Dependency on Him in a self help world!

Running the race that God has for us is not an easy task. With the world pulling at our flesh makes the journey extremily difficult and challenging. However, by the power of the Holy Spirit we are strengthend, we are given peace, our thirsty dry mouths are refreshed.

God’s sole desire is for us to come to Him, seek Him, ask Him, love Him, want, desire, and depend on Him Always!  Jonathan Edwards wrote in his book “ Religous Affections” “gracious affections, the higher they are raised, the more is a spiritual appetite and longing of soul after spiritual attainments increased. On the contrary, false affections rest satisfied in themselves.

The more a true saint loves God with a gracious love, the more he desires to love Him, and the more uneasy is he at his want of love to Him; the more he hates sin, the more he desires to hate it, and laments that he has so much remaining love to it; the more he mourns for sin, the more he longs to mourn for sin; the more his heart is broke, the more he desires it should be broke the more he thirsts and longs after God and holiness, the more he longs to long, and breathe out his very soul in longings after God; the kindling and raising of gracious affections is like kindling a flame; the higher it is raised, the more ardent it is, and the more it burns, the more vehemently does it tend to seek to burn.”

Todays society teaches us, even implores us that we can do it ourselves. That we should pull ourselves up by our bootstraps. We can not.

 Amos 8:11-12 “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord God, “That I will send a famine on the land, not a famine of bread nor a thirst for water, But of hearing the words of the Lord. They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; They shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the Lord but shall not find it.”

We have given up the truth of God for a lie. We have chosen to serve creatures rather than the Creator. Rom 1:25.  A denial of Gods existance and HIs right to be obeyed and glorified is blasphemy.

We are always being challenged to conform to the ways in which the world would have us do things, and not according to Gods will. Lev 20:7 Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God. Set yourselves apart for the Lord. Rom 12:2 and do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. 

What perspective do we have? And, what are our expectations? We are to contend for the faith. Are we willing to settle for instant gratification or do we wish eternal glory? You decide…

D John

Jesus, Canon and Theology…

Very interesting dialogue… grab a coffee, juice or donut turn up the volume and enjoy as I did.
Jesus, Canon and Theology   Drs. Darrell Bock, Dan Wallace, and Ben Witherington dialogue on the historical and biblical foundation for the person of Jesus, the formation of the canon, and the development of theology.
D John

Does forgiveness mean that we forget?

You know what it’s like something happened a family member a coworker your boss your girl or boyfriend. Your feelings were hurt and you were disappointed infuriated and angry you lash out in a ball of rage and just bam you’ve exploded. Unleashing that fury that you’ve caged up inside you,  you really didn’t want to let go of but you do.

Writing in the article You meant it for evil, but God meant it for good… I briefly spoke of the life of Joseph and how he was able to forgive his brothers after all that they had done to him but, that leads to the question of did he forget all that was done to him, no in fact he didn’t. We see this in Gen 45:5 where he finally reveals himself and says to them “ do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.” His relationship with God allowed him to let go of the pain that he had gone through. This is identified in the naming of his firstborn Gen 41:51 Manasseh: meaning ” For God has made me forget all my toil and all my father’s house.” 

Nothing grieved Joseph more than having his brothers try and trick him into forgiving them after there father had died, the bigger problem is often times the opposite party hasn’t forgotten and is more afraid of the retaliation that may take place.

It’s compassion and love that God has for His children,  this is the same kind of love and compassion He wants us to share with each other. Forgiving doesn’t mean that we forget but it means that we realese the pain and hurt to Him. greater is the harm when we don’t.

D John

Does the end justify the means?

You’ve heard the aged old saying does the end justify the means? I’ve been watching a show recently where the police dept is working on a  case to catch a big time drug dealer. They are pulled off of the case because of the city’s budget constraints and now can’t pay the detectives the overtime needed to put into the case nore provide funding for surveilience equipment to catch this guy. One of the detectives gets a brainy idea that he’ll take advantage of some homeless that are dieing around town and fabricate a murder spree thats going on. He figures that he can get the department to spend the money on this case that he can use to  help catch the drug dealer.  

We often will manipulate alter or persuade others or situations for the benifit of our own gain, or in the example of the case listed above to catch a criminal.

The Apostle Paul states in Gal 1:10… “For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.”  But, what is our true motive? To catch a crook, pay a bill, get rich quick? What is it? All are schemes that we use to dupe ourselves into believing, thinking that we are doing what is right. So, “If you say surely we did not know this, Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?”prov 24:12.  John MacArthur writes in his notes commenting on Ja 4:17 The implication is that they also did what they shouldn’t do. Sin of omission lead directly to sins of commission. “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”

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