claim Christ in His
fulness as her Victory, by faith, in the same way.

A few months after my friend, then at a distance, received
a letter from this woman in which she told him her story.
'I wanted to write you at first, but I scarcely dared to, for I
was afraid it would not last. But it has lasted, and, oh, it is
just wonderful! Why, just as an illustration of what I
mean, do you know that not only for three months I have
not once slammed the door in the face of one of these stu-
pid Indian servants that used to get on my nerves so, but I
haven't even wanted to!'

And that was a miracle. Not keeping from slamming the
door--that is no miracle. Any ordinary, unsaved person
who is halfway decent can keep from slamming the door,
by setting his teeth, using his will, putting his hands be-
hind his back, and determinedly not doing what he feels
like doing. No, that is not a miracle. But to go three months
without once wanting to: without once feeling within your-
self that angry surge of irritation, of temper, that makes you
want to show your feelings...does not your heart tell you
that that indeed would be a miracle in your own life?

I don't know about you, reader, but most of us have people
in our lives who irritate on a regular basis. The story above
is truly remarkable. As the coming of our Lord draws near,
I am finding it more difficult, not less, to be in sweet fellow-
ship with the body of Christ, with my own family. I would
encourage you to go back over previous blogs. To many of
you the information is brand new.



Thursday, November 9, 2017

Two Conditions

Last week we discussed the first condition which is to
surrender--every habit of your life, every ambition, every 
hope, every loved one, every possession, and yourself--
all these He must have if He is to make Himself not only
your Savior but your life. 

But this is only the first step. Perhaps you made this sur-
render long ago, and have been wondering why you did
not have the victory you longed for. The reason is that 
the Surrendered Life is not necessarily the Victorious Life. 
There is no victory without surrender, but there may be
surrender without victory. 

Once you have put yourself under His authority, then it 
be comes His responsibility, His--I say reverently--duty to 
keep you from the power of sin. He pledges to do so.
"Sin shall not have dominion over you."For you are 
not under law" (Where your works have something to do 
with it), "but under grace." (Where I do it all) Ro 6:14. 
Elsewhere He adds, "My grace is sufficient for you. 
2 Cor 12:9

So it is that our Lord has been waiting for you, not to pray 
for victory, but to praise Him for victory. Many surrendered 
Christians post-pone and prevent victory in their lives by 
praying for it, when Jesus is waiting for them to praise Him 
for it. We are not asking Him to make His grace sufficient 
for us. He tells us that it is already so; and it is our part 
simply to take Him at His word and say, "I thank you Lord."

Let us claim the whole blessed miracle of the Victorious 
Life by praying this sentence prayerfully, thoughtfully, reali-
zing the tremendous meaning of the words, and in our 
hearts praising God that it is true:
"I know that Jesus is meeting all my needs now, because 
His grace is sufficient for me." Charles G Trumbull

Reader, God says that "we are dead to sin"--have you ever
seen a dead man smoking? How ludicrous. But we are not
only dead to sin but, we are "alive unto God." Glory!



Tuesday, November 7, 2017

What Christianity?

Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but
alive to God in Christ Jesus. Romans 6:11

Is your kind of Christianity worth sending to the non-
Christian world?

I was a boy of thirteen when I first made a public con-
fession of Jesus Christ as my Savior; but it was not un
til twenty five years later that I knew that Jesus offered 
to anyone the power to have victory over sin. I was 
paralyzed by thinking that I must share in doing what 
only God can do. You see, Jesus makes two offers to 
everyone. He offers to set us free from the penalty of 
our sin. And He offers to set us free from the power of 
our sin. Both of these offers are made on the exact 
same terms: we can accept them only by letting Him 
do it all.

Every Christian has accepted the first offer. Many Chris-
tians have not accepted the second one. They mistakenly
think, as I did, that they must have some part in over-
coming the power of their sin; that their efforts, their 
will, their determination, strengthened and helped by 
the power of Christ, is the way to victory. As long as 
they mistakenly believe this they are doomed to defeat.

How did you accept Christ's offer of freedom from the
penalty of your sins? You took it as an outright gift. By
faith you let Him do it all. Will you not accept His offer 
of immediate and complete freedom from the power of 
your known sins, on the same terms, and do it now? 
This is just as much a miracle as the miracle of regener-
ation. And it is just as exclusively the Lord's work.

This is Christ's offer to us now and here--freedom im-
mediately and completely from all the power of known
sin. Listen to Romans 8:2: 'The law of the Spirit of life
in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of sin and
death.' Are you rejoicing in Christ as your victory in 
this miraculous way? I am not speaking of sinless per-
fection. No. This miracle is sustained and continued in 
our life only by our continuing, moment by moment 
faith in our Savior for his moment-by-moment victory
over the power of sin. But He Himself will give us that
faith, and will continue that faith in us moment by mo-
ment. Charles G Trumbull

Reader, I did not hear about the victory over sins until
very recently. Trumbull is not the only writer on this
subject and when one studies Romans 6-8, and then
applies it ones self, it becomes obvious that Christ did
more than die for our sins, He has made a way for us,
enables us, to avoid sinning.
'"Not by might, not by power, but by my Spirit" says 
the Lord.'



Monday, November 6, 2017

Suddenly

Suddenly and without warning a congregation in Texas
was mowed down. One family lost eight and three gen-
erations plus one unborn baby. All of them rose that
morning and got ready for church never dreaming that it
was their last day on earth. Some had no understanding--
it happened so fast. The carnage started at 11:20 CST
which was 10:20 MST. We were praying for the persecu-
ted church world-wide never dreaming that it was unfold-
ing at that very minute. Sunday the fifth of November
was
the International Day of Prayer for the persecuted church.
As I ponder this and think of the deep sorrow and pain that
so many are enduring, my heart turns to the Lord.

