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Uncontainable Love

30 Sep

Faith and Repentance

27 Sep

These two things act and react upon each other: the man who is forgiven, therefore repents; and the man who repents is most assuredly forgiven. Remember first, that forgiveness leads to repentance… Repentance grows as faith grows… Faith and repentance are but two spokes in the same wheel, two handles of the same plough… Do not regard your repentance is the cause of your remission, but as the companion of it. Do not expect to be able to repent until you see the grace of our Lord Jesus…

SpurgeonCharles Spurgeon (1834-1892)

All of Grace, Trinity Press, 2011, 91-93.

Quit Trying

25 Sep

There are some believers who may not articulate it, but in their hearts they believe that without Jesus they can still succeed. By believing and acting on this, they fall from the high place of God’s grace (His unmerited favor) back into the law, back into trying to merit and deserve success by their own efforts…
Beloved, let’s learn quickly that without Jesus, we cannot succeed, and if we choose not to respond to His unmerited favor, He will not force it on us… Jesus is waiting for us to come to the end of ourselves.

Joseph Prince

Unmerited Favor, Joseph Prince Teaching Resources, 2009, 24-5

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Excitement

23 Sep

Butterfly

20 Sep

Ephesians 5:8: “For you were once the darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.” a good paraphrase would be, “You once were a worm; now you are a butterfly. Fly like a butterfly!”

Bob_GeorgeBob George

Classic Christianity, Harvest House, 1989, 75.

Mr Grace and Mr Law

18 Sep

Mr. Law was a demanding husband who was never satisfied, regardless of how many right things you did. He didn’t just claim to be perfect; he actually was perfect and he demanded the same from you… Mr. Grace is very different. Whatever He wants done, He just does Himself. Any burden He asks you to carry is light… Divorce from Him is impossible. I am one with Him ‘until death do us part’ and neither one of us is ever going to die!

Steve McVey

Grace Walk, Harvest House 1995, 116

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Magnum Opus

16 Sep

Doing Nothing for Jesus

13 Sep

A few weeks ago I heard a story about a Navy Search and Rescue swimmer who went to the aid of a downed aviator. The aviator began to flail and flounder making the situation dangerous for both himself and his would-be rescuer. The rescue swimmer responded by diving down deeper into the water to get away and to wait for the aviator to give up struggling. In other words, he withdrew from the scene until the aviator exhausted himself.

This is exactly how it is with us and Jesus. We are saved by trusting in him, and we must do nothing to help. Trying to help only makes things worse and leaves us exhausted. And yet, we try. Ever since Adam took up sewing to hide his sin, it has been the nature of the flesh to take control and try and fix things. I can save myself from drowning. This is why we should thank God for the magnificent law which reveals the hopelessness of our situation. But you’re in the middle of the ocean! You can’t swim that far. And then thank him even more for good news of his grace that saves us. Jesus the Savior is here. Stop struggling and submit to his righteousness.

Paul_EllisPaul Ellis

The Gospel in Ten Words, KingsPress, 2012, 93.

The Old Lawyer vs The Great Advocate

11 Sep

Satan is a very old lawyer, he has been in the profession for many centuries, and he knows how to raise all manner of quibbles and difficulties, and he can argue and reason in a very crafty fashion; so, your best plan is not to answer him at all, except just to say, “I have put my case into the hands of my Great Advocate, the Lord Jesus Christ. If you have anything to say, you must say it to him.”

CH Spurgeon

Sermon No. 2883, 236

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Ripening

9 Sep

Green apples