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Friday, October 18, 2013

From Day to Day

"The inner man is renewed from day to day" (2 Corinthians 4:16)

There is one lesson that all young Christians should learn, namely this - the absolute necessity of fellowship with Jesus Christ each day. This lesson is not always taught at the beginning of the Christian life nor is it always understood by the young convert. He should realize that the grace he has received of the forgiveness of sins, of acceptance as God's child, of joy in the Holy Spirit can only be preserved by the daily renewal in fellowship with Jesus Christ Himself.

Many Christians backslide because this truth is not clearly taught. They are unable to stand against the temptations of the world or of their old nature. They strive to do their best to fight against sin and to serve God, but they have no strength. They have never really grasped the secret: The Lord Jesus will every day from heaven continue His work in me. But on one condition - the soul must give Him time each day to impart His love and His grace. Time alone with the Lord Jesus each day is the indispensable condition of growth and power.

Read Matthew 11:25-30. Listen to Christ's word: "Come unto Me, and I will give you rest. Learn of Me, and ye shall find rest unto your souls." The Lord will teach us just how meek and humble He is. Bow before Him, tell Him that you long for Him and His love, and He will let His love rest on you. This is a thought not only for young Christians but for all who love the Lord, and this would gladly help those who desire to live this life of fellowship with Christ.

Blessed Father, for Christ's sake and in order to please Him, for my own sake and to enable me to enjoy this blessed experience each day, I will learn the lesson, to spend time each day - without exception - in fellowship with Thee. So will my soul be renewed from day to day. Amen

~Andrew Murray~

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