Precious in the sight of the Lord
Is the death of His godly ones.
Ps 116:15

For you it has been granted for Christ's sake, not only to
believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake. Phil 1:29

That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection
and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to
His death. Phil 3:10

For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and
transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in 
whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Col 1:13,14

Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep but
we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling
of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound,
and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall
all be changed. For this perishable must put on the im-
perishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. But
when this perishable will have put on the imperishable,
and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will 
come about the saying that is written, 
"DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory. 
O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? 
O DEATH WHERE IS YOUR STING?
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law;
but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through
Jesus Christ our Lord.  1Cor 15:51-57


Friday, November 3, 2017

The Life That Wins

The past few blogs have dealt with 'surrender' in every way.
Today I am going to lay the foundation for an excellent
book entitled, Victory in Christ, by Charles G Trumbull,
a man who lived from 1872 to 1941.

Dr Trumbull had been serving God for a couple of decades
but he had a growing need based on three things:
'1 He was aware of great fluctuations in his spiritual life.
It seems to me that it ought to be possible for me to live
habitually on a high plane of fellowship with God
2 There was the matter of 'failure' before besetting or
habitual sins. Despite earnest prayer for deliverance, abi-
ding victory had not been his experience.
3 He was conscious of lack in the matter of a dynamic,
convincing spiritual power that would change the lives
of others.'

'About a year before, I had begun to notice that certain men,
who were conspicuously blessed in their Christian service,
had a Christ consciousness that I did not have...one that was
beyond, bigger, and deeper than any thought of Christ I had
every had. I rebelled at the suggestion, when it first came to
me. "How could anyone have a better idea of Christ that I?
Did I not believe in Christ and worship Him as the Son of
God and one with God? Had I not accepted Him as my per-
sonal Savior twenty years ago? Did I not believe that eternal
life was in Him alone? Was I not trying to live in His service,
giving my whole life to Him? Did I not ask for His help and
guidance constantly, and believe that in Him was my only
hope? I was doing all this. How could a higher or better con-
captain of Christ than mine was possible."'

Reader, what does it mean to be 'dead unto sin; alive unto 
God?' Well, in the latter part of Trumbull's life this is what
was said: 'Those who knew Dr Trumbull in his late years
remember him as a buoyant, joyous, earnest, unassuming,
Spirit-filled Christian, journalist and leader. He understood
that the life that abides in Christ and draws all of its resour-
ces from the risen Savior was a wonderful reality that he
experienced.' 

Trumbull gave this testimony in 1911:
'There is only one life that wins; and that life is in Christ.
Every person may have this life; every person can live this
life.

I do not mean that everyone may be Christ-like, I mean 
something much better.
I do not mean that a person may always have Christ's help,
I mean something much better.
I do not mean that a person may have the power of Christ,
I mean something much better.
I do not mean that a person shall be merely saved from his
sins and kept from sinning; I mean something better than
that victory.'









Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Blessings in Surrender

'This absolute surrender to God will wonderfully bless.

You may not have such strong and clear feelings of deliver-
ance as you would desire to have, but humble yourself in
His sight, and acknowledge that you have grieved the Holy
Spirit by your self-will, self-confidence, and self effort.
Bow humbly before him in the confession of that, and ask
Him to break your heart and to bring you into the dust be-
fore Him. Then, as you bow before Him, just accept God's
teaching that in your flesh "dwells no good thing," and that
nothing will help you except that another life comes in.
You must deny self once for all. Denying self must every
moment be the power of your life. (Are you still with me,
reader?)

When was Peter delivered? The change began with Peter
weeping, and ended with the Holy Spirit coming down to
fill his heart.

God the Father loves to give us the power of the Spirit. We
have the Spirit of God dwelling within us. We now ask the
Father that He would strengthen us with all might by the
Spirit in the inner man, and that He would fill us with His
mighty power. God says to us, "I will do it all for you, dear
one."

How much Christian work is being done in the spirit of the
flesh and in the power of self! How much work is done day
by day, in which human energy--our will and our thoughts
about the work--is continually manifested, and in which
there is but little waiting upon God, and upon the power of
the Holy Spirit! Who is there who truly longs to be deli-
vered from the power of the self-life, who truly
acknowledges that it is the power of self and the flesh, and
who is willing to cast all at the feet of Christ?

What are we to think of separation and death? This death
was the path to glory for Christ. For the joy set before Him
He endured the cross. The cross was the birthplace of His
everlasting glory. Do you love Christ? Let death be to you
the most desirable thing on earth--death to self. Do you think
it a hard thing to be called to be entirely free from the world,
and by that separation to be united to God and His love.
Surely one ought to say: "Anything to bring me to separa-
tion, to death, for a life of full fellowship with God and
Christ."

Trust Him! Do not worry yourselves with trying to under-
stand all about it, but come in the living faith of Christ,
that Christ will come into you with the power of His death
and the power of His life; and then the Holy Spirit, will
bring the whole Christ--Christ crucified and risen and
living in glory--into your very being.' Andrew Murray

Reader, just think of the Christians around you. He is not
speaking "of nominal Christians, or of professing Christians,
but of the thousands of honest, earnest Christians who are
not living a life in the power of God or for His glory. So
little power, so little devotion or consecration to God, so
little perception of the truth that a Christian can be utterly
surrendered to God's will. We are members of a sickly body
that is worldly and cold toward each other."

Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! This was written either late in the 19th
century or early in the 20th century. What would Andrew
Murray say about the church today? After reading this,
does it not put a whole new slant on the God's purpose in
our suffering? Paul says, "...until Christ be formed in you."