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Prayer Instead of Obedience

“Prayer is never an acceptable substitute for obedience.
The sovereign Lord accepts no offering from His creatures
that is not accompanied by obedience.
To pray for revival while ignoring or actually flouting the plain
precept laid down in the Scriptures is to waste a lot of words and
get nothing for our trouble.”

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A.W. Tozer, Of God and Men, p. 52.


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Music

Quoted in orchestra rehearsal tonight.

Bach gave us God’s word.

Mozart gave us God’s laughter.

Beethoven gave us God’s fire.

God gave us music that we might pray without words.

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Found outside an old opera house in Germany

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Regeneration – Sproul Quote

It is critical to understand that regeneration is something that the Holy Spirit does that really and truly changes a person; it changes the very disposition of his soul. If a person is truly regenerate and manifests faith, it is impossible for that person not to bring forth some measure of obedience.

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R.C. Sproul, Can I Be Sure I’m Saved?


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The Heart is the Real Test of a Man’s Character

The heart is the real test of a man’s character. It is not what he says or what he does by which the man may be always known. He may say and do things that are right, from false and unworthy motives, while his heart is altogether wrong. The heart is the man. “As he thinks in his heart, so he is” (Proverbs 23:7).

The heart is the right test of a man’s religion. It is not enough that a man holds to correct doctrine, and maintains a proper outward form of godliness. What is in his heart? That is the great question. That is what God looks at. “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). This is what Paul lays down distinctly as the standard measure of the soul: “A man is a Jew if he is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart” (Romans 2:28). Who can doubt that this mighty sentence was written for Christians as well as for Jews? He is a Christian, the apostle would have us know, which is one inwardly, and baptism is that of the heart.

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FORMALISM
by
J. C. Ryle
(1816-1900)


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Tears

“All the tears of a penitent sinner, should he shed as many as there have been fallen drops of rain since the creation, cannot wash away one sin.  The everlasting burnings in hell cannot purify  the flaming conscience from the least sin.”

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John Flavel


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Backsliding – Bunyan

The Steps of Backsliding according to Christian in Pilgrim’s Progress.

1. They draw off their thoughts, all that they may, from the remembrance of God, death, and judgment to come.

2. Then they cast off by degrees private duties, as closet prayer, curbing their lusts, watching, sorrow for sin, and the like.

3. Then they shun the company of lively and warm Christians.

4. After that they grow cold to public duty, as hearing, reading, godly conference, and the like.

5. Then they begin to pick holes, as we say, in the coats of some of the godly; and that devilishly, that they may have a seeming colour to throw religion (for the sake of some infirmity they have espied in them) behind their backs.

6. Then they begin to adhere to, and associate themselves with, carnal, loose, and wanton men.

7. Then they give way to carnal and wanton discourses in secret; and glad are they if they can see such things in any that are counted honest, that they may the more boldly do it through their example.

8. After this they begin to play with little sins openly.

9. And then, being hardened, they show themselves as they are. Thus, being launched again into the gulf of misery, unless a miracle of grace prevent it, they everlastingly perish in their own deceivings.

Are you traveling along the steps of backsliding?

Do you know others that need to be made aware that they are backsliding or at least moving in that direction?

Has prayer and Bible study faded into the distance?

Are you toying with “little” sins?

Do you pick apart the lives of others:

“They’re not as righteous as they seem to be ….”.
“He ignored me when I said hello last Sunday.”
“They are too judgmental ‘judge not’.”

 

Bible Study based on the book Pilgrim’s Progress in Today’s English.


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Right Fear – Bunyan

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.

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The Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan

Bible Study based on the book Pilgrim’s Progress in Today’s English.


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Insensibility to Salvation of Others – Payson

“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?”

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Edward Payson


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