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9 Sep

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19 Aug

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No Stopping Him!

5 Aug

Whining

The Greatest News in the World

15 May

Preaching the Gospel, we are announcing the news of the revelation of who God is and how He feels about us. We stand on the street corners of the world shouting the news that God is not the way we thought He was – He loves us!… This is the greatest news in the world…
The love of God… is the magnetic north of truth by which we fix our position as we stumble lost in the wilderness of the world… To know that His love for us depends on Him and not on us is the beginning of the way out of our futile, meaningless lives and religious despair.

Malcolm Smith

The Lost Secret of the New Covenant, Harrison House, 2002, 57,62

Faith is a Choice

3 Apr

‘I do not feel worthy’ is a feeling of religious flesh… I do not doubt that you do not feel worthy, but what has that to do with faith, which in the face of such feelings declares the truth and stands in speechless awe before such a God?…
While our feelings hypnotize us with the lie, and self-loathing demands that it be believed, we must open our mouths and declare His love for us. Faith is not a feeling; it is a choice against our feelings, sometimes every feeling in our being, to believe the revelation of God in Jesus Christ.

Malcolm Smith

The Lost Secret of the New Covenant, Harrison House, 2002, 71-2

The Unbreakable Covenant

6 Feb

Jesus, the Son of God, is the covenant in Himself. The representative of God and the representative of the human race meet in this one person, Jesus Christ… The new covenant is not made with us as individuals. It is a covenant made by God the Father with God the Son… The new covenant is out of our hands and beyond our ability to break; it is guaranteed by the Triune God and, therefore, is unconditional and unbreakable… He does not need to enter into covenant with Him; He has no need of any of the promises and blessings of the covenant. In limitless love for us, He has joined Himself to us, never to leave us…
He did not need, as humans do, to swear an oath in order to bind Himself to keep the covenant. The covenant does not make Him what He would not otherwise be but is the means of revealing to us who He eternally is… God who is infinitely reliable, to be counted on at all times, constant, and unchangeable.

Malcolm Smith

The Lost Secret of the New Covenant, Harrison House, 2002, 75-76,121

The Real Issue

14 Nov

The real issue now, in fact, is not sin. The Jesus who comes to us in the Gospel has dealt with sin. The issue now is whether we will accept the divine amnesty, let Him send away our sins from us, and be reconciled to God… The whole issue now is whether we will turn from our independence, our faith in the lie, and submit to the love of God and His gift of covenant in Jesus.

Malcolm Smith

The Lost Secret of the New Covenant, Harrison House, 2002: 143

The Wonder of the New Covenant

16 Dec

It is a shock to many who would settle for a life of serving God that, above all else, He fervently desires our friendship. He desires us infinitely more than we desire Him… He would rather die than not have you with Him. This is the wonder of the message of covenant.

Malcolm Smith

The Lost Secret of the New Covenant, Harrison House, 2002, 279

Not a Puppet

28 Oct

It is much easier for us to think of Him invisibly beside us. He is with us, but the weight of the New Testament simply states that He is in us and we are in Him… The mathematics of the new covenant is one plus one equals one… Our lives are not something we tell Him about in our nightly report to Him in prayer, for He has lived them in us second by second…

But we are not His glove puppets!… The glorified Jesus is in us, and our walk of faith is choosing to die to the desires of the flesh that seek to live independently of Him and fulfill the lie, and instead to helplessly draw on His strength within us.

Malcolm Smith

The Lost Secret of the New Covenant, Harrison House, 2002, 206-7

You’ve Arrived!

6 Oct

Many believers live in the frustration of trying to arrive at where they already are… In meeting after meeting believers are urged to die with Christ, they go forward to pray and be prayed for instead of realizing that the Spirit placed them in Christ and, therefore, into His death and resurrection when they believed upon Jesus.

Malcolm Smith

The Lost Secret of the New Covenant, Harrison House, 2002, 218

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