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daily journey At the moment of regeneration the believer is imbued with a familial hunger for God and His ways. But over time the world, working in concert with the Christian's natural bent, heaps on layers of insulation that become, as it were, an appetite suppressant for the things of God. The enticing gewgaws with which we surround ourselves add layer upon layer of pleasant insulation between God's Spirit and the new spirit within us struggling to grow beyond infancy. The purest reason for Christians to avoid the build up of layers between themselves and God is not for any earthly gain, or even the acquisition of heavenly righteousness, but for the sole reason that their new spirit in Christ cries out for His presence.

Reflections by the Pond

#692: Unseen Things Above

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January 26, 2015

Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help
And rely on horses,
And trust in chariots because they are many
And in horsemen because they are very strong,
But they do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the Lord!
Isaiah 31:1

If we drill down to the root of humanity, shaving off every layer of paint and chrome and artifice to expose bare metal, we find that there are essentially two kinds of people: those who place their faith—their trust, their dependency, their hope—in those things that can be seen, and those who place their faith in things that are unseen. Some trust in the things of this earth, while others trust in things of the Spirit—not the many "spirits," but the one Spirit from above...

#691: I Am Still Here

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January 19, 2015

"The land, moreover, shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine; for you are but aliens and sojourners with Me."
Leviticus 25:23

Like the cleansing blanket of snow falling upon dead and dirty weeds, our sins are covered by the redemptive blood of Christ. Once is sufficient; it need never be sought again. But as the believer proceeds through his journey in mortal flesh, inevitably he will become soiled by the climate of sin in which he must dwell. Both from without and within, he suffers from living where not everyone knows and belongs to his Savior. So it becomes necessary to seek out and find relief...

#690: An Awful Thing

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January 12, 2015

To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.
Colossians 1:2

It requires an atypical thought process for us to think of ourselves as "holy," "sacred," "consecrated." Such a perspective goes against everything we know about ourselves. But Paul uses a word that reminds us that we are, indeed, holy things because we are in Christ. And that astounding truth should inform our every waking minute...

#689: A Special Affection

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January 5, 2015

"The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but because the Lord loved you..." Deuteronomy 7:7-8a

Everything God does is based on His own righteousness, not the imperfect merit of others. He loved us before we were even a twinkle in our dad's eye—because God's love for us is based on Himself, not us. He loved us before we knew Him, when we hated Him, when we considered Him brutishly unfair—because God's love for us is based on Himself, not our future faith. He loved us when we ignored Him, thinking Him ineffective, even impotent—because God's love for us is based on Himself, not our behavior. He loved us even when in our anger we rebelled against His lordship, His decisions that didn't square with ours—because God's love for us is based on Himself, not our faithfulness in loving Him...

#688: For Goodness Sake

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December 29, 2014

"Arise, shine; for your light has come,
And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you."
Isaiah 60:1

Every person must decide for himself: Is the child of Christmas really God incarnate, or is he just another cute baby?

Do you want to see God's glory? Look in the manger. Do you want to see God's love? Look to the cross...

#687: Shadows & Light

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December 22, 2014

The people who walk in darkness
Will see a great light;
Those who live in a dark land,
The light will shine on them.
Isaiah 9:2

Who can argue that this world does not remain in darkness? Who among us can make the case that humanity has finally "seen the light" and emerged from the shadows? For a simple, unembellished recitation of each day's headlines borders on the pornographic: terroristic violence of unimaginable depravity; vast swathes of humanity rising up in arms over something provably a lie; corruption and duplicity brazenly paraded by national leaders; perverse sexuality forced, even legislated into the norm.

We still live in a world that grows darker by the day...

#686: Shedding the Inferior

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December 15, 2014

Jesus answered them, "To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him."
Matthew 13:10-13

As one grows old in Christ, the things of God become more permanently affixed to one's life. Heavenly things that were, at first, alien and strange become, over time, familiar and comfortable. Instead of aging, withering, and falling away, they become, eventually, more strongly—even permanently—a part of us. And as heaven becomes more firmly attached, the things of earth begin to wither before our eyes...

#685: Ye of Little Faith

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December 8, 2014

They said to her, "You are out of your mind!" But she kept insisting that it was so. They kept saying, "It is his angel."
Acts 12:15

We like to think that faith has never been so fragile as it is in this modern age. At the same time we imagine that faith has never been so strong as it was in the first century, a time vibrant with the ministries of the men who had walked and talked with the Lord Himself.

Both, however, are misconceptions. As the wise but cynical King Solomon wrote, "There is nothing new under the sun."

#684: Quality Time

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December 1, 2014

"And I will be a father to you,
And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,"
Says the Lord Almighty.
2 Corinthians 6:18

God the Father welcomes us into His garden to spend quality time with Him. He wants to be our Father. He wants us to walk with Him in His garden, to bring Him our sorrows and joys, our anger and questions. And, as a loving dad who can now speak openly with an adult son or daughter, He eagerly takes the opportunity to share from His own life, and the immense wealth of His wisdom...

#683: The Right Messenger

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November 24, 2014

As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him; and he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?" And he said, "Who are You, Lord?" And He said, "I am Jesus whom you are persecuting..."
Acts 9:3-5

Who will reach your neighbor for Christ? Who will reach your cousin, your sister, your child? Because some heads and hearts are harder than others, the Lord's messengers are many and diverse. For some a simple invitation will be sufficient, a casual chat over a cup of coffee. For others it will require a traumatic, life-altering event they will not be able to ignore. It may take persistence, it may be painful, it may require loss. But in every case the Lord will send just the right messenger to add one more soul to His Book of Life...

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