Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Abide In Christ Day 9

I had been reading this book and it was such a blessing, but being busy and all, I set it aside. I almost feel like I need to start all over again. It is a good, yet very deep book. It's not just one that you can skim over and go on. You have to really take your time and think about what it's saying in order to grasp the meaning. I really wish that I could put the whole days devotion here because it is all so good, but that would take up a lot of space.

Abide in Christ-Day 9
"As your sanctification"
"But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom,
and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption."
I Corinthians 1:30

Christ is made of God unto us sanctification. Holiness is the very nature of God, and that alone is holy which God takes possession of and fills with Himself. "And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth" (John 17:19).

To illustrate this relationship between the measure of the abiding and the measure of sanctification experienced, let us think of the grafting of a tree, that instructive symbol of our union to Jesus. The illustration is suggested by the Saviour's words, "... make the tree good, and his fruit good..."(Matt 12:33). I can graft so that only a single branch bears good fruit, while many of the natural branches remain, and bear their old fruit -- a type of believer in whom a small part of the life is sanctified, but in whom, from ignorance or other reasons, the carnal life still in many respects has full dominion.

I can graft a tree so that every branch is cut off, and the whole tree becomes renewed to bear good fruit; and yet, unless I watch over the tendency of the stems to give sprouts, they may again rise and grow strong, and, robbing the new graft of the strength it needs, make it weak. Such are Christians who, when apparently powerfully converted, forsake all to follow Christ, and yet after at time, through unwatchfulness, allow old habits to regain their power, and whose Christian life and fruit are but feeble.

But if I want a tree wholly made good, I take it when young, and, cutting the stem clean off on the ground, I graft it just where it emerges from the soil. I watch over every bud which the old nature could possibly put forth, until the flow of sap from the old roots into the new stem is so complete that the old life has, as it were, been entirely conquered and covered by the new. Here I have a tree entirely renewed -- emblem of the Christian who has learnt in entire consecration to surrender everything for Christ, and in a wholehearted faith wholly to abide in Him.

Christian, fear not to claim God's promises to make you holy. Listen not to the suggestion that the corruption of your old nature would rend holiness an impossibility. In your flesh dwells no good thing, and that flesh, though crucified with Christ, is not yet dead, but will continually seek to rise and lead you to evil. But the Father is the Husbandman. He has grafted the life of Christ on your life. That holy life is mightier than your evil life; under the watchful care of the Husbandman, that new life can keep down the workings of the evil life within you. The evil nature is there, with its unchanged tendency to rise up and show itself. But the new nature is there too -- the living Christ, your sanctification, is there -- and through Him all your powers can be sanctified as they rise into life, and be made to bear fruit to the glory of the Father.

~By Andrew Murray~

And this is only a small portion of the days devotion. Can you see what I mean about being so good, yet so deep? This is what I call 'good stuff'. Amen and Amen!

Until the Shout,
Sis. Tammy

Sunday, 6 February 2011


This is the year of the Bible (400th anniversary) and as a family we are endeavouring to memorize the book of James.

It is so important to hide His Word in our hearts. We are taking 2 verses a week and working on them. It has been fun doing this as a family. We have gotten up to verse 6 completed. This week we start on verses 7-8.

James 1:1-6
  1. James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
  2. My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
  3. Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
  4. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
  5. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraided not; and it shall be given him.
  6. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
My husband went to a Christian High School and in order for them to graduate all the seniors had to memorize this book. He has forgotten a lot of it, so we are all pretty much on even ground (excluding the fact that children's brains work faster than ours, lol).

I'm really enjoying it and pray that most of it will stay with me after this is done. I reckon I'll just have to keep repeating it for how ever many years the Lord gives us on this earth! Hahahaha

Well, time for church . . . be in your place!!!

Until the Shout,
Sis. Tammy

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Answer to Prayer

I'm so thankful that I serve a God who answers prayer! Yes, sometimes it's a NO. Yes, sometimes it's a WAIT. Yes, sometimes it's a YES, but He always answers.

We are often bad about given our Lord the credit that is due Him. Just because the answer is not necessarily what we want, doesn't mean that He is not concerned about us. He is concerned enough that He will do what is best even when it isn't what we want.

I'm glad that the Lord saw fit to answer a specific prayer that I had for someone else. Only the Lord knows how burdened my heart has been these last months, but I do praise Him for the victory, no matter how big or small.

Until the Shout,
Sis. Tammy

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

CT Townsend - I have been blessed

Heard this song today and I just want to say . . .


Tuesday, 1 February 2011


Today, I have been glossing the skirting boards (base boards) and doors in the kitchen. After that I worked on getting the dining room put back together. Still have a few things I need to hang up and a mirror to get to go over the piano, but it's coming along. I have to finish glossing in the hallway and up the stairs. Should be interesting. NOT!

Sometime soon I have to redo Rebekah's room and then work on the bathrooms at church. I have a good bit of stuff that I'm taking to the church to use in the bathrooms to 'pretty' them up a bit. It's just all go at the moment. When I get the house put back together I will post the before and after shots! Should prove interesting!

Until the Shout,
Sis. Tammy