Saturday, September 04, 2010

What You Are Thinking About - Sept. 5, 2010

The old man and his works have been abolished; the new man, created by God in Christ, is constantly renewed in his original newness to fulfill his original task. As Lenski so ably analyzed it, St. Paul brings forward a very interesting aspect of man's renewal:
But, now, instead of saying renewed for good works (as in Eph. 2:10) and thus stating a direct opposite of the evil "practices" of the old man, Paul goes deeper and says: "constantly renewed for epignosis in accord with his Creator." For out of this true, spiritual knowledge arise all true spiritual good works.

"Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech, that I dwell in the tents of Kedar." — Psalm 120:5

As a Christian you have to live in the midst of an ungodly world, and it is of little use for you to cry "Woe is me." Jesus did not pray O that you should be taken out of the world, and what He did not pray for you need not desire. Better far in the Lord's strength to meet the difficulty, and glorify Him in it. The enemy is ever on the watch to detect inconsistency in your conduct; be therefore very holy. Remember that the eyes of all are upon you, and that more is expected from you than from other men.

Matthew Henry on Psalm 37
1. We must make God our hope in the way of duty and then we shall have a comfortable subsistence in this world, v. 3. (1.) It is required that we trust in the Lord and do good, that we confide in God and conform to him. The life of religion lies much in a believing reliance on God, his favour, his providence, his promise, his grace, and a diligent care to serve him and our generation, according to his will. We must not think to trust in God and then live as we list. No; it is not trusting God, but tempting him, if we do not make conscience of our duty to him. Nor must we think to do good, and then to trust to ourselves, and our own righteousness and strength. No; we must both trust in the Lord and do good.

I. David’s profession of dependence upon God, and upon him only, for all good (v. 1): Truly my soul waiteth upon God. Nevertheless (so some) or "However it be, whatever difficulties or dangers I may meet with, though God frown upon me and I meet with discouragements in my attendance on him, yet still my soul waits upon God’’ (or is silent to God, as the word is), "Says nothing against what he does, but quietly expects what he will do.’’ We are in the way both of duty and comfort when our souls wait upon God, when we cheerfully refer ourselves, and the disposal of all our affairs, to his will and wisdom, when we acquiesce in and accommodate ourselves to all the dispensations of his providence, and patiently expect a doubtful event, with an entire satisfaction in his righteousness and goodness, however it be. Is not my soul subject go God? So the Septuagint. So it, certainly so it ought to be; our wills must be melted into his will. My soul has respect to God, for from him cometh my salvation. He doubts not but his salvation will come, though now he was threatened and in danger, and he expects it to come from God, and from him only; for in vain is it hoped for from hills and mountains,

I love this talk! In a world where fragmented families are the norm we find that the family dynamics which we've grown accustomed to, which we've accepted are in reality destroying the family are eroding our greatest potential in the age integrated biblical model. Scott Brown paints a vision for that which can be the foundation for fullness of blessing for generations to come.

Feminism is alive and well. It is an enemy every woman will face. It is an inescapable battle in which we're seeing a new generation not only hold the ground of our godly fore mothers but also take up the banner of biblical womanhood and move forward beyond we're women who were wholly sold out to the will of God have brought us. It will require of us fortitude. It will require of us creativity. I will require our humility and a holy reverence before the Lord. It will require being willing to be available for whatever the Lord calls us to in order to be innovative in our family lives, fearless in our callings, resolved to stand on the Word alone at times. We will reap precious rewards other women will cast aside. We'll see victories others will not understand. We'll see God glorified in our work. We'll need a keen awareness of the issues of our day. How will godly women of our generation shape their homes? Will we grasp hold of the riches we've been given by our mothers and multiply their efforts? What will your home look like? What needs will you shape into fruitful vineyards? These talks are excellent for building our vision for our future.

Incredibly moving. Anyone who hopes to adopt, who wants to clarify their vision for adoption, acquaint themselves with the journey of adoption, the unique needs, and the great cry of the orphans needs this symposium. Learn love here. Understand the witness of Christ here. Build a godly pro-life vision here.

As we are to mortify inordinate appetites, so we are to mortify inordinate passions (v. 8): But now you also put off all these, anger wrath, malice; for these are contrary to the design of the gospel, as well as grosser impurities; and, though they are more spiritual wickedness, have not less malignity in them. The gospel religion introduces a change of the higher as well as the lower powers of the soul, and supports the dominion of right reason and conscience over appetite and passion. Anger and wrath are bad, but malice is worse, because it is more rooted and deliberate; it is anger heightened and settled. And, as the corrupt principles in the heart must be cut off, so the product of them in the tongue; as blasphemy, which seems there to mean, not so much speaking ill of God as speaking ill of men, giving ill language to them, or raising ill reports of them, and injuring their good name by any evil arts,—filthy communication, that is, all lewd and wanton discourse, which comes from a polluted mind in the speaker and propagates the same defilements in the hearers,—and lying: Lie not one to another (v. 9), for it is contrary both to the law of truth and the law of love, it is both unjust and unkind, and naturally tends to destroy all faith and friendship among mankind. Lying makes us like the devil (who is the father of lies), and is a prime part of the devil’s image upon our souls; and therefore we are cautioned against this sin by this general reason: Seeing you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, v. 10. The consideration that we have by profession put away sin and espoused the cause and interest of Christ, that we have renounced all sin and stand engaged to Christ, should fortify us against this sin of lying. Those who have put off the old man have put it off with its deeds; and those who have put on the new man must put on all its deeds-not only espouse good principles but act them in a good conversation. The new man is said to be renewed in knowledge, because an ignorant soul cannot be a good soul. Without knowledge the heart cannot be good, Prov. 19:2. The grace of God works upon the will and affections by renewing the understanding.

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