Daily Light – Oct 12, 2017

Your daily goal:

Philippians 3:14  “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   

(Monday-Friday, from my morning quiet time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day.  Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)

Today’s Daily Light:

The point of coming to realize how ‘utterly’ and totally ‘lost’ we are and in need of being ‘found’…is ‘so that’ we can refocus our attention to see God’s solution for bringing men out of being lost and into the light.   The only way out of the darkness is to come into the light.  But if we are lost in darkness we cannot even find or see the light.   It is God who has brought. who brings, the light to us…God has shined the light into our hearts…the light of truth…shines on the pathway ‘out’ of death and darkness and this pathway leads to ‘eternal life’…not just a half-full life with ups and downs…no…eternal life is abundant life…full life….and the light is Jesus Christ.  He is the only light that leads us out of darkness and into eternal life.   There is no other way ‘out’…no other true light..no other path.  Jesus is the light.

1 John 5:6-    “This is the one who came by water and blood — Jesus Christ.  He did not come by water only, but by water and blood.  And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.  For there are three that testify:  the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.  We accept man’s testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart.  Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given about his Son.  And this is the testimony:  God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.”

Amen

    

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Daily Light – Oct 11, 2017

Your daily goal:

Philippians 3:14  “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   

(Monday-Friday, from my morning quiet time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day.  Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)

Today’s Daily Light:

Bonhoeffer – I am reading Bonhoeffer, Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, by Eric Metaxas.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor, theologian, spy, anti-Nazi dissident, and key founding member of the Confessing Church. His writings on Christianity’s role in the secular world have become widely influential, and his book The Cost of Discipleship has become a modern classic.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor, theologian, spy, anti-Nazi dissident, and key founding member of the Confessing Church. His writings on Christianity’s role in the secular world have become widely influential.
Wikipedia · Text under CC-BY-SA license
 
In the forward to the book…Timothy Keller writes….
“By the time of Hitler’s ascension, much of the German church understood grace only as abstract acceptance–“God forgives; that’s his job.”  But we know that true grace comes to us by costly sacrifice.  And if God was willing to go to the cross and endure such pain and absorb such a cost in order to save us, then we must live sacrificially as we serve others.  Anyone who truly understands how God’s grace comes to us will have a changed life.  That’s the gospel, not salvation by law, or by cheap grace, but by costly grace.  Costly grace changes you from the inside out.  Neither law nor cheap grace can do that. 
This lapse couldn’t happen to us, today, surely, could it?  Certainly it could.  We still have a lot of legalism and moralism in our churches.  In reaction to that, many Christians want to talk only about God’s love and acceptance.  They don’t like talking about Jesus’ death on the cross to satisfy divine wrath and justice.  Some even call it ‘divine child abuse.”  Yet if the are not careful, they run the risk of falling into the belief in ‘cheap grace” — a non-costly love from a non-holy God who just loves and accepts us as we are.  That will never change anyone’s life.
So it looks like we still need to listen to Bonhoeffer and others who go deep in discussing the nature of the gospel.”
 
Lord…as I read this biography on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s life…I realize I am much like the typical believer in the German church described by Keller.  Lord….I don’t want to be afraid to give myself totally to you…but I know that I am.  I know that I like my ‘American Christian’ way of life…     I actually find myself afraid to pray that you will totally take me and use my life as you wish…for I fear you might.  But I do pray that….not that I don’t trust you….it is that I don’t trust me…..     I do know that your gift of grace was given to us at a great price…    I pray that you will change me more and more from the inside out so that I can be fully pleasing to you and do your perfect will for the rest of what I have of this life.   Amen
    

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Daily Light – Oct 10, 2017

Your daily goal:

Philippians 3:14  “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   

(Monday-Friday, from my morning quiet time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day.  Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)

Today’s Daily Light:

Clarifying and Responding to the article from the past few days …

My 2 Cents:

I did not read Piper’s article to say that ‘good’ was not good.  I believe that any sense of good, that any form of good, originates from God who is the creator of good.  I believe that good has purpose and value and is another ‘revelation’ of the goodness and love of God as Creator.  I think it fits into the understanding of Romans 1…especially vs. 20…His eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen…     I believe ‘good’ exists #1 to reveal God’s divine nature…the objective sense of right and wrong in outcome with most people… mostly produces good, not bad… whether believers or non believers….people do good deeds, acts of kindness, love their families, take care of their animals…and there is an intention of revelation in the experience of giving and receiving ‘good’.     And such also relates to #2…that in the spirit of man…the function of conscious wherein after the Fall that God let remain in all men enough consciousness awareness for us to know about Him…and that same function is the area where  mankind is restrained by the Holy Spirit from being only bad…from totally being overcome by evil.   Thus what men often refer to as the ‘greater good’. 
 
