Monday, March 26, 2012

Swallowed up in Him...

My soul rejoiced with joy unspeakable to see such a God, such a Glorious Divine Being; and I was inwardly pleased and satisfied that He should be God over all for ever and ever. My soul was so delighted and captivated with the Excellency, Loveliness, Greatness, and other Perfections of God, that I was even swallowed up with Him. At least to that degree that I had no thought…and scare a reflection there was such a creature as I. ~David Brainerd (1718-1747), missionary to the American Indians, writes of his conversion.

Death to self is the doorway to being swallowed up with Jesus. Imagine a life with “no thought and scare a reflection there is such a creature as I?” You can start living that way today….

 That is the life Jesus offered in John 12:24: Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain

The Apostle Paul described his experience as being “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)

John said, “I must decrease, so He may increase.” (John 3:30)

It starts with reckoning yourself dead to your sin nature and alive to God (Romans 6)…What are you waiting for? All you have to lose is your flesh…

Once Christ consumes you, and the realization that you are living in His Spirit comes alive you will never want to go back…He is so glorious, so incredible, so indescribable you will never again be satisfied to live carnally…

I challenge and encourage you to try it for yourself….

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