Law And Jesus

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“Law and Jesus”
April 24 , 2017

What a beautiful description and thoughts that raise us up from the depth of discouragement to the heights of glory that our God, our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ has fulfilled the law for us, in our place so that we are forgiven, free and born anew to a glorious life of victory in Christ now and forevermore.  He is with us, in us, leading and directing us, hearing us, controlling all events regarding us both now and forevermore.  We are His focus, His love, His glorious blood-bought adopted children for His purpose and glory.  How can we His children not give Him the glory and every breath, moment of our lives living, breathing and glorifying Him in our bodies, minds and life?  We must, we can, we will because He has willed us to love and obey Him in all things.  Rejoice my friends, you are His and He is yours and you are His now and forever.  Thanks be to God. _TheologyGirl-ReformedWomen

Law & Jesus

“The law in the hands of Jesus becomes alive with God’s own personality. Majestic and authoritative, he is present in every commandment, so absolute in his demands, so observant of our conduct, so intent upon the outcome, that the thought of giving to him less than heart and soul and mind and strength in the product of our moral life ceases to be tolerable to ourselves.”**

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**Geerhardus Vos, “Hungering and Thirsting after Righteousness”

 

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Let Us Delight In Prayer

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LET US DELIGHT IN PRAYER

“Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and He shall hear my voice.” Psalm 55:17

Let us delight in prayer. God loves a cheerful giver in alms, and a cheerful petitioner in prayer. God would have his children free with him. He takes special notice of a spiritual frame, “who hath engaged his heart?” Jer. 30:21. The more delight we have in God, the more delight he will have in us. He takes no pleasure in a lumpish service. It is an uncomely sight to see a joyful sinner and a dumpish petitioner. Why should we not exercise as much joy in holy duties, as formerly we did in sinful practices? How delightfully will men sit at their games, and spend their days in gluttony and luxury? And shall not a Christian find much more delight in applying himself to God? We should delight that we can, and have hearts to ask such gifts, that thousands in the world never dream of begging. To be dull, is a discontentedness with our own petitions.

Delight in prayer is the way to gain assurance. To seek God, and treat him as our chiefest good, endears the soul to him. Delighting in accesses to him, will enflame our love. And there is no greater sign of an interest in him than a powerful estimation of him. God casts off none that affectionately clasp about his throne.

To this purpose,

1. Pray for quickening grace. How often do we find David upon his knees for it? God only gives this grace, and God only stirs this grace.

2. Meditate on the promises you intend to plead. Unbelief is the great root of all dumpishness. It was by the belief of the word we had life at first, and by an exercise of that belief we gain liveliness. What maintains our love will maintain our delight; the amiableness of God, and the excellency of the promises, are the incentives and fuel both of the one and of the other. Think that they are eternal things you are to pray for and that you have as much invitation to beg them, and as good a promise to attain them, as David, Paul, or any other ever had. How would this awaken our drowsy souls, and elevate our heavy hearts, and open the lazy eye-lids to look up! And whatever meditation we find begin to kindle our souls, let us follow it on, that the spark may not go out.

3. Choose the time when your hearts are most revived. Observe when God sends an invitation, and hoist up the sails when the wind begins to blow. There is no Christian but hath one time or an another a greater activeness of spirit. Choose none of those seasons which may quench the heat, and dull the sprightliness of your affection. Resolve beforehand this, to delight yourselves in the Lord, and thereby you shall gain the desire of your hearts.

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An excerpt from “A Discourse Of Delight In Prayer” by Stephen Charnock; ©1997-2017  Study, ReformedWomen-TheologyGirl Bible-Book Studies, JoyPals Network