In 1923, J. Gresham Machen, then professor at Princeton Seminary, wrote the book, Christianity and Liberalism. The book was a response to the rise of liberalism in the mainline denominations of his own day. 563 more words
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Rejoice in the LORD always: and again I say, Rejoice.
One characteristic that is largely lacking in the average church today is that of spiritual anticipation.
When Christians meet, they do not expect anything unusual to happen: consequently, only the usual happens, and that usual is as predictable as the setting of the sun.
A psychology of nonexpectation pervades the assembly, a mood of quiet ennui which the minister by various means tries to dispel, the means depending upon the cultural level of the congregation and particularly of the minister.
Christian expectation in the average church follows the program, not the promises. The activities of the saints are laid out for them by those who are supposed to know what they need better than they do. Prevailing spiritual conditions, however low, are accepted as inevitable—what will be is what has been!
The weary slaves of the dull routine find it impossible to hope for anything better.
Today we need a fresh spirit of anticipation that springs out of the promises of God! We must declare war on the mood of nonexpectation, and come together with childlike faith. Only then can we know again the beauty and wonder of the Lord’s presence among us.
READING: 2 Samuel 7; 1 Chronicles 17; Psalms 1-2, 33, 127, 132
“May your faithful love rest on us, Lord, for we put our hope in you.”
God made all things, and He rules over them all. He made the heavens “by the word of the Lord” and the stars “by the breath of his mouth” (Psa. 33:6). He also rules over all things; “The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of his heart from generation to generation” (Psa. 33:11). He sees all things, knows all people, and “considers all their works” (Psa. 33:15). His word is right, and “all his work is trustworthy” (Psa. 33:4). He is the one and only powerful, creative, and ruling God!
And . . . this magnificent God loves His people. He is not some being who keeps His distance from His created world; rather, “the earth is full of the Lord’s unfailing love” (Psa. 33:5). He knows our hearts, and still He loves us anyway. He is a righteous and just God, yet He “keeps his eye on those who fear him—those who depend on his faithful love” (Psa. 33:18). When I meditate on all these thoughts, it’s easy to understand why the psalmist concluded this psalm with these words: “May your faithful love rest on us, Lord, for we put our hope in you” (Psa. 33:22).
Think about this truth: God’s faithful love rests on us. When we face health struggles, His love rests on us. When financial difficulties surround us, His love rests on us. When we can’t sleep at night, His love rests on us. When our children are wandering, still His love rests on us. When it seems like He’s not listening to our prayers, we can keep trusting that His love rests on us. And, should we face death today, His love rests on us into eternity.
He is still “our help and shield” (Psa. 33:20), and we can rejoice in Him.
- Ask God for faith to trust His love today.
- Even if life unexpectedly gets hard today, rest in Him.
PRAYER: “Thank You, God, for your faithful love.”
TOMORROW’S READING: 2 Samuel 8-9; 1 Chronicles 18
When God revealed His name “I AM” to Moses at the burning bush, He was revealing something very important about Himself, namely, that He is self-existent; He has the power of being in and of Himself. He depends on nothing and no one for His existence. This fact has enormous consequences for how we understand…
But I say to you, love your enemies.—Matt. 5:44a
People tend to base love on the attractiveness and likeability of the one loved. They love the so-called beautiful people, enjoyable activities, nice houses, and sharp cars. That list could go on, but Jesus’ kind of love is need oriented. In His parable of the good Samaritan (Luke 10:29, 36–37), the Samaritan showed tremendous love because he sacrificed his own convenience, safety, and finances to help a desperately needy man.
The love our Lord sets forth here is translated from the Greek agapē, the noblest and best New Testament love. It is the form of love that strives to meet another’s utmost welfare. Such love may involve emotion, but it must involve action. Like every aspect of righteousness, love originates in the regenerate heart, but it shows its fullest potential by what it does. More than anything, this kind of love is the love God is, expresses, and provides (Rom. 5:5, 8; 1 John 4:7–12), which allows us to love as He loved.
When Christ told His apostles, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you” (John 13:34), He had just washed their feet as an example of agapē love. The apostles were self-centered, quarrelsome, envious of one another, and even sometimes challenged the Lord. Yet Jesus always did for them what was for their good. And this is how He wants all of us who claim to follow Him to show love—even for our enemies.
|Few biblical mandates are more unnatural to our desires and experiences, but few make us a more sterling example of the difference Christ makes in an ordinary individual’s life. If you are currently dealing with situations that call for this kind of love, how do you intend to express it?|
How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Our safety in Christ results from “the answer of a good conscience toward God” (1 Pet. 3:21). The Greek word for “answer” refers to a pledge, in this case agreeing to meet certain conditions required by God before being placed into the ark of safety (Christ).
Unregenerate men and women have consciences that condemn them. One who appeals to God for a good conscience is sick of his sin and desires to be delivered from the load of guilt he bears. He has a crushing and intimidating fear of coming judgment and knows only God can deliver him. He desires the cleansing that comes through the blood of Christ (cf. Heb. 10:22). So he repents of his sin and pleads for forgiveness.
When Christ suffered on the cross, hell threw all its fury at Him, and wicked men vented their hatred on Him. Yet through that suffering, He served as an ark of safety for the redeemed of all ages. And because He triumphantly provided salvation through His suffering, we are safe in Him.