Archive for June, 2008

“Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.” – 1 Peter 2:11-12

Just as we always find in Scripture, we have a command empowered by gospel truths. The command is to “abstain from fleshly lusts…having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles”. The first thing we need to do is to find out what these fleshly lusts are that war against us and desire to overthrow our faith? Well they could be a number of different things. If we look at Galatians 5:19-21 we find a long list of “works of the flesh” and these are some of the things that wage war upon ourselves. In that list we find sins of jealousy, selfish ambition, envy, hatred, outbursts of wrath, idolatry, adultery, drunkenness, and we could probably add a number of other fleshly lusts… Love of money, love of possessions, laziness, etc… We are to abandon such things and live in holiness.

So how do we fight against these lusts? I believe the answer is in knowing who we are in Christ; in reflecting upon the gospel truths. Here, Peter addresses these believers, by saying “Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims…” He reminds them of their identity as Christs redeemed people. Beloved, “[you]who once were not a people… are now the people of God,[you] who had not obtained mercy… now have obtained mercy…” (verses 10) You are sojourners, you are pilgrims, you don’t belong to this world, you are citizens of Heaven, redeemed by the precious blood of Christ. Your hope is not in this world. Not in the things of it, nor the justice (or lack of) that it offers. O Christian, Do you see how blessed you are?

Seeing who you are and the hope that awaits you, honor God in your conduct, that they might see your good works and glorify God.

I leave you with a few verses from earlier in Peter’s epistle.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” – 1 Peter 1:3-5

J. C. Hahne

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“Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression,
But a good word makes it glad.” – Proverbs 12:25

How true it is that anxiety and worrying, cause depression, sadness, and grief. We must fight against such feeling knowing that they are not from God. But how do we fight? We must take in hand the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. The proverb says, “a good word makes it (the heart of man) glad.” The word of God is good and true. It is our surety, and our sword that cuts through the schemes of the devil.

We are to take the promises of God, preach them to ourselves and one another and defeat sins of depression and anxiety. The Word of truth proclaims that our God is Sovereign and Good, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28, and “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5. Thus we can say with boldness, “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:6 or, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31

May the truth strengthen us in our fight against sin. May we gain courage and joy as we trust in His promises. May His “good word” make us glad!

J. C. Hahne

“Sin is what you do, when your heart is not satisfied with God”

– John Piper (Future Grace pg.9)

Okay, today I will start reading C. J. Mahaney’s “Living the Cross Centered Life”…  Anyone read it yet???  What do you all think? The title gives me the impression that it’ll be a brilliant, gospel drivin book… I just finished Mahaney’s book on humility, and thought it was great… Well let me know your opinion… either positive or negative, and as I read it I’ll do my best to share my thoughts…

Good day y’all,

J. C. Hahne

O for a thousand tongues to sing
my dear Redeemer’s praise,
the glories of my God and King,
the triumphs of his grace!

Jesus! the name that charms our fears,
that bids our sorrows cease;
’tis music in the sinner’s ears,
’tis life and health and peace.

He breaks the power of cancelled sin,
he sets the prisoner free:
his blood can make the foulest clean;
his blood availed for me.

He speaks; and, listening to his voice,
new life the dead receive,
the mournful broken hearts rejoice,
the humble poor believe.

Hear him, ye deaf; his praise, ye dumb,
your loosened tongues employ;
ye blind, behold your Saviour come;
and leap, ye lame, for joy!

My gracious Master and my God,
assist me to proclaim
and spread through all the earth abroad
the honours of thy name.