Confrontation, clothing, and shame

Confrontation comes easily to me. Confrontation easily lends itself to words that fall too soon to unsay. Words that will ring in ears for a lifetime. Words that are the opposite of God’s clothing. I want my clothing to be this: Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, […]

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Let go and let God

I can only know Christ when all else is stripped from my soul, and I bow in the dust…  desperate. Lost without him. Weak, helpless, dependent. If “let go and let God” means throwing myself into Jesus’ arms… running to him and abandoning the idolatrous need for validation and affirmation from other things and other […]

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At wits’ end

I’ve gone down to the sea to do business on great waters… waters too big for me (Psalm 107:23). I’m in over my head. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end. I’m crying to the LORD day and night in my staggering. I know He […]

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The duty of believing

From the book, Sanctification, or The Highway of Holiness, by Walter Marshall: If we put the question, “What must we do, that we may work the works of God?” Christ resolveth it, “That we believe on Him whom He hath sent” (John 6: 28, 29). He putteth us first upon the work of believing which […]

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Comfort before duty

I must first experience the comfort of the gospel before I can practice the duties of God. The gospel must be the “comfort food” for my stress… the binge-eating pizza for my soul… the crutch for my emotional needs. And this comfort “binge-eating without end” of Christ himself must precede any and all holy duties. […]

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Entitled Children

Christ is to us compassionate, kind, humble, meek, patient. He bears with us, and though he has a complaint against our sin that harms us and others… he forgives us from his cross before we even ask for it. Surrounding all of his beauties is his love. Covenant love that is grounded in oath with […]

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He is all that.

I’m overwhelmed this morning with fear, failure, and exhaustion. The stresses of overdue bills and the suffering of others… the loss of mental focus as the cares of my business have begun to paralyze my brain… the shut-down affect of so many four-alarm business and bill fires that I am lost and have no idea […]

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