1. DAILY FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD
first and chief need of our Christian life is, Fellowship with God.
life within us comes from God, and is entirely dependent upon Him. As I need every moment afresh the air to breathe, as the
sun every moment afresh sends down its light, so it is only in direct living communication with God that my soul can be strong.
of one day was corrupt when the next day came. I must every day have fresh grace from heaven, and I obtain it only in direct
waiting upon God Himself. Begin each day by tarrying before God, and letting Him touch you. Take time to meet God.
this end, let your first act in your devotion be a setting yourself still before God. In prayer, or worship, everything depends
upon God taking the chief place. I must bow quietly before Him in humble faith and adoration, speaking thus within my heart:
"God is. God is near. God is love, longing to communicate Himself to me. God the Almighty One, Who worketh all in all, is
even now waiting to work in me, and make Himself known." Take time, till you know God is very near.
you have given God His place of honor, glory, and power, take your place of deepest lowliness, and seek to be filled with
the Spirit of humility. As a creature it is your blessedness to be nothing, that God may be all in you. As a sinner you are
not worthy to look up to God; bow in self abasement. As a saint, let God’s love overwhelm you, and bow you still lower
down. Sink down before Him in humility, meekness, patience, and surrender to His goodness and mercy. He will exalt you. Oh!
take time, to get very low before God.
accept and value your place in Christ Jesus. God delights in nothing but His beloved Son, and can be satisfied with nothing
else in those who draw nigh to Him. Enter deep into God’s holy presence in the boldness which the blood gives, and in
the assurance that in Christ you are most well-pleasing. In Christ you are within the veil. You have access into the very
heart and love of the Father. This is the great object of fellowship with God, that I may have more of God in my life, and
that God may see Christ formed in me. Be silent before God and let Him bless you.
Christ is a living Person. He loves you with a personal love, and He looks every day for the personal response of your love.
Look into His face with trust, till His love really shines into your heart. Make His heart glad by telling Him that you do
love Him. He offers Himself to you as a personal Saviour and Keeper from the power of sin. Do not ask, can I be kept from
sinning, if I keep close to Him? but ask, can I be kept from sinning, if He always keeps close to me? and you see at
once how safe it is to trust Him.
have not only Christ’s life in us as a power, and His presence with us as a person, but we have His likeness to be wrought
into us. He is to be formed in us, so that His form or figure, His likeness, can be seen in us. Bow before God until you get
some sense of the greatness and blessedness of the work to be carried on by God in you this day. Say to God, "Father, here
am I for Thee to give as much in me of Christ’s likeness as I can receive." And wait to hear Him say, "My child, I give
thee as much of Christ as thy heart is open to receive." The God who revealed Jesus in the flesh and perfected Him, will reveal
Him in thee and perfect thee in Him. The Father loves the Son, and delights to work out His image and likeness in thee. Count
upon it that this blessed work will be done in thee as thou waitest on thy God, and holdest fellowship with Him.
7. The likeness to Christ consists chiefly in two things-the likeness of His death and resurrection,
(Rom_6:5). The death of Christ was the consummation of His humility and obedience, the entire
giving up of His life to God. In Him we are dead to sin. As we sink down in humility and dependence and entire surrender to
God, the power of His death works in us, and we are made conformable to His death. And so we know Him in the power of His
resurrection, in the victory over sin, and all the joy and power of the risen life. Therefore every morning, "present yourselves
unto God as those that are alive from the dead." He will maintain the life He gave, and bestow the grace to live as risen
this can only be in the power of the Holy Spirit, who dwells in you. Count upon Him to glorify Christ in you. Count upon Christ
to increase in you the inflowing of His Spirit. As you wait before God to realize His presence, remember that the Spirit is
in you to reveal the things of God. Seek in God’s presence to have the anointing of the Spirit of Christ so truly that
your whole life may every moment be spiritual.
you meditate on this wondrous salvation and seek full fellowship with the great and holy God, and wait on Him to reveal Christ
in you, you will feel how needful the giving up of all is to receive Him. Seek grace to know what it means to live as wholly
for God as Christ did. Only the Holy Spirit Himself can teach you what an entire yielding of the whole life to God can mean.
Wait on God to show you in this what you do not know. Let every approach to God, and every request for fellowship with Him
be accompanied by a new, very definite, and entire surrender to Him to work in you.
10. "By faith" must here, as through all Scripture, and all the spiritual life, be the keynote.
As you tarry before God, let it be in a deep quiet faith in Him, the Invisible One, who is so near, so holy, so mighty, so
loving. In a deep, restful faith too, that all the blessings and powers of the heavenly life are around you, and in you. Just
yield yourself in the faith of a perfect trust to the Ever Blessed Holy Trinity to work out all God’s purpose in you.
Begin each day thus in fellowship with God, and God will be all in all to you.
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