Thursday, May 30, 2013

Why God Does Not Fully Give us Victory Over Our Sin in this Life

By these exercises he teaches us more truly to know and feel the utter depravity and corruption of our whole nature, that we are indeed defiled in every part.

His method of salvation is likewise hereby exceedingly endeared to us: we see that it is and must be of grace, wholly of grace; and that the Lord Jesus Christ, and his perfect righteousness, is and must be our all in all.

His power likewise, in maintaining his own work notwithstanding our infirmities, temptations, and enemies, is hereby displayed in the clearest light; his strength is manifested in our weakness.

Satan likewise is more remarkably disappointed and put to shame, when he finds bounds set to his rage and policy, beyond which he cannot pass; and that those in whom he finds so much to work upon, and over whom he so often prevails for a season, escape at last out of his hands. He casts them down, but they are raised again; he wounds them, but they are healed; he obtains his desire to sift them as wheat, but the prayer of their great Advocate prevails for the maintenance of their faith.

Farther, by what believers feel in themselves they learn by degrees how to warn, pity, and bear with others. A soft, patient, and compassionate spirit, and a readiness and skill in comforting those who are cast down, is not perhaps attainable in any other way.

And, lastly, I believe nothing more habitually reconciles a child of God to the thought of death, than the wearisomeness of this warfare. Death is unwelcome to nature;—but then, and not till then, the conflict will cease. Then we shall sin no more. The flesh, with all its attendant evils, will be laid in the grave. Then the soul, which has been partaker of a new and heavenly birth, shall be freed from every incumbrance, and stand perfect perfect in the Redeemer’s righteousness before God in glory.

John Newton, in a letter to a friend, 1776

Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

The Apostle Paul, in a letter to the churches in Corinth (2 Corithians 12:8-10)

Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Failure of Faith and the Mystery of God

Genesis 20:1-21:34              May 26, 2013          Link for audio/video/document

Failure of faith comes when we depend on ourselves. While we may get what we want in the short run, in the long run we will always ultimately fail. Victory comes only when we walk in the Spirit, when we wait on God in the confusion and delay of our lives - through total, absolute dependence in the supernatural power and mystery of God, through Jesus Christ. God is always faithful to His promises, even when we are unfaithful in our walk with him. Despite our failures of faith, God is always at work in unexpected and unexplainable ways. His ways may be mysterious, but they are always glorious!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Introduction: Get Back

An introduction to “Get Back,” a film written and directed by Eliot Rausch.

When the Lincoln Motor Company asked Eliot to create a film that would interpret the notion of “Hello, Again” he decided to pull from his own experience and explore the topic of digital distraction. Making the film – and reimagining his own life – was the opportunity he needed to break away from the devices that were stealing attention to the present. His film "Get Back" showcases the story of a young couple trying to work out life and love in the midst of an increasingly disconnected digital world.

To watch the "Get Back" feature film, Click Here.

Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!
Psalm 119:36

“Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,
and all these things will be added to you.”
Matthew 6:33

Longings After God

My dear Lord,
I can but tell Thee that Thou knowest I long for nothing but Thyself,
nothing but holiness,
nothing but union with Thy will.
Thou hast given me these desires,
and thou alone canst give me the thing desired.

My soul longs for communion with Thee,
for mortification of indwelling corruption,
especially spiritual pride.
How precious it is to have a tender sense and clear apprehension
of the mystery of godliness,
of true holiness!

What a blessedness to be like Thee as much as it is possible
for a creature to be like its creator!
Lord, give me more of Thy likeness;
enlarge my soul to contain fullness of holiness;
engage me to live more for Thee.

Help me to be less pleased with my spiritual experiences,
and when I feel at ease after sweet communings,
teach me it is far too little I know and do.

Blessed Lord, let me climb up near to Thee,
and love,
and long,
and plead,
and wrestle with Thee,
and pant for deliverance from the body of sin,
for my heart is wandering and lifeless,
and my soul mourns to think it should ever lose sight of its beloved.

