Today's Devotions

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New Things to Consider

  • Solid Rock, Bob Dylan +

    The overwhelming blessing of being connected to Him! Well, I'm hanging on to a solid rock Made before the foundation Read More
  • Worry +

    Do we trust God to take care of each and every one of our troubles, or do we act like Read More
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220px-A_W_TozerThose Sanctifying Effects of Suffering

Instant Christianity tends to make the faith act terminal and so smothers the desire for spiritual advance. It fails to understand the true nature of the Christian life, which is not static but dynamic and expanding.

It overlooks the fact that a new Christian is a living organism as certainly as a new baby is, and must have nourishment and exercise to assure normal growth. It does not consider that the act of faith in Christ sets up a personal relationship between two intelligent moral beings, God and the reconciled man, and no single encounter between God and a creature made in His image could ever be sufficient to establish an intimate friendship between them. By trying to pack all of salvation into one experience, or two, the advocates of instant Christianity flaunt the law of development which runs through all nature. They ignore the sanctifying effects of suffering, cross carrying and practical obedience. They pass by the need for spiritual training, the necessity of forming right religious habits, and the need to wrestle against the world, the devil and the flesh. Undue preoccupation with the initial act of believing has created in some a psychology of contentment, or at least of non-expectation. To many it has imparted a mood of disappointment with the Christian faith. God seems too far away, the world is too near, and the flesh too powerful to resist. Others are glad to accept the assurance of automatic blessedness. It relieves them of the need to watch and fight and pray, and sets them free to enjoy this world while waiting for the next. Instant Christianity is twentieth century orthodoxy. I wonder whether the man who wrote Philippians 3:7-16 would recognize it as the faith for which he finally died. I am afraid he would not.

Verse

I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow to attain to the resurrection from the dead. Philippians 3:10-11

Thought

We want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection but what about the "fellowship of sharing in his sufferings"? Today there are in this world believers who are suffering with and for Christ. Some aspects of maturity are achieved only through suffe

Prayer

Forgive me, Lord, for leaving behind the carrying of the cross when trying to follow You. I look for the easy way when it is through pain and suffering that You refine me and reveal Your strength.

 

Reflections to Consider

  • God's Dimension

    We experience a great sense of the wonder, boldness, and overwhelming awe of God through our relationship with the Holy Read More
  • Warfare Spirituality

    The Trinity function as farmers of our souls, actively caring for God’s creation: an ongoing, radical reclamation of His creation. Read More
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Publications

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Music

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Audio & Video

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The Hit List

  • The Christian Grows in Grace (JI Packer excerpt) +

    SANCTIFICATION THE CHRISTIAN GROWS IN GRACE Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Read More
  • The Ministry of the Spirit by JI Packer +

    The Holy Spirit is given to all Christians to transform them by his teaching, making them into God-focused thinkers and Read More
  • Introduction to The Death of Death..by JI Packer +

    INTRODUCTORY ESSAY ___ to John Owen's The Death Of Death in the Death of Christ ___ By J.I. Packer _________ Read More
  • Freedom and Authority-by JI Packer +

    "Authority" is a word that makes most people think of law and order, direction and restraint, command and control, dominance Read More
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Gems

  • What does it mean when we say the gospel is historical, by Tim Keller +

    The gospel is historical . . . The word "gospel" shows up twice [1 Peter 1:1-12, 1:22-2:12]. Gospel actually means "good news." You Read More
  • Prayer, by Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Derbyshire, 1973 +

    "Oh Lord our God, how can we thank thee sufficiently for this new and living way?Oh forgive us for our Read More
  • Prayer by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Pensacola Theological Institute, 1969 +

    "O Lord our God, have mercy upon us. Forgive us especially, we pray thee again, for our folly - for our Read More
  • Mind, heart and will, by Martyn Lloyd-Jones +

    Dr. Jones teaches from his series, Spiritual Depression, about Romans 6, on how Christianity embraces the whole man, and anything Read More
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