Thursday, November 19, 2015

Are You Passionate Or Passion-less Toward God?

My Utmost For His Highest

When He has come, He will convict the world of sin… —John 16:8

“[The] conviction of sin by the Holy Spirit blots out every relationship on earth and makes us aware of only one— “Against You, You only, have I sinned…” (Psalm 51:4). […] God does forgive, but it cost the breaking of His heart with grief in the death of Christ to enable Him to do so. The great miracle of the grace of God is that He forgives sin, and it is the death of Jesus Christ alone that enables the divine nature to forgive and to remain true to itself in doing so. […] The love of God means Calvary— nothing less! The love of God is spelled out on the Cross and nowhere else. The only basis for which God can forgive me is the Cross of Christ. It is there that His conscience is satisfied. […] Forgiveness means that I am forgiven into a newly created relationship which identifies me with God in Christ. The miracle of redemption is that God turns me, the unholy one, into the standard of Himself, the Holy One. He does this by putting into me a new nature, the nature of Jesus Christ.” CHAMBERS

In Isaiah chapter 6, Isaiah became very aware of who he was and who God is.  It was at that moment, he understood that sin was standing in the way.  In Romans chapter 7, Paul cried out “Who will save me from this body of death?”  It is only through the intimate awareness of the holy God that we serve that we come to that place of self-awareness.  We tend to trivialize our un-holiness, our propensity to sin.  When we do, we also trivialize what Jesus did on the cross.  We should never be satisfied with where we are spiritually.  Content with a lukewarm faith.  Instead we should be passionate like the person in the movie theater trying to get out of the exit because there is a fire.  Striving, pushing, straining, eyes fixed on the exit sign, anxious … can you sense the emotion? Well, that is like the desire we should have in wanting to draw close to God.  Rather, we are more like the person leaving the movie theater, strolling casually out of the main door after the show is over.  Moving on to the next event.  The point is not to make you feel guilty about your attitude toward sin in your life, but to encourage you to be passionate about your desire to be close to God.  When you love God with all your heart, that is the way it should be.  ELGIN

Bondye Beni Ou (God Bless You)

Charley Elgin

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