• Samuel at Gilgal

    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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Abiding in Jesus’ Love

What Jesus Demands from the WorldJohn Piper:

“Not to abide in Jesus’ love would mean that we stop believing that we are loved by Jesus. We look at our circumstances – perhaps persecution or disease or abandonment – and we conclude that we are not loved by Jesus anymore. That’s the opposite of abiding in the love of Jesus. So abiding in his love means continuing to believe, moment by moment, that we are loved.” (What Jesus Demands from the World)

The Military’s Anti-Christian Offensive

Anti Christian BigotryTony Perkins of the Family Research Council reports:

The … Pentagon may not have been responsible for blocking the Southern Baptist Convention website, but there’s no mistaking their involvement in the military’s latest anti-Christian offensive. (Emphasis on the word “offensive!”) In an absolute stunner, the Pentagon is meeting with Mikey Weinstein–a man who compared Christian evangelism to “rape”–to vet its new instructional guide on religious tolerance in the military.

Weinstein, who heads up the cross-crushing, prayer-prosecuting Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), is the same man who just published a blistering rant calling evangelicals “fundamentalist Christian monsters.” (And that’s the nice part!) “We must,” he writes, “vigorously support the continuing efforts to expose pathologically anti-gay, Islamophobic, and rabidly intolerant agitators for what they are: die-hard enemies of the United States Constitution. Monsters, one and all. To do any less would be to roll out a red carpet to those who would usher in a blood-drenched, draconian era of persecutions, nationalistic militarism, and superstitious theocracy.” . . .

Based on what we know of the document, which has yet to be distributed, the regulations have Weinstein’s fingerprints all over it. Among other things, the Washington Post explains, it threatens to treat service members caught witnessing as enemies of the state.

Continue reading here. . . .

The Work of Faith in Prayer

William Guthrie

Faith is wholly of God, and has nothing of our own power in it. Faith is not of us, it is the gift of God. It descends from God to be infused into our hearts, and can never be taken from us. William Guthrie writes to help us understand the relationship of faith and prayer:

Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (Mark 11:24 ESV)

It is faith’s work in prayer to enable the soul to wait patiently until God give an answer to prayer. Faith is still petitioning and supplicating the Lord until He gives a gracious return. To renew the self-same thing in prayer again and again, it being according to His will and warranted in His word, in the exercise of the self-same faith, is no tautology, though it were a hundred times to have the self-same suit. It was the way of the woman of Canaan. “I am not sent to thee,” says Christ; yet she prays still, “Have mercy upon me, Lord.” And it made Paul return his suit again and again. “For this thing I besought the Lord thrice.” This is also an excellent work of faith. . . .

Faith’s work in prayer is, to make the petitioner take up God aright as the object of prayer, and Christ Jesus as the only Mediator, and take up their own condition aright, that they may apply the promises accordingly. For faith’s work is to apprehend aright our Lord Jesus Christ the Angel of the covenant, and to apprehend our own soul’s case and condition aright, as in Isa. xli. it is called a looking; as it makes them take up Him whom they are seeking and themselves aright. This is faith’s work in prayer. . . .

This grace of faith apprehends things altogether beyond the reach of human reason, and brings these things home unto the man’s own bosom. It makes things that are absent as if they were present; it brings that into the man’s heart that he shall have to all eternity; it brings in God to the man; it brings in Christ to his bosom; it brings in the joys of heaven to his soul – hence it is said to be “the substance of things not seen.” It was this that made Moses see Him that is invisible, and the eternal glory and happiness of the saints in heaven, whereupon he refused to be preferred in Pharaoh’s court; and this is the nature of this grace which is so necessary and requisite a qualification in the duty of prayer.

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