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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Encouragement Times Two

“Jesus Christ is stronger!”


“Ready for some good news? . . .

Jesus Christ is stronger!

Stronger than my fears about the future or my shame over a past that cannot be altered though I wish so much I could do some things differently.

Stronger than my tired prayers with well-worn phrases and weary pleas.

Stronger than my need to know now, and have the trial terminated.

Stronger than the enemy of my soul who would discourage me with my own failings and disillusion me with the faults of others.

Such a simple truth—Jesus Christ is Stronger. ‘Stronger than what,’ you ask? Stronger than whatever would cause you doubt or discouragement today.”

—James McDonald, “Jesus Christ is Stronger”




The Two ‘Courts’

“There are two ‘courts’ we must deal with: the court of God in Heaven and the court of conscience in our souls. When we first trust in Christ for salvation, God’s court is forever satisfied. Never again will a charge of guilt be brought against us in Heaven. Our consciences, however, are continually pronouncing us guilty. That is the function of conscience. Therefore, we must by faith bring the verdict of conscience into line with the verdict of Heaven. We do this by agreeing with our conscience about our guilt, but then reminding it that our guilt has already been borne by Christ.”

- Jerry Bridges, The Discipline of Grace (Colorado Springs, Co: NavPress, 1994), 54.

3 comments:

Ike said...

"We" have a wonderful advantage with the Judge.....His Son is "our" Lawyer!

Amy said...

Maureen,
Amen! Father Son Holy Spirit IS our Strength!

Blessings,
~Amy :)
http://amyiswalkinginthespirit.blogspot.com

Leonard said...

Top Drawer Mack...
Hope your having a great weekend, I'm sending some decent weather.... 3 to 4 hours depending on wind speed...

Leonard