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A Branch of the Vine

MEDITATION:

Written by Andrew Murray (1828-1917), a South African writer, teacher, and pastor who considered missions to be “the chief end of the church.”  This is an excerpt from his book “Abide in Christ.”

Of God I am in Christ: created anew, made a branch of the Vine, and made for bearing fruit. Oh, that believers would stop looking at their old nature so much, and complaining of their weakness, as if God called them for what they were unsuited! How much better for them to believingly and joyfully accept the wonderous revelation of how God, in uniting them to Christ, has made himself responsible for their spiritual growth and fruitfulness! Then all hesitancy and laziness would disappear, and under the influence of this mighty motive – faith in the faithfulness of Him of whom they are in Christ—their whole nature would arise to accept and fulfill their glorious destiny!

Take time to meditate and to worship, until the light that comes from the throne of God has shone into you, and you have seen your union to Christ as the work of His mighty Father. Take time, day after day, in your whole Christian walk, with all its claims, duties, needs, and desires, and let God be everything. See Jesus, as He speaks to you, “Abide in Me,” pointing upward and saying “My Father is the vinedresser. Of Him you are in Me, through Him you abide in Me, and to Him and to His glory shall be the fruit you bear.” And let your answer be Amen, Lord! So be it. From eternity Christ and I were ordained for each other; inseparably we belong to each other. It is God’s will for me to abide in Christ. It is of God I am in Christ Jesus.

PRAYER:

Written by John Eldredge , a contemporary American author, counselor and lecturer on Christianity.

Dear God, holy and victorious Trinity, You alone are worthy of all my worship, my heart’s devotion, all my praise and all my trust and all the glory of my life. I love You. I worship You. I trust You and I give myself over to You in my heart’s search for life. You alone are Life, and You have become my life. I renounce all other gods, I renounce all idols, and I give You, God, the place in my heart and in my life that You truly deserve. This is all about You, God, and not about me. You are the Hero of this story, and I belong to You. Forgive me, God, for my every sin. Search me and know me and reveal to me where You are working, what You are asking, and that You would grant to me the grace of Your healing and deliverance and a deep and true repentance.

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