Friday, January 07, 2011

an evening of 'stati'....

the flow of thoughts during a rough patch, in facebook statuses...
some days i wish i had never been born. :(
--just can never do anything right

i can't do it right. that's why Jesus came and did it for me.

there's always a more-perfect job that can be done, no matter how well we did. when does it end? ...... when Jesus died on the cross and did what i can never do.

Jesus fills up everything that is lacking in me. which is.... everything.

Jesus extends His grace to us when we fall short, and by His blood cuts off the continual flow of 'expectations' on our behavior, attitudes, and beliefs. so why do we then place those same expectations on each other's shoulders? why then do we place those same expectations on our OWN shoulders?

‎"Faith is a living, daring confidence in God's grace. It is so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times." -- Martin Luther. ....and where does that faith come from? do we stir it up in ourselves? no -- it's the gift of God, so none of us can boast.

law says 'do'. grace says 'done'.

law says 'FINISH HIM!!!!' and tears our heads off our spines.
Jesus says simply, 'it is finished.'

i don't need to hear tips on how to experience God in a fuller way, how to appropriate the blessings of God, or how to take authority over sin, sickness, and demons. i just need to hear the good news of Jesus Christ and His work on the cross on my behalf. and i need it every moment, of every day -- for the rest of my life.

my only hope in life is in Christ. so i cling to Him. 'when i grow up, i want to be a Cling-on!'

just an example of how i battle it through.

not with subjective feelings about God or about me.... but with objective TRUTH, as stated in God's word.

cuz feelings lie.  my spiritual antennae pick up screwy signals.  and satan masquerades as an angel of light.


1 comment:

  1. Law says do , Grace says done. Brilliant. I love your blog. Will keep reading and comments. May the Lord bless you overwhelmingly this new year!


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The Radical Summons: "
Therefore let us go to Him outside the camp and bear the reproach He endured. For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come." Hebrews 13:13.

"The Spirit never loosens where the Word binds; the Spirit never justifies where the Word condemns; the Spirit never approves where the Word disapproves; the Spirit never blesses where the Word curses." —Thomas Brooks

‎"God receives none but those who are forsaken, restores health to none but those who are sick, gives sight to none but the blind, and life to none but the dead. He does not give saintliness to any but sinners, nor wisdom to any but fools. In short: He has mercy on none but the wretched and gives grace to none but those who are in disgrace. Therefore no arrogant saint, or just or wise man can be material for God, neither can he do the work of God, but he remains confined within his own work and makes of himself a fictitious, ostensible, false, and deceitful saint, that is, a hypocrite." --Martin Luther (W.A. 1.183ff)

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