Suppose I were to tell you that because God demands only 100% pure perfection from a person to go to heaven when they die, I have complete confidence that I am going to heaven? What would be your gut reaction? Most likely outrage and disgust. If I am trying to convince you that I am the blameless perfect one then of course I fully agree with such a reaction. But if I told you that furthermore this statement is the most humble statement a person could make, well…that may just get me a black eye. But it’s true, if God said as do some forms of so called Christian teaching to do your best and he will see if you did good enough then,no one would or could have any confidence at all whatsoever. Even if you attend a particular type of teaching that gives you a checklist and says adhere to this and you will be okay, that produces no confidence. Did I do them correctly with the right attitude? No its the unrelenting demands of perfect obedience that actually give me the most confidence that I will be in heaven forever. Am I claiming perfection? No! A Thousand Times No! But I am claiming that one person was and is, His name is Jesus. His perfect righteousness is applied to me and to all who come to God through the Him. That is why I am so confident, because my trust is not in me but in the Son of God.
- James 1:13-14 September 20, 2014Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am being tempted by God," for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.
- James 1:13-14 September 20, 2014
The Fruits of the root of bitterness"Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die." Carrie Fischer
Desire…"In our members there is a slumbering inclination toward desire which is both sudden and fierce. With irresistible power, desire seizes mastery over the flesh. All at once a secret, smoldering fire is kindled. The flesh burns and is in flames... At this moment God is quite unreal to us... and only desire for the creature is real... Satan does not here fill us with hatred of God, but with forgetfulness of God. The lust arises and envelops the mind and will of man and deep darkness and the powers of clear discrimination and decision are taken from us and everything within us rises up against the word of God.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Godly Irony…"How soon are we broken on the soft pillow of ease! Adam in paradise was overcome, when Job on the dunghill was a conqueror." Thomas Watson
Worth of the Son…What! shall not the worthiness of the Son of God be sufficient to save from the sin of man? or shall the sin of the world be of that weight to destroy, that it shall put Christ Jesus to the uttermost of the worth of his person and merit to save therefrom? I believe it is blasphemy to think so. We can easily imagine that he can save all the world—that is, that he is of ability to do it; but we cannot imagine that he can do no more than we can think he can. But our imagination and thoughts set no bound to his ability. ‘He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.’ But what that is, I say, no man can think, no man can imagine. So, then, Jesus Christ can do more than ever any man thought he could do as to saving; he can do we know not what. This, therefore, should encourage comers to come to him; and them that come, to hope. This, I say, should encourage them to let out, to lengthen, and heighten their thoughts by the word, to the uttermost, seeing he can ‘save to the uttermost them that come to God by him.’ John Bunyan
What have you?….If anyone says that God has mercy upon us when, apart from his grace, we believe, will, desire, strive, labor, pray, watch, study, seek, ask, or knock, but does not confess that it is by the infusion and inspiration of the Holy Spirit within us that we have the faith, the will, or the strength to do all these things as we ought; or if anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, "What have you that you did not receive?" (1 Cor. 4:7), and, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor. 15:10). Council Of Orange 529 A.D.
The Irish Evangelist…And there the Lord opened my mind to an awareness of my unbelief, in order that, even so late, I might remember my transgressions and turn with all my heart to the Lord my God, who had regard for my insignificance and pitied my youth and ignorance. And he watched over me before I knew him, and before I learned sense or even distinguished between good and evil, and he protected me, and consoled me as a father would his son. Saint Patrick
1 Timothy (ESV) 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope
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