God my Exceeding Joy

hope.jpg“…I will go to the alter of God, to God my exceeding joy.” Psalm 43:4

David is not in a joyful place when he says this. David says that God is his exceeding joy with his mind, but he doesn’t feel it in his heart. David is actually in great turmoil inside his soul. The very next verse says, “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God…”

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Good Friday Reflections

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“But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.”

Good Friday is a time for the Christian to lay gaze upon the cross of Jesus Christ with utmost focus and simply reflect upon the greatest event of history aside from the resurrection. But what happens after reflection? Is this just something to think about with our minds, or is it something that ought to have a deep affect on our hearts in crushing and yet joyful ways. I think the latter is the case, as we must all seek to understand that it was my sin that nailed my Savior to the cross. Continue reading “Good Friday Reflections”

A Summary of Sanctification

SanctificationRead 1 Corinthians 1:1-9

Question: In verse 2 the word sanctified is used, which is past tense, meaning this has already happened. But in verse 8 Paul says that Jesus will “sustain you to the end, guiltless…” Implying that in the end (final glorification when Christ returns) is when we will be guiltless. So which is it? Are we sanctified now fully? Or are we being sanctified day by day until we pass from this life to eternity? Continue reading “A Summary of Sanctification”

The Local Church

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“For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ…” Colossians 2:1-2

One truth to grab hold of in this Text is that when believers are knit together in love, more assurance of knowing Christ is the result. Continue reading “The Local Church”

Treasuring God

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Treasuring sin is obviously wrong for Christians, but the problem in our day seems to be an over desire for things that are neutral. How is it that there are competing neutral objects in our lives which our sinful flesh and the enemy of our souls want us to value and live for more than Christ. By neutral objects I mean all temporal objects which in and of themselves are not bad but can turn into something bad when the heart honors and treasures them above Christ. Paul is helpful in his writings to help the Christian to make the primary aim in life the exaltation of Jesus Christ to the glory of God the Father. Continue reading “Treasuring God”