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#326, 13 September 1917
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Welcome to our new subscribers and thanks to everyone for allowing us to share this inspirational issue of our newsletter. We have a great article from Andrew Murray (1828-1917) from more than a century ago, written to help those struggling with the concept of being "in Christ" and how it applies to daily life. It comes from his book "Abide in Christ." Enjoy it to the full!
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At This Moment

by Andrew Murray

"Behold, Now is the accepted time; behold, Now is the day of salvation"
(II Corinthians 6:2).

The thought of living moment by moment is of such central importance -- looking at the abiding in Christ from our side -- that we want once more to speak of it. And to all who desire to learn the blessed art of living only a moment at a time, we want to say: The way to learn it is to exercise yourself in living in the present moment. Each time your attention is free to occupy itself with the thought of Jesus -- whether it be with time to think and pray, or only for a few passing seconds -- let your first thought be to say: Now, at this moment, I do abide in Jesus.

Use such time, not in vain regrets that you have not been abiding fully, or still more hurtful fears that you will not be able to abide, but just at once take the position the Father has given you: "I am in Christ; this is the place God has given me. I accept it; here I rest; I do now abide in Jesus." This is the way to learn to abide continually. You may be yet so feeble as to fear to say of each day, "I am abiding in Jesus"; but the feeblest can, each single moment, say, as he consents to occupy his place as a branch in the vine, "Yes, I do abide in Christ."

The first stepIt is not a matter of feeling -- it is not a question of growth or strength in the Christian life -- it is the simple question whether the will at the present moment desires and consents to recognise the place you have in your Lord, and to accept it. If you are a believer, you are in Christ. If you are in Christ, and wish to stay there it is your duty to say, though it be but for a moment, "Blessed Saviour, I abide in Thee now; Thou keepest me now."

It has been well said that in that little word "now" lies one of the deepest secrets of the life of faith. At the close of a conference on the spiritual life, a minister of experience rose and spoke. He did not know that he had learnt any truth he did not know before, but he had learnt how to use aright what he had known. He had learnt that it was his privilege at each moment, whatever surrounding circumstances might be, to say, "Jesus saves me now."

This is indeed the secret of rest and victory. If I can say, "Jesus is to me at this moment all that God gave Him to be -- life, and strength, peace" -- I have but as I say it to hold still, and rest, and realize it, and for that moment I have what I need. As my faith sees how of God I am in Christ, and takes the place in Him my Father has provided, my soul can peacefully settle down: Now I abide in Christ.

Believer! when striving to find the way to abide in Christ from moment to moment, remember that the gateway is: Abide in Him at this present moment. Instead of wasting effort in trying to get into a state that will last, just remember that it is Christ Himself the living, loving Lord, who alone can keep you, and is waiting to do so. Begin at once and act faith in Him for the present moment: this is the only way to be kept the next. To attain the life of permanent and perfect abiding is not ordinarily given at once as a possession for the future: it comes mostly step by step. Avail yourself, therefore, of every opportunity of exercising the trust of the present moment.

Each time you bow in prayer, let there first be an act of simple devotion: "Father, I am in Christ; I now abide in Him." Each time you have, amidst the bustle of duty, the opportunity of self-recollection, let its first involuntary act be: "I am still in Christ, abiding in Him now." Even when overtaken by sin, and the heart within is all disturbed and excited, O let your first look upwards be with the words: "Father, I have sinned; and yet I come -- though I blush to say it -- as one who is in Christ. Father! here I am; I can take no other place; of God I am in Christ; I now abide in Christ." Yes, Christian in every possible circumstance, every moment of the day, the voice is calling: Abide in me, do it now. And even now, as you are reading this, O come at once and enter upon the blessed life of always abiding, by doing it at once: do it now.
From the book Abide in Christ by Andrew Murray (1884). 
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Do you remember them? Ah, the good old days of hymnbooks, the repository of Biblical truths [well, mostly!] in rhyming lyrics. People of my era only need a catalyst and they can burst into song on the subject even though they don't remember what the pastor preached last Sunday.

Here's a hymn I love and was singing in my head last night. It is based on this scripture: "And because of him [God] you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption" (I Corinthians 1:30 ESV). There are seven verses in the original, though I'll quote just three.
Jesus Christ is made to me, all I need, all I need,
He alone is all my plea, He is all I need.

Chorus: Wisdom, righteousness and power, holiness for evermore;
My redemption full and sure, He is all I need.

He redeemed me when He died, all I need, all I need,
I with Him am crucified, He is all I need.

He's the treasure of my soul, all I need, all I need,
He has cleansed and made me whole, He is all I need.

Written by a black holiness preacher who founded the Church of Christ (Holiness), Charles P. Jones (1865-1949) wrote over 100 hymns, including the favorite "Deeper, Deeper." The hymn quoted above, "All I Need," was written in 1906.
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