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This week –
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. – John 15:15 Scholars tell us that there are over 300 prophecies that Jesus fulfilled during His earthly ministry. I…Keep reading
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Our devotional highlight for this week is from R.C. Sproul note: all links will take you away from this site and to the the websites chosen by the devotional for Bibles and cross references).
Climbing out of the Mire
Our souls cannot climb out of the mire of sin because they are dead. Salvation comes not to those who cry out, “Show me the way to heaven,” but to those who cry, “Take me there for I cannot.”
Lest we see the sinner’s prayer as mere technique, we must remember that Christ raises the dead that they might walk. We do not mumble the magic words and then wait to die. Christianity is about spiritual growth as well. It is about work, the hard work of sanctification. Regeneration is monergistic, God’s work alone. Sanctification, the process by which we are made holy, is synergistic, God’s work with us.
God’s part is easy for Him. He needs no shortcuts because He never tires. We, though, must ever fight the temptation to seek the shortcut. No technique will make us holy. No technique of the Devil’s, though, can stop the process of Christ making us into His image. Those whom He calls He sanctifies.
Our sanctification requires the Spirit of God and, because He has so ordered His world, sanctification requires the disciplined and repeated use of the means of grace. Five minutes a day of Bible study smells like technique. Arid, it is sure to fail. We must immerse ourselves in the Word of God. Then, as Jesus promised, we will know the truth and the truth will set us free. Then we will be His disciples (John 8:31-32).
Coram Deo: Living in the Presence of God
Remember, God is at work in you. He never tires. Give thanks for the process that is underway.
For Further Study
John 8:31-32: “Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, ‘If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.‘“
John 8:36: “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”
Psalm 40:2: “He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps.”