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Trust What You’ve Received - “Who am I, O Sovereign LORD… that you have brought me this far? And now… in addition to everything else, you speak of giving your servant a lasting dynasty! Do you deal with everyone this way…?” (2 Samuel 7:18-19 NLT) Why is it so hard sometimes to receive God’s blessing… to believe that he loves to shower us with favour? It’s hard in adversity, but it can be just as hard in times of plenty. We know we’re underserving but we also know that God’s affection is unmerited. So why is it so difficult? Author of the bestseller “The Ragamuffin Gospel”, Brennan Manning records some wise advice he once received. “Brennan, you don’t need any more insights into the faith,” he observed. “You’ve got enough insights to last you three hundred years. The most urgent need in your life is to trust what you have received.” This remark from my spiritual director sounded simple enough. But it sparked a searing reexamination of my life, my ministry and the authenticity of my relationship with God … The challenge to actually trust God forced me to deconstruct what I had spent my life constructing, to stop clutching what I was so afraid....
Satan’s Strategem - Some years ago, I mentioned my appreciation of A.W. Tozer. (http://elthambaptist.com.au/posts/why-i-like-tozer/) A friend recently passed this on, and once again I conclude, the man was a prophet… far ahead of his time. “Satan’s Stratagem” –  An extract from “The Great Deceiver” by A.W.Tozer For we have not followed cunningly devised fables. (2 Peter 1:16) “It is amazing that Satan’s wiliest stratagem against Christian believers is to use our virtues against us! Perhaps it is more amazing that he often does this with great success. By means of temptation to sin he strikes at our personal lives; by working through our virtues he gets at the whole community of believers and unfits it for its own defense. To capture a city an enemy must first weaken or destroy its resistance. The Church will never fall as long as she resists. This the devil knows; consequently he uses any stratagem to neutralize her resistance. Satan first creates a maudlin, inaccurate concept of Christ as soft, smiling and tolerant. He reminds us that when Christ, as a lamb brought to slaughter, opened not His mouth—and suggests that we do likewise. Then if we notice his foot in the door and rise to oppose....
The knowledge of God - Wisdom and knowledge are not the same. From a christian perspective, whilst knowledge can be taken, wisdom must be given. Of course, this can pose a problem when trying to work out the moral good in a situation. You see, whilst we may be unfamiliar with what is right, the problem is bigger than that. The problem is that we are way too familiar with what is wrong. So how can we have the wisdom to know what is right? Let’s start by trying to answer these two questions: Question 1, “Who can give wisdom?” The christian answers, “God”. Question 2, “To whom does he give wisdom?” The christian answers, “To those in relationship with him.” Jesus declared, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” So truth is not so much a ‘what’ as it is a ‘who’. Both truth and wisdom reside in the person of God.   If we are not in a relationship with truth, we cannot know it. Imagine the irony of John 18:38, staring at Jesus – Pilate asks – “What is truth?” It wasn’t a ”what, it was a ‘who’. So now we see what our real dilemma is. Our familiarity with what is wrong has ruined our familiarity with....

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