Comfort

One of my favourite quotes:

Send a heavy heart up to Christ, it shall be welcome“.

(Samuel Rutherford)

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The Answer For Obedience & Disobedience is the Same

“Go to Jesus for your obedience;
Go to Jesus for your disobedience”

(Tim’s message on Law & Grace)

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To Make Known His Mighty Power & His Great Name

Yet he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make known his mighty power.”
(Psalm 106:8)

Salvation is a display of God’s love toward sinners; and it is a display of His mercy toward sinners. But salvation is also a display of the glory and power that belong to God alone.

When praying for someone’s salvation, I need to remember that, ultimately, God saves them for the sake of His great name, and as a display of His mighty power to save.

I am powerless to save others.
They are powerless to save themselves.
But God’s arm is not too short; nor His power limited by anything, or anyone!

Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save …”
(Isaiah 59:1)

The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save …”
(Zephaniah 3:17)

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The Holy Spirit’s Work is Like a River, Not a Pond

I was just sharing this thought with a special Birthday Girl today:

The older we get, the more we slow down, and can feel less “vital”. But that is not God’s perspective.
This is His promise, through Christ:

Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'”
(John 7:38)

Our bodies age & slow, but the Spirit’s work in – and through – our lives is always fresh & vital! It isn’t like a stagnant, lukewarm water that’s reached capacity, and now is just sitting there. Instead, it is refreshing, alive, flowing freely & new!

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A God So Near to Us, Whenever We Call

“For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the LORD our God is to us, whenever we call upon him? ”

(Deuteronomy 4:7)

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The Importance of Meditating on God’s Mercy

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” – (Romans 12:1-2)

 

“We are affected & changed by an encounter with God’s mercy. Are you affected by mercy; or over-familiar with it? Consider where you would be without God … If mercy doesn’t affect you, it won’t affect your thinking. If it doesn’t affect your thinking, it won’t affect your life … We live what we believe … Casual assent does not bring change”
(Tim Kerr)

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“… so that He alone might be glorified …”

“For what befits faith more than to recognize that we are bare of all virtue, in order to be clothed by God? That we are empty of all good, in order to be filled by Him? That we are slaves to sin, to be rescued by Him? Blind, to be illumined by Him? Lame, to be set on our feet by Him? Frail, to be sustained by Him? And to cast aside every motive for vainglory, so that He alone might be glorified, and we in Him?
…the entire praise and glory for all goodness, virtue, righteousness, and wisdom should belong to God…
Just as … we must presume nothing of ourselves, so we must presume everything of God. We are stripped of all vainglory for no other reason than that we might glory in God.”
(John Calvin)

Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” – 2 Corinthians 10:17

Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.” – Jeremiah 9:23-24

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