Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. Romans 5:1-5
Today’s thoughts from today’s verses:
Today’s passage overflows with so much of what we are considering in our devotionals this week. Literally, the bottom line of our passage is this: “For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” Truly, when it comes to endurance in our Christian experience, the bottom line is God’s love. Andrew Murray is a Christian author who has been a mentor to me. I was looking in my files for an article he wrote on God’s love when I came across an excerpt from his book: “The Deeper Christian Life.”
I have selected a portion of it to serve as the focus of today’s devotional. We know God loves us and that knowledge helps to keep us going. But experiencing God’s love as we abide in his presence moment by moment, day after day, is a whole different ball game. The portion that follows is from a chapter on “Daily Fellowship with God” and will serve wonderfully to help move us forward in our ability to experience God’s presence and love. And that my friends will do an awful lot to increase our endurance in powerful and lasting ways.
The following excerpt is from Andrew Murray’s book:
“Deeper Christian Life – Daily Fellowship with God”
“The first and chief need of our Christian life is, Fellowship with God. The Divine life within us comes from God, and is entirely dependent upon Him. As every moment I need air to breathe afresh, as every moment the sun sends down its light afresh, so it is only in direct living communication with God that my soul can be strong. The manna 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.”
“To 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 within my heart in this way: “God is. God is near. God is love, longing to communicate Himself to me. God the Almighty One, who is working all in all, is even now waiting to work in me, and make Himself known.” Take time, till you know God is very near.”
“When 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.”
“Then 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.”
“This 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 Savior 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.”
Today’s prayer response from today’s thoughts:
Since the words of Andrew Murray sought to guide us into a deeper encounter with God’s presence and love, it would be fitting for each of us to make our own personal response to God today.