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Fix Your Gaze on Christ

Our need remains the same – to see Christ more clearly, so He may be loved and trusted more deeply and really by us.  So that when Satan comes to threaten us with fear to draw back from following Christ, to love our selves rather than Him, to try and preserve our possessions instead of clinging to Him as our treasure, we stand fast and resist him with our hearts free from the love of this world and our eyes fixed on Him who loves us and gave Himself for us.  We need to see Him more clearly so that we cannot help but love Him – this burning love displacing all others.  May He be lifted up and win our hearts to Himself!

This is the most important thing for us – this beholding of our Savior, so you can be sure Satan will make this one of his biggest objectives.  He will try to distract us with a million other things, entice us away with the lure of comfort, lead us astray to another Jesus, or any number of other tricks to drive a wedge between us and our Savior – anything to destroy our confidence before Him and interrupt intimacy with Him.  Satan knows that our strength, our potency, our authority and love come from Him – Christ is working through us to accomplish His good, acceptable and perfect will – but all that is hindered to the degree that our communion and intimacy with Him are hindered by sin in our lives.  ‘How can two walk together unless they are agreed?’

Love Begets Love

“Were our meditations on the Lord’s appreciation of our love more deep, earnest, and simple, we should be more undivided in heart for Him.  Love begets love.  It is the fire I sit at that warms me.  The nearer the fire, the warmer I am.  The nearer I am to the heart of Christ, the warmer will be my own, and the more intense the flame of love to Him.  As well might I think of getting warmed by going out to the garden and looking at the snow, as getting more love to Christ by looking to myself, thinking of myself, and trying to increase my love  for Him.

But, somehow, many say, I do not grow in love to Him, and in appreciation of His love to me, and I do desire to feel more love to Him.  Well, then, if it is the fire I sit at that warms me, it is also the food I eat that satisfies me.  Let thy soul feed on Christ.  And a rich repast thou wilt find in this wonderful chapter.  Meditate thereon.  It will bear being studied, word by word.  And oh!  Think of the heart that each word flows from.  Unbelief lets the words of Christ go for nothing, faith feeds on them.  But be sure and rise in thy meditations to the heart from whence they flow.  Every study His words in fellowship with Himself.  Beware of separating the word from the Person of Christ.  Thus shalt thy love increase, and thy practical conformity to Himself grow exceedingly.”

(from Meditations of the Song of Solomon by Andrew Miller)