Sunday, November 18, 2012

Psalm 139:13-17,

"For you formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me,when yet there was none of them. How precious are your thoughts, O God! How vast the sum of them!"

I will memorize, quote this, read it, and sing it, until my heart, soul and mind believes it.

"I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made..."

"My soul knows it very well...."

"Your eye saw my unformed substance,"

"In your book were written, EVERY ONE OF THEM, the days that were formed for me, when yet there was none of them."

"How precious your thoughts, O God! How vast the sum of them..."

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Live by faith, in future grace-

"...Casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you." [1 Peter 5:7]

"Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all." [Psalm 34:19]

"I take that promise with trembling, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us." -John Piper

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Galations 2: 19-21

19-21 "What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work. So I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man. Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that.

Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God? I refuse to do that, to repudiate God’s grace. If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily."