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What we're missing

The most wonderful secret of living a holy life does not lie in imitating Jesus, but in letting the perfect qualities of Jesus exhibit themselves in my human flesh. Sanctification is "Christ in you..." (Colossians 1:27). It is His wonderful life that is imparted to me in sanctification—imparted by faith as a sovereign gift of God’s grace....Sanctification is not drawing from Jesus the power to be holy—it is drawing from Jesus the very holiness that was exhibited in Him, and that He now exhibits in me....Consequently, I slowly but surely begin to live a life of inexpressible order, soundness, and holiness—"...kept by the power of God..." (1 Peter 1:5).

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest (23 July, "Sanctification)


Christ in me.

Over and over, that's what He's emphasizing to me. It's become such a small part of what's taught and preached in today's church, but this is it—not "God will give you what you desire if it's good (marriage, children, money, etc.)," not "I'm just a sinner saved by grace," not "family values" or "what would Jesus do?" Yesterday barlow_girl
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<i>The most wonderful secret of living a holy life does not lie in imitating Jesus, but in letting the perfect qualities of Jesus exhibit themselves in my human flesh. Sanctification is "Christ in you..." (<a href="http://bible.gospelcom.net/bible?passage=COL%2B1%3A27&showfn=on&showxref=on&language=english&version=ESV&x=11&y=8" target="_blank">Colossians 1:27</a>). It is His wonderful life that is imparted to me in sanctification—imparted by faith as a sovereign gift of God’s grace....Sanctification is not drawing from Jesus the power to be holy—it is drawing from Jesus the very holiness that was exhibited in Him, and that He now exhibits in me....Consequently, I slowly but surely begin to live a life of inexpressible order, soundness, and holiness—"...kept by the power of God..." (<a href="http://bible.gospelcom.net/bible?passage=1PET%2B1%3A5&showfn=on&showxref=on&language=english&version=ESV&x=17&y=8" target="_blank">1 Peter 1:5</a>).

—<a href="http://www.gospelcom.net/rbc/utmost/07/23/" target="_blank">Oswald Chambers, <u>My Utmost for His Highest</u> (23 July, "Sanctification)</a></i>

Christ in me.

Over and over, that's what He's emphasizing to me. It's become such a small part of what's taught and preached in today's church, but this is <strong>it</strong>—not "God will give you what you desire if it's good (marriage, children, money, etc.)," not "I'm just a sinner saved by grace," not "family values" or "what would Jesus do?" Yesterday <lj user="barlow_girl"> <a href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/barlow_girl/55658.html" title="24 July 2004, "My current favorite song lyrics"" target="_blank">wrote about settling</a>, and this is what we're missing when we do. That must make the forces of darkness very pleased, and I pray our ignorance causes God to pursue us all the harder. I thank Him that He is who He is.

Dragging a bit. Almost never get enough sleep on Saturday nights, mostly because I'm an idiot. It's a good day for God's mercy.
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