For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him, as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.
7 Excerpts From My September Journal
Here is a peek inside my journal entries from last month, some scattered remarks from here and there.
There are encouraging and affirming ways to foster obedience and discipline in godliness, and there are harsh, discouraging, lazy, careless ways that are irritating and infuriating.
Jesus humbles himself in service, and in doing so earns honor by showing what is honorable.
If the life-transforming power of Christ doesn’t work in the heart of a slave, it doesn’t work. If the life-transforming power of Christ doesn’t apply to the heart of a master, it isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. As stated by others: Christ is lord of all, or he is not Lord at all.
The forces arrayed for our destruction are nasty, dark, evil. They don’t play by any rules. Lies are their stock in trade. Flesh and blood will do you no good against a lie. If the enemy says, “I’m coming at you from over here,” and you throw everything you have in that direction, it will do you no good if it was a lie.
To be armed with truth and righteousness is to be supplied with a measure of readiness for whatever comes next. To arm oneself with truth and righteousness is to demonstrate that the grace of God has broken in.
The Bible is not irrelevant to anybody, but it can be made to seem that way.
The boldness of which Paul speaks is confidence in the truth of God, not confidence in his own boldness.