ASSURANCES

EVIDENCES OF GODLINESS – PART THREE

“…His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness…” (2 Pet 1:3 NASB).

FATHER, this power of Yours becomes experiential in me the moment You change my stony heart (Ezek 36:26). Below are thoughts that come to me with a new heart. I desire to check myself to see if I have experienced these thoughts.

“…a loss of the fear of God, while a sense of awe remains…” Martyn Lloyd-Jones (ref#189, Nov 28th).

…a sense of gratitude and thanksgiving to God…No one can believe that God sent His only begotten Son into the world to die on the cross without feeling a sense of praise and thanksgiving” Martyn Lloyd-Jones (ref#189, Nov 29th).

“…we have a desire to know Him better and to draw closer to Him….If you have within you the faintest desire to know God better and are doing something about it, I say you love God” Martyn Lloyd-Jones (ref#189, Nov 30th).

…a loss and absence of the sense that God is against us. The natural man always feels that God is against him. He would be very glad if he could wake up and read that some bishop or other had proved that God never existed; he would be ready to believe that” Martyn Lloyd-Jones (ref#189, Nov 28th).

“The true believer fears the Lord;

Obeys his precepts, keeps his word;

Commits his works to God alone,

And seeks his will before his own” J. Hart (ref#224, song 256, verse 2)

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CHRIST – A SUFFICIENT SAVIOR

“Christ…is the faithful interpreter…in regard to our salvation” John Calvin (ref#113, p636).

FATHER, do I depend on the merits of CHRIST? Am I confident CHRIST is a sufficient Savior (ref#63, p803)?

“What the ark was to Noah and the blood of the lamb was to the children of Israel, is what the atoning blood of Christ is to the believing soul. It forms his eternal security….Let the professor of Christ not leave the sealing of his pardon and acceptance to that fearful hour; let him earnestly seek it now, so that when he comes to die he will have nothing to do but die” Octavius Winslow (ref#135, Sept 24th).

Do I still have my original confidence in CHRIST (Heb 3:14)?

“Though God’s election is a truth,

Small comfort there I see,

Till I am told by God’s own mouth,

That he has chosen me.

 

“[Sinners, I read, are justified,

By faith in Jesus’ blood;

But when it me that blood’s applied,

‘Tis then it does me good.]” J. Hart (ref#224, #31).