Look Away From Self

“It is the Holy Spirit who turns our eyes and our thoughts entirely away for self and ‘unto Jesus’.  It is the work of Satan on the other hand to turn our eyes back upon ourselves, for it is the evil one who is constantly encouraging us to put self first.  He does this in two ways:  he tells us, first of all, that we are too sinful, too depraved, that we cannot have enough faith or repentance, for God to save us.  He tells us that we are too weak to hold out, that the Christian life will not bring us joy.  On the other hand, Satan tells us that we are too important to humble ourselves in God’s sight, not bad enough to need God’s forgiveness.

On the opposite side of the picture, the Holy Spirit tells us that Christ is all and we are nothing, that it is not our hold upon Christ but His hold upon us that saves us.  The Holy Spirit tells us that our joy is in Christ and not dependent upon outward circumstances, that our salvation is in Christ and not in any merit of our own.  ‘Look unto Jesus,’ the Holy Spirit tells us–not to ourselves, not to our surroundings, not even to our loved ones.  We can never find happiness by looking for it in our feelings, in our circumstances or even in our belief in Christ.  Happiness is only to be found in Christ Himself.  Iti is not what we are but what Christ is that gives us rest unto our souls.

The only way we can overcome Satan’s temptation to us to look to self is by ‘looking unto Jesus,’ keeping our eyes solely on Him.  his death, His sufferings, merits and constant intercession for us at the Father’s right hand should be uppermost in our thoughts.  It is Christ who is our Mainstay when we lie down for the night and when we awaken at daybreak.

….It is only by looking unto Jesus and contemplating the love of God revealed in Him that we can see vice in its true colors and come to know the joy of walking in His steps.”

Keith L. Brooks

 

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Redemption

“I am crucified with Christ:  Nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

“Sing, my soul, sing about Redemption, and forget not to revel daily in its rich refrain:– ‘The Son of God who loved me and gave  Himself for me.’  Here is love’s ultimate goal– ‘Me.’  The poor, wretched, guilty, vile sinner is looked upon, longed for, and loved.  Jesus, the tender, sympathizing Saviour, has set His holy heart upon the sinner.  He must seek him; He must save him; He must succor him; He must have him.  Oh, blessed be God that I am that sinner and Jesus is my Saviour.

Here is Love’s uttermost gesture:–‘gave Himself for me.’  To gain the sinner, to gather the guilty, to rescue the rebel, to lure the lost, Love will go to the uttermost gesture of grace and give Himself a ransom for all, including me.  It is indeed an uttermost gesture.  He cannot do more.  He will not do less.  It is Love’s uttermost limit of love.”

John Ridley