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Others May, You Cannot!

November 14, 2009

—G.D. Watson (1845-1924)

If God has called you to be really like Jesus, He will draw you into a life of crucifixion and humility, and put upon you such demands of obedience, that you will not be able to measure yourself by other Christians; and in many ways, He will seem to let to let other good people do things which He will never let you do.

Other Christians and ministers, who seem very religious and useful, can push themselves, pull wires and work schemes to carry out their Christian goals, but these things you simply cannot do. Others may boast of their work or their writings or their success, but the Holy Spirit will not allow you to do any such thing, and if you ever try it, He will lead you into some deep mortification that will make you despise yourself and all your good works.

Others may be allowed to succeed in making money, but most likely God will keep you poor, because He want you to have something far better than gold, namely, a helpless dependence on Him and the joy of seeing Him supply your needs day by day out of an unseen Treasury.

The Lord may let others be honored and keep you hidden and unappreciated because He wants to produce some choice, fragrant fruit for His coming glory, which can only be produced in the shade. He may let others do a work for Him and get the credit for it, but He will make you work on and on without others knowing how much you are doing; and then, to make your work still more precious, He may let others get the credit for the work which you have done, and thus make your reward ten times greater when Jesus comes.

The Holy Spirit will rebuke you for little words or deeds or even feelings, or for wasting your time, which other Christians never seem to be concerned about, but you must make up your mind that God is an infinite Sovereign and He has a right to do whatever He pleases with His own. He may not explain to you a thousand things which puzzle your reason in the way He deals with you, but if you will just submit yourself to Him in all things, He will wrap you up in a jealous love and bestow upon you many blessing which come only to those who are very near to His heart.

Settle it then, that He is to have the privilege of tying your tongue, or chaining your hand, or closing your eyes, in ways that He does not seem to use with others. Now, when you are so possessed with the living God that your secret heart becomes pleased and delighted with this peculiar, personal, private, jealous guardianship and management of the Holy Spirit over your life, then you will have entered the very vestibule of heaven itself.

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God’s Sovereignty

April 19, 2009

My most precious fiance lent me a great book, “Trusting God”, by Jerry Bridges:

http://www.amazon.com/Trusting-God-Even-When-Hurts/dp/0891096175

And this book impressed me so much that I have to share some thoughts.

 

There were things that we thought about, but (as far as I’ve seen) no-one formulated it so well: God is sovereign on EVERYTHING. Not just on salvation, when it comes to our lives as Christians, but also on every other aspect of our life, on all nations, on wicked men, on nature.

Particularly important I found the chapter “God’s sovereignty and our responsibility”, also dealing with “Our failures and God’s sovereignty”.

 

After reading this book I came to believe that we have the Old Testament mainly to reveal the way God carries out His divine plan and how everything is being subjected to this purpose. We don’t have the theology of the Christianity in the Old Testament (in the way we have it in, for instance, Romans or Ephesians), but we can see clearly how God unfolds His plan according to His good pleasure.

 

God’s sovereignty is crucial. 

We can call it the arminianism vs calvinism controversy, but take His sovereignty out of the Bible and we are left off with some custom-made god we created according to our imagination.

Everything is affected by the fact that God is sovereign (or not).

Sovereign in our salvation, in the way it is initiated, in the way we are kept in His will. But also everything happens to us in our daily walk with Him.

 

A quote from the book which I liked a lot:

“God in His love always wills what is best for us. In His wisdom He always knows what is best, and in His sovereignty He has the power to power to bring it about”

Another personalized post

April 19, 2009

 

1 Corinthians 2:9

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

No, this is not about heaven, but about our life on earth. There is no reference to heaven, neither here nor in the passage Paul quotes (from Isaiah 64:4)

 

I feel so overwhelmed by what God did in my life lately.

I could not possibly believe that His goodness can be so big!

Every time I would disobey God I felt so unworthy (like I was, actually).

But when we obey God, we have inside us Holy Spirit’s peace that reassures us, in total contrast with the previous case (even when it hurts).

 

Malachi 3:10

Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

 

This is apparently one of the two places in the Bible where we are told to prove God.

 

The latest gift I received from Him is simply far beyond my most daring expectations.

One would think that for a mere mortal it is dangerous to have so much happiness, that there’s only a certain amount of it that could fit in.

I know that God is in control of that, too, like He is sovereign on everything under the sun.

 

Proverbs 31:10

An excellent wife, who can find?

For her worth is far above jewels

 

James 1:17

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

 

Yes, I got engaged. 

God’s salvation is a perfect gift for me.

And after that comes Mihaela, whom God, in His immeasurable goodness and Sovereignty, brought in my way. And me in hers.

I so often feel like Peter, who, after being confronted with who Jesus was, said “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!”