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Two Things Needed

If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.
Galatians 5:25

The two most important things in our Christian journey are the life of faith and the walk of faith. The person who grasps this is not far from being a master in experimental [experiential] theology, for they are vital points to a Christian. You will never find true faith unaccompanied by true godliness; on the other hand, you will never discover a truly holy life that does not have at its root a living faith relying upon the righteousness of Christ.
We must not fail to understand that we cannot seek the one without the other! There are some who cultivate faith and forget holiness; and so they claim they have the truth, the true orthodox faith, but fail to remember Jesus condemned the Pharisees for their belief in their own righteousness.It was not enough to hold to the truth in religiosity without the grace and mercy of God in practice!
There are others who believe that truth and faith aren’t possible.They hold …
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Loved In Christ

According to Charles Spurgeon (yes I know I use him a lot, but he was a master with words and his theology is impeccable), we are In Christ - Objects of Divine Satisfaction
He has blessed us in the Beloved.
Ephesians 1:6

What a state of privilege! It includes our justification before God, but the term "blessed" in the Greek means more than that. It signifies that we are the objects of divine satisfaction, even of divine delight. How marvelous that we--worms, mortals, sinners--should be made the objects of divine love!
But it is only "in the Beloved." Some Christians seem to be accepted in their own experience-at least that is their apprehension. When their spirit is lively and their hopes bright, they think God accepts them, for they feel so high, so heavenly-minded, so drawn above the earth!  But when their souls cleave to the dust, they are the victims of the fear that they are no longer accepted. 
If they could only see that all their high joys do not exalt them, and…

Two Things Are Needed

To live by faith is to live in Christ, and to live by Christ, and to live for Christ.  This I believe.  My life has been a journey of faith, but not a smooth one.  I have had my ups and downs, and with that successes and failures.  Turning 70 years old should mean one can relax, but I find that instead of sitting back on my merits, I want to press on with a faith life that is actively living in, by and for Christ.  Some scripture to point us towards the "musing" below.
If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.
Galatians 5:25

 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness, and redemption.  1 Corinthians 1:30 
 Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.


Hebrews 12:14
Once again, Spurgeon wrote an article based on the following notes, so I take no credit for the ideas, but I did re-write some of it to reflect my own thoug…

The Last Journey

I don't have words to write this week.  My heart aches at the loss of a close friend.  Of all the people in the world, our friends are the ones who selected us and we them.  Family is blood and genes, but friends are soul and spirit.  For most of us, there are only a "few" real friends.  While Facebook may tell you you have hundreds of friends, you know better.  There are only a few who walk with you in this journey of life...and only a few who you really want to walk alongside...and only a few who will last a lifetime.  When their life has ended, we cannot help but feel a part of us has been taken too.  
Like before, he has gone on before me and I await the day I will join him.  

"All their life in this world and all their adventures had only been the cover and the title page: now, at last, they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before."   

Make Every Effort

I remember reading Dallas Willard's "Divine Conspiracy" almost 20 years ago and that book has affected me in more ways than I can count.  What he presented was an argument for the "NOW" of the Kingdom of God.  Not a future Kingdom that I had been taught, but a reality of the life of the Spirit in the church that transforms not only the individual who puts their faith in Christ as Savior, but also transforms their entire world around them.  This was the "Divine Conspiracy" he wrote of.  

It saturated my mind, heart, spirit and soul and took me from the arm-chair intelligent side of Christ to the "walk along-side" as a disciple of mine in my Kingdom.

The book is one of my "All-time-Favorite" reads and one I have recommended to people in all phases of life.

Here are a few gems from Dallas writing:

“Suppose our failures occur, not in spite of what we are doing, but precisely because of it.” 

“We don't believe something by merely saying …

Look and See what God has done/is doing

Yesterday a friend visited and we talked about worship.This summer we’re exploring several of the Psalms and what they display more than anything is that no matter the circumstances, no matter the troubles, no matter the difficulties, no matter the joys and successes...all things come from God and so in all things we worship and stand amazed at his work.
This next Sunday we’ll mine the riches of Psalm 90.The author reminds us of WHY we worship God...
Psalm 90:1-3
1  Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.
2  Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
3  You turn men back to dust, saying, "Return to dust, O sons of men."

Why do we worship?Because He is the Eternal God, the Creator of the universe, including us, and we are part of his creation.The Psalmist reminds us in vs 12:
Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
That’s the key...can we SEE?…

Looking to Jesus and Not Ourselves

In my many readings I ran across this short, but compelling, devotion by Spurgeon.  He reminds us that our relationship to God is not by anything that we can do, but is solely because of what Jesus has done for us.  In a day when there is so much confusion about what it means to be a believer, a follower, a disciple of Jesus, this can help us clarify both the beginning and the ending.  Spurgeon reminds us to focus on one thing:  Looking to Jesus. Hebrews 12:2 It is always the Holy Spirit's work to turn our eyes away from self to Jesus. But Satan's work is just the opposite; he is constantly trying to make us look at ourselves instead of Christ. He insinuates, "Your sins are too great for pardon; you have no faith; you do not repent enough; you will never be able to continue to the end; you do not have the joy of His children; you have such a wavering hold on Jesus." All these are thoughts about self, and we will never find comfort or assurance by looking within. But the…