The Bottom Line Is This

The bottom line is this: We should never give up praying God’s power to break into our lives, but at the end of the day we rest on the love of God demonstrated at the cross, even if we can’t see how it is being manifested at the moment in our circumstances.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 186

Fathers Sometime Says No to a Child’s Request

Because of what we learn about God from the gospel, we cna trust that sometimes He is bringing His love to bear in our lives even when He doesn’t answer our prayers the way we want Him to.  He is our Father, and because fathers know more than children they sometimes say no to a child’s request.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 185-186

More Questions to Ponder…

More questions to ponder:

  • Do you pray with a sense of God’s great love for those for whom you were praying?
  • What would your prayers look like if you believed that the cross really was the measure of God’s compassion for someone else?

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 170

Worry…

Worry springs from not being convinced of a sovereign God’s absolute love for you.  Worry disappears when you realize that God loves you unfailingly and will let nothing interrupt His plans for your good.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 55-56

Left With a Sense of Exposure, Fear, Guilt and Shame

The early church fathers (guys like Gregory of Nazianzus and Athanasius) explained that prior to their sin, Adam and Eve had been “clothed” in the love and acceptance of God, so their nakedness did not bother them.  Now having stripped themselves of God’s love and acceptance, they were left with a sense of exposure, fear, guilt and shame.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 28

True Spiritual Progress

Martin Luther said in his Lectures on Romans that true spiritual progress was “always to begin again.”  He said that we must daily “embrace the love and kindness of God…and daily exercise our faith therein; entertaining no doubts of God’s love and kindness..”

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 22

The Answer Is Not to Get Busier, More Radical or Learn More

Thus, if you are not where you should be spiritually, the answer is not simply to get busier for Jesus.  It is not just to get more radical in your devotion to God.  It is not only to seek greater spiritual gifts or even to learn more about the Bible.  It is to make your home in God’s love given to you as a gift in Christ.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 18