Filed under: Growth
My every sense, member, faculty, affection, is a snare to me,
I can scarce open my eyes but I envy those above me, or despise those below.
I covet honour and riches of the mighty,
and am proud and unmerciful to the rags of others;
If I behold beauty it is a bait to lust, or see deformity, it stirs up loathing and disdain;
How soon do slanders, vain jests, and wanton speeches creep into my heart!
Am I comely? what fuel for pride!
Am I deformed? what an occasion for repining!
Am I gifted? I lust after applause!
Am I unlearned? how I despise what I have not!
Am I in authority? how prone to abuse my trust, make will my law,
exclude others’ enjoyments, serve my own interests and policy!
Am I inferior? how much I grudge others’ pre-eminence!
Am I rich? how exalted I become!
Thou knowest that all these are snares by my corruptions,
and that my greatest snare is myself.
I bewail that my apprehensions are dull, my thoughts mean,
my affections stupid, my expressions low, my life unbeseeming;
Yet what canst thou expect of dust but levity, of corruption but defilement?
Keep me ever mindful of my natural state, but let me not forget my heavenly title,
or the grace that can deal with every sin.
(Taken from Self-Deprecation, The Valley of Vision, pp. 132-133)
By: Travis Evans
When you look at a clock, do you see hands moving around a face, or do you see several hidden components at work? I ask this because a watch or a clock is not what it seems. There is a lot going on underneath-hidden from view. To know how a clock works, you have to look at it properly. You have to see what it really is.
So, I ask, “How do you see your sin?”
Sin is like a prostitute that no longer looks beautiful. She is the murderer of my King and myself. Therefore, the believer is dead to sin, no longer dominated by her attractions. Sin, the prostitute who killed my friend, has no appeal. She has become an enemy.
John Piper, Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came To Die , p. 77
Piper is right. Sin is an enemy. It killed us and brought Jesus to death. Think of the line: “Sin, the prostitute who killed my friend….” How can it be attractive? How can we tolerate it? Do you see your sin this way, as a murderer? Do you mourn when you see sin? Do you desire to put it to death? Because of it, Jesus had to die. Yet, by His death, we are no longer slaves to it. Do you see that as well? We are dead to sin. By grace, we can become more like Christ the Righteous One.
So take a look, a proper look, at your sin. Study the doctrine of sin (What does the Bible say about sin?). See your need for a Savior because of sin. See the importance and the cost of the cross. And ascribe glory to the Lord.
Filed under: Growth
by Mike Plewniak
This past Thursday at VFC, I got to speak on sex. That is always a fun topic for me and a tough one to cover in a short amount of time. Thankfully, I had this great little cartoon that Josh Harris created to help illustrate the Christian’s relationship with their sinful nature. Just click on the picture below to see the whole cartoon with Josh’s commentary on it. Enjoy!