Today's devotionals

Short Devotional for Women:


JOY IN THE PRESENT  -  

BY MARY WILDER TILESTON

In Joy and Strength

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The meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

--PSALMS 37:11


Joy is Thy gift, O Father!

Thou wouldst not have us pine; 

In darkest hours Thy comfort

Doth aye most brightly shine; 

Ah, then how oft Thy voice

Hath shed its sweetness o'er me,

And opened heaven before me, 

And bid my heart rejoice!

--PAUL GERHARDT


TO be with God, in whatever stage of being, under whatever conditions of existence, is to be in heaven.

--DORA GREENWELL


I perceive we postpone all our joys of Christ, till He and we be in our own house above, thinking that there is nothing of it here to be sought or found, but only hope and fair promises; and that Christ will give us nothing here but tears, sadness, crosses; and that we shall never feel the smell of the flowers of that high garden of paradise above, till we come there. Nay, but I find it possible to find young glory, and a young green paradise of joy even here. We dream of hunger in Christ's house, while we are here, although He alloweth feasts to all the bairns within God's household.

--SAMUEL RUTHERFORD


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Short Devotional for Men:


DYING TO LIVE -  

BY THEODORE EPP

In Strength for the Journey

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Galatians 2:11-21


The new life is life "in Christ." The word "in" does not in this connection speak of location, such as "in an automobile," but carries the idea of union.

We are in union with Christ. Through Him we are dead to the Law, having been identified with Him in His death and resurrection.

On the resurrection side of this experience we have His life. He has come to live in us. It is this that marks the real difference between the old life prior to our salvation and the new life now that we are saved.

It is necessary before the believer can enjoy victory in Christ for the power of the old life to be broken. This is accomplished through union with Christ in His crucifixion. This is not an experience that we must struggle to enter into now. It was accomplished for us in the past.

The King James Version is not clear on this point. The American Standard Version of 1901 will help us here. The expression "I am crucified with Christ" is translated in the ASV: "I have been crucified with Christ."

God got rid of the old self-life by crucifying it. We were separated from the old self-life when we died with Christ.

That this is a past transaction is clearly demonstrated from Romans 6. In verse 2 Paul says, "We who died to sin, how shall we any longer live therein?" (ASV).

In the third verse the apostle says, "Know ye not that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?"(KJV) Here the verbs are clearly in the past tense and describe the finished transaction.

"And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts" (Gal. 5:24).


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