Separated and High Above

For you, O LORD, are most high over all the earth;
you are exalted far above all gods.
O you who love the LORD, hate evil!
He preserves the lives of his saints;
he delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
Light is sown for the righteous,
and joy for the upright in heart.
Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous,
and give thanks to his holy name!
Psalm 97:9-12

The Desires of the New Heart Given to Me By God

2 Timothy 3:14-4:5 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

Influences: The Apex of the Glory of God – Romans 8

All Scripture read.

Every instinct preached.

Every thought taught.

Any book studied.

Every sermon heard.

Every theology revealed.

Every doctrine learned.

Any and all things processed were with Romans 8 in my sight.

I have heard it said, “The Epistle to the Romans is the Himalayas of the Bible and with Romans 8 is the Everest.” Martin Luther calls Romans 8, “the clearest Gospel of them all”.

If I were to memorize any passage of Scripture, it is because I wanted to get to where I can memorize Romans 8.

Any passage memorized now is because I am camped out on the summit that is Romans 8.

Memorized it. Dwelled on it. Read about it. Focused on it. Prayed on it. Prayed using it. Recite it. Practiced preaching it.

I plan to write a multi-part blog series on the entirety of Romans 8 in a few weeks so I won’t expand on it here.

For now, enjoy your view of God’s glory.


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Influences: Love Song – Psalm 119

Psalm 119 is the love song to God for all time.

It is the extended, smooth-out, quiet storm version. It’s the singer’s voice dropping to a bass-baritone. It is the passion towards the one the writer loves. It has the ultra-smooth whispers of sweet desires over the radio waves and the crackle of the vinyl in the extended beatdrop. This song is the mixtape track that says everything.

It was made for one person.

And it is all about His righteousness.

Why?

The psalmist is not in love with the law. The love was never directed towards a bunch of rules that they could never perfectly do. If I fail to do them all correctly, I have fallen. If I break one rule, I have failed. If fail to do one rule, then I separated from my precious love.

By the time I realized that there were some laws that supersedes my material reality, I have already failed. If I never realized the laws, then surely I have gone against my conscience and seared my conscience from time to time.

Damned if I do and damned if I don’t.

What hope do I have?

How can I have faith?

Ah, but I have love.

I have love for the One who did it all.

I love the King who wrote the laws and perfectly followed them to the letter. And my lawgiving King doesn’t hold His law over my head. Instead, He showers me with His banner of love over my heart.

My King has me. He has it all. He just needs me to look into His eyes, hold his hands, and trust Him when He says, “Everything’s gonna be alright.”


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Influences: He Saved Us, Titus 3:3-7

All of our sins are laid bare before us.

When we truly see who we really are, we see our shunning of God’s wisdom; ignoring of God’s word; our turning away from His lovely face; our insistence to the crap the world has offer; our addiction to the pains and sickness; and our desires fueled by the love for ourselves at the increase of hate and apathy towards one another.

When we can honestly see, we see that these are the “gifts” we give to the Almighty God: the One True God who is swift in his justice, terrible in his holiness, unflinching in his righteousness and uncompromising to His own glory.

Why do we turn to such a God? He is the only one who can save us. He is the one who promises He will give life. He is the only one has the power to free us from slavery.

How do we turn to God? He said, “Ask of me, and it shall be done.” The moment we stop asking what He can give and ask for just Him, He gives exactly that. Himself. Himself truly and fully. He gave Himself over to us. Now we have him forever.

Our sins are long as the shoreline of all the worlds’ oceans. Our transgressions lay out from the beginning of the west and ending of the east. Our iniquities are as wide as the horizon.

The Majestic Triune steps into our broken lives, shattered cosmos and the fallen world and cuts that line into two.

 Steadfast love and faithfulness meet;
  righteousness and peace kiss each other.
 Faithfulness springs up from the ground,
  and righteousness looks down from the sky.
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When He appeared, He saved us.

One and done.

Forevermore.

Titus 3:3-7 For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Notes:

  1. Psalm 85:10-11

The Ridiculous, Foolish Power of Christ Crucified

1 Corinthians 1:20-24 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.