Thursday, July 21, 2011


For your daily reading, to go along with the sermon:
(Actually, just some really cool quotes from books I've read recently!)

"Without the vine the branch can do nothing. To the vine it owes its right of place in the vineyard, its life and its fruitfulness. And so the Lord says, 'Without Me you can do nothing.' The believer can each day be pleasing to God only in that which he does through the power of Christ dwelling in him. The daily filling of the life-sap of the Holy Spirit is his only power to bring forth fruit. He lives in Him alone and is for each moment dependent on Him alone."~Andrew Murray in "Abiding in Christ"

"But the Christian has made a still greater discovery. He is not only in the presence of a wonderful, wonder-working God, but that God is a Presence in him. Taking Him at His word, proving His word true in experience, his life has actually become the Incoming, Indwelling, Inworking, Infilling of His blessed, personal Presence."~Norman B. Harrison in "His Indwelling Presence"

"What God offers us in an 'exchanged life,' a 'substituted life,' and Christ is our Substitute within. 'I live; and yet no longer I, but Christ liveth in me.' This life is not something which we ourselves have to produce. It is Christ's own life reproduced in us...He has given only one gift to meet all our need: His Son Christ Jesus. As I look to Him to live out His life in me, He will be humble and patient and loving and everything else I need-in by stead...God has always one sufficient answer: His Son Jesus Christ. He is the answer to every human need."~Watchman Nee in "The Normal Christian Life"

My prayer for you, Ali, Greg and Nick, is that you are daily, hourly, moment by moment experiencing the presence of God!

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