I copied pieces from the article below…  and to me…Piper is trying to make the point that man’s acts of ‘good’…no matter how good they are….although they may be truly pure…are not good enough to save us.   To me it is like we are fish in a giant aquarium the water that we swim in is the natural realm of good that God created…and for the most part….the last thing most fish are aware of is the water in which they swim.  
 
And ‘thus’…at best…in the end if we do not come to saving grace…all of our good was performed in and out of our fallen state…which Piper frames as ‘rebellion’….and I get that .     Good is good…   and if we look at a supreme example of the best of good…the mother who loves her child…which is obviously an example of the best-of natural expression of good that God has created….and it is given to all men, believers and non…such common understanding and experience of good is simply a revelation of the origin of good..and such points to the creator of good…which is our wonderful God… but God’s giving of good is always foremost given ‘so that’ we can see His goodness…and for the mother who loves her child…who experiences the wonder and revelation of such love…God gives us that revelation of wonder ‘so that’ we can come to see just how much He loves us as His children..that He loves us more than we love our child…and ‘that’ is the essence of the existence of good.   Not only does good hold back evil…..it is the water all around us that all men swim in… and it reveals the divine nature of God who is the creator of Good for He ‘is’ good.   And all good is a pointer…that points us to the ‘cross’…where ultimate goodness gave His life for us…’so that’ we could experience ‘Him’….  and ‘that’ is VERY good. 
 
Thus man does many things which he can do only because he
is created in the image of God and which in the service of God
would be praised. But in the service of man’s self-justifying
rebellion, these very things are sinful. We may praise them
as echoes of God’s excellence, but we will weep that they are
prostituted for God-ignoring purposes.
 
We recognize that the word “good” has a broad range of meanings.
We will have to use it in a restricted sense to refer to many
actions of fallen people which in relation to God are in fact not
good.  For example, we will have to say that it is good that most
unbelievers do not kill and that many unbelievers perform acts
of benevolence. What we mean when we call such actions good
is that they more or less conform to the external pattern of life
that God has commanded in Scripture.
However, such outward conformity to the revealed will of
God is not righteousness in relation to God. It is not done out of
reliance on him or for his glory. He is not trusted for the resources,
though he gives them all. Nor is his honor exalted, even though
that’s his will in all things (1 Cor. 10:31). Therefore even these
“good” acts are part of our rebellion and are not “good” in the
sense that really counts in the end—in relation to God.
    

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Daily Light – Oct 9, 2017

Today’s Daily Light:

(Cont’d) How Lost is ‘Lost’?

It is my opinion that we need to understand just how lost and depraved the human condition ‘without’ God ‘is’ in order for us to fully delight in the wonder of our salvation and to be fully effective in seeing the imperative command of Jesus that we go out and share the ‘light of this glorious good news’.   

We will read an article by John Piper the next couple of days….today we continue/finish with points 3 and 4.

  1. Man’s inability to submit to God and do good is total.

Picking up on the term “flesh” above (man apart from the grace

of God), we find Paul declaring it to be totally enslaved to

rebellion. Romans 8:7-8 says, “The mind that is set on the flesh

is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it

cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”

The “mind that is set on the flesh” (literally, “mind of the

flesh”) is the mind of man apart from the indwelling Spirit of

God (“You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in

fact the Spirit of God dwells in you,” Romans 8:9). So natural

man has a mindset that does not and cannot submit to God. Man

cannot reform himself.

Ephesians 2:1 says that we Christians were all once “dead

in trespasses and sins.” The point of deadness is that we were

incapable of any spiritual life with God. We had physical

life, but our hearts were like a stone toward God (Eph. 4:18;

Ezek. 36:26). Our hearts were blind and incapable of seeing the

glory of God in Christ (2 Cor. 4:4-6). We were totally unable to

reform ourselves.