Wrap my life in divine love,
and keep me ever desiring Thee,
always humble and resigned to Thy will,
more fixed on Thyself,
that I may be more fitted for doing and-suffering.

Puritan Prayers & Devotions. Monergism Books. Kindle Edition.

The Friendship of Faithful Obedience

Genesis 18-19                 May 19, 2013             Link for audio/video/document

The warnings of the utter destruction of Sodom and spiritual failure of Lot and is a warning for every church and every Christian. The differences between being “a friend of God” and “a friend of the world” are abundantly clear. When we truly love God, we will serve God. And when it comes to our relationship with God, we are friends with God when we faithfully obey Jesus!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Mysterious Hurricane at Saturn's North Pole

He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens, and by his power he led out the south wind. Psalm 78:26

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Monday, May 13, 2013

The Call of Obedience

Genesis 17:1-27          May 12, 2013          Link for audio/video/document

God declares circumcision to be a sign that focuses attention on the importance of Abraham’s offspring. Those of us who place our trust in Christ are the offspring of Abraham – we are sons of Abraham. W0hen the Spirit moves in us and convicts us of our sin and need for a Savior, we respond with immediate surrender, immediate obedience. When we trust in Christ’s work of dying in our place – dying the death that we deserve because of our sinful state – we will share in the promised blessings of life and hope and a future and eternity in the presence of our all-powerful, all-sovereign, all-supreme, “El-Shaddai” God.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Morning Needs

O God the author of all good,
I come to Thee for the grace another day will require for its duties and events.
I step out into a wicked world; I carry about with me an evil heart.
I know that without Thee I can do nothing,
that everything with which I shall be concerned,
however harmless in itself,
may prove an occasion of sin or folly,
unless I am kept by Thy power.
Hold Thou me up and I shall be safe.
Preserve my understanding from subtilty of error,
my affections from love of idols,
my character from stain of vice,
my profession from every form of evil.

May I engage in nothing in which I cannot implore Thy blessing,
and in which I cannot invite Thy inspection.
Prosper me in all lawful undertakings,
or prepare me for disappointments.
Give me neither poverty nor riches.
Feed me with food convenient for me,
lest I be full and deny Thee and say, Who is the Lord?
or be poor, and steal, and take Thy name in vain.

May every creature be made good to me by prayer and Thy will.
Teach me how to use the world and not abuse it,
to improve my talents,
to redeem my time,
to walk in wisdom toward those without,
and in kindness to those within,
to do good to all men,
and especially to my fellow Christians.
And to Thee be the glory.

Puritan Prayers & Devotions. Monergism Books. Kindle Edition.

Monday, May 6, 2013

The Humble Faith of Waiting for God

Genesis 16:1-16              May 5, 2013                  Link for audio/video/document

We are to be a people who wait for God. Our struggle is no different than Abram’s. God is testing us when He doesn’t jump when we think He should. When we see our hopes slipping away, we always want to jump in and give God a hand. But God is not asking us to hope in His promises; God is asking us to put our hope in Him. We need not be impatient because we know God never grows tired and is always in control. The humble faith of waiting for God means trusting God and His promises regardless of the problems, pressures, and predicaments we face as wait for God to fulfill His promises.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Now Why This Fear?

Now why this fear and unbelief?
Has not the Father put to grief
His spotless Son for us?
And will the righteous Judge of men
Condemn me for that debt of sin
Now canceled at the cross?

      Jesus, all my trust is in Your blood
      Jesus, You’ve rescued us
      Through Your great love

Complete atonement You have made
And by Your death have fully paid
The debt Your people owed
No wrath remains for us to face
We’re sheltered by Your saving grace
 And sprinkled with Your blood

      How sweet the sound of saving grace
      How sweet the sound of saving grace
      Christ died for me

Be still my soul and know this peace
The merits of your great high priest
Have bought your liberty
Rely then on His precious blood
Don’t fear your banishment from God
Since Jesus sets you free

        "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”      Isaiah 43:1-3