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Matthew 6:33

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Now the world would know what “America First” means – not first in democracy or human rights; not first in recognizing an obligation to victims of humanitarian crisis (some of which we have helped create). No, this was America first in pugilism, parochialism and misplaced protectionism

Lawrence Douglas, Steve Bannon is calling the shots in the White House. That’s terrifying, Opinion piece in the Guardian 

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2017.02.01 at 3.34AM

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Self-Love, the beginning of False Teachers

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2 Timothy 3:1-9 “But realize this, that in the last days dangerous times will come, for men will be self-lovers, money lovers, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self- control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness although they have denied its power and avoid such men as these. For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. And just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind rejected as regards the faith, but they will not make further progress for their folly will be obvious to all as also that of those two came to be.”

From John MacArthur’s Sermon, Danger in the Church:

“Two cities have been founded by two loves, the earthly by the love of self, even to the contempt of God. The heavenly by the love of God, even to the contempt of self.” And he said, “The former in a word glorifies itself, the latter the Lord.”

— St. Augustine, City of God

“For so blindly do we all rush in the direction of self-love that everyone thinks he has good reason for exalting himself. There is no other remedy than to pluck up by the roots that most noxious pest, self-love.”

— John Calvin, Institutes of Christian Religion

“If you get a church of people who all love themselves, you’ve just alienated everybody from everybody.”

— John MacArthur, Danger in the Church.

“In Philippians chapter 2 verse 3, can I just give you this from Paul from the Holy Spirit as an exhortation to your own heart? ‘Do nothing from selfishness.’ Did you get that? Could you just underline that? That’s pretty simple, straight-forward, basic, not complicated. ‘Do nothing.’ You say, ‘What was that again?’ ‘Do nothing from selfishness.’

  • is what I am doing selfish? Is this for me?
  • am I doing this to promote myself?

And verse 4, ‘Do not merely look out for your own personal interest, but for the interests of others.’ It’s not wrong to look out for your own personal interests…the assumption here is you’re going to do that, you need to do that, you’ve got to live and sleep and eat. But not just yours but others also. Be humble, regard others as more important than yourself and while you’re looking out for your own normal personal interests, be sure you’re looking out for everybody else’s too.

Now notice verse 5, ‘Have this attitude in yourselves….which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.'”

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2016.02.15 at 8.46PM

Unbelief

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We misinterpret his dispensations, and cry out, “All these things are against me,” when they are all working together for your good!

We doubt God when he has been so faithful to us believers. (ironic)

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2015.08.02 at 2.57PM

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Softening Waters

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Lord, smite our rocky hearts, and make the waters flow.

Spurgeon Morning, Jul 30

And when he thought thereon, he wept.
— Mark 14:72

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2015.08.02 at 2.39PM

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Imperfect Images

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Forgive me Lord for trying to make myself more known than you. How much more beneficial it is to someone that you are known then I?

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2015.07.26 at 5.40PM

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Watching the Lord

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Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord.
— Exodus 14:13

These words contain God’s command to the believer when he is reduced to great straits and brought into extraordinary difficulties. He cannot retreat; he cannot go forward; he is shut up on the right hand and on the left; what is he now to do? The Master’s word to him is, “Stand still.” It will be well for him if at such times he listens only to his Master’s word, for other and evil advisers come with their suggestions. Despair whispers, “Lie down and die; give it all up.” But God would have us put on a cheerful courage, and even in our worst times, rejoice in his love and faithfulness. Cowardice says, “Retreat; go back to the worldling’s way of action; you cannot play the Christian’s part, it is too difficult. Relinquish your principles.” But, however much Satan may urge this course upon you, you cannot follow it if you are a child of God. His divine fiat has bid thee go from strength to strength, and so thou shalt, and neither death nor hell shall turn thee from thy course. What, if for a while thou art called to stand still, yet this is but to renew thy strength for some greater advance in due time. Precipitancy cries, “do something. Stir yourself; to stand still and wait, is sheer idleness.” We must be doing something at once—we must do it so we think—instead of looking to the Lord, who will not only do something but will do everything. Presumption boasts, “If the sea be before you, march into it and expect a miracle.” But Faith listens neither to Presumption, nor to Despair, nor to Cowardice, nor to Precipitancy, but it hears God say, “Stand still,” and immovable as a rock it stands. “Stand still;”—keep the posture of an upright man, ready for action, expecting further orders, cheerfully and patiently awaiting the directing voice; and it will not be long ere God shall say to you, as distinctly as Moses said it to the people of Israel, “Go forward.”

Charles Spurgeon,

Morning and Evening,

Morning, Jul 24

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2015.07.24 at 8.49AM

Responses at the Cross

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I use to struggle in wondering how we respond to Christ on the cross. The act demanded some response from me but what I did not know. Do we empathise with his pain, do we furrow our brow and look away from the sight of our Lord being shamed, do we feel anger and lament the evil of the world as if my anger would accomplish more  then the final work He is accomplishing on the cross? I have realized that none of these responses lead to humility and love for the Lord.

Charles Spurgeon suggests in the meditation below to see the unconditional and supreme love of the act. To stare at him (behold Him) on the cross, and as we see his pain to see the love He has for you and me, and let this transform into peace as He is suffering for us. We do not look away but rather we see and ingrain His feeling upon our psyche that we do not forget that the purpose of our Lords suffering. Spurgeon’s is a position of humility at the foot of the cross that implies that you gratefully accept with open arms that He is suffering for you.

The response this leads to is to recognise the awesome love of Christ and let his pain cause you to be comforted more fully by what He chose to do for you (read: what He has to do for you) to have perfect righteousness before a Holy God and life forever more with Him.

Evening, Jul 22

Behold the man!
— John 19:5

If there be one place where our Lord Jesus most fully becomes the joy and comfort of his people, it is where he plunged deepest into the depths of woe. Come hither, gracious souls, and behold the man in the garden of Gethsemane; behold his heart so brimming with love that he cannot hold it in—so full of sorrow that it must find a vent. Behold the bloody sweat as it distils from every pore of his body, and falls upon the ground. Behold the man as they drive the nails into his hands and feet. Look up, repenting sinners, and see the sorrowful image of your suffering Lord. Mark him, as the ruby drops stand on the thorn-crown, and adorn with priceless gems the diadem of the King of Misery. Behold the man when all his bones are out of joint, and he is poured out like water and brought into the dust of death; God hath forsaken him, and hell compasseth him about. Behold and see, was there ever sorrow like unto his sorrow that is done unto him? All ye that pass by draw near and look upon this spectacle of grief, unique, unparalleled, a wonder to men and angels, a prodigy unmatched. Behold the Emperor of Woe who had no equal or rival in his agonies! Gaze upon him, ye mourners, for if there be not consolation in a crucified Christ there is no joy in earth or heaven. If in the ransom price of his blood there be not hope, ye harps of heaven, there is no joy in you, and the right hand of God shall know no pleasures for evermore. We have only to sit more continually at the cross foot to be less troubled with our doubts and woes. We have but to see his sorrows, and our sorrows we shall be ashamed to mention. We have but to gaze into his wounds and heal our own. If we would live aright it must be by the contemplation of his death; if we would rise to dignity, it must be by considering his humiliation and his sorrow.

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2015.07.23 at 7.22AM

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