Being a slave not only meant belonging to someone else; it also meant being always available to obey that person in every way. The slave’s sole duty was to carry out the master’s wishes, and the faithful slave was eager to do so without hesitation or complaint. After all, “slaves know no law but their master’s word; they have no rights of their own; they are absolute possessions of their master; and they are bound to give their master unquestioning obedience.” Building on this imagery, the New Testament repeatedly calls believers to faithfully obey the Master. As one author explains: … Continue reading slave of Christ. I’m not my own.
We are immortal beings. We will live forever. Just not on earth…. O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am! Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Selah Surely a man goes about as a shadow! Surely for nothing they are in turmoil; man heaps up wealth and does not know who will gather! “And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you. … Continue reading have you thought about death recently?
Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:25-26 When all else fades away, can I still be characterized by the fullest joy? Rejoice always. 1 Thessalonians 5:16 In everything give thanks, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Th. 5:18 Spiritual depression or unhappiness in the Christian life is very often due to our failure to recognize the greatness of the gospel. DMLJones (tweet posted … Continue reading Whom have I in heaven but You?
1. Resolved, That I will do whatsoever I think to be most to the glory of God, and my own good, profit, and pleasure, in the whole of my duration; without any consideration of the time, whether now, or never so many myriads of ages hence. Resolved, to do whatever I think to be my duty, and most for the good and advantage of mankind in general. Resolved, so to do, whatever difficulties I meet with, how many soever, and how great soever. I can’t do this on my own. Period. Thus begins my study of Jonathan Edwards’ Resolutions. As … Continue reading Resolution No. 1
Disclaimer: I’m keeping the title the same, but I will have you know I had no intent of posting so many words when I started this article! I am not trying to mislead anyone through some “form of cruel irony.” (Movie reference?) 😉 This post finds its roots in a book I was reading on humility. The author suggested an avenue of further study: the incommunicable attributes of God. What a great way to learn humility – being humbled by the knowledge of a great and powerful God! The first attribute I chose to study is God’s sovereignty. [Sovereignty = … Continue reading speechless yet again
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” Lamentations 3:22-24 Continue reading Praise God for another beautiful day to live for Him!