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You Can be an Overcomer

you will appear in your own eyes; for your vision will be clearer. This is evidence that Satan’s delu- sions are losing their power. No deep-seated love for Jesus can dwell in the heart that does not realize its own sinfulness. The soul that is trans- formed by the grace of Christ will admire His char- acter. A view of our sinfulness drives us to Him who can pardon; and when the soul, realizing its helplessness, reaches out after Christ, He will re- veal Himself in power. The more our sense of need drives us to Him and to the Word of God, the more exalted views we shall have of His charac- ter, and the more fully we shall reflect His im- age.

The change of heart by which we become chil- dren of God is in the Bible spoken of as birth. Again it is compared to the germination of the good seed sown by the husbandman. It is God who brings the bud to bloom and the flower to fruit. It is by His power that the seed develops.

As the flower turns to the sun, that the bright beams may aid in perfecting its beauty and symme- try, so should we turn to the Sun of Righteousness, that heaven’s light may shine upon us, that our char- acter may be developed into the likeness of Christ.

Do you ask, “How am I to abide in Christ?” In the same way as you received Him at first. “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him.” Colossians 2:6. By faith you became Christ’s, and by faith you are to grow up in Him—by giving and taking. You are to give all,— your heart, your will, your service,—give your- self to Him to obey all His requirements; and

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