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Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection

Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection

It is said there are three (3) stages in life: 1) Struggling; 2) Just coming out of struggle; 3) Just headed into struggle. There are, however, ways to mitigate the difficulties. Psalm 37 lists six (6).

Fourth on the list:

“Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him and he shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.” – Psalm 37:5-6

This Hebrew word translated, “commit”, literally means to “roll” and the word, “way”, literally means “journey, path, road, habits”. We all develop “ways” and once set they are hard, sometimes impossible, to change; but they can be “rolled” onto Christ for him to change.

Nicholas Herman, better known as “Brother Lawrence”, lived in a french monastery during the 17th century. People would visit him to learn how to experience God and these conversations were captured in the little book, The Practice of the Presence of God. It tells how Brother Lawrence rolled his ways onto the Lord.

Facing a task he would pray, “Lord, I can not do this unless Thou enablest me”. He, then, would have the strength to accomplish the need. When he experienced some failure he would confess his fault openly and pray, “God, I shall never do otherwise, if You leave me to myself; ’tis you who must hinder my failling, and mend what is amiss.” After doing this he let it go.

Step #4: Roll your journey onto Christ. He can accomplish anything!”

— fritz
1. Step #1 – Fret not, 02/21/2013
2. Step #2 – Trust and do, 02/22/2013
3. Step #3 – Delight in the Lord, 02/23/2013

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“I am not at all concerned about being judged … I don’t even pass judgment on myself.” – Apostle Paul (1st Corinthians 4:3-4)

Jesus frees us from all condemnation, even from self. We no longer have to make excuses for our actions or beat ourselves up for our misdeeds – Christ has taken all of that for us. He has become my judge and my justifier so I no longer need to step into those roles.

Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection

There was a monk in Paris’ Carmelite monastery who was simply known as Brother Lawrence. After his death in 1691 some of his conversations were published – here is one that applies:

“[He said] that when an occasion of practicing some virtue offered, he addressed himself to GOD, saying, LORD, I can not do this unless Thou enablest me; and that then he received strength more than sufficient.

That when he had failed in his duty, he only confessed his fault, saying to GOD, I shall never do otherwise, if You leave me to myself; ’tis You must hinder my falling, and mend what is amiss. That after this he gave himself no uneasiness about it.” – Practicing the Presence of God by Father Joseph de Beaufort, Second Conversation”

Prayer: Thank you, Father, you have justified me in Christ. I no longer need to justify myself nor make excuses but turn all my actions, good or bad, to your care.

Sound Bite: Jesus is my judge and justifier, I no longer need to step into those roles.-fritz@langgang.com

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