  1. Our rebellion is totally deserving of eternal punishment.

Ephesians 2:3 goes on to say that in our deadness we were

“children of wrath.” That is, we were under God’s wrath

because of the corruption of our hearts that made us as good as

dead before God.

The reality of hell is God’s clear indictment of the infiniteness

of our guilt. If our corruption were not deserving of an

eternal punishment, God would be unjust to threaten us with

a punishment so severe as eternal torment. But the Scriptures

teach that God is just in condemning unbelievers to eternal

hell (2 Thess. 1:6-9; Matt. 5:29-30; 10:28; 13:49-50; 18:8-9;

25:46; Rev. 14:9-11; 20:10). Therefore, to the extent that hell is

a sentence of total condemnation, to that extent must we think

of ourselves as totally blameworthy apart from the saving grace

of God.

This Terrible Truth of Total Depravity

In summary, total depravity means that our rebellion against

God is total, everything we do in this rebellion is sinful, our

inability to submit to God or reform ourselves is total, and we

are therefore totally deserving of eternal punishment.

It is hard to exaggerate the importance of admitting our

condition to be this bad. If we think of ourselves as basically

good or even less than totally at odds with God, our grasp of the

work of God in redemption will be defective. But if we humble

ourselves under this terrible truth of our total depravity, we will

be in a position to see and appreciate the glory and wonder of

the work of God.

The aim of this article is to deepen our experience of God’s

grace. The aim is not to depress or to discourage or to paralyze.

Knowing the seriousness of our disease will make us all the

more amazed at the greatness of our Physician. Knowing the

extent of our deep-seated rebellion will stun us at the longsuffering

grace and patience of God toward us. The way we

worship God and the way we treat other people, especially our

enemies, are profoundly and wonderfully affected by knowing our

depravity to the full.

Amen.

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Daily Light – Oct 8, 2017

Your daily goal:
Philippians 3:14  “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   
(Monday-Friday, from my morning quiet time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day.  Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)
Today’s Daily Light
(Cont’d) How Lost is ‘Lost’?
It is my opinion that we need to understand just how lost and depraved the human condition ‘without’ God ‘is’ in order for us to fully delight in the wonder of our salvation and to be fully effective in seeing the imperative command of Jesus that we go out and share the ‘light of this glorious good news’.   
We will read an article by John Piper the next couple of days….today we continue with point 2.
 
2. In his total rebellion everything man does is sin.
 
In Romans 14:23 Paul says, “Whatever does not proceed from
faith is sin.” Therefore, if all men are in total rebellion, everything
they do is the product of rebellion and cannot be an honor to
God, but only part of their sinful rebellion. Of course many of
these acts which flow from inward unbelief conform outwardly
to the revealed will of God (for example, obeying parents or
telling the truth). But they do not conform to God’s perfect
will because of that mere outward conformity. Let all things
be done in love, the apostle says (1 Cor. 16:14); but love is the
fruit of faith (Gal. 5:6; 1 Tim. 1:5). Therefore many outwardly
good acts come from hearts without Christ-exalting faith, and
therefore, without love, and therefore without conformity to
God’s command, and therefore are sinful.
If a king teaches his subjects how to fight well and then
those subjects rebel against their king and use the very skill he
taught them to resist him, then even those skills, as excellent and
amazing and “good” as they are, become evil.
Thus man does many things which he can do only because he
is created in the image of God and which in the service of God
would be praised. But in the service of man’s self-justifying
rebellion, these very things are sinful. We may praise them
as echoes of God’s excellence, but we will weep that they are
prostituted for God-ignoring purposes.
In Romans 7:18 Paul says, “I know that nothing good dwells
in me, that is, in my flesh.” This is a radical confession of the
truth that in our rebellion nothing we think or feel is good. It is
all part of our rebellion. The fact that Paul qualifies his depravity
with the words, “that is, in my flesh,” shows that he is willing
to affirm the good of anything that the Spirit of God produces
in him (Rom. 15:18). “Flesh” refers to man in his natural state
apart from the work of God’s Spirit. So, what Paul is saying in
Romans 7:18 is that apart from the work of God’s Spirit all we
think and feel and do is not good.
The Good That Really Counts
We recognize that the word “good” has a broad range of meanings.
We will have to use it in a restricted sense to refer to many
actions of fallen people which in relation to God are in fact not
good.  For example, we will have to say that it is good that most
unbelievers do not kill and that many unbelievers perform acts
of benevolence. What we mean when we call such actions good
is that they more or less conform to the external pattern of life
that God has commanded in Scripture.
However, such outward conformity to the revealed will of
God is not righteousness in relation to God. It is not done out of
reliance on him or for his glory. He is not trusted for the resources,
though he gives them all. Nor is his honor exalted, even though
that’s his will in all things (1 Cor. 10:31). Therefore even these
“good” acts are part of our rebellion and are not “good” in the
sense that really counts in the end—in relation to God.
 Father…help us to today to see all we do in relation to You.  Help us to ‘frame’ and ‘structure’ our ideas, thoughts, and actions ‘so that’ they bring glory to your name.  Thank you that You are only ‘good’…You are perfect ‘good’.  Help us to frame our lives in the context of Matthew 5:16… Jesus said..”let your light shine before men ‘so that’ they will see your ‘good’ works and glorify your Father in heaven.”  Father…let our motivation for doing good be because we belong to you and want to reveal You to the world.    Amen 
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Daily Light – Oct 5, 2017

