Hi Sister Mackenaw! I appreciate your replies and complements, it encourages me to hear from others that they too find Stanford's materials useful. It's comforting to realize we need not to compare our lives with Christ in a having-to measure-up type of manner, because that would mean we can do what He does. The key is in yielding (Rom 6:13), not wielding, so God does the works. In this way it's not us doing the works by Him but He is doing the works by us and these are the only works which will remain (1Cr 3:140). When we think we are to measure up to Christ, it detracts from our humility and therefore causes us to be void in our understanding concerning, "For me to live is Christ", not, for me to live is me. The responsibility of producing the fruit (works) is God's because the branches (us) only bear the fruit. It's the vine (Christ) which produces the fruit. " Herein is My Father glorified, that ye bear (not produce) much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples" (Jhn 15:8).
Here is the most significant material I can post which is related to this reply:
"Our Father is going to teach us, mainly through personal failure, that the life we live is the life of our Lord Jesus alone. The Christian life is not our living a life like Christ, or our trying to be Christ-like, nor is it Christ giving us the power to live a life like His; but it is Christ Himself living His own life through us; 'no longer I, but Christ.'" -mjs
1-9. POWERLESS RECIPIENTS
"Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us" (Romans 8:37)
The world, the flesh, and the devil say, Be powerful. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit say, Be powerless "for My strength is made perfect in [your] weakness" (2 Corinthians 12:9)
"There would be little harm in trying to imitate Christ if such an endeavor did not hide from us what our Lord really desires; and so keep us back from 'life more abundant.' Christ has come Himself into our hearts to dwell there, and what He wants is to live His life in us, as the Apostle Paul says, 'For to me to live is Christ.' Christ was the very source and mainspring of all he was and did. What a wonderful thing this is! We would be driven to despair if Christ had simply left us an example to follow or imitate, for we have no power within ourselves to do it. We must have a new source; a new spring of action, and Christ Himself wants to be just that for us." -E.C.H.
"The man in Romans Seven is occupied with himself, and his disappointment and anguish spring from his inability to find in self the good which he loves. The man of Romans Eight has learned there is no good to be found in self. It is only in Christ; and his song of triumph results from the joy of having found out that he is 'complete in Him.'" -H.A.I.
"I have strength for all things in Christ who empowers me; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses inner strength into me" (Philippians 4:13, Amplified).
The Christian life is not our living a life like Christ, or our trying to be Christ-like, nor is it Christ giving us the power to live a life like His; but it is Christ Himself living His own life through us; 'no longer I, but Christ.'" -MJS
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