True or right fear is discovered by three things:– 1. By its rise; it is caused by saving convictions for sin. 2. It driveth the soul to lay fast hold of Christ for salvation. 3. It begetteth and continueth in the soul a great reverence of God, his Word, and ways, keeping it tender, and making it afraid to turn from them, to the right hand or to the left, to anything that may dishonour God, break its peace, grieve the Spirit, or cause the enemy to speak reproachfully.
The Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan
“We all deserve damnation, a thousand times, for our stupid insensibility to the situation of those, who are perishing around us. We profess to believe the word of God; but can you prove that you believe it? Do you act, as if you believed it? Do you believe that many of your acquaintances, your children, are in danger of the fate, which has been so vividly described in the bible?
Dare you go to God, and say, Lord, I believe thy word, I believe that all your warnings and threats will be fulfilled… and then, as if I believed nothing… turn away, and coolly pursue my worldly business, without uttering one agonizing cry for those, who are exposed to this danger? Dare you go and claim relationship to Christ, and profess to have his Spirit, and then make no effort, or only a few faint efforts, to save those, for whom he shed not tears only, but blood?”
“The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting.
It has been found difficult; and left untried.”
G. K. Chesterton
The other night after church while discussing an up coming meeting about our church’s Titus 2 ministry, the “baby” asked “When are y’all going to finish?”
Then we figured it out. We ladies have, according to him, been studying Titus 2 for close to a year. He wanted to know when we would finish and move to another passage in the Bible!
“Do you want to know how great God truly is? If so, then you will have to discover how insignificant you truly are, and this means you will have to be brought low, perhaps to the deepest reaches of depression. But it will be worth it, and it will make you more useful to God as well, just as it did Job. Notice, for example, that at the beginning of the book we are told that Job offered sacrifices for his children and interceded for them (1:5). But at the end of the book Job’s ministry was expanded to include his friends (42:7-9). Thus he found that he was able to minister to the very friends who had let him down, and he was able to do so in a way he never could have had he not gone through the trials he went through. We are also told that Job received more blessing from the Lord than ever, after he had gone through all of his trials (42:12a).”
From a series at Reformed Baptist Blog on Depression.
“The sins of others leave some kind of stain upon the conscience. I question whether you can read a newspaper and scan the story of a murder or a robbery, or survey with more distant glance in any book of history the sin of your fellow men, without being in a degree injured therewith.”
~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Charles Spurgeon
“Lord, give me a new understanding;
wash my mind with the clean water of the Spirit;
come and dwell in my judgment,
and then give me the new strength of thy Spirit,
and then will I love thee with all my new heart,
with all my new life,
with all my renewed mind,
and with all my spiritual strength,
from this time forth,
even for evermore.”
Spurgeon from The First and Great Commandment
“There is no fool like the sinner,
who prefers the toys of earth to the happiness of heaven;
who is held in bondage by the foolish customs of the world,
and is more afraid of the breath of man,
than of the wrath of God.”
Hate by Jay E Adams
It is commonly taught that “God hates the sin but loves the sinner.” Few ever examine, let alone challenge, that statement. Yet not only do we read of God’s hatred toward evil-doers (“You hate all workers of iniquity” [Ps. 5:5]), but we know that it is upon men, not their sins, that God’s hatred poured His wrath. And it is human beings, not their sins, who will suffer forever in hell. Doesn’t it seem wrong, therefore, to say God hates sin but loves the sinner?
“Well, when you put it that way, yes. I guess so. But that creates problems too.” Of course it does. But we must not assert a falsehood or reject truth merely because doing so raises new problems the error (wrongly) avoided.
“I don’t believe there is a man on the whole TV that preaches salvation. They preach forgiveness. Forgiveness is not salvation. … “Oh you know the Lord loves you just as you are.” Well then why get changed? Commit adultery as much as you like. He still loves you. Be a cheat, be a liar, be a thief, and be a failure. He still loves you. But there’s a scripture. Isn’t it the Psalms 7…. where it says “God is angry with the wicked every day.” I heard somebody quote today “God loves you but hates your sin” that’s bunken. God hates you for committing the sin. Is God going to take your sins and judge them at the Judgment and leave you alone?”