Friday, February 4, 2011

"You are complete in Him.  What words are these, from the same man who says, 'In me dwells no good thing?'  May we learn to rejoice in Christ Jesus, while we learn, also, to have no confidence in the flesh.

It was so with the apostle.  He felt that anything was too hard, the simplest thing too difficult, without Christ; the work before him only became possible--easy--when the promise was fulfilled--'My grace is sufficient for you; and my strength is made perfect in weakness.'  Then he could confidently say, 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.'

Yes, Christian, although in your daily course you seem to struggle in your duty, and though nothing seems to go on satisfactorily, be assured of this, so long as you are really looking to Christ and relying upon Him--so long is He working in you by His Spirit--however difficult may be your tasks, you will make progress.  You perhaps may never perceive it--you may not appear to make a step in advance--but, be not discouraged.  Remember, 'All the promises of God in Christ are yes, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God;' and these promises are yours."

--John MacDuff, The Throne of Grace
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