Walking in the Light

Monday, June 06, 2011

One of my favorite things about the internet is being able to be connected to other saints. These are saints who I would have no connection to if it was not for the internet.

Reading books is wonderful, but the encouragement that comes from reading articles, blogs, short comments, and the like simply overwhelms me with the goodness of God's grace!

Here is a fitting word that John Piper posted the other day:"Walking in the light does not mean sinlessness. It means seeing our sin, confessing, and fighting it as forgiven. (1 John 1:7-9)"

In the Word

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Lately I have been looking into the process of mortifying sin.

Yes, I am a sinner. Yes, I will continue to sin until I reach the presence of God in heaven. In the meantime, I know Christ and my life is in Him. I have been called to walk worthy of that work that God has done and is doing in my life. This requires putting off the old, sinful self that I was on my own and putting on the new, holy self that I am in Christ.

While I have studied this before to some degree, I am starting over. Here are some of the things I have looked at so far. First of all, an article by John Piper that I set aside to read a few days ago. I read it this morning before going over to the Bible to look up a particular passage about the "put off"/"put on" process.

To make it simple, I'll make a list:

"Battling the Unbelief of Misplaced Shame" - John Piper

Romans 13

Ephesians 4

Colossians 3

God is faithful....Bits and pieces of each of these chapters have been coming to mind over and over again. When I typed in "put off" and these three chapters showed up I was not a bit surprised!

Something to Share

Friday, June 03, 2011

For the most part, I have a few blogs that I follow using Google Reader.

Perhaps you follow some of the same blogs I do!

Just in case you don't, I wanted to take a minute to post three links for you to check out.


"The Soul's Thirst" - Tim Challies

"People Do Not Drift Toward Holiness" - Desiring God (quotes from D.A. Carson)

The Main Sessions from NEXT2011 - Sovereign Grace Ministires

Word is that this year's NEXT was considerably different than in years past...I've listened to the first message and look forward to tracing the theological depth that people are talking about!

It's June...Summer will be upon us for real before we know it. I'm looking forward to getting together with friends, backyard BBQ's, days at the river, and being able to soak up some sun while reading and studying outside this summer.

May this summer be a time of refreshment for you and for me. A time when we return to the Lord with great vigor.

May God do a work in the hearts of His people this summer. May He refresh and revive the souls of His people wherever they are!

Once Again

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

I could probably write several posts everyday about the way the music I listen to blesses me. I know I have written numerous posts in the past about specific songs. In light of my last series of posts, I wanted to share some lyrics from a song that I know I have shared in the past. These lyrics communicate a truth I seriously think about each and everyday.

In our home it is quite common to hear a reminder that, "but for the grace of God, so would you/we be." This is a Gospel truth. As God's people, we are who we are by His grace because of the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit.

The lyrics I want to share with you today come from a song that FLAME did along with Lecrae and John Reilly called, "Joyful Noise".

Lecrae opens the song with them,

"Your boy has been a Christian for quite a few years. Victory in faith, but I've failed in my fears. I've heard a lot of words that have tickled many ears. That's why I praise God for the Word that we adhere..."

I live in this fallen world. I have heard the words that Lecrae is talking about. I have fears. By God's grace, I have faith. This is life.

I am a Christian and I have God alone to thank for that.

May God's people go through the lives that He has given them encouraged by His mercy and goodness and grace. Life may not be what we thought it would, but it is always God's best and happening to make us more like Jesus Christ.

This is our goal, to be like Jesus. God is good enough to labor with us and for us to make it our reality!