I can live without anything or anyone, but I cannot live without God!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Faith vs. Works?

"The glory of Christ in the gospel is not merely that we are justified when we depend entirely on Christ, but also that depending entirely on Christ is the power that makes us new, loving people. Depending entirely on Christ is how we are justified and how we are sanctified. Paul struck the one note. James struck the other. Both are true and together they bring Christ the glory due his name." John Piper

Does James Contradict Paul?

Daughter of a King

We have reached the end of the month of February. The theme for the month at NaBloPoMo  has been relationships. Now I was tempted to participate in writing on this very interesting, sometimes messy subject, but instead decided to focus on one very special, important relationship. So I saturated myself in great sermons from some great pastors. A few of the ones I felt were worth sharing I posted on this blog. Hope any of you who listened to them got as much out of them as I did in order to get to know Jesus a bit more personally.

Monday, February 27, 2012

John 13:17

It has been a very long time that I have disagreed with a Sunday sermon. It wasn't an immediate response, but the pastor did specifically tell us to push against it. So this morning I pulled out my sermon notes and re-read the bible passage. Then re-read the passage asking for Spirit lead interpretation. The verse was very familiar. Probably have heard as many sermons about it as years I've been alive. Jesus washes feet. Jesus serves. That always has been the major focus, just like yesterday. We will be blessed if we serve. More precisely, yesterday's point said, our success (in our spiritual life) is in serving.

Now don't think for a minute that I disagree with serving. However, I honestly believe that I receive an epiphany regarding the whole point Jesus was making. I'm sure others have seen this, but I've never heard it preached with the focus on our attitude first, then the action. In all fairness, pastor did touch pride and humility, but it was only on the way to his point in needing to serve . I believe that the main point isn't in the act of serving. It isn't even loving others. It is in claiming no superiority to anyone! If God himself lowered Himself to the lowest task known at the time, why would we have any right to think of ourselves more highly than any other person, no matter who they are, or what their past holds. No matter what their position or how educated they are. No matter how much they make, who they love, or even who they voted for. Until we really understand how really wrenched and wicked our self righteousness is in God's eyes (and everyone is born in the sin of self importance), we will never have spiritual success. When we see it and repent of it, then, only then, will serving have any blessing in it.

"When we do something out of a sense of duty, it is easy to explain the reasons for our actions to others. But when we do something out of obedience to the Lord, there can be no other explanation-just obedience." Oswald Chambers

For a more understanding, one great preacher puts in on the line like I never could in the following sermon on Romans 3:27--- Justification by Faith Is the End of Boasting

A Word on Prayer by Oswald Chambers

“We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there’s nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all.
Most of us would prefer, however, to spend our time doing something that will get immediate results. We don’t want to wait for God to resolve matters in His good time because His idea of ‘good time’ is seldom in sync with ours.”

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Just Judge + Guilty Sinner + Death of Christ = No Condemnation

No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in him, is mine!
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach the eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.