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Archive for December 3rd, 2010

The woman who wept and washed Jesus’ feet – just raw genuine heart felt emotion.

The woman caught in adultery – expecting judgment but receiving loving compassion.

Somehow I think these two stories uniquely capture what it truly is to be in relationship with Jesus from the human side of things. I think these stories have the capacity to humble us, break us and evoke a sense of love.

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Any thought that does not come from God and robs you of peace is an enemy of your soul. It ought to receive any recognition from us.

Therefore

(1) stop listening to oneself

(2) and start speaking (preaching) to oneself.

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1. The Creating Spirit

Hovering and Speaking: The Spirit and the Universe
Sustaining and Renewing: The Spirit and the Earth
Breathing and Leaving: The Spirit and Humanity
Groaning and Birthing: The Spirit and New Creation

2. The Empowering Spirit

3. The Prophetic Spirit

4. The Anointing Spirit

Anointing and the Historical Kings
Anointing and the Coming Servant-King
Anointing and the Mission of Jesus, the Christ
Anointing and the Mission of the Church

5. The Coming Spirit

Re-creation and Righteousness–Isaiah 32
Renewal and Resurrection–Ezekiel 36-37
Repentance and Restoration–Joel 2

 

Source: Table of Contents – Christopher Wright, Knowing the Holy Spirit through the Old Testament (Downers Grove Ill.: IVP Academic, 2006).

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Realize That Authentic Joy in God is a Gift

Galatians 5:22; Psalm 51:12; John 6:44

Realize that Joy Must Be Fought for Relentlessly

2 Corinthians 1:24; Philippians 1:25; 2 Timothy 4:7; 1 Timothy 6:12; Matthew 24:12-13

Resolve to Attack All Known Sin in Your Life

Romans 6:11-13; Romans 8:13

Learn the Secret of Gutsy Guilt – How to Fight like a Justified Sinner

Micah 7: 8-9

Realize That the Battle Is Primarily a Fight to See God for Who He Is

Psalm 34:8; 2 Corinthians 4:4-6; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 1 John 3:2; Psalm 9:10

Meditate on the Word of God Day and Night

Psalm 23:3; Psalm 19:7; Psalm 19:8; Jeremiah 15:16; John 15:11; Psalm 1:1-3; Romans 15:13; Matthew 4:4; Romans 10:17; John 20:31; Galatians 3:5; Romans 15:4; John 17:17; John 8:32; Ephesians 6:17; 1 John 2:14

Pray Earnestly and Continually for Open Heart-eyes and an Inclination for God

John 16:24; Psalm 90:14; Psalm 85:6; Psalm 51:12; Mark 9:24; Ephesians 1:18; Psalm 119:18; Psalm 119:36

Learn to Preach to Yourself Rather Than Listen to Yourself

Psalm 42:5

Spend Time with God-saturated People Who Help You See God and Fight the Fight

1 Samuel 23:16; Hebrews 3:12-13; Proverbs 13:20

Be Patient in the Night of God’s Seeming Absence

Psalm 40:1-3

Get the Rest, Exercise and Proper Diet That Your Body Was Designed by God to Have

Psalm 127:1; 1 Kings 19:1-8

Make a Proper Use of God’s Revelation in Nature

Psalm 19:1

Read Great Books about God and Biographies of Great Saints

Hebrews 13:7

Do the Hard and Loving Thing for the Sake of Others-Witness and Mercy

Isaiah 58:10-11

Get a Global Vision for the Cause of Christ and Pour Yourself out for the Unreached

Psalm 67:1-2, 6-7

source: John Piper. © Desiring God. Website: desiringGod.org

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The fellowship of God is delightful beyond all telling. He communes with His redeemed ones in an easy, uninhibited fellowship that is restful and healing to the soul. He is not sensitive nor selfish nor temperamental. What He is today we shall find Him tomorrow and the next day and the next year. He is not hard to please, though He may be hard to satisfy. He expects of us only what He Himself first supplied. …

How good it would be if we could learn that God is easy to live with. He remembers our frame and knows that we are dust. He may sometimes chasten us, it is true, but even this He does with a smile, the proud, tender smile of a Father who is bursting with pleasure over an imperfect but promising son who is coming every day to look more and more like the One whose child he is.

We please Him most, not by frantically trying to make ourselves good, but by throwing ourselves into His arms with all our imperfections, and believing that he understands everything and loves us still.

Source: A.W. Tozer, The root of the righteous

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Probably the most widespread and persistent problem to be found among Christians is the problem of retarded spiritual progress.

The causes are many. One there is, which is so universal that it may easily be the main cause: failure to give time to the cultivation of the knowledge of God.

The temptation to make our relation to God judicial instead of personal is very strong.

Paul devoted his whole life to the art of knowing Christ (Phil 3:8,10,14).

Progress in the Christian life is exactly equal to the growing knowledge we gain of the triune God in personal experience. And such experience requires a whole life devoted to it and plenty of time spent at the holy task of cultivating God.

We may as well accept it: there is no short cut to sanctity. Even the crises that come in the spiritual life are usually the result of long periods of thought and prayerful meditation. As the wonder grows more and more dazzling there is likely to occur a crisis of revolutionizing proportions. But that crisis is related to what has gone before. It is a sudden sweet explosion, an uprushing of the water that has been increasing its pressure within until we can no longer contain it. Back of it all is the slow build up and preparation that comes from waiting upon God.”

Source: A.W. Tozer, The root of the righteous

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