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We can tell to what extent we trust God by looking at how much risk we’re willing to take in order to obey Him, particularly in situations where God’s instructions go against our instincts. Real trust requires that we cling to God alone and let go of any other safety or security.
The surest way for us to grow in our love for God is to meditate on the depth of His love for us. If we have even the smallest fraction of the love for our Lord that He has shown toward us, we will not love Him with anything less than all of our hearts.
God knows that the thing we call “happiness” is nothing compared to the thing that really deserves that name, and it must surely be “exasperating” to Him to see us hang on to our happiness so tightly and pay so little attention to treasures that are so much more precious.
We can do without happiness if we have to. It is not the “summum bonum” in life, the ultimate good. There is simply nothing in this life that we can’t do without. God is all we have to have. So things like happiness can be relinquished, if need be. We can survive their loss.
Whatever heartaches we may have, our heartaches are hardly ever the whole story, and if our priorities are what they ought to be, then it will be no exaggeration to say that “our cup runs over.” Today, let’s not miss the joy of rejoicing.
If you’d like to give your loved ones a remarkable gift, begin living in such a way that every member of your family can count on you to do the honorable thing, no matter what. You will be amazed how much your family will appreciate that gift.
There is a real danger that we will neglect the cross because it is so familiar to us. At least once a week — when we observe the Lord’s Supper — we are invited to remember that our salvation would have been impossible without Christ’s death.
Deacons are a vital part of what has been provided to make the church strong and effective in its work. We cannot neglect this office or diminish its importance without hurting ourselves in regard to the work of the gospel.
Needless to say, I am relieved that “Obeying the Gospel” is now out of my hands and available to be ordered by readers. Now, even if anything untoward should happen to me, the book can still move forward and do whatever good the Lord wills for it to do.
I can’t begin to tell you what a relief it is to complete the writing of “Obeying the Gospel.” With great joy, I wrote the first page on January 1, 2017, on a rainy Sunday afternoon in Meridian, