1. ἱλασμός- 1 John 2:2. Jesus, himself, is the propitiation for our sins. And not ours only, but also the sins of the world.
Jesus' death on the cross was sufficient & satisfied God's holy wrath. Those who trust in him for their salvation have this payment applied to their sin debt. Past, present, and future sins. This is awesome news! And brings dignity to the person who trusts in Christ.
cf. Romans 5:1, Psalm 103:12
We are accepted on this basis alone.
2. We will never find lasting, fulfilling peace if we must continually prove ourselves to others.
3. The Christian life is not a playground but a battlefield. It is a battle on all levels, both from within and without.
4."Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." -Romans 8:1 God does not condemn the believer. Nor shall the believer bend to the feeling of guilt. In Christ, you are not guilty before God. You may, however, be CONVICTED of wrong action.
"Because God loves us unconditionally and does not punish us, we don't need to punish ourselves." p.9
We can rest & enjoy a relationship with the Creator.
5. "Our true value is not based on our behavior of the approval of others but on what God's Word says is true of us." p.23
6. To fail is human. I need to be graceful with those who fail & me when I fail.
7. Depression is generally a result of anger turned inward and/or a deep sense of loss. p. 43
8. Don't always try to determine what people think of you.
9. Jesus had many people trust him, but he didn't entrust himself to them, for he knows that men are fickle.
10. For me, often: self-worth = Performance + Others' Opinions
A better equation would be: self-worth = God's Opinion of me
I am not there all the time.
11. Fear & faith can never be co-equal. One will always dominate the other.
12. People need people they can talk to openly, vulnerable, honestly. May I be someone others can talk to.
13. In Christ we are a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come. -2 Corinthians 5:17
Our desire changes, our nature changes. It is nothing short of supernatural. I have seen it & have experienced this.
All in all, this is a good deep book. Sometimes it is easier to suppress our feelings & thoughts. A guy I know works a factory job because he doesn't want to think about things. When you dig into a book like this it causes you to look inside and deal with deeper issues. However, this is good to do from time to time.
I was with my dad the other day & I mentioned that his van was making a funny noise. He said that was why he plays the radio...so he didn't have to hear the noise. We both laughed. However, if you go through life without "checking under the hood" occasionally, you may end up with a serious problem. This is a "check under the hood" book. If you reflectively read it you will get "oil" and "grease" /it may get messy for a while. But the benefits can be good.
In conclusion, this gave me such a rekindled deep appreciation for God, His care for me, and the strength, depth, life-giving ability, and kindness of His word. I often forget or dilute His promises, because of circumstances, or odd thoughts that erode the height of His word. It is good to read books about His word, because through these the fires are rekindled.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Have you hugged your pastor today?
Just read this from Chuck Swindoll and decided to repost it. Men, our pastors, though imperfect, need encouragement from other men. Lets be known as encourages of pastors and of others.
Dealing with Rejection
If you enjoy watching and playing the game of football (I certainly do), you have observed a curious activity called a “spike.” It’s rather unusual. A team fights its way toward the goal line yard by yard. Minutes seem like hours as the offensive team plods along and presses on. Suddenly, it happens. A play works beautifully, and streaking to the long-awaited touchdown is a muscular running back or some fleet-footed wide receiver. Six points! But as soon as he crosses the line, this athlete takes the ball and slams the little thing to the ground. With all his might! The guy doesn’t so much as say, “Thanks, ball.”
I’ve thought, What if that ball had feeling? What if it could talk? Can you imagine how it would react after being spiked? It had done its job well. Stayed inflated. Didn’t jump out of the player’s arms—no fumble. And after all that, all the thanks it gets is a vicious spike. Talk about rejection!
So it is with pastors. We do what is right . . . and we get tossed aside. Sometimes, “spiked” viciously. It hurts.
I urge you to listen up! Every once in a while we are going to get kicked. Now, this doesn’t mean God has abandoned us or that we are out of His will. It just means people are people, sheep are sheep. It’s all part of the humbling process God uses in shaping our lives “to bear the family likeness of His Son” (Romans 8:29 Phillips).
“Struck down”—as Paul puts it in 2 Corinthians 4:9—it’s the idea of being thrown down, shoved aside, or cast off. This explains why J. B. Phillips paraphrases it, “we may be knocked down.” Amazing thing! Even though we may faithfully and consistently do our job, help and serve and give to others, we can expect, on occasion, to be thrown aside and rejected . . . knocked down. Let’s don’t be caught off guard.