Archive for July, 2008

“There is one who makes himself rich, yet has nothing;
And one who makes himself poor, yet has great riches.”

– Proverbs 13:7

So the logical conclusion to this proverb is that material possessions have nothing to do with whether we are rich or poor.

One who has great possessions can still be poor due to the fact that he desires more; He isn’t satisfied with what he has. He still lacks, and thus Scripture calls him “poor”.

One can be rich though he has nothing because God Himself is his treasure. His Word, His Promises bring him satisfaction, and thus despite his “poverty” he is rich because of who God is for him. He is a child of the King who owns all things.

Which category do you fall into? Are you rich or poor?

I was simply amazed when I read this proverb. I immediately thought of the apostle Paul who wrote the Philippian church from prison. In his chains he writes, “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:11-13

Paul was a rich man… Imprisoned and chained, though having nothing he was rich! Why? Because of Jesus. Jesus the Redeemer, made Paul a child of God. Through Jesus we have adoption, and thus have all the rights and privileges as children! What a great inheritance we have! Oh what peace, joy, freedom we have! We are indeed rich if we treasure Him.

J. C. Hahne

“How easily we fall into the trap of assuming that we remain justified only so long as there are grounds in our character for justification.” – Sinclair Ferguson

“We have a constant tendency to stop remembering the cross, and to start depending on legalism and self-effort.” – C. J. Mahaney

(Living the Cross Centered Life, pg. 107)

Oh how easy it is to base our joy on our own efforts… Up and down we go depending on how good we are… We must cling to the cross, to the gospel… Only then will our joy be full.

J. C. MaHahne 😉

Memorize Scripture!!! That was the encouragement I received over the last week… As I listened to John Piper’s radio program the other day, I was encouraged by an interview in which he stressed the importance of memorizing scripture. The word of God is a sword which we need to carry with us in our head, not our pocket. In the time of need, in trial or in temptaion, we don’t have the time to fumble about trying to find our Bibles and then look for a verse to combat the problem at hand. No, we must have God’s promises alive in in our head and heart!

Let me give you some examples. If we struggle with covetousness, we cut off temptation by quoting scripture to ourselves… “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: ‘The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?– Hebrews 13:5-6. Or maybe you have fallen to sin and feel condemned. You need to have Gospel truths gushing out of you like Romans 8:1, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus…” or Romans 8:33-34, “Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.” Indeed there is a huge difference in picking up God’s word for a few minutes and having it lodged in our head.

The psalmist says in Psalm 1:2-3 “…in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.” This blessed man is marked by the word of God being woven into his soul. Memorization and meditation makes one strong, fruitful, joyous, and prosperous at any given time in any given situation.

Oh God, may we be like this blessed man, who has your Words in his every thought. Help us to memorize and meditate on your truth, that we would be filled with hope and joy, that we would be strong in the fight of faith! All for your names sake. AMEN!

“Your words were found, and I ate them,
And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart…”
Jeremiah 15:16

J. C. Hahne

“Fill your affections with the cross of Christ… that there may be no room for sin.”