Living in the Gospel

120847__autumn-sun-trail-trees-leaves-green-yellow-grass-branches-forest-nature_p copyThe “power” for life that so many clamor for, and in some cases perform charismatic gymnastics to try to “receive the download,” is as simple as being reoriented to the gospel on a moment by moment basis. Every second of life, and every challenge life brings, is an opportunity to be reoriented to the truth that is in Jesus Christ in the gospel. Thanks be to God who has given us (note: past tense) the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. I don’t have to sing, shout, dance or engage in other diluted pagan practices to condition God to “release the victory” to me. I just have to believe and receive. It really works, and it is really that simple, and will always be that simple.

–Stephen R. Crosby

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Light out of darkness

awakening-light-meditation copyWe find God continually at work turning evil into good. Not, as a rule, by irrelevant miracles and theatrically effective judgments–Christ was seldom very encouraging to those who demanded signs, or lightnings from Heaven, and God is too subtle and too economical a craftsman to make very much use of those methods. But He takes our sins and errors and turns them into victories, as He made the crime of the crucifixion to be the salvation of the world.

–Dorothy Leigh Sayers
Creed Or Chaos?

The life of faith

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The life of faith is a happy life,
and if attended with conflicts,
there is an assurance of victory;
if we sometimes get a wound,
there is healing balm near at hand;
if we seem to fall, we are raised again;
and if tribulations abound,
consolations shall abound likewise.

–John Newton
(1725-1807)

A kingdom of paradox

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It’s not what we do that matters, but what a sovereign God chooses to do through us.

God doesn’t want our success. He wants us.

He doesn’t demand our achievements; He demands our obedience.

The kingdom of God is a kingdom of paradox, where through the ugly defeat of a cross, a holy God is utterly glorified.

Victory comes through defeat; healing through brokeness; finding self through losing self.

–Charles Colson
Loving God

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