We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Convicting Spirit

Thou Blessed Spirit, Author of All grace and comfort,
Come work repentance in my soul;
Represent sin to me in is odious colours that I may hate it;
Melt my heart by the majesty and mercy of God;
Show me my ruined self and the help there is in him;
Teach me to behold my Creator,
his ability to save,
his arms outstretched, his heart big for me.

My I confide in his power and love, 
commit my soul to him without reserve,
bear his image, observe his laws, 
pursue his service, 
and be through time and eternity
a monument to the efficacy of his grace,
a trophy to his victory.

Make me willing to be saved in his way,
perceiving nothing in myself, but all in Jesus:
Help me not only to receive him but
to walk in him,
depend upon him,
be conformed to him,
follow him,
imperfect, but still pressing forward,
not complaining of labour, but valuing rest,
not murmuring under trials, but thankful
for my state.

Give me that faith which is the means of salvation, 
and the principle and medium of all godliness;
May I be saved by grace through faith,
live by faith,
do the work of faith.

Perceiving nothing in myself, may I find in Christ
wisdom, righteousness, sanctification,

From The Valley of Vision, Puritan Prayers and Devotions, p.66, 67

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