Is Christ Risen In Me?

“People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.”~~Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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Today’s word of the day, from Dictionary.com, is ersatz, which means, “serving as a substitute; synthetic; artificial.”

Today is No Housework Day. Wouldn’t it be a lot more fun if that fell on Saturday or Sunday?

I think I’m feeling better today. However, the “cold” (or whatever it is) decided to include my head, so yesterday I was sniffling and sneezing, as well as coughing and wheezing. Whoa, that rhymed! I still feel like I could easily sleep another four or five hours, this morning. But I do believe I have “rounded a corner,” as they say.

Baseball continues, and the Rangers are not being very impressive, so far. Bat-wise, they are doing okay, but the bullpen has lost two consecutive games. And, truthfully, they didn’t exactly “win” the first game as much as Seattle lost it. Yesterday afternoon, their closer gave up five runs in the top of the ninth, and never got an out. The Red Sox lost last night, as well. They rallied to go ahead after a rough start by Clay Buchholz, but lost in the eighth, when reliever Tazawa gave up a home run to Mike Napoli, of all people! So he plays for Cleveland, now. The Sox are 1-1 on the season, and the Rangers are 1-2.

It’s Thursday, or pre-Friday, as we like to call it. One more day this week. We plan to spend Saturday in Mineral Wells, to celebrate my mother’s birthday, which is actually tomorrow.

As the bell continues to toll for the year 2016, we lost another legend, yesterday. I found out when Christi texted me at 1:19 PM. Merle Haggard passed away . . . on his 79th birthday! I suppose the song I know him best for is actually a duet with Willie Nelson, “The Ballad of Pancho and Lefty.”

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

(From Praying With the Psalms)

My heart overflows with a pleasing theme; I address my verses to the king; my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe.
You are the most handsome of the sons of men; grace is poured upon your lips; therefore God has blessed you forever.
Gird your sword on your thigh, O mighty one, in your splendor and majesty!
In your majesty ride out victoriously for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness; let your right hand teach you awesome deeds!
Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the king’s enemies; the peoples fall under you.
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever. The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness;
you have loved righteousness and hated wickedness. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions;
your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia. From ivory palaces stringed instruments make you glad;
daughters of kings are among your ladies of honor; at your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir.
Hear, O daughter, and consider, and incline your ear: forget your people and your father’s house,
and the king will desire your beauty. Since he is your lord, bow to him.
The people of Tyre will seek your favor with gifts, the richest of the people.
All glorious is the princess in her chamber, with robes interwoven with gold.
In many-colored robes she is led to the king, with her virgin companions following behind her.
With joy and gladness they are led along as they enter the palace of the king.
In place of your fathers shall be your sons; you will make them princes in all the earth.
I will cause your name to be remembered in all generations; therefore nations will praise you forever and ever.

Psalm 45

The most common way to read this Psalm is to read the first nine verses as “adoration to Jesus Christ in all his splendor,” and verses 10-17 as “counsel to the church, urging her to leave the things of the world for a new life as the bride of Christ.”

“My heart, too, ‘overflows with a goodly theme’ when I meditate on your ways, O God. And to think that I am part of your glory! That you include me in your plans! Receive my grateful praise, through Jesus, my Savior. Amen.”

(From My Utmost For His Highest)

“Why Are We Not Told Plainly?”

And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
Mark 9:9

This verse occurs immediately after what we know as The Transfiguration. There is a correlation here for us, spiritually. The disciples were not to mention this event until Christ was risen from the dead. There are things that we cannot understand, nor adequately speak of, until Christ is risen in us.

“God cannot reveal anything to us if we have not His Spirit. An obstinate outlook will effectually hinder God from revealing anything to us. If we have made up our minds about a doctrine, the light of God will come no more to us on that line, we cannot get it.” But when the resurrection life of Christ has its way in us, this stage of obstinacy will end, and the light will flood within us.

Father, draw us all closer and closer to the resurrected life of Jesus, until we can no longer be obstinate about any subject. Teach us your ways, that we may walk fully in your truth. I ask you to form the resurrected life of Christ within me today and every day!

Come, Lord Jesus!

Grace and peace, friends.

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