Today’s Daily Light:

How Lost is ‘Lost’?

It is my opinion that we need to understand just how lost and depraved the human condition ‘without’ God ‘is’ in order for us to fully delight in the wonder of our salvation and to be fully effective in seeing the imperative command of Jesus that we go out and share the ‘light of this glorious good news’.  

We will read an article by John Piper the next couple of days….today we do point 1.

The terrible condition of man’s heart will never be recognized

by people who assess it only in relation to other men. Your son

will drive his friends to the ballgame. That is “kindness,” and

they will experience it as a benefit. So the evil of our actions can

never be measured merely by the harm they do to other humans.

Romans 14:23 makes plain that depravity is our condition in

relation to God primarily, and only secondarily in relation to man.

Unless we start here, we will never grasp the totality of our natural

depravity.

Man’s depravity is total in at least four senses.

  1. Our rebellion against God is total.

Apart from the grace of God, there is no delight in the holiness of God,

and there is no glad submission to the sovereign authority of God.  (wow)

Of course, totally depraved men can be very religious and

very philanthropic. They can pray and give alms and fast, as

Jesus said (Matt. 6:1-18). But their very religion is rebellion

against the rights of their Creator, if it does not come from

a childlike heart of trust in the free grace of God. Religion is one

of the chief ways that man conceals his unwillingness to forsake

self-reliance and bank all his hopes on the unmerited mercy of

God (Luke 18:9-14; Col. 2:20-23).

The totality of our rebellion is seen in Romans 3:9-11 and

  1. “We have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks,

are under sin, as it is written: ‘None is righteous, no, not one; no

one understands; no one seeks for God.’ … ‘There is no fear of

God before their eyes.’” Any seeking of God that honors God

is a gift of God. It is not owing to our native goodness. It is an

illustration of God mercifully overcoming our native resistance

to God.

Natural Man Not Seeking God

It is a myth that man in his natural state is genuinely seeking

God. Men do seek God. But they do not seek him for who he

  1. They seek him in a pinch as one who might preserve them

from death or enhance their worldly enjoyments. Apart from

conversion, no one comes to the light of God.

Some do come to the light. But listen to what John 3:20-21

says about them. “Everyone who does wicked things hates the

light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be

exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so

that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out

in God.” Yes, there are those who come to the light—namely,

those whose deeds are the work of God. “Carried out in (or by)

God” means worked by God. Apart from this gracious work of

God all men hate the light of God and will not come to him lest

their evil be exposed—this is total rebellion. “No one seeks for

God…. There is no fear of God before their eyes!”

Father…as my dear brother and Pastor stated in his prayer earlier this week… “help us to hold to a ‘fear of the Lord’ so that we will not have to be afraid of anything else.”  I get that…if you are my highest love, my highest desires, then my highest regard is fear that I might fail you… your will and way…if I seek your will and way above all else…then I will not fear anyone else..because I am not living at their level or their will or way.   Help us to see this…Amen

    

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Daily Light – Oct 4, 2017

Your daily goal:

Philippians 3:14  “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   

(Monday-Friday, from my morning quiet time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day.  Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)

Today’s Daily Light:

Satan, World, Providence, Christ… (article by John Piper)

The World in the Power of the Devil

Not until recently had I ever felt the weight of the fact that those outside Christ have no defense against the devil. God can restrain the devil from doing his maximum worst. But the world cannot. They are helpless before Satan’s supernatural power. They are utterly in his sway, except for God’s restraining providence.

