- It is not merely enough to believe God, we must also desire
him. It is through this desire-charged faith that we glorify God and grow
“God is most glorified in us when we
are most satisfied in Him." – John Piper
Our aim to be satisfied and God’s aim to be
glorified are not mutually exclusive. They are, in fact, intimately related.
The (biblical) warnings remind
us how serious God is about discipleship. He will not be mocked by mile
wide and inch deep religion.
Repentance and faith are two sides to the coin of the gospel. They are not a one-time
act to get us into heaven, but an entire way of life to maintain Christian joy.
Repentance is not a work we tack onto our faith; it is an expression of faith.
Repentance and faith form the bridge that leads
us away from union with false gods or promises and into the promise of
joyful union with the one true God. This is a gospel that motivates the life
of a disciple of Jesus!
How often do we start our day by
requesting a fresh filling of the Spirit’s power for the day that lies ahead?
Instead, we assume his presence and barrel ahead. Our assumption of the
Spirit reveals our self-reliant Christianity. We start and continue our days in
our own strength, failing to acknowledge the urgency of the fight of faith
and our utter need for the power and direction of the Holy Spirit.
I’m sure there’ll be more to come. If you care to join me in reading, here it is: