Quotes from The Almost Christian:   Leave a comment

“Common knowledge is that which floats in the head but does not influence the heart.”

“No man was ever kept out of heaven for his confessed badness, though many are kept out of heaven for their supposed goodness.”

“The ground of many a man’s engaging in religion is the trouble of his conscience, and the end of his continuing in religion is the quieting of conscience.”

“It is a great deceit to measure the substance of our religion by the bulk of our profession, and to judge of the strength of our graces by the length of our duties.”

“There are two things very hard: one is to take the shame of our sins to ourselves, the other is to give the glory of our services to Christ.”

Posted August 20, 2010 by Reformed and renewed in Misc

Until we see as we are seen   Leave a comment

Hebrews 11
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
I recently listend to John Piper talk about the “fruit” and the root” of Justification. Saying that the two should never be confused. It is by faith and by faiht alone we are untied with Christ, He is our substittion, He is the one wh has paid for our sins.To be sure the fruit should also be evident, but “fruit” doesn’t save by itself, No amount of piety saves, faith in Christ alone saves, it is that which makes us right before God.

No the text says “faith is the substance of things hoped for” What have we hoped for we have hope or at least we should, in “an inheritance that does not spoil or fade away” a place int the Blessed family of God who are in Christ. We hope to be like Jesus. We hope for this corruption to to be put away and the incorruptable to be put in its place. We hope for a place where there is no more sickness or sorrow or despair. We hope for life eternal and we hope to behold our Lord Jesus and to know Him and discover in all the ages to come.
We hope too be finally rid of sin and the corruption in our sous that so often make our hearst stray from God, and we hope for a heaven filled with Christ and His angels and saints.

These are things we do not yet see, even as we do not yet see except by faith this glorious slavation that God has wrought for us and in us. It makes one year for a place at the saviors feet, there to sit and learn from Him all the wisdom of the ages.. These things and more we hope for, and our hope is not in vain, it is in God Almighty whose Word cannot fail, even if we do. Who remains faithfull to uphold us, even when we fail to be faithfull.
This is life eternal, to know Him and to see Him as He is.

Sola Fide, Sola Christos, Sola Gratia, Sola Scriptura, Soli Deo Gloria. Until we see as we are seen. Amen.

Posted August 18, 2010 by Reformed and renewed in Devotional

Make it known that He is unique!   Leave a comment

Isaiah 12:1 At that time1 you will say:“I praise you, O Lord,for even though you were angry with me,your anger subsided, and you consoled me. Look, God is my deliverer!I will trust in him3 and not fear.For the Lord gives me strength and protects me;4he has become my deliverer.” Joyfully you will draw water from the springs of deliverance. At that time7 you will say:“Praise the Lord! Ask him for help!Publicize his mighty acts among the nations! Make it known that he is unique!

I have recently been reading through the book of Isaiah and this little cluster of verses seemed particularly encouraging to me at this time. There is first verse one, which states “ At that time1 you will say:“I praise you, O Lord,for even though you were angry with me,your anger subsided” Who has not felt this? Yet the rod of God’s anger fell on Christ and that for our sake. That gives reason for hope. Very much reason for hope.

“The Lord is my deliverer” or “my salvation” is pertinetn because even when I feel hopeless in myself I feel the power of these words, God is there to deliver me, even if only in the final deliverance which is from this life to life in His presence which is eternal. “ I will trsut and not fear” This to me speaks of eternal securitywhat can be more secure than to believe in the word God has spoken? This in times of despair sustains me, God is my deliverance, my salvation I shall trust and not fear.

The result of this has to be praise and rejoicing, God has been mercifull to us and not punished us as our sins deserve, just pause and think for a moment with me who has done this, …it is God Himself. The one whom no mind can capture and conceive save He reaveals Himself. Why would He do this for sinners who deserve His wrath? Because of His intense love for those He called to fear Him. With Isaiah I have to say…. Make it known that he is unique!

Posted August 16, 2010 by Reformed and renewed in Devotional

Come ! and Welcome to Jesus Christ!   1 comment

There are many times when feeling fail, but one thing that will never fail the true believer is the fact of his Justification before God. Its like a big umbrella he may hide when feelings are numbed and fears seem overwhelming.
God has been merciful to us, so much so that He did not spar His own Son, but gave Him up for us all, the rod, the punishment for our sins fell on Him. The cup of wrath, the damnation we deserve fell on Him.

