Posted tagged ‘obedience’

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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A personal note about a not so personal blog

April 19, 2009

Right now (and in the last two months) I am simply overwhelmed by the way God chose to bless me.

But before I get to that, there is something I got to say something about what happened before God’s blessings came upon me.

Even though the blog was called “nothing between”, there was still something I wanted to keep – in a way – for myself. I was thinking that was a reasonable compromise, but it was not reasonable at all.

I think that the people who compromise are the most unhappy of all. They are too bad when compared to the church, and in a sense, too good when compared to the world (we are actually not “good” ourselves, though, we have it from Him).

My close friends, you know all about it and I want to thank you so much you for your prayers!

We think so often (like I did) that we can manage sin. We cannot. God knows EVERYTHING about us. He knows that it is infinitely better for us to just obey Him, even when we think we “know better”. 

On the other hand, I’m so glad God is not frustrated by our failures. And He never tells us “I told you not to do that. Now deal with the mess you are in”.

It is my responsibility all that happened and if the Christians will be judged, I’ll be judged for that too. 

Was is God’s will that I sin? No, absolutely not!

Was that God’s plan? Again, no.

But God in His sovereignty can turn our life around at any point (no matter how low). All it takes is our availability to surrender it all.

Now, that this is over, I realize that it is simply too “expensive” not to obey God completely. It was for me, in the sense that it was painful, because I knew it was not right. Someone said that “one always feels miserable when he disobeys God, and on the same time one feels so good (in the sense of “doing what’s right”) when one obeys God.

This is definitely true. Now, that I think back, I don’t want another step outside God’s will, no matter how small the step.

And a big disclaimer: throughout this blog, I didn’t mean to seem what I was not (namely godlier). It was not the purpose of the blog. If I did it, it was unconscious, but I’m sorry and prayed that God forgives me too. And for the most special person in my life, please forgive me too.

Favourite quotes

October 20, 2008

Contextualization be damned. We have our own story. And if it clashes with the stories we find around us, so much the worse for the other stories. After all, our story is big enough to encompass every other. Peter Leithart, Against Christianity, 58ff.

Revival doesn’t come by chasing revival. It only comes by chasing Christ (Washer)

Our hearts are a perpetual factory of idols (Calvin)

If there is one maverick molecule in the universe, then God is not sovereign. (Sproul)

Isn’t it amazing how you and I have the ability to take the most trivial thing and turn it into a god? (Paul Washer)

We marvel at the Declaration of Independency but what we need is a Declaration of Dependency (to Jesus)

Some ask “why do bad things happen to good people?” but the right question is “how does anything good happen at all in this fallen world?”

(Speaking of our evangelizing methods, where “do you know you are a sinner” is number one) Everyone knows he is a sinner. The problem is that they don’t realize how heinous and terrible that is.

I have good news and bad news. The good news is “God is here”, and the bad news is “God is here”. It depends which side of the line you’re standing on.

It’s not the devil who rules over hell, but God.

Fear of failure is many times wrapped up with pride (fear of losing the reputation)

Persecution is always meant for evil, but God always means it for good.

If you don’t take care of that today, you didn’t take care of that long time ago either (talking about the moment someone was saved)

So difficult is our salvation that only God can make it happen.

Jesus promised you two things: a cross to die on, and eternal life.

Agenda for today: let God.

The thing that most consumes your thoughts is your god (Paul Washer)

If God does not exist, then nothing matters.
If God does exist, that is all that matters.

For us in this world it’s as bad as it’s gonna get, as opposed to the world, where it’s the other way around.

If the first characteristic of the church is love, the second is suffering

William Mac Donald: If we attempt anything without Jesus, we will fail miserably – or succeed even more miserably

If God were first, we would end up having nothing

God being first means the end of our individual rights.

Some think that nothing times nobody equals everything (evolution)

Jesus took us out of mud, and let us walk on marble

Savonarola: if we know that God is above, we won’t care what happens below

It’s not that he loved us because we have value, but we have value because he loved us.

More than what He gives us, we need Him

Love God’s word, and you will love Him

You can get a lot of work done if you don’t care who gets the glory

Better dead at Jesus’ feet than alive anywhere else.

Labour is not a substitute for love, and doctrine is not a substitute for devotion

Much for God means much with God

It’s possible to say “I’m saved” before you have any sense that you are even lost.

Jesus plus nothing equals everything

God did not redeem us so that we could spend our lives being punctual and well-behaved people

The hell is going to be filled with people who admire Jesus

Jesus didn’t say “love me, like me, admire me, consider me”, he said “follow me”

You don’t have to defend the Word of God. It’s just like defending a lion: let it out of the cage and it will defend itself

The world couldn’t get along with the holiest man that ever lived, how will they get along with us!?

The Gospel is supposed to be a scandal, like it always was.

It’s God we should try not to offend, not the world (or, there’s something worse than an empty church, namely an offended God)

God chooses to glorify Himself not through our strengths, (talents, abilities, wealth, education, influence, etc.), but rather through our weakness.

If I were to go to heaven, and find that Christ was not there, I would leave immediately, for heaven would be hell to me without Christ (Thomas Goodwin)

Sin is a family disease (which we all inherit from our first parents, Adam and Eve) – JC Ryle

What does He want from us? Everything.

Do you enjoy God as much as you did yesterday the football game?

How much has cost you to be a Christian?

Our redemption is not a once-and-for-all flu-shot.

Offer your family what you offer God and see how long you have a family.

If every man on the earth became blind it would not diminish the beauty of the sun and if every man turned atheist it would not diminish the glory of God (AW Tozer)

On judgement day I’d rather be a liberal politician than a conservative preacher (Paul Washer, regarding the watered-down Gospel that is preached today)

Men who labor to hide God from themselves, can never hide themselves from God.

Perhaps you think the saints of God [are] too strict and particular and serious. You rather avoid them. You have no delight in their society. There will be no other company in heaven (JC Ryle)

The natural man is afraid to burn in hell, but he’s not afraid to sin (Augustine)

Grace is the understanding that God is a better savior than you are a sinner (Christopher Love)