"What love, what mercy, what blood, what grace have I despised and trampled on! Is this the return I make to the Father for his love, to the Son for his blood, to the Holy Ghost for his grace?"
How ugly our sin! If we understood God’s holiness such filth simply could not exist in our hearts and lives. We are such stupid, stupid sheep.
Going through the book of Ezekiel and reading time and time again how the Lord reminds Israel, “It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name” A well needed reminder that we are not the center of the universe. Yes, our Father reaches out in love but it’s ultimately to make much of Himself and not us.
May that stick with you
May it humble you
& may it reveal your desperate need of Him
There is no point upon which men make greater mistakes than upon the relation which exists between the law and the gospel. Some men put the law instead of the gospel: others put the gospel instead of the law; some modify the law and the gospel, and preach neither law nor gospel: and others entirely abrogate the law, by bringing in the gospel. Many there are who think that the law is the gospel, and who teach that men by good works of benevolence, honesty, righteousness, and sobriety, may be saved. Such men do err. On the other hand, many teach that the gospel is a law; that it has certain commands in it, by obedience to which, men are meritoriously saved; such men err from the truth, and understand it not. A certain class maintain that the law and the gospel are mixed, and that partly by observance of the law, and partly by God’s grace, men are saved. These men understand not the truth, and are false teachers.
Holiness is the very principle of eternal life, the very beginning of eternal life in the heart, and that which will certainly grow up to eternal life.
God tells us to make a sanctuary of our thoughts in which He can dwell.
What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.
The daily crucifixion of our flesh and sin does not happen when we focus first on doing so. It happens when we focus first on Jesus.
Christian Hedonism is a liberating and devastating doctrine. It teaches that the value of God shines more brightly in the soul that ﬁnds deepest satisfaction in him. Therefore it is liberating because it endorses our inborn desire for joy. And it is devastating because it reveals that no one desires God with the passion he demands. Paradoxically, many people experience both of these truths. That certainly is my own experience.
A lot of times when we think about sin, we think sin is when we do those things that God prohibits. There’s also another way to sin. It’s the sin of omission. And that’s when God says, ‘I want you to do this’ and we don’t do it … When God goes, ‘Not only are these things prohibited, but here’s where I’ve called you to walk’.
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Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.
Cleanse your hands, you sinners,
and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
Be wretched and mourn and weep.
Let your laughter be turned to mourning
and your joy to gloom.
Humble yourselves before the Lord,
and he will exalt you.
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Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely,
and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith,
who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,
despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
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