Showing posts from September, 2017

Basic Ministry of the Spirit

"The truth of the matter is this. The distinctive, constant, basic ministry of the Holy Spirit under the new covenant is so to mediate Christ's presence to believers - that is, to give them such knowledge of his presence with them as their Savior, Lord, and God - that three things keep happening... First, personal fellowship with Jesus... Second, personal transformation of character into Jesus' likeness... Third, the Spirit-given certainty of being loved, redeemed, and adopted through Christ into the Father's family." - J.I. Packer in Keep In Step With The Spirit

Where I Want to Be And How Far It Is

"The gospel is enough." Really. Enough. Not deficient in extras or trappings of success, privilege or anything else my fickle hearts thinks I "need" at any given moment. The freedom, forgiveness, and purpose won at the cross by Christ for me. Hang me out to dry as long as I have this, the gospel of grace, and I am good.  I don't need a big church, laser lights, a youth group, a handsome pastor, the perfect Instagram page, obedient children, a starter home, two months of vacation, a slim waistline, friends that match my preferences, a winning lottery ticket, or the reclaimed vitality of my youth. The gospel is enough, more than enough, more than I could ever deserve or even keep. And it is all free in Jesus. Full stop. Enough. That is where I want to be. The gospel being enough. But I wake up every morning with more on my mind. How I will finally be fulfilled if X happens. How my children will flourish in environment X versus Y. How my marriage would be better if