When you fail in wisdom or fail to meet the righteous requirement of God’s law, or fail to love the Lord with all your heart, you need not fear. Jesus is able to make all grace about to you so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times you may abound in every good work.
The pursuit of an Olympic gold medal is all-consuming. Athletes must structure their entire life around the training required for that elite level of competition because this pursuit can only be achieved with a ruthlessly narrow focus and rigorous discipline. The same is true for Christians.
Jon Bloom’s ‘Don’t Follow Your Heart’ will help you heal, as well as avoid spiritual heart disease, by identifying and resisting your heart’s errant predilections and directing it to do all God’s will — to follow Jesus.
Not every unanswered prayer for healing, provision, conversion, etc., is a result of little faith. But we must not let ourselves off the hook too quickly when we don’t see prayers answered or when our ministry efforts fail.
The wonderful thing about the Bible is that we often find treasure in unexpected places. God loves to lace and layer revelatory riches in what at first seems like a fairly straightforward historical narrative.
If Jesus is knocking on our door, let us welcome him in fully that we may eat with him and he with us. Accepting his unsurpassed invitation to joy through repentance and reformation may be the greatest way to celebrate Reformation Day.
We live in a small world at high speed. And this way of living tends to produce spiritual barrenness rather than richness. That’s why G.K. Chesterton, ahead of his time, was sounding a warning more than a century ago. He said to get your microscopes back out.