>This from Peanuts causes me to think about “theological arguments” about secondary matters, and discussions some church-goers have over non-important things; usually blissfully aware that whatever they are “pointing out” about the other viewpoint exposes their own, ah, stuff:
>Reading a great, great book. I remember years ago there was a book with the title (I think by J. I. Packer), “Lord, I Want to be a Christian.” Great book, but got you some strange looks as other Christians saw you reading a book with that title.
I may get some similar looks if people notice me reading “What is the Gospel?” At the same time, it is tragic that many Christians of all ages cease learning, aren’t willing to admit that some of their most cherished opinions may, in fact, be wrong, and aren’t willing to stretch their minds.
“How can God have mercy on sinners without destroying justice? What can it mean that God forgives iniquity and transgression and sin, yet by no means clears the guilty (Ex. 34:7)? How can a righteous and holy God justify the ungodly (Rom. 4:5)?
The answer to all these questions is found at the cross of Calvary, in Jesus’ substitutionary death for his people. A righteous and holy God can justify the ungodly because in Jesus’ death, mercy and justice were perfectly reconciled. The curse was rightly executed, and we were mercifully saved.”
>There are a million reasons why I can’t wait to get to heaven, and “up there” on the list is to be able to meet A. W. Tozer and thank him for his insights which have helped and are helping mold me. Here’s one:
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. –James 1:6
When entering the prayer chamber, we must come filled with faith and armed with courage. Nowhere else in the whole field of religious thought and activity is courage so necessary as in prayer. The successful prayer must be one without condition. We must believe that God is love and that, being love, He cannot harm us but must ever do us good. Then we must throw ourselves before Him and pray with boldness for whatever we know our good and His glory require, and the cost is no object! Whatever He in His love and wisdom would assess against us, we will accept with delight because it pleased Him. Prayers like that cannot go unanswered. The character and reputation of God guarantee their fulfillment.
We should always keep in mind the infinite loving kindness of God. No one need fear to put his life in His hands. His yoke is easy; His burden is light.
We Travel an Appointed Way, p.48
“Increase my faith; increase my courage. Amen.”
And, if I may, you have robbed yourself if you’ve not read “The Pursuit of God”:
>Deuteronomy 29.29 is, in fact, one of my most-cited verses, since I am convinced half of being so-called “smart” is knowing what you are dumb at…and there is a ton of stuff of which I am dumb (yes, I can hear choruses of “amens” by friends, family, fellow workers…)
But, Scripturally, it is fine to not have all the answers. I get nervous around people, regardless of how many initials they have after their names, who seem to have it all, or even most, figured out.
That’s why I resonate with this:
“It is a great blessing from God that some parts of the Scriptures are clear while others are not. By means of the first we acquire faith and ardour and do not fall into disbelief and laziness because of our utter inability to grasp what is said. By means of the second we are roused to enquiry and effort, thus both strengthening our understanding and learning humility from the fact that everything is not intelligible to us.”
Peter of Damaskos
>Thanks to PETE WILSON for this…may be a bit painful to read, and harder to heed; but I am trying; and suggest you do also:
There is within the human heart a tough fibrous root of fallen life whose nature is to possess, always possess. It covets “things” with a deep and fierce passion. The pronouns “my” and “mine” look innocent enough in print, but their constant and universal use is significant…
They are verbal symptoms of our deep disease. The roots of our hearts have grown down into things, and we dare not pull up one root lest we die. Things have become necessary to us, a development never originally intended. God’s gifts now take the place of God, and the whole course of nature is upset by the monstrous substitution.
I’m saddened by how often I fall for the monstrous substitution allowing God’s gifts to take the place of God.
The pitiful reality is…
My crying out.
It’s often not about God at all. It’s about what I want Him to give me.