Tuesday, February 15, 2011

When was the last time you were absolutely astounded, dumbfounded, mesmerized by God?
I think if we were in a constant state of amazement and fear of God we wouldn't be able to move. Shouldn't be able to move. In comparison to a being who is so holy, everything we did or said would shrink us further. Then again, God did not create us as static beings.

The prophet Isaiah was completely ruined at a glance of God. I relate to Isaiah when he cries, "I am a man of unclean lips." (except for the man part)Jesus himself said that its not what goes into a man's mouth that defiles them, its what comes out of it. Isaiah saw his corruption when he saw the holiness of God.
This holy God is also full of grace. This truth is the reason we can move and continue speaking. Like the hot coals which touched Isaiah's lips, Christ's pain took the full punishment for us. True repentance is painful. We must be completely stripped of all the corruption and crap so God can use us to our full potential. That's hope.

In "The Holiness Of God" by R.C Sproul he writes, "Isaiah was shattered into as many pieces as any fallen egg. But God put him together again. God was able to take a shattered man and send him into the ministry. He took a sinful man and made him a prophet. He took a man with a dirty mouth and made him God's spokesman."
That amazes me.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

On Prayer

“The gospel, God’s free gift of grace in Jesus, only works when we realize that we don’t have it all together. The same is true for prayer. The very thing we are allergic to – our helplessness – is what makes prayer work. It works because we are helpless. We can’t do life on our own. Prayer mirrors the gospel. In the gospel, the Father takes us as we are because of Jesus and gives us the gift of salvation. In prayer, the Father receives us because of Jesus and gives us the gift of His help. We look at the inadequacy of our praying and give up, thinking something is wrong with us. God looks at the adequacy of His Son and delights in our sloppy, meandering prayers.” - Paul Miller, A Praying Life

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Quote of the day.

‎"To have found God and still to pursue Him is the soul's paradox of love" - A.W.Tozer

I also enjoyed reading this blog post and wanted to share:

Felt like it ties in with the second last post I did. Plus he writes a whole lot better.

Happy February 1st,2011!