Archive for July 2nd, 2012

Desiring God is hosting a national conference on sanctification (i.e., holiness) this year and they asked readers of their blog to submit their favorite quote on holiness.  They received hundreds of responses and compiled 100 quotes on holiness.  Here’s one to get you started:

Martyn Lloyd-Jones: “Ultimately it comes down to this, that the real cause of our trouble is failure to realize our union with Christ. Many seem to think that Christianity means that we are delivered in that sense that our sins are forgiven. But that is only the beginning, but one aspect of it. Essentially salvation means union with Christ, being one with Christ. We have been crucified with Christ – ‘I am crucified with Christ’, says Paul. ‘All that has happened to Him has happened to me. I am one with Him.’ Read the fifth and sixth chapters of Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. The teaching is that we have died with Christ, have been buried with Christ, have risen with Christ, are seated in the heavenly places in Christ and with Christ. That is the teaching of the Scriptures. ‘Ye are dead and your life is hid with Christ in God’ (Colossians 3. 3). The old man has been crucified and all that belonged to Christ, you are risen with Christ. ‘Reckon ye yourselves then to be dead unto sin but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord’ (Romans 6. 11).” (Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure, 74-75)

Read the other 99 here.

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“You cannot keep people from sinning against you.  But you can control your response to those sins against you.”–Terry Enns.

What are we do to do when we are sinned against?  Read more here.

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3 lies about marriage

Aaron Armstrong has three separate posts about each one of these three lies about marriage:

Marriage is about my own happiness

Marriage is supposed to be easy

My spouse is the problem

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God does not willingly bring affliction or grief to us. He does not delight in causing us to experience pain or heartache. He always has a purpose for the grief He brings or allows to come into our lives. Most often we do not know what that purpose is, but it is enough to know that His infinite wisdom and perfect love have determined that the particular sorrow is best for us. God never wastes pain. He always uses it to accomplish His purpose. And His purpose is for His glory and our good. Therefore, we can trust Him when our hearts are aching or our bodies are racked with pain.

~Jerry Bridges~Trusting God: Even When Life Hearts (Colorado Springs, CO; Navpress; 2008) p. 109


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The ultimate test of our spirituality is the measure of our amazement at the grace of God. — Martyn Lloyd-Jones

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