Posts Tagged ‘God’s glory’

If God is to love you, what must he give you? He must give you what is best for you. The best thing in all the universe is God. If he were to give you all health, best job, best spouse, best computer, best vacations, best success in any realm, and yet withhold himself, then he would hate you. And if he gives you God and nothing besides, he loves you infinitely.”

– John Piper

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Once again I was over on the Desiring God website and really enjoyed the Piper quote that they posted. So just incase you missed it… here it is…

“God is glorified most not merely by being known, nor by merely being dutifully obeyed, but by being enjoyed in the knowing and the obeying.”

—John Piper, God’s Passion for His Glory

Yes, the demons knew Him, the Pharisees even obeyed God, but neither enjoyed Him and thus neither glorified Him.

Here’s your daily does of what you need… Gospel!!!

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” – Ephesians 1:7

Rejoice for you have forgiveness and redemption by his blood through the riches of His grace. It is not by works lest any man should boast. Just think that the enmity between you and God has been done away with. No longer are we at war with one another but we are friends because Christ spilled His blood. All by Grace! All for His glory!

J. C. Hahne

“If the enjoyment of God Himself is not the final and best gift of love, then God is not the greatest treasure, His self-giving is not the highest mercy, the gospel is not the good news that sinners may enjoy their Maker, Christ did not suffer to bring us to God, and our souls must look beyond Him for satisfaction.”

-John Piper, God is the Gospel, pg12

Today I finished the last sermon in Dr. Lloyd Jones book “Revival” and I wanted to share a little bit of what encouraged me. His last sermon was taken form the text Isaiah 64:1 “Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence.” Isaiah cries out to God with all that is within him for God to act mercifully. Despite their sin, their idolatry, their abandonment of the covenant, Isaiah cries out to God to do something, that God’s name would not be shamed in the world, and that His presence would be enjoyed by His people.

Isaiah’s cry is based on nothing other than the glory of God’s name. He knew well that they deserved what they were receiving (captivity, destruction, fiery trials). But Isaiah recalls of how God previously worked at similar times of disobedience. O the height, depth, width, length of His love. His mercies are unending. Yes His anger is aroused, but joy and goodness are new in the morning.

The state of the church here in Romania is a very desperate one. The church is falling and the name of the Lord is being mocked. They shout “Peace!!! Peace!!!” when there is no peace. But God!!! God is exceedingly able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think! For His names sake He can awaken the sleeping. He can breathe life into the dead! Our hope is great that He will work. O, God! Tear open the heavens and rain down your Spirit! Convict us of our sin and drive us to Christ our Rock!

I have been encouraged to press on… to pray… to hope!!! Our God is great, worthy of praise!!! I leave you with a quote from John Newton.

“Thou art coming to a king;

Large petitions with thee bring;

For His grace and power are such

None can ever ask so much.”

J. C. Hahne