At the Feet of Jesus
   Devotion for Thursday , October 04, 2012
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At the Feet of Jesus: Daily Devotions to Nurture a Mary Heart by Joanna Weaver

What would it be like to sit at Jesus' feet? Join Mary, Martha, and Lazarus as they learn about God's kingdom firsthand! Drawing from her Bethany trilogy---including the best-selling Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World---Weaver's 365 devotions include daily action points, Bible passages, and topical sidebars to enrich your understanding of Christ's teaching. 384 pages, hardcover from Waterbrook, Copyright 2012.

October 4

But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. - 1 Peter 3:15

The question of Jesus’s lordship must be fought anew in each area of our physical, mental, and emotional lives. This means we can be living by the Spirit in one area (say, daily devotions) and still be totally controlled by the flesh in another area (for instance, our choice of entertainment or patterns of escape). The process of unseating Flesh Woman in all these areas and making Jesus Lord of our bodies, souls, and spirits can literally take a lifetime.
     In his powerful book The Pursuit of God, A. W. Tozer describes the process another way:

There is within the human heart a tough, fibrous root of fallen life whose nature is to possess, always to possess.… The ancient curse will not go out painlessly; the tough old miser within us…must be torn out of our heart like a plant from the soil; he must be extracted in agony and blood like a tooth from the jaw. He must be expelled from our soul by violence, as Christ expelled the money changers from the temple. And we shall need to steel ourselves against his piteous begging, and to recognize it as springing out of self-pity, one of the most reprehensible sins of the human heart.152

     This work that Tozer describes—the process of dethroning Flesh Woman and giving the Spirit of God the right to rule our whole lives—is traditionally called sanctification (“being made holy”). But sanctification is a fairly tame word for what is really an ongoing battle to overthrow the flesh and enthrone Christ in every corner of our lives.
     As we engage in the battle, the Holy Spirit comes to our aid. Disarming our fallen nature and exposing the enemy’s lies.

Having a Mary Spirit

Read: Hebrews 12:3–6
Reflect: To what point should we be willing to go in our struggle against
sin, and how should we view the Lord’s discipline when it comes?

Excerpted from At the Feet of Jesus by Joanna Weaver. Copyright © 2012 by Joanna Weaver. Excerpted by permission of WaterBrook Press, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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