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What a powerful statement by Jonathan Edwards! This journal entry reflects the truth of Romans 12:1-2!

I have been before God, and have given myself, all that I am and have, to God; so that I am not, in any respect, my own. I can challenge no right in this understanding, this will, this affections, which are in me. Neither have I any right to this body, or any of its members–no right to this tongue, these hands, these feet; no right to these senses, these eyes, these ears, this smell, or this taste.

I have given myself clear away, and have not retained any thing as my own. . . .  I have given every power to him; so that, for the future, I’ll challenge no right in myself, no respect whatsoever. I have expressly promised him, and I do now promise Almighty God, that by his grace I will not. I have this morning told him that I did take him for my whole portion and felicity, looking on nothing else as any part of my happiness, nor acting as if it were; and his law, for the constant rule of my obedience; and would fight with all my might against the world, the flesh, and the devil, to the end of my life; and that I did believe in Jesus Christ, and did receive him as a Prince and Savior; and that I would adhere to the faith and obedience of the gospel, however hazardous and difficult the confession and practice of it may be; and that I did receive the blessed Spirit as my Teacher, Sanctifier, and only Comforter, and cherish all his motions to enlighten, purify, confirm, comfort, and assist me.

This, I have done; and I pray God, for the sake of Christ, to look upon it as a self-dedication, and to receive me now as entirely his own, and to deal with me, in all respects, as such, whether he afflicts me or prospers me, or whatever he pleases to do with me, who am his. Now, henceforth, I am not to act, in any respect, as my own. I shall not act as my own, if I ever make use of any of my powers to any thing that is not to the glory of God, and do not make the glorifying of him my whole and entire business.”

– Jonathan Edwards, January 12, 1723.

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“Resolved, To endeavor to obtain for myself as much happiness in the other world as I possibly can, with all the power, might, vigor, and vehemence, yea violence, I am capable of, or can bring myself to exert, in any way that can be thought of.”–Jonathan Edwards, Resolution 22

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1438197_37913195“Christ Jesus will, in a most magnificent manner, descend from heaven with all the holy angels. The man in Christ Jesus is now in the heaven of heavens, he has been there since his ascension, being there enthroned in glory, but when the appointed time for the Day of Judgement shall have come, notice of it will be given in those happy regions. Christ will descend to the earth attended with all those glorious heavenly hosts, in a most solemn, awful and glorious manner.

Christ will thus descend into our air, to such a distance from the surface of the earth, that everyone, when all shall be gathered together, shall see him. Christ will make his appearance suddenly, and to the great surprise of the inhabitants of the earth. It is therefore compared to a cry at midnight, by which men are wakened in a great surprise.”

–Jonathan Edwards

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Here’s a rich quote from John Owen on Christ and your sin.

Tim Challies has been blogging on Modesty Matters: A couple of days ago I began a short series on modesty. It is not my intention that this series will say everything about modesty. Rather, I am trying to corral our thoughts and lead them in a specific direction and I think that direction will become clear today. I acknowledge in advance that this final entry in the series will inevitably be unsatisfying in some ways. But hang in there and I think you will see the value in thinking about modesty in this way. First, though, you may want to read The Heart of Modesty and Imperishable Beauty.

Erik serves us by reminding us that Prayer is for God, Yes, but it is also for us:  Drawing on Jonathan Edwards he says, “When we pray we are not to think that we are somehow informing God of his perfections, as if he was not aware of his prevailing holiness, goodness, justice, love, mercy, & all sufficiency! Nor are we telling God something he does not know in terms of our finiteness, dependence, and unworthiness that we might somehow convince God to do the things that we ask. But rather, prayer is used by God in the lives of believers to mold, prepare and affect the hearts of his children “with the things we express, and so to prepare us to receive the blessings we ask.”

Have you ever doubted and wondered Will God Be Faithful? Jonathan Holmes walks  us through Psalm 22 “which contains some of the most heart-wrenching cries to God recorded in all of the Psalms. God Himself is on trial and David asks, “Will God remain faithful?” This is the song of a believer who experiences great suffering and wonders where God is. It is a psalm that, in the midst of injustice, wonders if God Himself will be faithful to His promise.”

Finally Megan cautions us, “Don’t Tell Me Your Kid’s Sins.”:  When parents retell our children’s sins, we often leave the impression that we are the ones who have been wronged. This is not the attitude of Scripture. David’s confession in Psalm 51 makes it clear that sin is primarily rebellion against God himself. We parents may have been disrespected or disobeyed by our children, but we are not the chief offended party. We distract our children from the real significance of their sin—and the real sweetness of their Savior—when we make it sound like their sin is about us rather than about God.




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If It Be Your Will by R. C. Sproul:  “This is what it means to pray that the will of God would be done. It is the highest expression of faith to submit to the sovereignty of God. The real prayer of faith is the prayer that trusts God no matter whether the answer is yes or no. It takes no faith to “claim,” like a robber, something that is not ours to claim. We are to come to God and tell Him what we want, but we must trust Him to give the answer that is best for us. That is what Jesus did.”–An excerpt from The Prayer of the Lord by R.C. Sproul

Breathe In Me, O Holy Spirit:  A short prayer by Augustine

Tim Challies continues his series on The Philanthropists.  You might not have known this man was a Christian but his company has impacted your life I am sure.

Are You a Dripping Faucet? 5 Ways to Turn Nagging into Encouragement:  Marci Turner was a nagging wife. As the Holy Spirit has transformed her through the liberating truth of the gospel, she’s worked to cultivate these five habits to do battle with her flesh.

suing the government:  Another Christian college is going to court over the HHS mandate in the Affordable Care Act.  Pray.

 20 Helps to Sermon Listening :  David shares some recommendations that will help you before you come to worship, while you are listening to the Word, and after the message is done.

Air Force officials decide they no longer need God’s help:  The U.S. Air Force appears to be systematically removing the phrase “so help me God” from the oaths of office taken by officer candidates and enlistees.

Keep Seeking:  A quote from Jonathan Edwards about what we should pray for.

How to not be angry.:  R. W. Glenn offers some biblical counsel.

How To Wreck Your Life:  Another post on anger at the Blazing Center.

8 Lessons from the Life of John Knox:  From this great Reformer’s life and message we can learn that we must get back to the Bible, love a confession of faith, prioritize preaching, oppose false religion and more.




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Christian Audio is offering  A Short Life of Jonathan Edwards by George Marsden as free download in September. It’s pretty simple to download and start listening.

Jonathan Edwards is one of the most extraordinary figures in American history. Arguably the most brilliant theologian ever born on American soil, Edwards (1703–1758) was also a pastor, a renowned preacher, a missionary to the Native Americans, a biographer, a college president, a philosopher, a loving husband, and the father of eleven children.

George M. Marsden — widely acclaimed for his magisterial large study of Edwards — has now written a new, shorter biography of this many-sided, remarkable man. A Short Life of Jonathan Edwards is not an abridgment of Marsden’s earlier award-winning study but is instead a completely new narrative based on his extensive research. The result is a concise, fresh retelling of the Edwards story, rich in scholarship yet compelling and readable for a much wider audience, including students.

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“Man’s highest happiness consists in holiness. It is by this the reasonable creature is united to God, the fountain of all good. Happiness does so essentially consist in knowing and loving and serving God, and having a holy and divine temper of soul, and the lively exercises of it, that those things will make a man happy without anything else. But no other enjoyments or privileges whatever will make a man happy without this.”

~ Jonathan Edwards

Here is an excellent Scripture to meditate on in consideration of this truth:

Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD! (Psalm 119:1 ESV)

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