Archive for May, 2013

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

Many believers today are playing the he loves me, he loves me not game with God; hoping the last flower pedal they pull off is he loves me. God had to remind me the other day that His love for me is not based on my actions, how I may feel, or what I can do for Him. God loves me, because I am his adopted son, I belong to Him. I love my own son, because he is my son, not based on anything he does for me. He is my son, and for that I love him. God is the same way; He loves His children because they are His children. When God looks at his children he sees the righteousness of Christ, and not the sins that we so often look at and focus on. When I start not feeling that God loves me, and I start to listen to the lies of the enemy I then start to try and make God love me. When I start doing this I move from a system of grace to a system based on the law. The law is based on achieving, let’s say God’s Love by self-effort, based on the performance where the focus is always on me and what I have done or am doing or can do for God. My behavior equals my being. What does this produce, self-righteousness, bondage, duty, obligation, and lots of pain in the way of defeat, guilt and condemnation. Therefore, I just try harder and work hard to make God love me. The grace system is based on receiving by faith what God has done for me on the cross. My focus is always on God and what He has done and is doing. This produces faith-righteousness, freedom, victory, security, acceptance and I am able to receive rest, joy, and love in Christ. I have to admit, I so often live by the law, trying to earn God’s love. God loves me because I am his son, and for that He loves me. Believers we have to know and remind ourselves that we are 100% accepted because we are IN Christ. We have to receive and believe our acceptability and accept ourselves on the same basis that God accepts us. Does God accept me when I sin? Yes he does. Do you accept yourself when you sin? Why is it that God can forgive and forget our sins, but we cannot let them go of them? I will have to be the first one to put my hand up; I do this all the time. I beat myself up for my sins all the time, sins that God has long forgiven and forgot about. Yes, I am a work in progress and God is moving me through the Sanctification process where He is purify me from the pollution of sin, and renewing my nature in the image of God. Just remember the next time you start to pick the flower pedals, He loves me, He loves me, He loves me, He loves me!

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The Deeps

LORD JESUS,

Give me a deeper repentance, a horror of sin, a dread of its approach; Help me chastely to flee it, and jealously to resolve that my heart shall be thine alone. Give me a deeper trust, that I may lose myself to find myself in thee, the ground of my rest, the spring of my being. Give me a deeper knowledge of thyself as saviour, master, lord, and king. Give me deeper power in private prayer, more sweetness in thy Word, more steadfast grip on its truth. Give me deeper holiness in speech, thought, action, and let me not seek moral virture apart from thee. Plough deep in me, great Lord, heavenly husbandman, that my being may be a tilled field, the roots of grace spreading far and wide, until thou alone art seen in me, thy beauty golden like summer harvest, they fruitfulness as autumn plenty. I have no master but thee, no law but thy will, no delight but thyself, no wealth but that thou givest, no good but that thou blessest, no peace but that thou bestowest. I am nothing but that thou makest me, I have nothing but that I receive from thee, I can be nothing but that grace adorns me. Quarry me deep, dear Lord, and then fill me to overflowing with living water.

A prayer of the Puritans

Our Identity – Part 5 – Salvation

What happens to us when we ask Jesus to come into our hearts and to forgive us of our sins? The very first thing we have to realize is that Jesus first chose us. Ephesians 1: 4 – 7 says “Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.” What rocks the core of my being is that before God every said let there be light He chose to save me from my sins. God chose His children before the foundation of the world, that they should be holy and blameless. God knew every nasty sin I would commit, he knew what I would struggle with, and yet He still choose to save me, to love me, to forgive me. At salvation, God takes us spiritually out of Adam and places us into Christ, we are justified. Justification takes place at the moment of our salvation. So what does Justification mean? (The following notes of Justification are taken from Louis Berkhof’s Manual of Christian Doctrine)
1. Justification is the legal act of God by which He declares the sinner righteous on the basis of the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ.
2. Justification removes the guilt of sin and restores the sinner to all the rights of a child of God, including an eternal inheritance.
3. Justification takes place once for all: it is not repeated, nor is the process; in it completed at once and for all time.
4. The pardon granted in justification applies to all sins, past, present, future.
5. In justification God adopts the believer as His child, that is, places him in the position of a child and gives him all the rights of a child. Believers are not only children of God by adoption and therefore in a legal sense but also by virtue of the new birth and therefore in a spiritual sense. (John 1: 23-13, Romans 8: 15-16, Galatians 4: 5-6)
At salvation we participated literally in Christ’s death, burial, resurrection, and ascension and seating at the right hand of the Father. (Galatians 2:20, Romans 6: 1-14, Colossians 1: 13, Ephesians 2: 4-6, Colossians 3: 3-4) We are in union with Christ, and are sealed with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1: 13) with a seal that cannot be broken by anything. Also we can never be condemned for our sins again, past, present or future. Romans 8:1 say, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Now this does not give us a free pass to go do what we want to do, Romans 6 deals with that issue. At salvation Jesus takes His perfect righteousness and places it onto us, and takes our dirty, nasty, deadly sin and places it onto Him, so that we can live and live freely.

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