“Let our hearts admit, “I am poor and weak. Satan is too subtle, too cunning, too powerful; he watches constantly for advantages over my soul. The world presses in upon me with all sorts of pressures, pleas, and pretenses. My own corruption is violent, tumultuous, enticing, and entangling… Therefore, on God alone will I rely for my keeping. I will continually look to Him.”—John Owen (via michaelspotts)
First chance I’ve gotten to blog while I’m in Thailand after being here for 7 (or is it 8?) days. This place is truly unreal. Even today I was in awe of the glory, majesty, and beauty of our God seeing the wonder of His creation as the team and I road up the Hok (?) River. Around one bend of the…
“True love aims at satisfying people in the glory of God. Any love that terminates on man is eventually destructive. It does not lead people to the only lasting joy, namely, God. Love must be God-centered, or it is not true love; it leaves people without their final hope of joy.”—John Piper, The Goal of God’s Love May Not Be What You Think It Is, October 24, 2000 (via jeanniemarie)
“In a sense, the resurrection of the dead has already begun — with Jesus as the firstfruits. Nevertheless, there is a delay between his resurrection and ours. And in this delay, the harvest multiplies, grows, and ripens.”—
“I pray like this…I think we all should - ‘God, I’m a coward, give me power, give me boldness.’ You think I stand up here because I have the supernatural little gift that makes me absolutely, naturally bold? I couldn’t even get up in front of people; I remember playing in bands - I…
“We have barricaded ourselves into a preconceived theory of what it means to be utterly abandoned to God. And when we fall short of any of these things (we always do), we end up condemning ourselves for failing to be as extreme as Jesus. This is not the gospel. God did not die to make you gnarly.”—Chris Lazo- from When Your Life Is Not Radical
“Justification is being declared righteous. Sanctification is being made righteous – being conformed to the image of Christ. Justification is our position before God. Sanctification is our practice. You don’t practice justification! It happens once for all, upon conversion. Justification is objective – Christ’s work for us. Sanctification is subjective – Christ’s work within us. Justification is immediate and complete upon conversion. You will never be more justified than you are the first moment you trust in the Person and finished work of Christ. Sanctification is a process. You will be more sanctified as you continue in grace-motivated obedience.”—C.J. Mahaney
“But I observed that, although I was such a great sinner before conversion, God never burdened me heavily with the guilt of sins committed while I was in ignorance. He only showed me that I was lost if I did not have Christ because I had been a sinner. I saw that I needed a perfect righteousness to present me without fault before God, and this righteousness was nowhere to be found but in the person of Jesus Christ.”—John Bunyan
“Advance in the Christian life comes not by the work of the Holy Spirit alone, nor by our work alone, but by our responding to and cooperating with the grace the Holy Spirit initiates and sustains.”—Donald Whitney
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who are elect exiles of the dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood:
“Perhaps the most difficult task for us to perform is to rely on God’s grace and God’s grace alone for our salvation. It is difficult for our pride to rest on grace. Grace is for other people – for beggars. We don’t want to live by a heavenly welfare system. We want to earn our own way and atone for our own sins. We like to think that we will go to heaven because we deserve to be there.”—R.C. Sproul
“God’s purpose for my life was that I have a passion for God’s glory and that I have a passion for my joy in that glory, and that these two are one passion.”—Jonathan Edwards (via arielisbloodyawesome)
“Yahweh is the most significant thing about the Ten Commandments. When he gives voice to the inauguration of this covenant, the first thing he does is announce his own identity: ‘I am Yahweh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery’ (Ex. 20:2).
No gods before him.
No carved images of him.
No misuse of his name.
No work on the day he hallowed and blessed.
“These first four commandments obviously pertain to Yahweh, but perhaps the centrality of Yahweh to the last six commandments is less apparent – on the surface, anyway. These commands come with Yahweh’s authority. They reflect the way that he has created the world. They are to be obeyed because he has spoken them, because he created this world by his word, because this world is made to work according to his word (cf. James 2:11).
Fathers and mothers are to be honored because God is a Father to his people, and God is to be honored (Ex. 4:22-23; Eph. 3:14-15)
No murder because God alone gives life (Deut. 32:39), and people are in God’s image (Gen. 1:27; 9:6).
No adultery because God made man male and female, that the two might become one flesh (Gen. 2:23-24; Matt. 19:4-5).
No theft because God makes poor and rich (1 Sam. 2:7).
No false witness because GOd does not lie (Num. 23:19).
No coveting because God alone is to satisfy, and at his right hand there are pleasures evermore (Ps. 16:11).
“The authority and majesty and identity of Yahweh are central to all ten of the commandments, and ‘moral action is inseparably bound up with the worship of God.’”
“Without the gospel everything is useless and vain; without the gospel we are not Christians; without the gospel all riches is poverty, all wisdom folly before God; strength is weakness, and all the justice of man is under the condemnation of God. But by the knowledge of the gospel we are made children of God, brothers of Jesus Christ, fellow townsmen with the saints, citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven, heirs of God with Jesus Christ, by whom the poor are made rich, the weak strong, the fools wise, the sinner justified, the desolate comforted, the doubting sure, and slaves free. It is the power of God for the salvation of all those who believe.”—
Preface to Pierre Robert Olivtan’s 1534 translation of the New Testament.
“Spiritual seeing and spiritual savoring are so closely connected that it would be fair to say: If you don’t savor Christ, you haven’t seen Christ for who he is”—Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ by John Piper (via thepslamist)
“In its present phase, the kingdom is like its King before he was raised from the dead and exalted to the right hand of the Father. It can only appear weak and foolish to the world, even though this kingdom is more extensive in its global reach and more intensive in its redemptive power than any earthly empire in history.”—
You may wonder what you have done to deserve God’s love. How is it that God has shown you such kindness?
This is the very stuff of grace, that He amazes you, contradicts every expectation, seeks you out, finds you and lavishes His love upon you. You have done nothing and can do nothing to earn His grace.
The secret of His grace to you lies deep in the mystery of His foreknowledge. Simply receive it, celebrate it, delight yourself in it and live as one whom God is pleased to favour from His overflowing resources of kindness.
“God’s sense of timing will confound ours, no matter what culture we’re from. His grace rarely operates according to our schedule. When Jesus looks at Jairus and says, ‘Trust me, be patient,’ in effect he is looking over Jairus’s head at all of us and saying, ‘Remember how when I calmed…