Love the Lord? Love His Day

As simple as it may sound, I love the Lord’s Day because I love the Lord.

It is, and has been for centuries, the day of celebration of the finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ. As our heavenly Father rested after His work of creation, and set aside the seventh day as the Sabbath, so, we rest in Christ and set aside the new day of worship on the same day of the week that He rose in victory from the grave, creating new life for His people.

This day is the day that I remember His atoning work on the cross for me.  All who are a part of His redeeming work meet together to give unto Him the glory due unto His name. I see this day as a new beginning; starting the new week in Christ and with His people.  Actually, at times it seems that this is the eighth day— ending the previous week with a day of praise for all that He has done —-and the first day, both rolled into one.

Years ago, when I realized that this day is a gift to His people, it became a goal every week for me, a projection from one Lord’s Day to the next, with every day between as a day of preparation for the next Lord’s Day.  As mentioned in another post, each Lord’s Day is a taste of heaven, a prelude to that day when we will be worshipping our Lord eternally.  Then everyday will be a day of rest and worship.

“And upon the first day of the week,
when the disciples came together to break bread,
Paul preached unto them.”
Acts. 20:7

Today is the day that I will celebrate my Lord Jesus Christ, His person, His work; the day that I will praise Him, serve Him, love Him and His people as we meet together; the day that I will “hunger and thirst” for Him and His righteousness, be filled more and more with His Spirit; and be in awe as I hear His Word proclaimed in power.

This day I will, together with God’s people, participate in the Lord’s Supper, “remembering His death until He comes.” Besides all this, He amazes me with great and mighty things I have not yet known, asked, or imagined (Jeremiah 33:3).

Again, I ask that you share your comments about how the Lord leads you on this day.  What difference does the Lord’s Day make in your life, now?  What impression does the Lord’s Day make in your life for eternity?

May you be blessed today as you “delight yourself in the Lord and His Day.”  Isaiah 58:13-14

Dear Lord, fill us with your Spirit today and every day in preparation for each Lord’s Day ~ in preparation for that eternal Lord’s Day. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Fran

Settled

For the last few days I have thought what I could write to start a new decade. I had many things in mind but no sure direction. Are eight decades not enough to praise my Lord? There will not be enough time in this life.

This morning, I am remembering yesterday ~ the ending of the last decade.

There was one handicapped space available in the grocery store parking lot. I pulled past so as to back into the space and have room for the electric cart on Jerry’s side. After pulling up and back a couple of times, I stopped and settled a few minutes to check the list before I got out of the car.

But before I looked at the list, Jerry and I both said, “Why did I back in?” Jerry was not planning to get out. For short lists, he just rides with me and waits in the car.

After shopping and unloading the bags from the cart to the car, I noticed a kiwi in the cart that I needed to take back and pay for. Sometimes, this is tiring ~ forgetting, redoing, rescheduling, going back and forth.

Groceries settled, I sat in the car a few minutes then pulled forward (didn’t have to back out :). We started for home (one main thing a day is best for us ~ less to remember).

Was any of this for naught? No. It was all in the Lord’s doing, still humbling and teaching me to settle in for what lies ahead. Usually we have to sit for the stop light at the intersection for a few minutes ~ another place to settle.

There is refreshing in these times, time to catch my breath, and breathe in a renewing of the moment ~ stopping, slowing and realizing the presence of my Lord to carry through with His plan ~ then a slow acceleration and yet fast enough to get under the light before it changes again.

On the short ride home, the Spirit of the Lord left me with no doubt as to what is to come ~ life is giving and forgiving. This was His life and His life given for me ~ that I might live through Him and Him through me ~ filled with His grace. nestled in His goodness, and wrapped in His glory.

Regardless of forgetfulness, diminished sight, other failures and weaknesses, the grace of our Lord is prepared for us. The longer I live, the more I am given and the more I have to give. I spoke these thoughts to Jerry so that he may be encouraged and know what to expect. I added that he would be the first recipient.

