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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Taken Up With Christ

"To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery ... which is Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Colossians 1:27)

If we would please the indwelling Spirit we must be all taken up with Christ. The Spirit's present work is to honor Him, and everything He does has this for its ultimate purpose. And we must make our thoughts a clean sanctuary for His holy habitation.

He dwells in our thoughts, and soiled thoughts are a repugnant to Him as soiled linen to a king. Above all we must have a cheerful faith that will keep on believing however radical the fluctuation in our emotional states may be.

The Spirit indwelt life is not a special deluxe edition of Christianity to be enjoyed by a certain rare and privileged few who happen to be made of finer and more sensitive stuff than the rest. Rather, it is the normal state for every redeemed man and woman the world over.

Is the glory of God the great end of your being? Is your love to God supreme? Does it rise superior to the attachments of flesh and sense? What, whom do you love more than the everlasting God? Supreme love to God is decisive evidence of the renewed heart.

~A. W. Tozer~

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