This reality should make us tremble for the hopelessness of the world and marvel at the magnitude of God’s power and grace to keep the world from being ten thousand times more violent and miserable than it is.

Consider these passages to show the plight of the world:

We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. (1 John 5:19)

In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers. (2 Corinthians 4:4)

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following . . . the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience. (Ephesians 2:1–2)

The World in the Providence of God

Nevertheless, the world is not nearly as vicious and wretched as it could be. Millions of unbelievers are civil and courteous and honest and kind. How can this be, if they are defenseless against the supernatural power of the most wicked being in the universe? The answer is that God restrains the evil one and uses many natural means to prompt unbelievers toward outward conformity to his laws. Here are some biblical examples:

When Abraham told king Abimelech that Sarah was his sister and not his wife, Abimelech took her into his harem, but against ordinary expectations, did not have sexual relations with her. Then he found out Sarah was Abraham’s wife and was frightened before God. But God said to him, “It was I who kept you from sinning against me. Therefore I did not let you touch her” (Genesis 20:6). That is a picture of God’s restraint on sin in the world.

Not only does he restrain evil; he also prompts good. For example, “In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia . . . the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation . . . :‘ Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: The Lord . . . has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem.’” (Ezra 1:1–2). Later the people rejoice that “the Lord had . . . turned the heart of the king of Assyria to them, so that he aided them in the work of the house of God” (Ezra 6:22). And again: “Blessed be the Lord . . . who put such a thing as this into the heart of the king” (Ezra 7:27).

So the Old Testament makes sweeping summary statements like, “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will” (Proverbs 21:1), and “The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples” (Psalms 33:10).

So in the providence of God, the world does not sink into as much wickedness and misery as it would if it were given over entirely to the power of the evil one. The world does not have any power in itself to resist the devil, but God in great patience restrains the evil one and prompts much good behavior.

The Christian in the Person of Christ

The Decisive Triumph

The reason that union with Christ makes a great difference for the believer is that Christ achieved a decisive triumph over the devil at Calvary. He did not remove Satan from the world, but he disarmed him to the extent that the weapon of damnation was stripped from his hand. He cannot accuse believers of unforgiven sin. And therefore, he cannot bring them to utter ruin. He can hurt them physically and emotionally, even kill them (Revelation 2:10). He can tempt them and incite others against them. But he cannot destroy them. Here is what happened at the cross:

And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him. (Colossians 2:13–15)

This decisive triumph is owing to “the record of debt that stood against us” being nailed to the cross. The devil made that record his chief accusation against us. Now he has no accusation that holds. He is helpless to do the one thing he wants most to do — damn us. He can’t. Christ bore our damnation. The devil is disarmed.

Another way to say it is in Hebrews 2:14–15: “[Christ became human] that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.” Death is still our enemy. But it is defanged. The sting is gone. The sting of death was sin. And the damning power of sin was in the demand of the law. But thanks be to Christ who satisfied the law’s demand (1 Corinthians 15:56–57).

The Consequent Promise

“Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).

    

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Daily Light – Oct 3, 2017

Your daily goal:

Philippians 3:14  “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   

(Monday-Friday, from my morning quiet time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day.  Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)

Today’s Daily Light:

Yesterday…we talked about how all men are ‘totally’ lost and “dead in ‘trespasses and sin”… Ephesians 2:1-2 says “And you were dead in trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following…the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience.” 

From scripture in our past studies we ‘know’ that it is the work of God’s Spirit (God the Holy Spirit) to bring the lost who are blind and live in darkness into the light and truth and revelation of God…bring the lost into a personal knowledge of..a personal relationship with God.  And it is for such personal relationship…for ‘knowing’ God and enjoying Him forever…that we were created.

Scripture teaches that the Holy Spirit has many manifestations of His work.   The two primary areas that are revealed to us in scripture from Genesis to Revelation are:

  1.  Common Grace  2 Thessalonians 2:7 says “For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is take out of the way.”
  1. Efficacious Grace   Efficacious | Definition of Efficacious by Merriam-Webster   effective, effectual, efficient, efficacious mean producing or capable of producing a result. effective stresses the actual production of or the power to produce an effect an..   John 16:7,13.. Jesus said .. “It is for your good that I am going away.  Unless I go away, the Counselor (The Holy Spirit) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.  When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgement…. (13) When he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.  He will not speak of his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.  He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you.” 

