God spoke to me just now…
Those are, I know, extremely loaded words. I use them deliberately…
Because He did.
When God speaks it is very subtle, very quiet, almost indistinguishable from ambient noise. He wanted to tell me about His Son – Jesus the Christ.
Jesus was God you know. He was with God and was God and even was present at the creation event. It was communicated to me that, in fact, all things were made through Jesus. Jesus was also full of grace and truth, which He brought with Him from the Father’s side, when He came to earth. Yeah, the earth is His too – it’s apart of creation isn’t it? The irony is that when Jesus came to His own creation – His own things – that same creation didn’t know Him or receive Him. Creation’s Maker, Master and Engineer was not recognized as such. I speak of the majority – the overwhelming majority. Some did embrace Him for who He was and is and will always be. To those He gave the right to be adopted of God, born of God – not the will of the flesh nor blood, nor any contrivance of man, nor any one of heaven’s high and lofty hosts. By God these few were conceived and by God these few are His children.
No one has ever seen God. No one has ever seen Him with his own eyes, been with Him on a journey, been able to hear his speech… until Jesus came to us. Indeed, Jesus is the only God and He is at the Father’s side. Jesus reveals God to us.
I do not lie. Such thing were spoken to me this afternoon. God also desires to speak the same to you, along with many other great and glorious things. Go hear Him yourself in the first chapter of the gospel of John.
Approach, my soul, the mercy seat,Where Jesus answers prayer;There humbly fall before His feet,For none can perish there.Thy promise is my only plea,
With this I venture nigh;
Thou callest burdened souls to Thee,
And such, O Lord, am I.
Bowed down beneath a load of sin,
By Satan sorely pressed,
By war without and fears within,
I come to Thee for rest.
Be Thou my Shield and hiding Place,
That, sheltered by Thy side,
I may my fierce accuser face,
And tell him Thou hast died!
O wondrous love! to bleed and die,
To bear the cross and shame,
That guilty sinners, such as I,
Might plead Thy gracious Name.
“Poor tempest-tossèd soul, be still;
My promised grace receive”;
’Tis Jesus speaks—I must, I will,
I can, I do believe.
Thomas Brooks in his Unsearchable Riches of Christ:
Remember this—all the sighing, mourning, sobbing, and complaining in the world, does not so undeniably evidence a man to be humble, as his overlooking his own righteousness, and living really and purely upon the righteousness of Christ.
Here’s an intriguing article in the Wall Street Journal concerning the age old process of church discipline – “an ancient practice in which suspected sinners are privately confronted and then publicly castigated and excommunicated if they refuse to repent.”
Came across this quote that I tucked away a couple years ago…
Let us get this one thing straight. God can do anything he damn well pleases, including damn well. And if it pleases him to damn, then it is done, ipso facto, well. God’s activity is what it is. There isn’t anything else. Without it there would be no being, including human beings presuming to judge the Creator of everything that is.
Attrib: Virginia Stem Owens in the 1983 December issue of Reformed Journal.
Here’s a few quotes I’ve come across recently that contain great truth and reward patient meditation…
“In a nutshell, abiding in Christ means allowing His Word to fill our minds, direct our wills, and transform our affections. In other words, our relationship to Christ is intimately connected to what we do with our Bibles!”- Sinclair Ferguson, In Christ Alone*
“There is simply no other way to compete with the forebodings of my conscience, the condemnings of my heart, and the lies of the world and the Devil than to overwhelm such things with daily rehearsings of the gospel.”- Milton Vincent, A Gospel Primer*
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God… And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth.“
- JOHN1.1-2,14 | KJV
I hope everyone reading this had a great and enjoyable (or at least great or enjoyable) holiday season – by holiday I mean Christmas proper and New Years celebrations…
I updated the site a bit today. Thats right – I changed the three albums on the left to show more accurately what I am actually listening to. I also added a ‘Reading’ section to show a few of the books my nose is firmly buried in at some point everyday (usually).
I think thats all for now…should be back to normal posting habits sooner rather than later.