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"...if anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, "What have you that you did not receive?" (1 Cor. 4:7), and, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor. 15:10). (Council of Orange: Canon 6)

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    Our Ongoing Need of Redemption as Christians

    “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.” (2 Peter 1:3-8)

    "Fear, lest, by forgetting what you are by nature, you also forget the need that you have of continual pardon, support, and supplies from the Spirit of grace, and so grow proud of your own abilities, or of what you have received from God, and fall into condemnation ... Fear, and that will make you little in your own eyes, keep you humble, put you upon crying to God for protection, and upon lying at his footstool for mercy; that will also make you have low thoughts of your own parts, your own doings and cause you to prefer your brother before yourself. And so you will walk in humiliation and be continually under the teachings of God, and under His conduct in your way, God will teach the humble. "The meek will He guide in judgment, and the meek will He teach His way." - Psalm 25:9 (John Bunyan - The Fear of God, page 96)


    When the Lord opened my heart to the gospel in December of 1985, He set me on a radical new course, having delivered me from a wild life which was characterized by various anti-social behaviors, selfishness, drugs, crime, and the occult. Out of the most unlikely place, as I was reading the Scripture, the Lord revealed to me my lost condition: that I was without hope save in the mercy of Jesus Christ alone. In a moment, the Holy Spirit graciously united me to Christ, adopted me into God’s family, turning me from my idols to serve the Living and True God. I reflect back with awe as I consider that during the honeymoon period of my newly granted life in Christ, how the Lord actually poured out on me an extraordinary grace to overcome some of my previous bad habits and gave me a remarkable heart for prayer, especially for the lost. With zeal and great affection my greatest desire was to follow and obey the Lord. He stirred my heart to pray for a couple hours each morning as I arose, knowing that I must call down blessing from God if I was to have any power to live effectively during this age. And the result was much fruitfulness and effective personal and corporate ministry to the glory of God.

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    Posted by John on January 30, 2009 05:18 PM

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    John, this was a fantastic article! Edifying and encouraging. Oh, how we Christians need to hear the Gospel every day! I read this a while ago when you posted it on monergism.com and am excited to be able to give you some feedback on it.

    This article is bookmarked and saved to my hard drive to refer back to often.

    Thanks, Brother. Keep glorifying our Lord with your willingness to dedicate yourself to His business.

    John

    John,

    I as well want to express my appreciation for this article.

    Sometimes articles like this one light the little starter flame so that the fire of His Spirit heats the water to a boil!

    It is especially gratifying that I am not alone and that there are many more wretches in the world that God has touched and continues loving as much as we can discern He does you!

    Psa 89:5 Let the heavens praise your wonders, O LORD, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!
    Psa 89:6 For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD? Who among the heavenly beings is like the LORD,
    Psa 89:7 a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones, and awesome above all who are around him?
    Psa 89:8 O LORD God of hosts, who is mighty as you are, O LORD, with your faithfulness all around you?

    Well, your article indeed answers those several questions asked at Psalm 89!

    Thank you for this article. By God's grace I was led to this site ( I had never been before today). I just went through about a year of "forgetting" what Christ did for me, thinking that I was capable of making it on my own. Thank you Jesus for Your forgiveness, and the truth and relevance of Your word that so perfectly pertains to what we are going through.

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