I would not have guessed what denomination this quote came out of…

“[There are] grave problems raised by the habit of giving and receiving personal “messages” of guidance through the gifts of the Spirit….The Bible gives a place for such direction from the Holy Spirit….But it must be kept in proportion. An examination of the Scriptures will show us that as a matter of fact the early Christians did not continually receive such voices from heaven. In most cases they made their decisions by the use of what we often call “sanctified common sense” and lived quite normal lives. Many of our errors where spiritual gifts are concerned arise when we want to make the extraordinary and exceptional to be made frequent and habitual. Let all who develop excessive desire for “messages” through the gifts take warning from the wreckage of past generations as well as contemporaries….The Holy Scriptures are a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path.”

I got this quote from a great little book on knowing God’s will. It is called Just Do Something, by Kevin DeYoung. This quote is not from the author, but from Donald Gee, who is a part of the charismatic Assemblies of God denomination.

This book is teaching me a lot of things that are contrary to what I have been taught for many years as a Christian. DeYoung unpacks what the Bible says about what it means to seek God’s will daily. Honestly, it is blowing my mind.

I thought I’d post some other provoking quotes, that will hopefully make you want to buy and read this clear and straightforward book. Just remember, all of these quotes are taken from their context, so please don’t make assumptions about a broader theology taught in the book. Simply buy the book and read it! It is worth it!

“We have no record in the New Testament of anyone anxious to hear God tell him what to do.”

“God does not have a specific plan for our lives that He means for us to decipher ahead of time.”

“If you are seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, you will be in God’s will, so just go out and do something.”

Quote within the book: “Special revelation for guidance was not the normal apostolic experience.”

“But as an overarching principle, the will of God for your life is pretty straightforward: Be holy like Jesus, by the power of the Spirit, for the glory of God.”

“God’s way is not to show us what tomorrow looks like or even to tell us what decisions we should make tomorrow. That’s not His way because that’s not the way of faith….He doesn’t call on us to seek a divine word before scheduling another semester of classes or deciding between bowling and putt-putt golf. He calls us to run hard after Him, His commands, and His glory.”

“The only chains God wants us to wear are the chains of righteousness—not the chains of hopeless subjectivism, not the shackles of risk-free living, not the fetters of horoscope decision making—just the chains befitting a bond servant of Christ Jesus. Die to self. Live for Christ. And then do what you want, and go where you want, for God’s glory.”

 

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“Lord Jesus Christ, I admit that I am weaker, and more sinful than I ever before believed. But I understand that through you I am more loved and accepted than I ever dared hope.” – Alistair Begg

Here is a link to a great sermon on being made God’s son or daughter, preached from Galatians. Your adoption is not dependent on how adopted you feel, but on the finished work of Christ alone. This guy’s accent alone makes the sermon better. You will need to skip ahead to get to the actual sermon.

http://www.parksidechurch.com/resources/media-center/sermon/sons-not-slaves/

Justified by an Act of God

Posted: January 13, 2012 in Justification

“When You Move”

Posted: January 6, 2012 in Songs of Worship

Verse 1
Father, come reveal the love
That You’ve freely given us
Poured from Calv’ry like a flood
We look to You
Spirit, move and shine Your light
Change our hearts and fill our minds
With the radiance of Christ
We look to You, we look to You

Chorus
For when You move, our lives are changed
We know a taste of heaven here
We’re crying out for more of You
Lord, come and move

Verse 2
Father, You know all our needs
Long before we even speak
But Your heart is what we seek
We look to You
Jesus, come and build Your church
Let Your gospel fill the earth
Till the day that You return
We look to You, we look to You

Buy this song here: http://sovereigngracemusic.bandcamp.com/track/when-you-move

Music that Ministers to My Soul

Posted: January 4, 2012 in Praise Music

These are two worship albums that I recently bought and they have already ministered the gospel deeply to my heart. “God of Victory” is a continual unpacking of the beauty of the gospel and “The Gathering” is full of biblical depth and a lot of joy! Enjoy!

“Shine into Our Night” from the album “The Gathering” by Sovereign Grace Music

 

“In My Place” from the album “God of Victory” by The Village Church

Booyahkasha

Posted: December 16, 2011 in Glorifying God