Posts Tagged With: sanctification

Loved Me Thus

Foolishly I disaffected the law of the Most High
By exalting self-sufficiency and basking in my pride.
And yet you saved me from your wrath when I was truly lost;
Almighty, holy, righteous God, you have loved me thus:
You gave your own eternal son to die upon the cross,
By grace–repentance and my faith–your perfect righteousness.

My mind, oh Lord, it yearns to ponder wretched, fleeting thoughts,
And overlook the awe and wonder of You, immortal God.
Still, you have saved me from your wrath so I’m not truly lost;
Almighty, holy, righteous God, you have loved me thus:
You gave your own, eternal son to die upon the cross,
By grace–take captive every thought—your perfect righteousness.

I am a heathen on my own, ravening in despair;
Unaided I am helpless–unyielding, though, in prayer.
Daily you save me from your wrath or I’d be truly lost;
Almighty, holy, righteous God, you have loved me thus:
You gave your own, eternal son to die upon the cross,
By grace–God’s power dwells in me–your perfect righteousness.

No matter how I meet the Son–be it rapture or in death,
He will say to me, “Well done! Enter into my rest.”
Fully you save me from your wrath, no part of me is lost;
Almighty, holy, righteous God, you have loved me thus:
You gave your own, eternal son to die upon the cross,
By grace I’ll wear forever more your perfect righteousness.

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Dying to Self

 

       Recently, before we go to sleep, David and I will spend some time reading in bed. David is currently reading The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (which seem to give him ideas for stories that he is writing). I am reading a novel called Stepping Heavenward: One Woman’s Journey to Godliness by Mrs. E. Prentiss. Set in the 1800’s, this fiction novel reads as a journal chronicling a woman’s life beginning when she is 16 years old. Having read this book before, I wholeheartedly recommend it to other ladies. Also, as Elisabeth Elliot states about this book: “I do not hesitate to recommend it to men, who need to better understand the wives they live with.” As I am reading I am continually thinking “this is how I thought” or “this is how I think.”  Not only is it a relatable and engaging read, but it is also spiritually convicting and encouraging. I read it with a pencil nearby because I am constantly underlining and marking sections.

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        This brings me to why I wanted to write this post; a couple nights ago I read a brilliant section that I wanted to share on Facebook. However, I couldn’t find a good stopping/starting place to quote from that wouldn’t be too long for Facebook. This quote is taken from a letter that Dr. Cabot, Katy’s Pastor, wrote to her and she copied in her journal. (The whole letter is worthwhile, but I will only copy some of it here.)

“Having been pardoned by your God and Savior, the next thing you have to do is to show your gratitude for this infinite favor by consecrating your self entirely to Him, body, soul, and spirit. This is the least you can do….’But,’ you may reply, ‘this is contrary to my nature. I love my own way. I desire ease and pleasure; I desire to go to heaven, but I want to be carried thither on a bed of flowers.Can I not give myself so far to God as to feel a sweet sense of peace with Him, and be sure of final salvation, and yet, to a certain extent, indulge and gratify myself? If I give myself entirely away to Him and lose all ownership in myself, He may deny me many things I greatly desire. He may make my life hard and wearisome, depriving me of all that now makes it agreeable.’ But, I reply, this is no matter of parley and discussion; it is not optional with God’s children whether they will pay Him a part of the price they owe Him and keep back the rest. He asks, and He has a right to ask, for all you have and all you are. And if you shrink from what is involved in such a surrender, you should fly to Him at once and never rest till He has conquered this secret disinclination to give to Him as freely and as fully as He has given to you. It is true that such an act of consecration on your part may involve a great deal of future discipline and correction. But as soon as you be-come the Lord’s by your own deliberate and conscious act, He will begin that process of sanctification which is to make you holy as He is holy, perfect as He is perfect…. At the same time you are not to sit with folded hands, waiting for this blessing. You are to avoid laying hindrances in His way, and you are to exercise faith in Him as just as able and just as willing to give you sanctification as He was to give you redemption.”

            It seems to be the American mindset to go about our daily lives living for ourselves and the things we put value in and then call on God when we need Him. We were created to worship God, not the other way around.  He is not our servant; we are to be His. That means surrendering our will to His. Sometimes this surrender seems so difficult to me; it’s a daily, even moment by moment, struggle of giving over my self and my wants and giving into the things of God. Sometimes, I feel like it is such a great burden, but God is quick to remind me that it is He, and not me, who is completing it; I just need to be open and willing.

By the way this book is offered in a free e-book!

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Beginning of the end

The company I work for was recently acquired by a larger company. The transition has been fairly smooth. However, because of the differences in operations there has been no shortage of craziness (my desk currently has two laptops and one desktop on it–each of which serve a different purpose). One of the biggest changes came when we switched the software that we used to manage our accounts. When we finally began the new system, a comment was made that “now the real craziness is about to begin.” I responded that at least it was the beginning of the end of the craziness.

That got me thinking that business acquisitions are similar to salvation. There we are leading our life of slavery to sin when God purchased us by the blood of his son. As much as we would like it to happen, we are not immediately zapped into heaven or transfigured into perfectly holy people. Just like the business acquisition a lot of craziness ensues. While you now have a new owner and guiding spirit, you already had your own modus operandi, special quirks, and thought pattern in place which sometimes causes you to slip back into old habits.

That’s why the corporate office sends some people to help guide the new acquisition until everything has been converted. We have three types of corporate guides in the christian walk. First, we receive the Holy Spirit inside of us who draws us to God, illuminates scripture, convicts us of sin, and comforts us in times of need.

The second person corporate sends/sent down is the bible. Everything we need to know about our transition from sinfulness to godliness can be found in the pages of scripture. Of course it isn’t going to mystically jump off the pages and into your mind (just like the chemistry notes didn’t in high school)., but with faithful reading, studying, memorizing and meditating on the word, the Holy Spirit will use what you read/learn to change you from the old man to the new man.

The final person corporate sends is other people just like you. These people are called the church. God has not saved us in a vacuum to study his word and become monastic nomads. Rather, as we grow in godliness we will be able to reach,teach, love, and minister to others who are all at different points in the journey of removing off the old man and putting on the new. Eventually (and not here on earth), we will be fully assimilated into God’s ownership (read: sanctified). Until then, embrace the craziness; that is how God has chosen to make you more like him.

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