“To whom much is given, much is required.” Luke 12:48

And beginning our fifty-ninth year together, I am settled for this.

“But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory
by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while,
make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever.
Amen….this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand.”
1 Peter 1:10-12

Gracious Father in heaven, Hallowed by thy name as your grace abounds toward us in all wisdom and prudence. Fill us with your Spirit of grace for the life you have planned for each of us. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Fran

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The Means for Humility (pg.8)

“Put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility,
meekness, longsuffering, forebearing one another,
and forgiving one another, even as Christ forgave you.”
Colossians 3:12-13  

 “Yea, all of you be subject one to another,
and be clothed with humility:
for God resisteth the proud,
and giveth grace to the humble.”
1 Peter 5:5

“There is a call to all earnest Christians to prove that meekness and lowliness of heart are the chief marks by which they follow the meek and humble Lamb of God.”

Humility and Death to Self
What if, in a life-threatening position, you have the opportunity to live, but you cannot let go of something you are holding.

Think of life that is promised if we not only let go of things that we hold dear, but to give up our own life. True humility leads us to die to self. The result is the humble life that is ours in Christ; now and for eternity.

“Whosoever will lose his life
 for my sake shall find it.”
Matthew 16:25

Revelation, Desire, Prayer, Reality
In Paul’s letters to the Romans and the Galatians, he teaches us that the flesh and the Spirit are at war against each other. Hope (another gift) keeps us in prayer and more watchful against the wiles of the devil. He wants us dead, but not to self.

These truths are revealed to us by the Spirit, regenerating us with a new heart and a new spirit (Ezekiel 36:26) so that we, seeing our ignorance and pride, come to repentance and faith — our first step toward growing in grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. One step leads to another as we desire this humility, pray for it, and by His working, humble ourselves, deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him.

God Uses All Things to Humble Us
Every time I read Murray’s Humility, I come away with his impressive statement concerning God’s means for our humility. It is similar to Romans 8:28-29. It has made a difference in my life to see God’s sovereignty working through everything to conform me to the image of Christ..

“Accept every humiliation, look upon every fellow-man who tries or vexes you, as a means of grace to humble you. Use every opportunity of humbling yourself before your fellow-man as a help to remain humble before God. It is by the mighty strengthening of His Holy Spirit that God reveals Christ fully in you.”

 “But if we hope for that we see not,
then do we with patience wait for it.”
Romans 8:25

Murray ended his book with a suggestion for a personal daily prayer.

“Of your great goodness make known to me and take from my heart every kind and form and degree of pride; and awaken in me the deepest depth and truth of that humility which can make me capable of your light and your Holy Spirit.”   

Dear Father, all you expect from us is supernatural and beyond our doing, but you put the desire in our hearts and promise us that you are exceedingly abundantly able to do more than we can ask or imagine, by the power of your Spirit working in us. Thank you for coming down to us that you might bring us to yourself — that by your divine power, we may live a life of humility before you and men. In Jesus’ name I thank you and praise you. Amen.

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When we reach the depths of humility then are we lifted to the heights of Christ’s glory.” Andrew Murray Humility ~ the Beauty of Holiness

~ Fran

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The Life and Power of Humility (pg. 7)

“For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.”
1 Corinthians 4:20

Jesus, on this day of the week, was raised in the power of the life He would give to those who follow Him. The Holy Spirit is still able to work the life of humility in us,

God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this;
that power belongs to God.”
Psalm 62:11

Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee: Jeremiah 32:17

“The life of God, which in the incarnation entered human nature, is the root in which we are to stand and grow.  It is the same almighty power that worked there, and from then on to the resurrection, which works daily in us.  Our one need (now) is to study and know and trust the life that has been revealed in Christ as the life that is now ours.”

“According as his divine power hath given unto us
all things that pertain unto life and godliness,
through the knowledge of him
that hath called us to glory and virtue:”
2 Peter 1:3

But as many as received him, to them gave he power
to become the sons of God,
even to them that believe on his name:”
John 1:12

The power needed to become the sons of God is the same power needed for humility.

