Archive for June, 2011



I have not had a great day today. In fact I have been in a lot of difficult situations where people react aggresively towards me and want to force their opinions onto me regarding certain issues. I really feel as if I’m being attacked from all sides and I’m not sure weather I should retaliate and stand firm for what I believe is right or if I should be quiet and just accept what is said, turn around and continue with life. One issue specifically is about my teenage daughter wanting to walk in this world and me trying to keep her safe. I do trust that the Lord will do a great work in her but I cannot sit iddlely by and wait for this to happen. I have a duty as mother toward her to warn her. This feeling of despiration inside me is threatening my peace, my joy and my trust. I asked the Lord to give me something to settle this battle within me and this is what He gave me.

Fathers, Pray for Future Generations

Jun 19, 2011 03:45 pm | by Josh Etter
Original

Charles Spurgeon writes:

May our own dear ones be among the better generation who shall continue in the Lord’s ways, obedient to the end. And their seed shall be established before thee. God does not neglect the children of his servants. It is the rule that Abraham’s Isaac should be the Lord’s, that Isaac’s Jacob should be beloved of the Most High, and that Jacob’s Joseph should find favour in the sight of God. Grace is not hereditary, yet God loves to be served by the same family time out of mind, even as many great landowners feel a pleasure in having the same families as tenants upon their estates from generation to generation. Here is Zion’s hope, her sons will build her up, her offspring will restore her former glories. We may, therefore, not only for our own sakes, but also out of love to the church of God, daily pray that our sons and daughters may be saved, and kept by divine grace even unto the end—established before the Lord.

Excerpted from The Treasury of David (Psalm 102:28).

Thank You Lord!!

Advertisements


Certain pieces really make my hart sad with joy. It is a feeling I cannot describe to people but I am so glad that I cry. I feel a sadness that I cannot describe. All the pieces I put in my blog, makes me feel this way.

There Is Only One Liberator
by Jonathan Parnell

Our options are endless if we want to evade the reality of our brokenness, but there is only one liberator. John Piper explains in this video excerpt:

. . . All of us are prone to say “I don’t need you, Jesus. I’ve have my ethnicity,” or “I don’t need you, Jesus, I’ve got my religion, I’ve got my God,” or “I don’t need you, Jesus, I’ve got my moral superiority, I’m just an average Joe keeping my nose clean, surely not like some of these rascals sleeping around.”

None of those work.

One thing works: “If the Son sets you free, you will be freed indeed.”

That’s it. That’s the message of the text. There are all kinds of escapes, there are all kinds of evasions, but there’s only one liberator.

And he’s here in this room, in fact he’s wherever you are, moving towards you saying, “Whoever comes to me I will not cast him out. Whoever comes and drinks I will satisfy him and in him I will become rivers of living water. . .”

No More Shame

Once again this next insert touched my heart. There are so many people walking around, hurting, thinking that they can never be saved because of passed sins. Jesus saved us. He did it, completely. Our sins are forgiven, if we believe in Him.

No More Scarlet Letters

Jun 10, 2011 06:00 am | by Jon Bloom
Original

W. Somerset Maugham once said, “There is hardly anyone whose sexual life, if it were broadcast, would not fill the world at large with surprise and horror.”

With networks and newspapers broadcasting another New York Congressman’s sordid sexual secrets, and the public in a swirl of surprise and horror (and prurient fascination), it’s good for us to ponder again the profound grace that Jesus Christ extends to sinners like us, guilty of shameful things.

History has tended to give Mary Magdalene a reputation as a woman with a sordid sexual past. We’re not sure why. The Bible tells us little about Mary other than she had seven demons cast out of her, was present at Jesus’ crucifixion, saw where Jesus was buried, and saw the resurrected Jesus.

Maybe Mary’s rep is a bad rap. Maybe she’s been unjustly identified as the immoral woman in Luke 7. Maybe she’s borne the disrepute of her (likely) hometown, Magdala. Or maybe those strange early Christian apocryphal writings are to blame.

Or maybe Mary really did have a past. That’s the way I lean. It seems reasonable that a vague remnant of what was once her public shame lingers to highlight her Savior’s grace.

If that’s true, consider this: Mary Magdalene was the first person Jesus appeared to after being raised. The first person! Not his mother, not Peter, but a formerly immoral, demonized woman.

