Tuesday, March 25, 2008

I Can Do Nothing

For today from "His Victorious Indwelling" edited by Nick Harrison, a daily devotional I continue to read and be encouraged by.

....as God hath said, I will dwell in them and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
2 Corinthians 6:16

God's aim and purpose in the Gospel is not to make good people, a mere matter of conduct; but rather a people "peculiar" to Him - so peculiar to Himself that He can come and live in them and be Himself the regulator of their lives. This is really wonderful!

Stated boldly, stripped of superficialities, the Christian life is a reincarnation of Christ. He who walked the earth nineteen hundred years ago walks again in us: "I will dwell in them, and walk in them." He who once found flesh and blood expression for Himself in one body now claims a similar expression in any body - yours and mine - the bodies of all who will believe and receive the benefits of the Gospel.

The life thus depicted is too wonderful for words. It is staggering in its possibilities. To think of anyone missing it! "But," says some doubting Thomas, "it's wonderful, if it works, if one could live it."

Let us acknowledge that if it fails to work, the failure is ours, not His. As in the case of an automobile with the engine running at full speed and wheels standing still - plenty of power but no transmission - we have failed to transmit and transmute His power into our daily living.

Norman B. Harrison

Our very helplessness is our resource. We find that God Himself must come in because we can do nothing.

John Darby

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