Archive for March, 2011
Have you considered that the thing which we pray to be delivered from is, in some cases, sent by God?
“When Jesus heard [that], he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.”
There are several reasons that sickness, grief, pain, and tragedy in general befall our lives. First and foremost: we are cursed. There’s no away around the fact that we are a dying people because we broke a simple and straightforward command. We get sick. Be break. We die. Nothing can change that.
But today I am writing about one reason in particular that we experience tragedy: growth.
My Grandmother has spent several days in the hospital recently due to a broken hip. While she was there she told me an analogy (on accident) about apple trees.
Apparently if you had an apple tree that had stopped producing fruit, you took an axe to it. Not to chop it down, just to take a hunk out of the side. This forced the tree into a state of emergency to repair itself, while at the same time producing fruit again.
Tragedy can pull us out of contentment and place us into a state of emergency and reliance upon God. Then we produce fruit.
Examine yourself before the next time you pray for deliverance. God may be trying to tell you something.
I was greatly convicted by this sermon of Paul Washer’s. It motivated me to change things in my life that are “trifle” and a waste of time.
It has some strong words for men and Christians.
May God bless and challenge,
It’s odd that, despite all the technical things of Christianity that I am comfortable writing about, I find it difficult to write about grace. It’s the most fundamental and foundational aspect of my belief system, yet I don’t know very much about it at all. Perhaps it is because grace is so unnatural; so contradictory with human nature.
I have been convicted lately due to the amount of emphasis I have placed upon my own works. Somehow I transitioned to a place where I was a Christian based upon what I did and didn’t do, and how often I failed or succeeded. I know, based upon scripture, that this is not true Christianity.
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”
It’s hard for me to grasp the fact that God doesn’t need me to do good things to grant forgiveness. This is totally incompatible with our social structure. Imagine what would happen if nobody had to show up for work to receive their pay checks?
Grace works though. It doesn’t result in thousands of sinning and apathetic “saints”. Why? Because anyone who is truly saved and redeemed will become a new creation, and live to please God. It’s like getting a check in the mail, then going to work to see what the Boss wants you to do that day; because He deserves it, without demanding it.
I see many people abusing this precious gift, though. Claiming redemption when their lover is the World, and feeling justified because they prayed a little prayer and cried a little tear. That’s getting a check in the mail and, without showing up to work, seeking employment elsewhere to get a bonus.
This is where works comes in.
“Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.”
Repentance leads to salvation. Salvation leads to a new creation. The new creation, by it’s new found nature, will do good works. Not because we have to, or to fill a quota, but because the desire of our heart has been changed.
This isn’t to say that you will be without sin. No, the war is far from over. The Devil is still upset about losing you.
Christ has purchased me. He knew I was a sinner. He knew I deserved the deepest, darkest, flames of Hell. Yet He came, and payed a price I could never dream of paying myself.
Humbled by Jesus,