Monday, 27 January 2014
Do you sometimes feel that your faith is somewhat weak? I do. Sometimes it feels like I am only 2% there when it comes to where I want to be spiritually, and perhaps even less when it comes to where God wants me to be. Times like that can be a real downer!
This morning I came across this little blessing:
"Many of us do not differentiate clearly between the promises of God, the accomplished facts of God (His mighty works), and the covenant of God. Promises are given to encourage faith, but often we cannot rise to God's promises. At times we cannot even lay hold of divine facts; appearances seem to belie them. But when this is so we still have His covenant. And the covenant means more than the promises, more even than the mighty works. It is something that God has committed Himself to do. The covenant is a handle given us by God on which faith can lay hold. Morally we have no claim on God. But He has been pleased to bind Himself to a covenant, having thus pledged Himself to act for us, He is - and I say it reverently - bound to do so. Herein is the preciousness of the covenant. It is this that gives strength to faith when faith is at its weakest." (Watchman Nee)
Are you feeling a little down today? Does God seem strangely absent? Be encouraged; God has bound Himself to you with a covenant.
"The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says: This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.' Then he adds: 'Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.' And where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin." (Hebrews 10: 15-18; NIV)
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers ..." (James 1:2; NIV)
Have a wonderful day. God loves you.
Watchman Nee Source: A Table in the Wilderness
Sunday, 26 January 2014
Can we pray for you?
“As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you” (1 Samuel 12:23; NIV).
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Wednesday, 8 January 2014
Source: Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
Tuesday, 7 January 2014
“Take care never to impute the vain imaginings of your fancy to Him [the Holy Spirit]. I have seen the Spirit of God shamefully dishonored by persons – I hope they were insane – who have said that they have had this revealed to them. There has not, for some years, passed over my head a single week in which I have not been pestered with the revelations of hypocrites or maniacs. Semi-lunatics are very fond of coming with messages from the Lord to me, and it may spare them some trouble if I tell them once and for all that I will have none of their stupid messages. When my Lord and Master has any message to me He knows where I am and He will send it to me direct, and not by mad-caps!
Never dream that events are revealed to you from Heaven, or you may come to be like those idiots who dare impute their blatant follies to the Holy Ghost. If you feel your tongue itch to talk nonsense, trace it to the devil, not to the Spirit of God! Whatever is to be revealed by the Spirit to any of us is in the word of God already – He adds nothing to the Bible, and never will. Let persons who have revelations of this, that, and the other, go to bed and wake up in their senses. I only wish they would follow the advice and no longer insult the Holy Ghost by laying their nonsense at his door.”
“A horrible and a shocking thing has happened in the land: The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way. But what will you do in the end?” (Jeremiah 5: 30-31; NIV).
Maybe sometimes a so-called “Word from the Lord” really isn’t. Peace.
“… even now, many antichrists have come.” (1 John 2:18)
Thursday, 2 January 2014
Today I would like to introduce you to a friend of mine. He and I go way back.
He is very well known, and somewhere along his lifetime, he earned the nickname, "The Prince of Preachers." Please join me in welcoming guest blogger, Charles Spurgeon to Rethinking Faith and Church.
Charles has, what I think to be, a timely and relevant New Year's thought that I'm sure he would have wanted shared with our generation, just as much as he shared it with his own. He goes so far as to call it a "motto" for the New Year. Personally, I think it's a great motto. Maybe it's even one that you and I should adopt as our own, assuming that we haven't already.
And without further adieu, here's Charlie:
Devotional Source: http://www.amazon.com/Morning-The-Devotions-Charles-Spurgeon/dp/0310329310
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