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20 June 2014
GOD-TRACKING IS VICTORIOUSLY SHAKING OFF THE IRRITATIONS OF THE OLD LIFE
There was once a story told of a man who, while walking through a park one day, passed a massive oak tree with a vine that had grown up its trunk. Over the years the vine had grown taller and taller. By the time he passed by, the entire lower half of the tree was covered by the vine's creepers. This huge, solid oak was literally being taken over; the life was being squeezed from it. But the park gardener had seen the danger. He had taken a saw and severed the trunk of the vine. The tangled mass of the vine's branches still clung to the oak, but the vine was now dead. Over time these branches and creepers would dry and fall from the tree, one by one.
There was once a story told of man who was created in God’s image. He dwelt in a beautiful garden and was splendid and pure. One day the devil persuaded the man to deny God and so the man fell from God’s glory. Slowly a vine of deceit and evil grew up around this man. The vine was so intense that it sucked the very life out of him. But one day the Gardener, in his grace and love, sent his only Son to sever the stem of that vine and free the man from its life sapping grip. The vine perished and the devil lost his hold on the man. Though its creepers still clung to him, the man was no longer under its bondage. Slowly, as he grew closer the Lord his God, one by one, the branches and creepers of the vine that had entangled and threatened the man’s life, fell away. The man was free to once again enjoy the splendour of his created purpose: to freely walk with Father in the cool of the day.
Once sin and depravity gripped your life, dear God-tracker, but God, in his grace and love, sent Jesus to die in your place and free you from the bondage of sin. When Jesus humbly offered himself at Calvary he made a public spectacle of Satan, triumphing over him by the cross. Jesus severed the stem of Satan’s grip on your life. But over the years that his vine had grown up around the trunk of your life, Satan’s riles had attached themselves to you in many ways. These irritants of sin and bondage may still need to fall away. Over time, as you walk with God, he will reveal these irritants to you and help you deal with them, by his grace. As you do so, they will fall away and whither. Remember Satan no longer has a hold of you. Jesus has conquered the devil and handed the victory to you. Therefore, you are more than a conqueror in Christ. If you continue to dwell under God’s care then you will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. The One who now lives in you is greater than the one who attempts to cling to you. You have overcome the devil by the Blood of Jesus. Stand strong in the victory of Jesus as you watch that old life wither and die away.
God-tracking is victoriously shaking off the irritations of the old life
It’s all in the Book…
1 John 4:4
Verse of the Week
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.
Quote of the Week
Sample of Dudley’s Fave Quotes
“And the longer you delay, the more your sin gets strength and rooting. If you cannot bend a twig, how will you be able to bend it when it is a tree?” --- Richard Baxter
Don’t Give Up, Look Up!
Look up and Fix Your Eyes on Jesus!
I pray that these attachments of the old life will drop off, one by one, by the victory in which I stand
”Dear God, thank you for Jesus and the victory of Calvary. Thank you that, in Christ, I have overcome all the power of Satan. Thank you that you are in me and you are greater than the works of the devil. I know now that all Satan can do is bother me in life; he cannot do me any real harm. Therefore I stand strong in your might. Lord a submit myself to you. I pray that these attachments of the old life will drop off, one by one, by the victory in which I stand. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
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