Daily Light – August 5, 2017

Today’s Daily Light:

Today is the last of the series:    How Dead People Do Battle With Sin (John Piper)

Forward-Looking Faith

This is the way dead people do battle with sin. This is what it means to be a Christian. We are dead in the sense that the old unbelieving self (the flesh) has died. In its place there is a new creation. What makes it new is FAITH. Not just a backward-looking belief in the death of Jesus, but a forward-looking belief in the promises of Jesus. Not just being sure of what he did do, but also being satisfied with what he will do.With all eternity hanging in the balance, we fight the fight of faith. Our chief enemy is the lie that says sin will make our future happier. Our chief weapon is the Truth that says God will make our future happier. And faith is the victory that overcomes the lie, because faith is satisfied with God.

The challenge before us then is not merely to do what God says because He is God, but to desire what God says because he is good. The challenge is not merely to pursue righteousness, but to prefer righteousness. The challenge is to get up in the morning and prayerfully meditate on the Scriptures until we experience joy and peace in believing “the precious and very great promises” of God (Romans 15:132 Peter 1:4). With this joy set before us the commandments of God will not be burdensome (1 John 5:3) and the compensation of sin will appear too brief and too shallow to lure us.

Father…thank you for what You did ‘do’ for us in Christ…and help us to increasingly be satisfied with what You have yet to do in us as relates to Your will being done in our lives.  Help us to desire what You desire.   Through faith, we see, believe, walk, and pray.    Thank You.  Amen

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