A Few Scriptures Connected.

"There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus" (Rom. 8:1); for there is nothing there to condemn. He is glorified (Acts 3:13), and there abides the blessed and changeless sunshine of God's favour always. And in Him that changeless favour beams down upon me. (1 John 4:17; John 17:26.) I awake in the morning, and there it is in all its fulness. He would have me work on, all through the hours of the long day, with the certainty of it. I lie down tired and weary at night, it may be, but it is still there, still true. "Accepted in the Beloved" abides. (Eph. 1:6.) And truly, since it has pleased God thus to show the "kindness of God" unto me (Titus 3:4; 2 Sam. 9:1, 3) a poor sinner, and since all is "of Him, and through Him, and to Him" (Rom. 11:36), I must add, "The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage." (Ps. 16:6.) To be now "heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ" (Born. 8:17), and now to be able to cry, "Abba, Father" (Gal. 4:6), and so to turn to Him in everything - what a portion!

It is best to think little of self and talk less. One thing satisfies the heart, to think much of God and His blessed grace, and to speak of it. We shall know this in heaven. There is little in the best of us worth thinking about, and less worth speaking about. But, oh, to be ransomed, and to know it! oh, to be redeemed, and going through this world in the daily and hourly communion with our own Redeemer! Ah! then we learn what paltry little things seek to occupy us, and fritter time away, and estimate them at their right value. Not to be occupied thus is to lose the blessed privilege which He has died to purchase for us, of bathing our souls all the day long in an ocean of love that is fathomless, but changeless and eternal. H. C. Anstey.

Christianity has its realization in us in a conformity of nature to God, with which God cannot dispense, and without which we cannot enjoy or be in communion with Him.

In the normal condition of a Christian he is occupied with Christ.