Daily Devotion – Growing In Grace
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My husband had a brilliant idea. Can you sense a note of sarcasm there? I hope so because there’s definitely a wee hint of one here. Anyway, my wonderful, always-resourceful husband has decided to use our clothes closet for a podcast recording studio.
In all fairness to him, I have to admit that the acoustics are great in the closet. In all fairness to me, however, it’s a little bit cramped when I’m looking for clothes.
With the new addition to the closet, I decided to clean it out this past weekend. I’ve been advised by my son not to remove too many clothes or I’ll foil their plan (yeah, he’s in on it too), but I did go through some old purses and pack up some of those too-tight clothes that have been hanging around.
As I got to purging my junk, I was reminded of an old saying from Smith Wigglesworth.
“More of you, Lord. Less of me,” he’d say.
Such a small statement, and yet those words are life-changing.
You can’t fill a drawer that’s jam-packed with garbage any more than God can fill a life that’s jam-packed with sin. We must die to our selves, as we’re born of the Spirit. In other words, we have to let go of the sinful person we were to grow into the image of Christ.
This isn’t done overnight. That initial prayer of repentance is the starting point of our new life in Christ, but it should never stop there. Every day we’re faced with decisions that call us to lay down our sin and pick up our cross. And each time we do, we’re growing in grace.
Paul writes, “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:11, KJV)
More of you, Lord. Less of me.
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Tilling the Soil
Make a point throughout the week to meditate on the words, “More of you, Lord. Less of me.” Most importantly remember this when you are struggling to let go of your sin.
He must increase, but I must decrease. (John 3:30, KJV).
Tilling the Soil
I encourage you to learn from Christ Himself this week. If you haven’t done so in a while, read one of the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John) to reacquaint yourself with the life of Christ. Mark has only 16 chapters which means you could easily read that one in a day.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:30, KJV).
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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