Friday, December 16, 2011

Pressing On and Taking Hold

Not that I have already obtained it
or have already become perfect,
but I press on so that I may lay hold
of that for which also I was laid hold
of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

"It is the Word of Christ, loved, lived in,
abiding in us, becoming through obedience
and action part of our being, that makes us
one with Christ, that fits us spiritually for
touching, for taking hold of God."
Andrew Murray
quoted in
Transforming Prayer
by Daniel Henderson
Page 110

It is also this same abiding in the Word of Christ that is the foundation behind the promise found in Psalm 37:4 "Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart."  A heart that delights itself in the Lord is a heart that delights itself in His Word.  If you do not delight yourself in His written word, you will not delight yourself in His Living Word...the Word that became flesh, the embodiment of the Word.

It is only to the extent that we abide in His written word that we also abide in Him.  Jeremiah 15:16a tells us this, "Your words were found and I ate them, and Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart..."  The Lord tells us in John 15:10 "If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love." 

We press on and take hold by abiding in His word.  If we are abiding in His word, then we automatically will be living in obedience to that word.  This is the key to the abudant spiritual life, to the close fellowship with the Father and the Son, and is a marker of our love for Him; as we see in John 14:21 "He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him."  It is those who love and obey to whom Jesus will disclose Himself; and it is when we press on in loving and obeying that we touch and take hold of God.

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