The Christian is called to live above his ability, to live on a spiritual plane so high that
no human being can live it in own ability, or power. We are called to live a miracle, a life that is a moral, spiritual, life with such intensity and purity that no human can accomplish it. Only Jesus Christ can live this life. Therefore, we must have His life lived through us.
Paul expressed it this way, in Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
The natural man is without Christ, therefore, being without life, he is spiritual dead, entirely destitute of the divine life of God.
How does one receive? The answer is one must be “born-again” and become the possessor of new life, the life of God – God’s divine nature implanted within. One’s whole being begins to throb with divine energy of a new life.
John 1:12 says, “All who received him, to those who believed in His Name, He gave the right to become children of God.”
Jesus said, “Whosoever findeth Me, findeth life!”
In John 6:53, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.” Verses 60-63 says, “On hearing it, many of His disciples said, ‘This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?’ Aware that His disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, ‘Does this offend you? What if you see the Son of Man ascend to where He was before! The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.’”
The bread, itself, is not important, but what it points to is very important! The spiritual teaching is the primary thing. One can eat the bread of communion and it will not be one of bit good, if one misses the spiritual significance. Jesus said, “The words that I speak unto you that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life!”
2 Peter 1:4 also speaks fo the words of God, “Through these He has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”
The physical emblems are only figures of the spiritual. It is not the bread, or the cup, that is important, but the spiritual food they represent.
God desires to give to us a life of abiding rest, continual victory and peace. As we partake of the Lord’s Supper we must surrender entirely with perfect trust in Christ’s life and He will give us inward rest of soul.
We need to let Christ live for us – live His life through us – carry our burdens and manage our affairs.
An illustration of this concept is the story of a man who was toiling under a heavy burden when, a neighbour with a wagon, picked him up. After traveling for a little ways the neighbour said, “Why don’t you put your load down, and rest while we ride.”
“Oh, no,” was the reply, “You are kind enough to let me ride, I couldn’t have you carry my burdens too!”
Some Christians are like that. They know God has saved them – but they don’t want to cast their burdens on Him too. Perhaps they think it would be too much for Him to bear.
Do you have weakness – wrong feelings – temptations, that seem too strong – perplexities – or worries, hard to bear? Leave them in God’s keeping. He understands you and He can manage your life.
Just pray something like this, “Lord, I have tried every way and have failed. Now I give it all to You. You mould and fashion me as it seems good to You. I give You my health, my children, my work and everything in my life.” It is difficult to commit the future into God’s hands – but we must do that also!
Someone hearing of the sorrow of lady, asked, “How could you bear so much?” Her answer was, “The Lord bore it for me!”
Leave you burdens at alter and don’t worry.
God said, “Be not anxious for anything but in everything by prayer and supplication, with
thanksgiving, let you prayers be made known to God.”
What to know the key of happiness? What to get rid of weary burdens? Do you want God to manage your life? Do you feel tired and weary, and rest looks sweet? Even, if you doubted the strength of the pew you are setting in, and you expected it to give way, you would not have rest. Neither will you have rest as long as you wonder about God’s ability to take care of your burdens. Jesus used a child as example of faith, and “The Chief characteristic of a child is its freedom of care.”
Life is one of trust from morning until dark. We trust our parents, neighbours, teachers, and etc. God’s Word tells us to not worry about tomorrow’s needs – God tells us, “Pestilence may walk, but regard it not – famine, fire, and war may rage, we can still have perfect rest!”
The key to peace of mind is a child-like trust in God!
Jesus said, “I am the true vine, and My Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the Word I have spoken to you. Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”