Trying Again…

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Well, it’s time to try and get the blog started again after a year and a half hiatus. I thought I would start it again as a tool to hold myself accountable for my time with God and His word. So, beginning tomorrow and Lord willing, I am going to use it as a means to reflect on what God is teaching and showing me. I have been incredibly encouraged with what my beautiful wife writes on her blog.(check it out!)

Until tomorrow and remaining desperate…

Heart Corruptions…

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Well, my consistency of updating my blog has been non-existent.  This has a lot to do with my laziness and investing in other non-productive activities.  Putting my thoughts down are helpful for the health of my soul.  If you are like me, I must discipline my thought life or I will become a slave to thoughts centered around me and my sinful desires.  I am daily a slave to where my thoughts take me; either centered around Christ and others or all about as Brian Regan has coined, “THE ME MONSTER”.   This morning my meditation on a Puritan prayer in The Valley of Vision was Heart Corruptions.  This prayer describes my daily battle and my daily need to apply the only solution, The Gospel.  May we all evaluate if we are a slaves of Christ or slaves of ourselves.  I don’t know about you, but I am so tired of listening to and worshiping my biggest enemy, Mike Simmons.  To survive I must apply the truth of Galatians 2: 20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Heart Corruptions

O God, may Thy Spirit speak in me that I may speak to thee. I have no merit, let the merit of Jesus stand for me. I am undeserving, but I look to Thy tender mercy. I am full of infirmities, wants, sin; Thou art full of grace.

I confess my sin, my frequent sin, my wilful sin; all my powers of body and soul are defiled: a fountain of pollution is deep within my nature. There are chambers of foul images within my being; I have gone from one odious room to another, walked in a no-man’s-land of dangerous imaginations, pried into the secrets of my fallen nature.

I am utterly ashamed that I am what I am in myself; I have no green shoot in me nor fruit, but thorns and thistles; I am a fading leaf that the wind drives away; I live bare and barren as a winter tree, unprofitable, fit to be hewn down and burnt. Lord, dost Thou have mercy on me?

Thou hast struck a heavy blow at my pride, at the false god of self, and I lie in pieces before Thee. But Thou hast given me another master and lord, Thy Son, Jesus, and now my heart is turned towards holiness, my life speeds as an arrow from a bow towards complete obedience to Thee. Help me in all my doings to put down sin and to humble pride. Save me from the love of the world and the pride of life, from everything that is natural to fallen man, and let Christ’s nature be seen in me day by day. Grant me grace to bear Thy will without repining, and delight to be not only chiselled, squared, or fashioned, but separated from the old rock where I have been embedded so long, and lifted from the quarry to the upper air, where I may be built in Christ for ever.

Remaining desperate…

Kingdom People Giveaway

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Don’t miss the Christmas Giveaway @ Trevin Wax’s blog, Kingdom People.  For the next ten days (Dec. 15-25), you have the opportunity to register to win all ten of his favorite books this year. Plus, an ESV Study Bible and a copy of his forthcoming book, Holy Subversion. That’s $240 worth of books!

Superior Satisfaction…

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“The other reason the love of human glory is contradictory to faith is that faith is a drinking of living water for the satisfaction of our souls. And the well of that water is the glory of Christ. And when we are satisfied with him, the enslaving power of the craving for human glory is broken. Broken by the power of a superior satisfaction.”

John Piper, The Love of Human Praise as the Root of Unbelief

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross…

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Love demands my soul…my life…my all…

Atonement

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It has been some time since I brought this video back up to remind myself of my desperate condition and the reality that all of us face.  Only the Gospel answers all of this man’s questions and only the Gospel helps us to be honest with what we know about ourselves and hide from others.  Only the Gospel explains that there is more mercy in Christ than sin in us.  May we humble ourselves before His mighty hand and look to the cross for the only solution for our sinfulness and God’s holiness…the mediator between the two…Christ Jesus our Lord.

Remaining desperate…

Abide In Christ…

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Today in our Wednesday morning men’s group we were discussing walking in the Spirit to mortify the deeds of the flesh. From that discussion, abiding in Christ was mentioned. What it means to abide in Christ has always challenged me. I appreciate John Piper’s take on it and commend it to you. Enjoy the video at the end.

“We can see the picture Jesus has in his mind in verse 5: “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” There’s where I get the power idea. “Apart from me,” Jesus says, “you have no power to do anything.” You cannot love each other as I command you to love, if you do not abide in me as I abide in my Father.

So the newness of Jesus’ commandment is not only that Jesus has become our pattern for love by taking the role of a servant, but also that Jesus has become our power for love by himself abiding in the Father so that as we abide in him we are given the very love of the Father with which to love each other.”

I love the thought that Jesus is not only our pattern for love, but he has become our power for love.  Apart from Him we can do…NOTHING!

Remaining desperate…

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