In and Out

In and Out

“We must have the glory sink into us before it can be reflected from us. In deep inward beholding, we must have Christ in our hearts, that He may shine forth from our lives.”
– Alexander MacLaren

It is the illuminated heart that shines forth Him who is the illuminator. Christ is the Light of the World and it is only His Light through us which can illuminate this world of darkness and sorrow.

“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” 
2 Corinthians 4:6

How good is the grace of God! We are not left to our own resources to fabricate some light for others to see; we simply shine forth His radiancy into the world around us.

“…freely ye have received, freely give”
Matthew 10:8

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Faith Perfected – P2

Faith Perfected –

Part Two

“Faith does not grasp a doctrine, but a heart. The trust which Christ requires is the bond that unites souls with Him; and the very life of it is entire committal of myself to Him in all my relations and for all my needs, and absolute utter confidence in Him as all sufficient for everything that I can require”
– Alexander MacLaren

“…looking to Jesus,
the author and perfecter of faith…”
Hebrews 12:2

Faith lays hold of its author and looks to Him for its perfection in pure obedience.

“You see that faith worked with his works,
and by works faith was perfected
James 2:22

Grace makes the heart willing to walk in the way of Faith.

“…but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith
Romans 16:26

See: Faith Perfected – Part One

Brian Troxel

Quote for Today – Alexander MacLaren

Quote for Today

“Faith does not grasp a doctrine, but a heart. The trust which Christ requires is the bond that unites souls with Him; and the very life of it is entire committal of myself to Him in all my relations and for all my needs, and absolute utter confidence in Him as all sufficient for everything that I can require”
– Alexander MacLaren

A Word in Season – Alexander MacLaren

Quote for Today

“That which of all things unfits man for the reception of Christ as a Saviour, is not gross profligacy and outward, vehement transgression, but it is self-complacency, fatal self-righteousness and self-sufficiency”
– Alexander MacLaren

A Word in Season – Alexander MacLaren

Quote for Today

“Surely scripture is right when it makes the sin of sins that unbelief, which is at bottom nothing else than a refusal to take the cup of salvation. Surely no sharper grief can be inflicted upon the Spirit of God than when we leave His gifts neglected and unappropriated”
– Alexander MacLaren

Quote for Today – Alexander MacLaren

Quote for Today

“Men come and go; leaders, teachers, thinkers speak and work for a season, and then fall silent and impotent. He abides. They die, but He lives. They are lights kindled, and, therefore, sooner or later quenched; but He is the true light from which they draw all their brightness, and He shines for evermore”
– Alexander MacLaren

Quote for Today – Alexander MacLaren

Quote for Today

“That is a solemn fact worth making very clear to ourselves, that the profoundest spiritual decline may be going on in us, and we be all unconscious of it. Samson wist not that his strength was departed from him,’ and in utter ignorance he tried to perform his old feats, only to find his weakness. So the life of our spirits may have ebbed away, and we know not how much blood we have lost until we try to raise ourselves and sink back fainting. Like some rare essence in a partially closed vessel, put away in some drawer, we go to take it out and find nothing but a faint odour, a rotten cork, and an empty phial. The sure way to lose the precious elixir of a Christian life is to shut it up in our hearts. No life is maintained without food, air, and exercise. We must live on the bread of God which came down from heaven, and breathe the breath of His life-giving Spirit, and use all our power for Him, or else, for all our name to live, and our shrunken, feeble imitations of the motions of life, the eyes which are as a flame of fire will see the sad reality, and the lips into which grace is poured will have to speak over us the one grim word – dead.”
– Alexander MacLaren