May, 2011

Reflections on Allegiance to Jesus Christ

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ…
– Titus 2:11-13

We do not “make” Christ Lord; He is Lord! Those who will not receive Him as Lord are guilty of rejecting Him. “Faith” that rejects His sovereign authority is really unbelief.
– John MacArthur

[As a Christian] you are now the sworn foe of the legions of hell. Have no delusions about their reality or their hostility. But do not fear them. The God inside you terrifies them. They cannot touch you, let alone hurt you. But they can still seduce you and they will try. They will also oppose you if you obey Christ. If you play it cool and decide not to be fanatic about Christianity, you will have no trouble from them. But if you are serious about Christ being your Lord and God, you can expect opposition.”
– John White

Though he was undiminished deity, Jesus quoted Scriptures He had memorized as a man, learning them from childhood in the same kinds of ways people like ourselves can. … And those who are becoming more like Jesus will, over time, live more and more “by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”
– Donald Whitney

Reflections on the Holy Spirit

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses…” Jesus, Acts 1:8

Breath in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy. Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy. Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy.
– Augustine

If we follow his impulse, the Holy Spirit will always lead us to pray. When we allow him to work freely, he will always bring the Church to extensive praying. Conversely, when the Spirit is absent, we will find excuses not to pray. We may say, “God understands. He knows I love him. But I’m tired . . . I’m so busy . . . It’s just not convenient now . . .” When the Spirit is absent, our excuses always seem right, but in the presence of the Spirit our excuses fade away.
– R. T. Kendall

Trying to do the Lord’s work in your own strength is the most confusing, exhausting, and tedious of all work. But when you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then the ministry of Jesus just flows out of you.
– Corrie ten Boom

“Be filled with the Holy Spirit…” – Ephesians 5:18