I have recently observed the tendency for some Christians to spend an unhealthy amount of time expressing their consternation over how difficult it is to “walk in faith”. “The Christian life is not easy”, they decry, introspectively analysing where they have failed.
Whilst 2 Cor. 13:5 calls for believers to “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!” , there needs to be a balance as indicated when Pauls writes in his earlier letter to the same church in 1 Cor. 4:3 “But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself”.
Evidence of God is scattered all throughout creation. The Bible (Romans 1:20) says that mankind is without excuse for the denial of God as his fingerprints are all around us. For me one of the things that always blows my mind about the size of God, then simultaneously humbles me when I realize what value He must place on my soul, is anything that illustrates the size of the universe. And not just the bigness of the universe, but the smallness of the universe in the microscopic. With every discovery they make about the distance and vastness of the measurable universe, they seem to match it with a discovery of something that is smaller than we have ever seen before. When the atom was initially discovered and labeled as the building block of everything, it was thought it did not get any smaller. The word “atom” itself comes from the Greek word atomos, meaning that which cannot be divided. But since then they have discovered that the atom is as big to some thing’s as the Sun is as big to a tennis ball. Amazing isn’t it. How big or small can things get? Does it just keep going?
So how big is the Universe?
I know that for many, this sort of information doesn’t bring any sort of spiritual revelation. Continue reading
Jonathan Edwards, the 18th-century revivalist, sat down at age 17 and penned 21 resolutions by which he would live his life. He later added to this list until, by his death, he had 70 resolutions. Edwards didn’t casually make New Year’s resolutions with an expectation of eventually breaking them. Each week he did a self-check. He regularly summed up how he was doing and sought God’s help in the process.
This list is organised by subheadings and categories and as such is not in the normal order as listed here.
Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God’s help, I do humbly entreat him by his grace to enable me to keep these Resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christ’s sake.
Remember to read over these Resolutions once a week.
Overall Life Mission1
1. Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God’s glory, and my own good, profit and pleasure, in the whole of my duration, without any consideration of the time, whether now, or never so many myriad’s of ages hence. Resolved to do whatever I think to be my duty and most for the good and advantage of mankind in general. Resolved to do this, whatever difficulties I meet with, how many and how great soever.
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