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GOD AND HAPPINESS

“God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to feed on. There is no other. That is why it is just no good asking God to make us happy in our own way, without bothering about religion. God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from Himself because it is not there. There is no such thing.” C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

THE TRANSFORMING POWER OF THE GOSPEL

       “The gospel not only furnishes transforming power to remold the human heart; it provides also a model after which the new life is to be fashioned, and that model is Christ Himself…. The beginnings of that transformation, which is to change the believing man’s nature from the image of sin to the image of God, are found in conversion when the man is made a partaker of the divine nature. By regeneration and sanctification, by faith and prayer, by suffering and discipline, by the Word and the Spirit, the work goes on till the dream of God has been realized in the Christian heart. Everything that God does in His ransomed children has as its long-range purpose the final restoration of the divine image in human nature. Everything looks forward to the consummation of creation.

 From The Root of the Righteous, by A. W. Tozer

KNOWING TO WHOM WE PRAY

“Prayer is not merely a matter of what words we choose when we pray or even what emotions we feel; it is more a question of understanding whom we are addressing.” Adrian Warnock, Raised With Christ, p. 178

MANNA DOESN’T KEEP

In Exodus, when the children of Israel gather up the manna, the “bread from heaven,” Moses cautions them not to gather too much. They are to gather only as much as they need for that day, confident that tomorrow God would provide for them again. Predictably, the people ignored Moses. They gathered more than they needed, then stashed the rest for another day. But the manna resisted that. If you tried to possess more than you needed for that day, it turned rotten. Manna doesn’t keep.

Jesus said, “I am the bread of life.” Jesus isn’t offering to give us bread; he is offering to be our bread, to be to us what bread is: the sustainer of life. But just as the Israelites could not hoard a lifetime supply of the bread from heaven, so we cannot hoard a lifetime supply of the bread of life.

Some of us are still trying to live on the strength of a religious awakening that happened when we were teenagers, or a Bible study class we took years ago. But manna doesn’t keep. The Israelites couldn’t live off yesterday’s stored-up manna, and we cannot live off yesterday’s stored-up religion. We need to replenish our supply every day.—Lou Lotz, Words of Hope Devotional, March 10, 2009

ATHEISM MAKES PERFECT SENSE

SEEKING AFTER GOD

John Calvin nails the wrong way to seek after God. Was this what the author of The Shack was doing?

Mingled vanity and pride appear in this, than when miserable men do seek after God, instead of ascending higher than themselves as they ought to do, they measure him by their own carnal stupidity, and neglecting solid inquiry, fly off to indulge their curiosity in vain speculation. Hence, they do not conceive of him in the character in which he is manifested, but imagine him to be whatever their own rashness has devised. This abyss standing open, they cannot move one footstep without rushing headlong to destruction. With such an idea of God, nothing which they may attempt to offer in the way of worship or obedience can have any value in his sight, because it is not him they worship, but, instead of him the dream and figment of their own heart. This corrupt procedure is admirably described by Paul, when he says that “thinking to be wise they became fools” (Rom 1:22).

– John Calvin Institutes of the Christian Religion; Book 1, Chapter 4, Section 1 (Peabody, Ma: Hendrickson 2008), 12.

THE VALUE OF BOOKS

Being a lover of books, I especially appreciated this quote, compliments of Reformed Renegade:

A poor pedlar came to the door…and my father bought of him Sibb’s Bruised Reed…It suited my state…and gave me a livelier apprehension of the mystery of redemption and how much I was beholden to Jesus Christ…Without any means but books was God pleased to resolve me to himself. – Richard Baxter (emphasis mine.)