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Tuesday, August 17, 2010
...so when men are called by grace, and converted, they come out of a country, this world, which is a land of sin and iniquity, of great folly and ignorance, of darkness, and of the shadow of death; a desert, a mere wilderness; a country where Satan reigns, full of wicked and ungodly men; and which is the land of their nativity, as to their first birth: and they may be said to come out of it, not in a natural and civil sense, but in a spiritual one; and it is the character of a converted man, or one that is come out of the world, and is separated from it, to be unmindful of it; not so as not to consider from whence he came out, as owing to rich grace; nor so as not to lament the iniquities of it; nor so as not to pray for the conversion of the inhabitants of it; but he is unmindful of it, so as to be desirous of the company of the men of it, or to have the affections set upon it, and the heart tickled with the pleasures of it, or so as to desire to return to it, for which there is a great deal of reason: for this country is not worth minding; and there is much in it to set a gracious mind against it; a good man has better things to mind; and it is below, and unworthy of a Christian, to mind the world; and besides, worldly mindedness is attended with bad consequences. Moreover, though the saints have opportunities of returning, yet they do not; they are near it, and the country they are seeking is afar off: many things in it are alluring and ensnaring; a corrupt and deceitful heart often lingers after them, and Satan is not wanting to tempt unto, and by them. And yet they do not return; some that bear the name of Christians, but are not truly such, may wholly return, and never come back more; and true believers may strangely go back again in some instances; but they shall not return finally and totally: for they are held and drawn with the cords of love; they are in the hands of Christ, and are secured in the covenant of grace; they are returned to Christ, in the effectual calling, who will keep them; they are of the household of God, and shall be no more foreigners; should they return in such sense, they would be condemned with the world, which cannot be.~John Gill on Hebrews 11:15
Borrowed word for word from fieldstonecottage.blogspot.com
Excellent post, I must say.
Boy, sometimes I wish G-d weren't so invisible. That he were available to me in flesh and bone at any time of day. I have questions I need answered but no available response seems to satisfy. I’ve experienced enough of G-d in my personal life to justify my faith, so why do I feel so disconnected? I can’t go back to the way I used to live, but at the same time I wish I could experience God in such a way that my questions would just melt away. At my darkest hour it was interesting to me to think that God will exist and continue to exist whether or not I chose to follow him. God is not confined to my emotional state. He doesn't leave when I'm fighting my demons and show up after I'm done figuring things out. He is always present.
The following verse gave me a better perspective on my trial. My faith in Christ is cemented in the hope that there is much more meaning in this life than meets the eye.
Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! But when full understanding comes, these partial things will become useless.
When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. 1 Corinthians 13:9-12, NLT
Monday, August 16, 2010
Sorry for the lack of posts lol. I had been away from my computer for a while (business trip) and was battling some tough stuff in my spiritual walk. God is still great. As for the video I love mali's testimony and wanted to share.
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