Month: July 2019

What Does it Mean to Abide in Christ?

Already Not Yet

23755694315_fd50ae1b5c_z-640x400Sinclair Ferguson:

The exhortation to “abide” has been frequently misunderstood, as though it were a special, mystical, and indefinable experience. But Jesus makes clear that it actually involves a number of concrete realities.

First, union with our Lord depends on His grace. Of course we are actively and personally united to Christ by faith (John 14:12). But faith itself is rooted in the activity of God. It is the Father who, as the divine Gardener, has grafted us into Christ. It is Christ, by His Word, who has cleansed us to fit us for union with Himself (15:3). All is sovereign, all is of grace.

Second, union with Christ means being obedient to Him. Abiding involves our response to the teaching of Jesus: “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you …” (John 15:7a). Paul echoes this idea in Colossians 3:16

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God’s gracious gift of the new birth

Already Not Yet

2299034028Sam Storms:

What did Jesus mean in John 3 when he spoke to Nicodemus of being born again? The best way to answer that question is by taking note of what Jesus did not mean. And it is, somewhat surprisingly, Nicodemus himself who supplies us with the answer.

(1) We know, first of all, that being religious is not the same as being born again. We know this because Jesus was speaking to one of the most religious men in Israel, a Pharisee, and to that man he says, “You, Mr. Pharisee, you, Nicodemus, must be born again.”

(2) Being well-trained in the Bible and able to instruct others in what it says is not the same as being born again. Nicodemus was “a ruler of the Jews” and one of the primary teachers of Israel (John 3:10, but he wasn’t born again. An intimate knowledge of the…

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FAITH IS TRUSTING GOD EVEN WHEN YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND HIS PLAN!

The Godly Chic Diaries

I would like to say I am walking into this week like…💃” but honestly, I am hardly walking, I am more like treading. Treading very carefully. Sometimes, when I feel led, I’ll second guess, almost like, “Are you sure about this, Lord? Because it doesn’t seem like the best or easiest or most comfortable plan …” But I am realising more and more that I don’t know what’s coming, and rather than fussing over it and trying to question it all, I just have to relax, pray and let God be God…

Friends it’s OK not to be OK and have it all together. When David became weary with moaning. God didn’t become weary with listening. (Psalm 6:6-9) The God of all comfort keeps watch over your weeping. He gathers up all your tears and put them in His bottle.(Psalm 56:8) Like a doting mother sitting besides her childs sickbed…

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Let The Peace of Christ Reign In Our Hearts

Rock Of Faith

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, for to this you were called as members of one body. And be thankful” (Col 3:15).

Is there lack of peace in the world around us? Do we lack peace of mind? If we dissect our text we shall find in it four pieces of advice.

I. First, POSSESS THE PEACE OF GOD — “Let the peace of God rule in your hearts.”
The peace that we need to possess is the peace of God, which means, I think, first, peace with God. Oh, what a blessed thing it is to feel that the great cause of quarrel between our fallen spirit and the great Spirit is taken away, — that we are reconciled to God by the death of his Son, — that sin, the great divider, has been cast into the depths of the sea, and that there is…

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2 Truths that will sustain you in suffering

Laus Deo Ministries Int.

There are two truths that will sustain you in moments of suffering. First, everything that is outside of your control lives under the control of the Savior who gave His life for you. And second, the One who is in complete control is also near, so near that we can reach out and touch Him.  Paul Tripp 2 Truths That Will Sustain You in Suffering

https://youtu.be/YpR5ax-YPcA

Stay blessed in the knowledge that God is Sovereign over your life,

Pr. Paddick

LDMI

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