John F. Walvoord, President of Dallas Theological Seminary wrote in an article … “The doctrines of providence and of the sovereignty of God demand that the power of God be effective not only in the saved but also in the unsaved world. While the ministry of the Holy Spirit is ever primarily directed toward the Christian, it is evident that He is working in the world as well, bringing to pass the will of the Father and the Son. The Scriptures reveal that it is characteristic of the Holy Spirit to minister in scenes of disorder and sin.

The ministry of the Holy Spirit in relation to the unsaved world falls into two categories which are not necessarily independent. The Holy Spirit is given the ministry of resisting evil and restraining the world in its manifestation. To the Holy Spirit, also, is committed the task of making known the way of salvation to a race which has no natural capacity to receive it with understanding. Most of the attention of theologians during the Christian centuries has been directed to the latter ministry, that of revealing the message of salvation to the lost and providing enablement for saving faith. The ministry of the Holy Spirit in restraining sin in the world is most important, however, though few direct references are found in Scripture.”

Even in this horrible time of our history…the brutal demonstration of evil in Las Vegas yesterday…we can be assured that God is active in restraining ‘full blown evil’ from overtaking…or fully having its way in our world.   If evil could..it would destroy all of us.   It is God’s work of grace to ‘all’ that keeps the world and the majority of mankind in a checked balance.  To some, this is a difficult thing to understand.   But to us who have been called to God through the work of ‘efficacious Grace’…our eyes are open and we can see God in His work of ‘providence and sovereignty’ all folded into His wonderful work of Grace to all men…especially all who will be saved from the eventual and final wrath to come.

Wow..Great Father…I pray that you will use your people, through the work of the Holy Spirit, to minister your love and truth to the lost world…and to use us that you have called and saved to be light and love to all that hurt and mourn and are lost.   You alone, Great Father, are the answer to all the questions.   Bless your Holy Name…

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Daily Light – Oct 2, 2017

Your daily goal:

Philippians 3:14  “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   

(Monday-Friday, from my morning quiet time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day.  Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)

Today’s Daily Light:

(Moving on….I have decided not to continue reviewing the Catechisms.   I encourage you to study them on your own in your own study time.   It will help you ‘frame’ what you believe and why.)  
Let’s move to look at the deep layers of the essence of 1 John 5:12…   He who has the Son (Jesus) has life…he who does not have the Son does not have life.”
 
 So…question….how ‘lost’…is someone that does not have, or is not ‘in’ Jesus Christ?   The biblical answer is ‘totally’.  Not partially…but totally.   We need to understand just how profoundly blind a person is to spiritual truth that does not ‘have’ or is not ‘in’ Christ.   It is not that they are not ‘willing’ to see truth/Christ…it is that they are not ‘able’ to see truth/Christ.  2 Corinthians 4:4 says “the god (Satan) of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers ‘so that’ they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ.” 
So…not only are people ‘blind’….but they/we live in a world that is fallen…a fallen system…and it is under the control of the dark side…of evil…1 John 5:19 says “we know that ‘we’ are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.”    Ephesians 2:1-2 says “And you were dead in trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following…the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience.”
So…basically…those who are not ‘in’ Christ…do not ‘know’ Christ…who are not ‘saved’…who have not placed their faith for their eternal salvation for Christ…those who have not been regenerated through the power of God’s Spirit and received life and light….  they are basically…mechanically….broken…they are ‘dead’…unable to see the truth of the light of Christ.   So…basically…fundamentally….a dead man can’t save himself.   He is stuck in deadness…He is blind.   It is a mechanical inability.
Paul in 1 Corinthians 2:12-14 says “We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.  This is what we speak, not in the words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.  The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 
Father…I thank you that ‘we’ do have light and life and understand through our Lord and Savior, Jesus.   I thank you that you called us out of the darkness, blindness, and into the light ‘so that’ we can help others to hear your voice ‘so that’ You can call them into the light of the glorious person of Your Son Jesus.   Help us this week to shine this light of truth to our friends, co workers, and family who do not have the Son..and who do not have light.  Amen

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