Tuesday, August 23, 2016

CHRIST JESUS -- my Beloved SAVIOR -- THE Risen LORD!

SPIRIT-given Principles to my SALVATION:
BY the SPIRIT of the Risen LORD JESUS, i've reckoned that IN THE BEGINNING -- GOD!

BY the SPIRIT's on-going TRANSFORMATION of my mind -- i've reckoned that in my SELF dwells NOthing good.
For in this SELF of old dwells ABSOLUTE Depravity...
In my SELF of old lurks Ungodly Darkness and Utter Destruction!
(Genesis 1:1; Romans 7)

BUT GOD! even BEFORE the beginning -- GOD SO LOVED!

GOD SO LOVED that He created from a NO-thing
a SOME-thing altogether GOOD in His sight.
GOD brought HIS AMAZING Light into the Chaotic Darkness...
GOD Himself created Eternal LIFE into my SELF-created DEATHness!
(John 3:16; 2 Corinthians 5:17)


BY GOD'S GRACE -- i've reckoned my SELF crucified with CHRIST -- my Risen LORD!

Day by day i reckon my SELF DEAD to SIN, but ALIVE to GOD.
Hour by hour this branch is at REST in the TRUE Vine...
Moment by moment i'm kept by my FATHER, the DIVINE Gardener!
(Galatians 2:20; Romans 6:11; John 15)



O BLESSED ALL-mighty SAVIOR who bore on His body
the stripes for ALL my sins!


O BLESSED Humble SUBSTITUTE who took on Himself
the penalties for my EVERY sin.
O BLESSED Perfect LAMB of GOD who bled and DIED
in my stead at Calvary's CROSS...
O BLESSED Holy CHRIST of GOD who SACRIFICED Himself
that this WRETCHED SINNER may LIVE!
(1 Peter 2:24; Isaiah 53)



O DIVINE Gardener, YOU cause ALL things to work together for GOOD to those who abide in The TRUE Vine -- Your SON JESUS!

Prune away ALL unnecessary excess that may hinder fruit bearing.
Do ALL to this branch according to Your INFINITE Wisdom
so that The VINE may produce MUCH fruit for Your GLORY...
For it is You, LORD SPIRIT, who wills and works in this fruit-bearer
according to Your GOOD pleasure!
(Romans 8:28; John 15; Philippians 2:13)


THANK YOU, LORD, for creating in me a NEW Heart of Mercy!

As You did, i also forgive ALL who have sinned against me.

THANK YOU, LORD, for TRANSFORMING my mind day by day...
THROUGH YOU ALONE, i have PEACE WITH GOD -- now i share the PEACE OF GOD that surpasses ALL human understanding!
(Luke 23:24; Colossians 3:13; Romans 12:2)


Search me, LORD SPIRIT -- reveal to me my INNERmost BEing!
Convict me of ANY and EVERY thing that is NOT of CHRIST.
Cause me to see WHATever offends or grieves You...

Then be my Loving PHYSICIAN who cuts away DIS-ease and heals
as i stand still, FULLY trusting Your gentle hand!
(Psalm 139:23-24; Ephesians 4:30; Luke 5:31-32; John 15)


HALLELUJAH! The LIFE of this NEW i am is NOW being lived out by the Risen I AM!

No longer a SLAVE to SIN, but a SLAVE to RIGHTEOUSNESS.
No longer full of SELF, but an emptied vessel to be filled daily...
Filled with the LIFE-Giving River of the SPIRIT of CHRIST!
(Galatians 2:20; Romans 6:11; Ephesians 5:18)


FatherGOD -- YOU are EVERYthing to this NO-thing whom
YOU've created to be a SOME-thing for YOUR EXPRESSION!

Cause me to bear MUCH fruit for JESUS -- the LORD of my LIFE.
By the INdwelling SPIRIT of CHRIST, use the ALL
YOU've poured into this yielded vessel...
That ALL may know YOU and Your SON JESUS, and glorify Your NAME!
(John 15)


AMEN!