"...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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    Seeing with New Eyes by David Powlison

    Who is God?

    What is it about God that fuels the application that we have just made? Many of the people we counsel live inside a black hole of self will, misery, and confusion. They need God to break in on their shadow land from which sin has erased the light of the personal and living God. Often without realizing it, people live as partial atheists, working themselves, their own will and opinions. The see God for within the black hole and he appears remote, irrelevant, and distorted.

    When people think about God by instinct, not by revelation, they ask many of the wrong questions. Will he meet my felts needs? Will he be co-pilot in my life? Can I get him to make my day, my spouse, my kids, my health, and my finances work out? Is he like a rabbit’s foot? If I do my bit for God, will he do his bit for me? Is God capricious? Is it tough to figure out what he’s up to, or what he wants? Is it possible he might disappoint me? Might he even betray my trust? Is he “the man upstairs” to whom I pay my respects and dues? Is he sour tempered and displeased, a hard-edged taskmaster? Is he my true inner self? My higher power? Is he the theoretical uncaused cause and prime mover? Is God a happy feeling or an intense emotion? Is he an inhabitant of religiously toned activities?

    Posted by Marco on August 27, 2014 11:47 AM

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