“God is none other than the Savior of our wretchedness.So we can only know God well by knowing our iniquities…Those who have known God without knowing their wretchedness have not glorified him, but have glorified themselves.”
— Blaise Pascal
Monthly Archives: September 2012
What do you desire the most?
Is it fame, fortune, wealth, or love?
If your answer is ALL OF THE ABOVE.
Then, my friend, you are missing life.
LIFE without CHRIST is NO LIFE at all.
CHRIST should be the one you desire the most.
The MOST not the least.
“…I came so they might have life, a great full life. For I am the only way, the truth, and the life!”
— Jesus Christ —
— Job 5:8, 11 (ESV)
Sometimes, we tend to get caught up with all the disappointments in this life. But then if we just turn our eyes on Him, we will find that the things of earth will go strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.
— Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus (Hymn)
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth…
—Ephesians 6:11, 14 (ESV)
The Whole Armor of God is composed of many pieces, one of which is The Belt of Truth.
The Belt of Truth not only holds the other of pieces of the armor together and keeps us safe from harm, but also symbolizes our knowledge on God’s Word and how much of it do we hide in our hearts.
Simply speaking, we need to READ our Bible diligently and most importantly OBEY it. May we always be equipped with God’s Word and firmly fastened in the Truth.
They say that living by faith is like driving with your eyes closed, only opening them periodically in your moments of doubt. They say you miss a lot — it’s dangerous to you and those around you.
Such a living would indeed be dangerous. But that’s not living by faith at all.
Living by faith is more like driving blind. Insisting that you can see only makes things even more dangerous. Living by faith is first knowing that you cannot see — knowing that you have absolutely no idea what’s ahead. But living by faith is also living a trust — the trust that God can see and that You can depend on Him for being your eyes. Living by faith is driving blind but driving sure because even if you don’t know what turns and bumps are up ahead, God does. To trust and to make Him your eyes can only but guarantee you the only ride to life.
“For we walk by faith, not by sight”
—2 Corinthians 5:7—
I do not ask to walk smooth paths,
Nor bear an easy load.
I pray for strength and fortitude,
To climb the rock-strewn road.
Give me such courage I can scale
The hardest peaks alone.
And transform every stumbling block,
Into a Stepping Stone.
— Gail Brook Burket
— Isaiah 40:29 (NLT)
“In the presence of this gracious gift of faith [Eph. 2:8-9], God justifies us “by his grace” (Rom. 3:24; Tit. 3:7) and forgives our trespasses “according to the riches of his grace” (Eph. 1:7) and saves us “through the grace of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 15:11) and “makes all grace abound” to us for “every good work” (2 Cor. 9:8) and makes his grace sufficient for all our affliction (2 Cor. 12:9) and enables us “by the grace of God” to work harder than we imagined we could (1 Cor. 15:10) and grants “grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16) and gives us “eternal comfort and good hope through grace” (2 Thess. 2:16), so that in the end “the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thess. 1:12).”
It was and is all grace — never ever let that slip off your heart and mind.
Quote taken from God is the Gospel by John Piper, p.36
Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:
Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one
and calls forth each of them by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
not one of them is missing.
…What is mankind that you are mindful of them,
a son of man that you care for him?
Hebrews 2:6; Psalm 8:4
“[The] Church is still alive; an unbroken spiritual descent connects us with those whom Jesus commissioned. Times have changed in many respects, new problems must be faced and new difficulties overcome, but the same message must still be proclaimed to a lost world. Today we have need of all our faith; unbelief and error have perplexed us sore; strife and hatred have set the world aflame. There is only one hope, but that hope is sure. God has never deserted his church; his promise never fails.“
—J. Gresham Machen—
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
“Though committed by a finite person, in the confines of finite time, sin is nevertheless still deserving of an infinitely long punishment because it is a sin against an infinitely worthy God.”
It does not matter if the sin is murder or cheating or stealing; it does not even matter how much sin one has committed. All sin, big or small, many or few, will lead to death — not because all sins are the same in their effects, but because all sins are acts against God.
“For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all.”
Because one God said all.
Christians who have been raised in a Christian home or a Christian school have often struggled with reconciling their “second-hand faith” with their Christian lives and the question of “Is my faith really real?” can haunt and devour many, many believers.
Timothy probably shared the same struggle with his own faith, to which is why Paul writes to him these words:
“Timothy, I believe with all my heart, that your faith, even though it’s rooted in your mother’s and grandmother’s faith, is sincere (anupokritou)—authentic, really yours. You are your own man. You are not mama’s boy. You are not gamma’s boy. Your faith is yours, even though it was first your mother’s and grandmother’s.
Don’t feel less authentic because of that lineage. My ministry, my service to God, is also from my parents. I, too, have been deeply shaped by my lineage. Don’t begrudge this family influence, Timothy. Glory in it.”
Just because your faith is of second-hand does not mean that it has to be of second-rate.
Incomplete quotation taken from John Piper’s paraphrase of 2 Timothy 1:3-5 in the book Entrusted with the Gospel, p.21.
“Before we can pray, ‘Lord, Thy Kingdom come,’ we must be [first] willing to pray, ‘Lord, my kingdom go.'”
There is no room for two kings in a kingdom. No two lords can sit at one throne — someone must surrender.
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”
At once they left their nets and followed him.