And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23 I must deny myself. I must take up my cross each day. I must follow Christ. Continue reading reset.
Before embarking on his journey to pursue holiness through seventy written goal statements, Edwards determined to set his course right at the outset. Being sensible that I am unable to do any thing without God’s help, I do humbly entreat him, by his grace, to enable me to keep these Resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christ’s sake. Remember to read over these Resolutions once a week. Dr. Lawson, in his commentary on Edwards’ pursuit of holiness, “The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards,” summarizes the Preamble, dividing it into 5 themes. Personal Inability Divine Enablement … Continue reading Preamble.
HOLY CHILD WHO CHOSE THE HEARTS OF MEN Holy Child who chose the hearts of men To be His favoured home Leaving heaven’s gates for Bethlehem God came to call His own Now to us the highest King is born Behold the Royal Son Glory kneels to mend all that is torn The promised Child has come Joy and pain as man He knew on earth No place to lay His head As a servant He embraced this world And on a cross He bled Having borne the deepest grief of man He rose to heaven’s throne Now I’m sheltered … Continue reading the real reason
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16 When I evaluate my daily walk, I find I waste time on unprofitable things…a lot of time. These are moments I cannot redeem. They are lost forever. Lose the regret & make a change! I so much want to use my time wisely and spend the precious moments God has gifted me in a profitable manner. Paul told the believers in Ephesus to “look carefully….” I am to be discerning in how I conduct … Continue reading don’t waste your life
In my study of Jonathan Edwards, I came across a biographical section where the town he ministered in experienced a “mini” revival. Edwards wrote: “The town seemed to be full of the presence of God; it never was so full of love, nor so full of joy….There were remarkable tokens of God’s presence in almost every house…everyone [was] earnestly intent on the public worship.” I know I’m far from perfect; even my worship is tainted with sin and selfishness. I also know that God is not finished with me. And I am sure of this, that he who began a … Continue reading Personal (and Corporate) Conviction
I’m taking on a challenge. “The beauty of Christianity is the beauty of holiness.” David Vaughan My problem: I see my life lacking in the pursuit of holiness. My inspiration: Jonathan Edwards. My goal: To glorify God with my life. (The ultimate desire of every believer should be the glory of God.) My action plan: To study and put into practice Edwards’ 70 Resolutions. (As a result of my studies, I plan on jotting down a few thoughts about each resolution; particularly as each one relates to Biblical application, exhortation, and wisdom.) What I am NOT trying to accomplish: Works-based … Continue reading Resolved!