Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Sunday, September 22, 2013

The secret of peace and power

"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus." Hebrews 12:2

The work of the Holy Spirit is to bring us to be
experimentally nothing, and to make Jesus our
"all in all," thereby teaching us to live by faith
upon Him.

Oh, may you, by the Spirit's power, so lift up your
eyes from all but Jesus, that you will be conformed
to His image (2 Cor. 3:18). But do not expect to
receive any better account of yourself—rather a
worse one; for, as you get nearer the light, you
will see more of your own sinfulness
. I do hope,
however, to hear you speak well of Him, and that,
as you feelingly cry out, "Behold, I am vile!" He will
melt your heart by responding, "You are absolutely
beautiful, my darling, with no imperfection in you!"

Oh, this wondrous Savior! He opens the secret of
our wanderings and transgressions—only to declare
how entirely He has put them all away by the
sacrifice of Himself! Oh, what mercy that He did
not say, "Let them alone, they have loved idols,
after idols let them go!" What mercy that by His
light, He has manifested our darkness. You shall
see greater things than these.

More of your own vile heart—and more of His loving heart.

More of your sin—and more of His great salvation.

More of your deformity—and more of His beauty.

Do not be considering so much how you love Jesus,
as how He loves you. Your love is but the effect; His
is the cause; and the more you have to do with the
cause, the more fully will the effect flow from it
(1 John 4:19, and John 15:9).

So with faith; if you would have it grow, it must be
by looking at Him, not at your faith.

In short, the more you "consider Him," and are continually
coming unto Him, the more lively and healthy will be the
graces of the Spirit in your soul; while yet you rejoice, not
in your fruitfulness—but only in Jesus and in what He has
done and suffered. If the Holy Spirit opens this to you, you
will find the secret of peace and powerIt is all in
 He says, "Arise, my love, my fair one, and come
away." Away from self, away from all besides—to be
absorbed in Him. We must learn . . .
 our weakness—as well as His strength;
 our emptiness—as well as His fullness;
 our ignorance—as well as His wisdom.

May your eye and heart to be fixed on Him. Then will your
course be steady, and you will not be greatly moved by the
many changes you will ever find within. Oh, press on after
a life of faith in Jesus, for it is next in blessedness to a life
of glory with Jesus. Beg of the blessed Spirit to draw your
faith out continually upon His precious Person and work. Oh!
may He cause you to come out of self continually, and find
your all in Jesus! The more you are brought so to live upon
Jesus, the more stability of soul you will experience. To Him
I commend you—may He be revealed more fully in your soul.

from the Ruth Bryan collection at Grace Gems


Susan said...

Thank you for this link, Lyn, it's been a busy summer so I haven't been online much. What this young lady was writing about in her diary is much like what I've been thinking lately. If I focus on myself I would get defeated, I see only terrible things. But when I turn my focus to God and what He has done, I am uplifted.

lyn said...

Hi Susan, it's nice to hear from you. The writings of this young woman are timeless, it reveals her deep love and understanding of our Lord, and at such a young age!

When she said we should recall not how much we love Him, but how much He loves us, she said much. I do not recall nearly enough His love for me. And to state if we are to grow, it must be by looking at Him, hit home as well.

May we all press on after a life of true faith and complete trust in Him and Him alone; not our own strength, wisdom, or earthly possessions. All we need is Christ.