Six Benefits of Ordinary Daily Devotions

From the DesiringGod website:

Private devotions aren’t magic. We know that (for the most part).

But still, we can be tempted to think that if we just figure out the secret formula — the right mixture of Bible meditation and prayer — we will experience euphoric moments of rapturous communion with the Lord. And if that doesn’t happen, our formula must be wrong.

The danger of this misconception is that it can produce chronic disappointment and discouragement. Cynicism sets in and we give up or whip through them to alleviate guilt because devotions don’t seem to work for us.

Our longing for intimate communion with God is God-given. It’s a good thing to desire, ask for, and pursue. The Spirit does give us wonderful occasional tastes. And this longing will be satisfied to overflowing some day (Psalm 16:11).

Read the rest here.

Daily Roundup

Incredible Images of the Milky Way – If these images don’t fill you with awe of God and make you feel incredibly small, I fear you have too high an opinion of yourself.

The Shorter Catechism Explained – This is a link to a .pdf file that clarify’s, through a series of questions and answers, the Westminster Shorter Catechism.

John the Baptist’s Doubt – Even with his doubts, there remained in John a deep, unshakable trust in Jesus. Jesus would tell him the truth. He just needed to hear from him again and so do we.

Some People Just Don’t React Well To Anesthesia – Lets through a little levity into our Monday morning.  This is a hilarious video of a woman who is just waking up from anesthesia after having her wisdom teeth removed.

Chris Rosebrough’s Museum of Idolatry – I am constantly amazed at the things church’s will do. 

Quote:

As the minister speaks to the ear, Christ speaks, opens, and unlocks the heart at the same time; and gives it power to open, not from itself, but from Christ…. The manner of working of the reasonable creature, is to work freely by a sweet inclination, not by violence. Therefore when he works the work of conversion, he doth it in a sweet manner, though it be mighty for the efficaciousness of it. – Richard Sibbes

 

Daily Roundup

Why God is Against Interracial Marriage – J. D. Hall will get a little under your skin with this post!  Hall claims to be from Arkansas, and with an attitude like this, he just might be.

When Christians Sin Part 1 – I’ve been listening to Tim Conway the last couple of days and these three sermons are incredibly relevant.  I highly recommend you give up 3 hours to listen to them. 

When Christians Sin Part 2

When Christians Sin Part 3

Joel Osteen, and Others, On The Prosperity Abomigospel – It is called the Prosperity Gospel, but it is an abomination to God’s Gospel, hence my renaming it to the Abomigospel.

What I Am Doing You Do Not Understand Now – Much of the Christian life is spent trusting Jesus now and understanding him later.  This is as hard for us to grasp today as it was for Peter in the upper room.

Classic Articles on Reformed Theology – A collection of articles and some complete eBooks on the Monergism website dealing with Reformed Theology.

Quote:

Our closeness to God is connected to how much sin we hold on to.  Jesus stresses this very point in John 14:21, “Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” Don’t you ever forget that there is a direct correlation between keeping Christ’s commandments and receiving expressions of love from the Father.  There is a direct relationship between the smile you perceive from Christ Himself and obeying His commandments.  There is distinctly a connection between submission to Christ and your ability to feel the reality of Christ’s presence. – Tim Conway from When Christians Sin Part 2.

Daily Roundup

A Loving God and Pointless Evil – A short article that ought to make you think about two diametrically opposed views on God.

A Prayer for What I Need Most – AMEN!

The Invisible Church – Much confusion has resulted and continues to result from misunderstandings regarding the meaning of the visible church, the invisible church, and the relation between the two.  In this message, Dr. Ligon Duncan will seek to clarify the meaning of this important biblical doctrine.

Where Are The Jeremiah’s When We Need Them – Like Jeremiah’s time, we have come to believe the present is decided by the policies of a nation rather than the will of a holy and compassionate God. We continue to buy into the myth that our hope is in Washington or on Wall Street.

$5 Friday at Ligonier – Check out the bargain prices on this weeks sale.

Quote:

The love which a pious man bears to God and goodness, is not so much by virtue of a command enjoining him so to do, as by a new nature instructing and prompting him to it; nor doth he pay his devotions as unavoidable tribute only to appease the divine justice, or quiet his clamorous conscience; but those religious exercises are the proper emanations of the divine life, the natural employments of the new-born soul. – Henry Scougal