Remind yourselves of this: We who were slaves to sin; the sin that when fully grown becomes death; that awful separation from God; We who were bound to decay and marked for the grave; we have been buried with Christ.
But to this end: that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. By His resurrection we live a life where death shall have no dominion, but grace shall. For the life that Christ lives, He lives to God, and so shall we all. That is cause to celebrate.
An excerpt from novel in progress. Not sure if this will make it.
Cast off the yoke of slavery because we are no longer slaves. We are free according to the promise God made on the day man fell to slavery. Stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of performance because we are not set apart to have cleaner hands; we are set apart for the Good News of God which He promised beforehand concerning His Son, Jesus Christ – that by Him who was faithful, we have faith, by Him who was obedient, we are obedient and by Him who was righteous, we have become the righteousness of God.
Then I said, “Behold, I have come;
in the scroll of the book it is written of me:
I delight to do Your will, O my God;
Your law is within my heart.”
I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation;
behold, I have not restrained my lips,
as you know, O Lord.
I have not hidden Your deliverance within my heart;
I have spoken of Your faithfulness and Your salvation;
I have not concealed Your steadfast love and Your faithfulness from the congregation. – Psalm 40
Directly before this passage, the psalmist says that God does not delight in sin offerings; He does not require offerings for our sins. But instead of requiring sin offerings, He offers us an open ear to hear our cries. So far, nothing has been required of us.
Because of God’s inclination to hear the psalmist’s plea for deliverance, the psalmist turns and says, “O my God, I delight to do Your will.” And then he proceeds to tell us what God’s will looks like:
Telling the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation.
Remembering God’s faithfulness, His salvation, His deliverance, His steadfast love, His wondrous deeds and thoughts toward us, and then telling the great congregation of people about it.
Friends, God has not restrained his mercy from me!
The heart is “deceitful above all things and desperately sick” (Jer. 17:9). And so it is. It is not the sun or rain or sex or money or power that demand our worship and declare themselves as gods, but the dark alchemy of our heart that distorts creation into deity.
Yesterday’s link reminded me of a poem. Click the link above.
By Nick Paumgarten
Last month, after a limb fell from an elm tree near the Central Park Zoo, critically injuring a woman and killing her infant daughter, citizens wondered, as citizens will, how such a thing could be allowed to happen. When trees kill, as trees will, you blame it either on the tree pruners or on “an act of God.” You are supposed to choose one or the other—last week, Mayor Bloomberg cited the latter—rather than detect any trace of God’s will in the fallibility of arborists and bureaucrats…read more.