The Wonder of Redeeming Love and Your Unworthiness

Sometimes the Holy Spirit will fill you with such a sense of deep conviction over inward sin, even “small” sin, that you begin to realize what a horrible offense it is against a holy and loving God.  It all becomes very personal and you see clearly how you have hated and despised the One who created and redeemed you, and you are undone by two things, “the wonder of redeeming love and your unworthiness.”

– Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 189

The More We See, The More We Are Changed

The Holy Spirit shows us Christ in all his glory, and in time we become more captivated with him that we are with our silly, powerless idols.  The more we see of him, the more we are changed into his image until that wonderful day when we will be like him, for we will see him face to face.  (I Corinthians 13:12)

– Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 188

Surprised When We Have Blown It So Badly

There are terrifying times when we know that we have blown it so badly that surely God must expose and punish us for our own good.  And then something completely different happens.  God not only withholds the punishment we so richly deserve, but he lavishes us with loving-kindness and surprises us with joy.

– Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 181

God is Not Always Coming to Our Rescue…

God doesn’t always rescue us from the consequence of our sins.  Although he has once and for all removed the eternal punishment that my sin deserves by placing it on Christ, he often leaves me to suffer the bitter after effects of my sin and mistakes here on earth in order to humble me, teach me dependence, and train me in righteousness.

– Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 181

We Do Not Need to Be Afraid of What We Will Find in Our Hearts

The good news of the gospel is precisely what gives us the courage to be honest about our sin without being undone by it.  It is possible and delightful to engage in soul searching when you are confident that God is not ashamed of you and will never abandon you, no matter what sins you find lurking there.  Confession becomes a relief while repentance is possible only when we know what it is that we need to repent of.  When we grasp the gospel we do not need to be afraid of what we will find in our hearts, for God’s grace is far greater than all our sin.

– Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 175

Certain things have been decreed by the free determination of God, and one of these is the law of choice and consequences.  God has decreed that all who willingly commit themselves to His Son Jesus Christ in the obedience of faith shall receive eternal life and become sons of God.  He has also decreed that all who love darkness and continue in rebellion agains the high authority of heaven shall remain in a state of spiritual alienation and suffer eternal death at last.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 90

It Simply Leads to More and More Cycles of Sin

Paul doesn’t seem to worry that his declaration of his own struggle with sin will encourage us all to sin more.  He knows that he is weak, and he has told us this time and time again and even dared to boast in his weakness.  Paul does not seem to be tied up in knots about his ongoing sin problem, but he moves seamlessly and immediately to doxology.  It is dazzling. Paul does not spend hours, days, months and years agonizing over his sin, as we often do.  This kind of morbid misery doesn’t help us sin less;  it simply leads to more and more cycles of sin.

– Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 174