not just destroyed but removed from memory

June 25, 2009

Zechariah 13:2 “And on that day, declares the LORD of hosts, I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, so that they shall be remembered no more. And also I will remove from the land the prophets and the spirit of uncleanness. “

How easily good things can become idols. We may find ourselves loving our idols for years. They may become so precious to us that we find it hard to live without them. They are our saviors from whatever our hell is. Perhaps they save us from such hells as boredom, anxiety, isolation, poverty, loneliness, etc.

On that day our idols will not only be destroyed, but actually removed from the memory of all people. “On that day” is not a certain time; perhaps it was soon after it was prophesied, perhaps it is at the return of the Lord, perhaps is is now or perhaps it is all three.

I have experienced a removing of idols in my life. The Lord has removed desire and love for idols that I have once cherished and he has granted repentance to me, in his mercy. Do you have good things that you love. Are they saving you from a pseudo hell? Call out to the Lord for his grace to you today. See the vanity in idolatry: how meaningless to invest your treasure in that which will be forever forgotten.

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Jars of Clay be encouraged!

March 18, 2009

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2 Corinthians 4

4The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

 7But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.

 God doesn’t use beautiful flasks to house His fragrance.
He has chosen to put the treasure of His fragrance in clay pots.
He uses earthen vessels, not the fine china. He takes simple clay pots and fills them with His glory. Fragile and flawed, cracked and leaky clay pots are His choice vessels.

He uses clay pots so He alone can get the glory.

Most of the time these old pots have to be broken before they emit the sweet fragrance of His grace. God does it through the pressures that come in our lives.

The apostle Paul writes: “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed” (4:8-10, KJV).

The NASB reads, “we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, that the life of Jesus also maybe manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh” (4:8-11).

God’s power is perfected in our weaknesses. When we die, He lives. When we lose, He wins. When we are weak, He is strong. When we are dependent, He is powerful. When we are tempted, He is triumphant.  

 

(excerpt from www.abideinchrist.com )


NEW Tract delivery system!!! for sookielala’s

January 14, 2008

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I am still a big time sookielala (wimp) when it comes to the one on one, street evangelicalism so I am sticking with the tract depositing by stealth.

However even depositing tracts by stealth still comes with its pit falls, challenges, fears, worries and problems!!!

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Every Idle Word – On The Wagon

November 24, 2007

 

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Is entertainment, fun and play hurting your walk???

Like every other Christian who is reading this, once becoming born again I was put on a path of cleaning up my life, “the sanctification wagon” could be a good term.

It is called the process of sanctification, getting all the sharp edges knocked off, all the pot holes filled in, get all my selfishness, addictions, time wasting , evil desires, lusts, greed, anger, vengeance, lying, etc… all turned down, filled in, rubbed off and replaced with love, peace, joy, hope, faithfulness, obedience, patience and love.

In other words becoming more and more conformed into the image of Christ every day.

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Love for God

October 30, 2007

The love of God and our love for God has been a recurring theme that has occupied my thoughts from time to time this year. Erik @ Irish Calvinist recently posted an article that urged me to think some more about it. I wrote a short comment which I want to repeat on EA because it fits in with some thinking that is taking place here.

Josh heard an excellent sermon about the love of God that we will be uploading here soon. As with everything that goes on this blog, we are concerned about the implications for evangelism. I think its a no-brainer; It gets to the motive of the evangelist and the motive of the person hearing and responding to the gospel. Here is the comment:

I found the sermon I was thinking of. Its the first in a series.

Here are some quick notes :::The love of God, 3 things it does not mean:

1.It does not mean meeting God’s needs. (Acts 17v35) Love for God is very different than love for others.
The ESSENCE of love for God is RECEIVING from God

2. It is not love for His gifts – eg. forgiveness of sin, escape from hell, resurrection from a pain free life.

3. It is not the things that love prompts you to do. The essence of love for God is not in the fruit.
If you LOVE ME you will do this.

Love for God is the heart’s esteem for/delight in God before it produces anything else. It is life that produces love for God. Deeds of love IS NOT love, these deeds can be imitated. Its not DO DO DO DO and God will approve. Instead start with loving.


The Holy Spirit convicting the world of guilt

September 9, 2007

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A light bulb flashed on for me during tonight’s sermon.

Previously I have felt a bit ashamed to speak too much about sin and guilt when presenting the gospel.  I have tended to want to major on “the positives” e.g.  adoption into God’s family, new life and eternal life.

Tonight’s sermon by Pastor John de Boer was titled “The Holy Spirit – Our Roommate”.
One of the points brought out was that the work of the Spirit is like a spotlight directed at Christ. One of the bible texts used was John 16: 8 – 11.

Unless I go away, the Counsellor (Holy Spirit) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: 9in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

As I read “when He comes, He will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgement…”  it occurred to me that I have not seen the significance of exposing sin for what it is, or as I should have been seeing it.

There is a great temptation to play down the harsh offence of the cross, and make it more appealing.
This text shows that people can’t see their need for Christ till they are convicted of guilt.


“God Loves You” Three Dangerous Words in Evangelism

August 4, 2007

I really want to get Christians thinking about how they present the gospel. I believe all Christians who really know the peace, safety, wonder and grace of a free and eternal salvation through Jesus’ life, death and resurrection will want to share this treasure and spread the good news with those they see walking on in ignorance around them. It is right and good and necessary to point others to Jesus, to warn them of their eternal danger and show them their spiritual state before God. As those who profess that Christ is sovereign or Lord over our lives and hearts I hope it is fair to assume that faithful representation of the gospel is as important an area of obedience and submission to His Lordship as are all other areas of life.

I am often discouraged and disappointed by the official and unofficial efforts of groups and individuals to evangelise using the trite cliché “God loves you”. Sounds innocuous enough at first reading. But I believe that this simple statement presents at worst a lie and at best a hopeful assertion based on little more than humanistic sentiment and a humanly contrived sense of how God “feels” towards all humanity or unknown individuals with no consideration for the infallible and open meaning of the words of Christ, the Bible.

God never asserts that he loves all men head for head in the Bible. John 3:16 cannot be interpreted in the light of its context to mean this. We really need to read what the Bible says, not what we want it to say.

If God is sovereign, King, Lord and first cause of all things then he is also sovereign over salvation. Will we have God to be sovereign over the whole universe including education and yet make him an impotent, unsatisfied dependent and weaker than human being when it comes to the crowning work of His cosmos in the salvation of His church in Christ?

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