Mr. Standfast

"Nothing taken for granted; everything received with gratitude; everything passed on with grace." G. K. Chesterton

January 31, 2005

Humility, etc.

C. J. Mahaney (of Sovereign Grace Ministries) has formulated a list of recommendations for cultivating humility. This is his list, and he doesn't suggest it be yours. He suggests you develop your own personal list. Why? Well, maybe because of this, or perhaps this. To name just two good reasons.

Sovereign Grace Ministries provides a lot of great PDF downloads. One of my favorites is their 7 page booklet, In the World, But Not of It. That's where you'll find this quote from John Stott's commentary on Galatians 6:8.

[The flesh is that] lower nature that is in each of us and remains in us even after conversion and baptism. It is one of the fields of our human estate in which we may sow. To ‘sow to the flesh is to pander to it, to cosset, cuddle and stroke it, instead of crucifying it. The seeds we sow are largely thoughts and deeds. Every time we allow our minds to harbor a grudge, nurse a grievance, entertain an impure fantasy, or wallow in self-pity, we are sowing to the flesh. Every time we linger in bad company whose insidious influence we know we cannot resist, every time we lie in bed when we ought to be up and praying, every time we read pornographic literature, every time we take a risk which strains our self-control, we are sowing, sowing, sowing to the flesh. Some Christians sow to the flesh every day and wonder why they do not reap holiness. Holiness is a harvest; whether we reap it or not depends almost entirely on what and where we sow. JOHN STOTT, THE MESSAGE OF GALATIANS
We had a really wonderful time in church this morning. Our pastor preached on the ministry of healing, drawing much from George Eldon Ladd (not to mention the Bible heh heh). Oh, and yesterday Laurie and the Choir for Higher performed at a revival service that included a performance by Samputu. Everyone said it seemed as if the glory of God had filled the room, it was so powerful. The glory of god!
Ascribe to the LORD , O mighty ones,
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.


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