Verse and Prayer for 19th November


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 NKJV

Pete’s thoughts on baptism/docking yesterday reminded me of this story concerning Martin Luther. When asked how he overcame the Devil, he replied, “Well, when he comes knocking upon the door of my heart, and asks ‘Who lives here?’ the dear Lord Jesus goes to the door and says, ‘Martin Luther used to live here, but he has moved out. Now I live here.’”
I am finding it quite helpful to view life from a different perspective. My heart is my home and I share it with Jesus. There are times when it is best that he opens the door. Activities, events and commitments are like those things we leave our house to do. We have choices over what we do and where we go or we can choose just to take a stroll and see what happens. Feelings are like people who come and visit. Some (like sorrow) can stay for a long time and often outstay their welcome. Others (like happiness) may pop in and out frequently. However none of the feelings get to stay forever without the express permission of Jesus or myself; they are visitors and some make a lasting impression whilst others are quickly forgotten. Scripture tells me that there is treasure (e.g. love, faith, wisdom, joy, hope) in my house that needs guarding and more than a few things that need throwing out (pride, fear, condemnation, jealousy, etc.). Home, being the sense of safety and welcome that is found with Jesus is eternal but the house I currently live in is a temporary abode. Jesus has secured a far better house for us to share.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that you love me and that your love for me causes you to work on my behalf, to be present with me through good and bad and keep your promises to me. Help me to live today being more conscious of your presence, and more willing to let you act on my behalf. Remind me of your promises so that I know security and peace even if the day is stressful or unpleasant. For your glory, amen.

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