Friday, May 30, 2008

Affections

"We can scarcely indeed look into any part of the sacred volume (Scripture) without meeting abundant proofs that it is the religion of the Affections which God particularly requires...Joy...is enjoined on us as our bounden duty and commended to us as our acceptable worship...A cold...unfeeling heart is represented as highly criminal."
-William Wilberforce

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Wickedness

Thou hatest wickedness
Psalm 45:7

"He (God) hated wickedness, so much that He bled to wound it to the heart; He died that it might die; He was buried that He might bury it in His tomb; and He rose that He might forever trample it beneath His feet.
As warm as is His love to sinners, so hot is His hatred of sin; as perfect as is His righteousness, so complete shall be the destructions of every form of wickedness."
-C.H. Spurgeon (Morning by Morning)

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Arms

So frail is human strength, though behind it is tenderest, truest love. All that love can do, all that money can do, all that skill can do--avail nothing. Human arms may clasp us very firmly, yet their clasp cannot keep us from the power of disease--or from the cold hand of death.
But the love and strength of God are everlasting. Nothing can ever separate us from Him! An Old Testament promise reads: "The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms." Deuteronomy 33:27. If we are stayed upon the eternal God, nothing ever can disturb us--for nothing can disturb Him on whom we are reposing. If we are held in the clasp of His everlasting arms--we need not fear that we shall ever be separated from the enfolding.
-J.R. Miller (In Perfect Peace)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

His Supreme Value

He did not die to make this life easy for us or prosperous. He died to remove every obstacle to our everlasting joy in making much of him. And he calls us to follow him in his sufferings because this life of joyful suffering for Jesus' sake shows that he is more valuable than all the earthly rewards that the world lives for.
-John Piper (What Jesus Demands from the World)

Friday, May 23, 2008

Our Example

Leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps.
1 Peter 2:21

"Jesus is not only the teacher--His life is the text book which we are to study. Part of His mission to this world, was to show us in Himself--a pattern of a godly life...the teachings of Christ--they are not for knowing merely, as one learns the fine sayings of favorite literary writers; they are for living! They are to become lamps to our feet and lights to our path--and they are to be wrought into the web of our character. In the school of Christ, we are not to expect perfection--but we have a right to expect an increasing knowledge of spiritual things, and also spiritual growth in all the qualities which belong to Christian character.

The ideal Christian life--is a growing likeness to Christ. "
-J.R. Miller

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Discernment

By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.
2 Timothy 1:14

"God has given us the gospel in trust. He has deposited it to our account and expects that we will guard this priceless, precious treasure. God has entrusted to us something of infinite worth and unsurpassed beauty. He has not left us to our own devices, but he has provided for us the Holy Spirit, that with his help we may be faithful in guarding the gospel of Jesus Christ. Spiritual discernment allows us to keep the gospel central and allows us to see and guard against error. Spiritual discernment is absolutely crucial to the one who would understand and heed the gospel. Nothing less than the gospel is at stake."
-Tim Challies (the DISCIPLINE of SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Hate the sin but not the sinner

"For a long time I used to think this (hate the sin but not the sinner) a silly, straw-splitting distinction: how could you hate what a man did and not hate the man? But years later it occurred to me that there was one man to whom I had been doing this all my life - namely myself. However much I might dislike my own cowardice or conceit or greed, I went on loving myself. There had never been the slightest difficulty about it. In fact the very reason why I hated the things was that I loved the man. Just because I loved myself, I was sorry to find that I was the sort of man who did those things."
-C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity)

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The Gospel

"Christ did not die to forgive sinners who go on treasuring anything above seeing and savoring God. And people who would be happy in heaven if Christ were not there, will not be there. The gospel is not a way of overcoming every obstacle to everlasting joy in God. If we don't want God above all things, we have not been converted by the gospel."
-John Piper (God is the Gospel)

Monday, May 19, 2008

Affliction

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
Hebrews 12:11

"harsh plowings yield joyful harvests"
C.H. Spurgeon