No wonder the disciples doubted Mary at first when she told them Jesus had appeared to her. You mean he appeared to Mary first and not us? Why would he do that?

Why indeed. I think that’s precisely what we’re supposed to ask.

I think one reason is similar to why God included Tamar, Rahab, and Bathsheba in the lineage of the Messiah and why the first recorded person to whom Jesus self-disclosed as the Messiah was the woman at the well: to illustrate that Jesus came to take away the horrible shame of sin and bestow the greatest honor on undeserving sinners. Jesus removed the scarlet letters these women carried around and made them heirs of the kingdom—daughters of the King!

And if your trust is in Jesus, that’s exactly what he does for you. Before God you wear no scarlet letter for any past sin anymore. Jesus takes away your sin. It is gone. You are clean. There is no lingering surprise and horror before God’s throne. Only honor bestowed on the children of God.

Five Statements That Summarize Christian Hedonism
John Piper writes:

The longing to be happy is a universal human experience, and it is good, not sinful.
We should never try to deny or resist our longing to be happy, as though it were a bad impulse. Instead we should seek to intensify this longing and nourish it with whatever will provide the deepest and most enduring satisfaction.
The deepest and most enduring happiness is found only in God.
The happiness we find in God reaches its consummation when it expands to meet the needs of others in the manifold ways of love.
To the extent we try to abandon the pursuit of our own pleasure, we fail to honor God and love people. Or, to put it positively: the pursuit of pleasure is a necessary part of all worship and virtue.

The Long Walk

He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until that Day.

Mark 4:13-20
13 “But if you can’t understand this story, how will you understand all the others I am going to tell? 14 The farmer I talked about is the one who brings God’s message to others. 15 The seed that fell on the hard path represents those who hear the message, but then Satan comes at once and takes it away from them. 16 The rocky soil represents those who hear the message and receive it with joy. 17 But like young plants in such soil, their roots don’t go very deep. At first they get along fine, but they wilt as soon as they have problems or are persecuted because they believe the word. 18 The thorny ground represents those who hear and accept the Good News, 19 but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for nice things, so no crop is produced. 20 But the good soil represents those who hear and accept God’s message and produce a huge harvest-thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

When we receive the Word of God into our hearts, it can be life changing. But Christ warns us that Satan will try to steal from us what God has planted. The first thing he will do is immediately bring doubt and confusion into your mind. The second thing Satan will do is bring a circumstance that will discourage you. If you don’t recognize what is happening and fight against him, the Word planted in your heart will not grow and you will stumble over and over again without ever receiving what God has promised. Christ is warning us that Satan comes with lies and half truths and discouraging circumstances to keep us from receiving the promises of God. If you are not growing in your walk with Christ look at what is happening with the Word planted in your heart. Don’t let Satan steal it from you.

Receiving the Word of God into your life is more than just reading, it is speaking the Word, meditating on the Word and then to acting on the Word. Paul wrote in Philippians 1:6 that he was “confident in this very thing:–this one thing, this one truth– that “He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until that Day.” The Word of God in your life and brought to the harvest stage of producing “seed” will change your life. But you must take that Word and speak it, meditate on it and then act on it for it to grow and produce the crop that God intended. But while it is growing in your heart, Satan will try to steal it from you. Beware of him and rebuke him in the name of Jesus and take what God intended for you. God has so much He wants you to know and so much He wants you to receive, but you need to keep His Word on your lips, in you mind and in your actions before it can grow into the promise.

David Powlison has written that “the only way we ever sin is by suppressing God, by forgetting, by tuning out his voice, switching channels, and listening to other voices. When you actually remember, you actually change. In fact, remembering is the first change.”

Here are four examples from the Bible of how we actively forget God:

By forgetting God’s past works of salvation: “then take care lest you forget the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery” (Deuteronomy 6:12).
By believing lies instead of the Word of God: “This is your lot, the portion I have measured out to you, declares the Lord, because you have forgotten me and trusted in lies” (Jeremiah 13:25).
By going after other lovers: “And I will punish her for the feast days of the Baals when she burned offerings to them and adorned herself with her ring and jewelry, and went after her lovers and forgot me, declares the Lord” (Hosea 2:13).
By being satisfied with the temporary need of the hour: “but when they had grazed, they became full, they were filled, and their heart was lifted up; therefore they forgot me” (Hosea 13:6).