Posts Tagged ‘C. J. Mahaney’

Yesterday I quoted the book “Worldliness” concerning the fact that the church today is wounded and weak, struggling to separate itself from the worlds ways. Yes many times you can’t even tell the difference between a so-called Christian and the rest of the world. We are called as God’s redeemed people to abstain from the fleshly lusts that war against us. We are called to crucify the flesh. We are called to sanctified lives; set apart in holiness toward God Almighty. So how should the church fight, and thus fulfill its call? What is the remedy? The Cross of Christ ! The Gospel of Jesus Christ!

I will quote once again C. J. Mahaney who in turn quotes John Owen.

“If you want to begin  immediately to weaken the influence of worldliness in your life, take the sound advice from the great physician of the soul, John Owen:

owen1‘When someone sets his affections upon the cross and the love of Christ, he crucifies the world as a dead and undesirable thing. The baits of sin lose their attraction and disappear. Fill your affections with the cross of Christ and you will find no room for sin'”

This is what every Christian must decide in his heart to do daily. To fill his affections with the cross of Christ. Doing this will crucify the cares of this world. In and of ourselves it is impossible but as Phil 4:13 says, “I can do all things through HIM who strengthens me.”

Being that C. J. Mahaney has become one of my favorite preacher/writers lately I thought I’d share his testimony with you all… God’s grace is so wonderful! Hope you enjoy this… It’s worth the 7 minutes…

“God is glorified when we believe with all our hearts that those who trust in Christ can never be condemned. It’s only when we receive His free gift of grace and live in total forgiveness that we’re able to turn from old, sinful ways of living and walk in grace-motivated obedience.”

-C. J. Mahaney (page 126, Living the Cross Centered life)

“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 😉

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