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Saturday, December 13, 2008

true of all of us not just preachers

"Some preachers ought to put more fire into their sermons
or more sermons into the fire." - Vance Havner

Thursday, December 11, 2008

And Can It Be Charles Wesley

And can it be that I should gain An interest in the Savior's blood? Died He for me, who caused His pain-For me, who Him to death pursued?Amazing love! How can it be,That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?Amazing love! How can it be,That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?'Tis mystery all: th'Immortal dies:Who can explore His strange design?In vain the firstborn seraph triesTo sound the depths of love divine.'Tis mercy all! Let earth adore,Let angel minds inquire no more.'Tis mercy all! Let earth adore;Let angel minds inquire no more.He left His Father's throne above So free, so infinite His grace-Emptied Himself of all but love,And bled for Adam's helpless race:'Tis mercy all, immense and free,For O my God, it found out me!'Tis mercy all, immense and free,For O my God, it found out me!Long my imprisoned spirit lay,Fast bound in sin and nature's night;Thine eye diffused a quickening ray-I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;My chains fell off, my heart was free,I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.My chains fell off, my heart was free,I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.Still the small inward voice I hear,That whispers all my sins forgiven;Still the atoning blood is near,That quenched the wrath of hostile Heaven.I feel the life His wounds impart;I feel the Savior in my heart.I feel the life His wounds impart;I feel the Savior in my heart.No condemnation now I dread;Jesus, and all in Him, is mine;Alive in Him, my living Head,And clothed in righteousness divine,Bold I approach th'eternal throne,And claim the crown, through Christ my own.Bold I approach th'eternal throne,And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

please note that Wesley, in a time of revival under the anointing of the Holy Spirit wrote,
"That thou, my God, shouldst die for me." Now a days most of the time it is intentionally changed to "Thou my King would die for me" well the original wording was "my God" not my "King" and even though our little minds can not wrap around that concept that is truly what makes it amazing love and it shows the depth of the evil of our sin and the depth of the goodness of Our God. so leave it "my God" and sing it, "my God." !!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

why this waste???

Why this waste?? The disciples "high-sounding" well-thought-out question.
She is pouring out a substance too valuable on You Jesus
She is using way too much, it is filling the whole house
She is being inappropriate and creating a distraction with her
OVER THE TOP worship of you
She is not doing all things in "decency and order"
and Jesus said, basically, my translation
Oh Shut Up! You don't know what she is doing but I am about to label
it with a label that I used at no other time
She is doing a "good" thing and since no one is "good" but God alone
She is doing a God thing and you don't get it so
Shut Up

Why this waste ... Lord when David Brainerd and Oswald Chambers and Jim Eliot and countless others die so young... Why this waste... God is doing a sovereign and a good thing
because God is sovereign and God is good Period.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

the righteous will live by faith

regarding the previous post i believe the grace and mercy of God gave me part of the answer and the way out of the vicious cycle this morning
First came conviction directly from the Holy Spirit that when i give "the look of contempt" and when I grumble and mumble, I am 'in league with' the accuser of the brethren. me and satan are working on a project together when i do that... and that is enough to make me repent
and then
a chapter in a book on the 'blood of Jesus' was made alive to my spirit
"the just/the righteous shall live by faith"
We are made righteous by the blood of Jesus
It is finished
a done deal
a place of abiding that we stand in
a foundation to launch from
right now, because of the blood of Jesus,
I am righteous, right with God, and from that place
I live by faith
so instead of doing satan's work for him, i stop
and i look at others the same way God looks at me,
as righteous by the blood of the lamb
and the Son of Righteousness will arise in my life with healing in His wings
for everyone around me, my wife, my family, my job whatever
thank you Lord, Praise You for the blood of Jesus.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

repetitve

so the Love Dare book has brought out into the light the 3 things that i have been needing
to "put off" for years now
1 giving the "look of contempt"
2 mumbling and grumbling
3 not trusting my wife with information, due to ways in the past she has handled information

i am sort of "stuck" there, asking God to rid me of these things so that I/ we can move on