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Over the weekend during my re-reading of Joshua Harris’ Stop Dating the Church, I found this quote by John Piper:

“It astonishes me how many Christians watch the same banal, empty, silly, trivial, titillating, suggestive, immodest TV shows that most unbelievers watch- and then wonder why their spiritual lives are weak and their worship experience is shallow with no intensity. If you really want to hear the Word of God the way He mans to be heard in truth and joy and power, turn off the television on Saturday night and read something true and great and beautiful and pure and honorable and excellent and worthy of praise (see Philippians 4:8). Then watch your heart un-shrivel and begin to hunger for the Word of God.”

dsc06094.JPGThose words are so true, and not just on Saturdays. We must be exceedingly careful what we put into our minds, whether by watching, listening, or reading. Everything has some effect upon us, and we must be careful that we are not wasting the time God has given us, or hindering ourselves from living a life devoted to Him. I am always struck by what John Wesley’s mother told him when he asked her to define sin:

“Whatever weakens your reason, whatever impairs the tenderness of your conscience, whatever obscures your sense of God, whatever increases the authority of your body over your mind, whatever takes away from your relish for spiritual things, that to you is sin, no matter how innocent it is in itself.”

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8

Do the things we watch, listen to, read, or think about pass the test of Philippians 4:8? May we set our minds on things above, as we set aside all that hinders us in our walk with Christ.

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Today, I want to encourage you to read this article from the Boundless webzine entitled: “Silently Affecting Others.” Here’s a snippet:

It was a stunning thought for me to realize that wherever I go, I bring something with me. I can bring Christ to people, or I can bring spiritual sickness, weakness, and sin. I can walk around, casting off splashes of glory or spraying people with showers of sin. What do I want my life to leave behind?”

This article has made me think about my own life. Do I bring splashes of glory? Sadly, I realize that my selfish pride often wins out. I realize the disruption I cause in my family through my grumbling and self-serving. But there is hope!

Through the Scriptures, we see that sin has far-reaching consequences. Consider the sin of our first parents, Adam and Eve. Sin is selfish and prideful; it is saying, “My wants and needs are more important than God.”

We are sinners. On this side of eternity, there will be marks of the Fall in our lives. Nonetheless, we have a Great High Priest, Jesus Christ, who took on flesh and lived, died, and rose again for us. We have His righteousness, and His Spirit within us, enabling us to glorify God. We are redeemed!
In the Gospels, we see our Savior Incarnate; we see God with flesh. We see more of His heart, His compassion, His love. We realize that He was tempted to be selfish, to be arrogant, and to lust, but He did not (Hebrews 4:14-16).

May we be encouraged and spurred on to greater faith as we realize the strength that He grants us to fight the attacks of Satan. May we bring splashes of glory wherever we go. May we remember that this often comes in the form of a joyful spirit that is satisfied in God. As John Piper says: “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” Does your life display a joyful satisfaction in Him? Or are you too busy living for yourself to acknowledge the destruction that your sin creates? May we live as redeemed sinners!

“May my words and works allure others to the highest walks of faith and love… Cause me to be a mirror of Thy grace, to show others the joy of Thy service…Help me to walk as Jesus walked, my only Savior and perfect model…Let me always esteem others better than myself, and find in true humility an heirdom to two worlds.” (From the Valley of Vision prayer: “Christlikeness”)

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“I have found that these quiet hours with God, these times when I have come as it were into His presence, have been the strength of my Christian life, and I know they are what every young Christian needs.” –Mabel Hale

“Having a quiet time with the Lord every day is absolutely essential if you expect to grow spiritually.” –Elisabeth Elliot

“The young believer must understand that he has no power of his own to maintain his spiritual life. No, he needs each day to receive new grace from Heaven through fellowship with the Lord Jesus. This cannot be obtained by a hasty prayer, or a superficial reading of a few verses from God’s Word. He must take time quietly and deliberately to come into God’s presence…” –Andrew Murray

“I saw more clearly than ever, that the first great and primary business to which I ought to attend every day was, to have my soul happy in the Lord. The first thing to be concerned about was not, how much I might serve the Lord, how I might glorify the Lord; but how I might get my soul into a happy state, and how my inner man may be nourished . . . I saw that the most important thing I had to do was to give myself to the reading of the Word of God and to meditation on it.” -George Mueller

“Knowing about God is crucially important for the living of our lives. As it would be cruel to an Amazonian tribesman to fly him to London, put him down without explanation in Trafalgar Square and leave him, as one who knew nothing of English or England, to fend for himself, so we are cruel to ourselves if we try to live in this world without knowing about the God whose world it is and who runs it… Disregard the study of God, and you sentence yourself to stumble and blunder through life blindfold, as it were, with no sense of direction and no understanding of what surrounds you. This way you can waste your life and lose your soul.” -J.I. Packer

“Even on days when every cinder in our soul feels cold, if we crawl to the Word of God and cry out for ears to hear, the cold ashes will be lifted and the tiny spark of life will be fanned. For ‘the law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul.’” -John Piper

Read Part I

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“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”
Proverbs 31:30

I am interrupting the series on my struggle with college to bring you this quote from Beauty from the Heart. They have beautifully stated what I have been trying to say about Biblical womanhood and Christ. Instead of expounding on this idea myself, I want you to read what they have written. They express the truth with such gentleness and discernment!

“It is vital for us to remember, as beautiful as femininity, modesty, and purity are, these principles alone will not save society. They will impact society positively, but will fail in true bringing about true transformation. If we attempt to change the culture positively without Christ, we will be doing only what every other political and human-wellness group has done in the past. We will be approaching the symptoms of the problem, without addressing the heart of the issue.

Our hearts must first be changed, and within us must dwell a passionate desire to go only where God leads. We must be as Moses. With hearts so focused on Jesus that we obey out of love for Him and a desire for His glory, how could the culture not be changed?”

This quote is from a three part series. It is a portion of the third part: The Mission of Generation X. I encourage you to check out Beauty from the Heart if you have not done so!

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