...if we be honest with ourselves,                                             
we shall be honest with each other. -George MacDonald

Jesus Wept 

Jesus Wept

 

I think most people who believe what I believe can relate to the story told in this sermon. The Outcasts Comforted


It can be hard for people who have studied the scriptures intently to admit that they might be wrong. They are not likely to give those who disagree with them a fair hearing.


But I'm not just a victim. I'm an agent. Because I have often loved the things of this world more than God, I have sought those things instead of seeking to enjoy and trust God. When I seek things more than the giver of all good things, I hurt myself and others. God is better than any gift he can give. When I seek him first, he sets all things right (only then can things take their proper place in this world).

"When my child would serve me," he went on," he spies out some need I have, springs from his seat at my knee, finds that which will meet my necessity, and is my eager, happy servant, of consequence in his own eyes inasmuch as he has done something for his father. His seat by my knee is love, delight, well-being, peace--not service, however pleasing in my eyes.--'Why do you seat yourself at my knee, my son?' 'To please you, father.' 'Nay then, my son! go from me, and come again when it shall be to please thyself.'--'Why do you cling to my chair, my daughter? 'Because I want to be near you, father. It makes me so happy!' 'Come nearer still--come to my bosom, my child, and be yet happier.'--Talk not of public worship as divine service; it is a mockery. Search the prophets and you will find the observances, fasts and sacrifices and solemn feasts, of the temple by them regarded with loathing and scorn, just because by the people they were regarded as DIVINE SERVICE." (Taken from Thomas Wingfold, Curate by George MacDonald)

If I’m seeking something or someone more than God, that is the source of my strength, not God. And because I might not get that thing, or I might lose that thing, I worry. If God is the source of our joy, strength, and peace, we are untouchable. Nothing can destroy us. 

"If it be Things that slay you, what matter whether things you have, or things you have not?" (Taken from the sermon "The Cause of Spiritual Stupidity." See the first of three parts below)

 

God means more and more to me every day. He has set me free and he is setting me free. The more I enjoy him and seek to enjoy him the freer and stronger I become. 


But that's enough about me. I want to know a little bit about you. What inspired you to read this page?


If, like me, you not only wish to be free of the things that enslave, but you also wish to see the church reformed, please write. The Kingdom of God is more important than the unity of the Church. 


If you find yourself saying "yes" to all the questions ojesus-wept.net/atonement and you believe that God really will destroy sin (as opposed to just quarantining sin), please contact me on the form below. It's good to find like minded people. (I'd also like to discuss with you how the church might be reformed.)


A Grateful Servant of the King,

Brad


 

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