Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Christ in the Proverbs: 17:22

Proverbs 17:22:
A joyful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Who gives us joy? How do we get a joyful heart, according to the Bible?

It is in the inside of our bones that our blood cells are produced. Our bone marrow for a 150 pound adult produces 500 billion blood cells a day. Yes, we are fearfully and wonderfully made! Just as healthy bone marrow and healthy blood is important for physical health, so a joyful heart is important for spiritual health. But who can give us the medicine of a joyful heart?

Jesus is the Great Physician. He came to give us forgiveness and life through his shed blood. In His shed blood we find spiritual life. As long as we resist Jesus and his gospel, and refuse to welcome him into our lives, our hearts will be depressed. We are always the losers if we resist God our Maker, who sent his Son to us in love.

Do you struggle with depression---a crushed spirit? Confess your sins and turn to Jesus each day. Die and rise with Jesus daily. Let his blood cleanse you and give you life. He is for us true food and drink and the medicine that gives us forgiveness and a joyful heart.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Incline Our Hearts to Christ

I read these words last night: "In our heart [which includes mind, emotions and will], there are two parts --- understanding and inclination. By inclination we mean that in every human heart there is an instinctive ability to like or dislike something, and to assess its worth. And so our hearts are like heat-seeking missiles, always looking to lock on to whatever they perceive to be excellent. The trouble is, of course, that fallen human hearts naturally lock on to things which are not excellent (such as self-glory) or on to things which are good in and of themselves, but not good if they become ultimate things (such as family or career or ministry). In other words, as John Calvin put it memorably, 'Man's nature, so to speak, is a perpetual factory of idols.' What we need is to see the supreme worth of Jesus Christ, and for our hearts to lock on to Him."
With that in mind I wrote these words to the tune of the song, "May the Mind of Christ my Savior":
Seeing Christ we see the Father,
He makes known what God is like.
In our Lord there was no darkness, 
only love and light.
God is just and He is holy,
but He makes for us a way,
so that we can be forgiven,
ready for that Day.
Have no fear about your Father,
Christ has shown God's gracious heart.
Dying in the place of sinners,
grace and peace imparts.
Matchless is the name of Jesus,
what to Him can we compare?
He is One with God the Father,
and His glory shares.
All is loss compared with Jesus,
Maker of the heav'ns and earth.
And all creatures show, but falter,
His surpassing worth.
Jesus, how shall we not love You,
and Your beauty, not desire?
Take our cold and listless spirits,
breathe a holy fire.
With the gift of Your forgiveness,
teach us, Lord, Your name to fear.
Love and rev'rence in us mingling,
and Your presence near.
Triune God, in You no shadow,
Yours is all the exc'llency.
You're the fount of every blessing,
that will ever be.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Even Secular People are Religious

The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
the work of human hands.
They have mouths, but do not speak;
they have eyes, but do not see;
they have ears, but do not hear,
nor is there any breath in their mouths.
Those who make them become like them,
so do all who trust in them. (Psalm 135:15-18)

Whatever we ultimately trust is our idol. Secular people are religious, even though they do not admit it. They worship their god or gods, which are the idols they trust in.

The consequences of the God or "god" we choose shows in our lives because of this spiritual principle: we become like the god we trust and worship.

The reason idolaters are spiritually blind, deaf, dumb, and dead is that this is what their idols are like. Only those who trust in the only true God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, see Christ's glory, hear his voice, live in fellowship with the Father and Son, and can speak to others of the the grace and peace that is offered to all who repent and believe.

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