There are many times I would despair but despair really does not lead anywhere, shalll we despair of mercy when pardon is offered freely? I do not say this to the flippant or the one who loves his little sins and refuses the correction of the Father. No we are not to sin, sin is worse than Satan, it is worse than the death of martyrdom, it is the betrayal of God in the worst possible way.
What is more even the pious are cappable of the most heinous crimes if they do not guard their hearts, for out of the heart streams all kinds of wickedness, and the depths of a man’s own depravity is a bottomless pit, that cannot be fathomed or healed by anything other than by the Blood of Jesus. How precious is the thought of it!

I know I have said it before but I will say it again, Look to Jesus! Look to Jesus! This message is so high and so deep you will not fathom it for all of eternity, for ever we who will stand along with the redeemed of all ages will wonder at the never ending Majesty of the Redemption God has given to those who has called and drawn to Himself.
Like me, you need to look to Him to day, for out of ourselves we can do nothing.

Posted August 13, 2010 by Reformed and renewed in Devotional

Being upheld in the everlasting Arms   Leave a comment

“Hold me up–and I shall be safe!” Psalm 119:117

We need God’s constant presence, power and grace.

Except He upholds us–we shall certainly fall.

We would have fallen before this–if God had not kept us!

We would fall every day–unless we are upheld by an invisible arm!

This day Satan may lay some snare for us!

This day our evil hearts may deceive us!

This day the world may lay some unexpected bait for us!

And unless the Holy Spirit . . .
opens our eyes,
gives us fresh supplies of grace, or
holds us back by an invisible power
–we shall utterly fall!

“Hold me up–and I shall be safe!”

Let this be our daily prayer! It will never be unsuitable!

Posted August 12, 2010 by Reformed and renewed in Devotional

Preparing for Heaven Daily   1 comment

Live in the daily realization of your union to Christ. Never rest until you know that you are one with Christ; and having obtained the witness of the Spirit to this great fact live daily realizing it. If you dwell in Christ, and Christ dwells in you; if you are a member of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones, what have you to fear from the grave? If you live, you live in the Lord; or, if you die, you die in the Lord; living or dead, therefore, you are one with Christ….Quote from James Smith (Puritan)
One of the most perplexing things in this life to many is the fact that however well groomed or wealthy you are, however poor and unkempt. Every soul must one day face up to His Maker. These days the stats are terrifying, one cannot take for granted that tomorrow is another day. So many souls go into the depths without any thought of God. The very next hour will pass whether we have frittered it away on frivolous things or spent it wisely on things that matter.
I am sometimes amazed by the fact that some people are in wonderment that I study theology, (I know I am no professional I study it mainly for my own benefit) because I know God is the person most worth knowing, God is the one to be most treasured, and to do that You need to bring all your faculties to Him, a full heart with an empty head lead to error. A full head with an empty heart leads to legalism and not grace.
Daily union with Christ means bringing into subjection all our heart, emotions , feelings and thoughts with His revealed will. Walking in the light He has given us, and being gracious to others who do not share the light we do. To live then in Christ is to be tied to Christ in eternal union. To acknowledge God in our thinking and doing is the matter for the moment, and very much determines our future happiness or gloom.
To me then there is only one path open, Preparing for Heaven Daily. ( That would be the only PHD I will ever have)

Posted August 5, 2010 by Reformed and renewed in Devotional

Behold Christ!   4 comments

There is a sense of gratitude I feel when I consider the magnitude of what God has done for us, in sending His sending His Son, Our Lord Jesus, to die for our sins and to take the punishment due to us, upon Himself. But its more than gratitude, is Awe. It is truly the only thing that can be said to be “awesome”

This is the love of God proven to us, that while we were worthy of damnation He came and had mercy on us. To sin again against such a love has to be “the evil of evils. There can be nothing worse than that it makes the thought of sin even more horrendous and condemnation even more sure who do not embrace this love so completely and without reserve. It has been asked why does God send people to hell after He has shown such grace? The true answer is “ The size of the sin does not matter, it’s the value of the sacrifice, Jesus’ sacrifice is of infinite and eternal value, its the pearl of great price! To sin yet again against the Love of God on Calvary is the evil of evils! There is no remedy for such sinning!”

O friend Christ has poured out His all for you, behold Him! Worship Him, lay down all for Him!, for He is of eternal worth, let us pursue Grace for we need it to live, more than we need the air that we breathe, and let us pursue holiness for God has called us to separate ourselves from the world that is already under condemnation and is indeed passing away!

Posted August 5, 2010 by Reformed and renewed in Devotional