The life God bestows is imparted not once and for all, but each moment continuously, by the unceasing operation of His mighty power.” Humility Andrew Murray

“And what is the exceeding greatness of his power
to us who believe,
according to the working of his mighty power,”
Ephesians 1:19

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly
above all that we ask or think,
according to the power that worketh in us,”
Ephesians 3:20

Gracious Father in heaven, let this be our praise to you for the life of Christ that you promise your children. What you require of us, you have the power to do in us. Pour out your Spirit of humility upon us and make us to know your continual presence with us. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

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Humility- the Cardinal Virtue (pg. 6)

And whosoever of you will be the chiefest,
shall be servant of all.”
Mark 10:44

When we see that humility is something infinitely deeper than contrition, and accept it as our participation in the life of Jesus, we will begin to learn that it is our true nobility. We will begin to understand that (even as Jesus was a servantbeing servants of all is the highest fulfillment of our destiny, as men created in the image of God.”

“The humble man seeks at all times to act on the rule, ‘In honor preferring one another (Romans 12:10), serve one another (Galatians 5:13), each esteeming others better than himself (Philippians 2:3-4), submitting yourselves one to another’.” (Ephesians 5:21).

“Humility should be sought after as the distinguishing feature of the discipleship of Jesus.”

 “A disciple is not above his teacher,
nor a servant above his master.”
Matthew 10:24

“Humility should be esteemed as the cardinal virtue; the only root from which the graces grow; and the one indispensable condition of fellowship with Jesus.”  Humility Andrew Murray

Dear Father, our greatest need is to have the nature and disposition of Christ, the power of His love and humility poured out from heaven into vessels that you have chosen for your honor and service. We desire this sweet and lowly gentleness that is the mark of the Lamb. Enable us to relinquish all to you for the work and power of your Holy Spirit in us. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Fran

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The Nature of Humility (pg. 5)

“When pride cometh, then cometh shame:
but with the lowly is wisdom.
Proverbs 11:2

“Pride is ours, from Adam, and rules in us with such terrible power, because it is ourself — our very nature. Humility (from Christ) must be ours in the same way; it must be our very self, our very nature.   As natural and easy as it has been to be proud, it must –it will be — to be humble. The promise is, “Where,” even in the heart, “sin abounded, grace did much more abound” (Romans 5:20)

 A man’s pride shall bring him low:
but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.”
Proverbs 29:23

“Nothing can avail but that the new nature, in its divine humility, will be revealed in power to take the place of the old. It will become as truly our very nature as the old ever was.

“We have our life from and in Christ, as truly, even more truly, than from and in Adam.” Humility Andrew Murray


There is as much difference in pride and humility as in night and day, light and darkness — good and evil. Jesus came to make the difference in His people. The Holy Spirit is doing His work in us now in preparation for eternity with Him. There will be no pride in heaven and without it we will never get there.

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be thy name as your kingdom has come and your will is being done in the hearts and lives of your children. Let the world see what Christ does in us. Continue to grow us in the new nature that is ours in Him — for your glory and our joy. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Fran

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The Humility of Christ (pg. 4)

“And being found in fashion as a man,
he humbled himself,
and became obedient unto death,
even the death of the cross.”
Philippians 2:8

“It is the sinner dwelling in the full light of God’s holy, redeeming love ~ in the experience of that full indwelling of divine love, which comes through Christ and the Holy Spirit ~ who cannot be anything but humble. Not to be occupied with your sin, but to be occupied with God, brings deliverance from self.”

“Have full assurance that where He is enthroned in the heart, His humility and gentleness will be one of the streams of living water that flow from within us.” Humility Andrew Murray 

In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) John 7:37-39

Dear Father, by your grace, reveal your Son who humbled Himself for us. Make us to know the indwelling of your divine love so that we are no longer occupied with sin and self but with you. Make us to know the Spirit’s power of Christ’s humility and gentleness in and through us ~ for your glory and our joy. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen
Fran

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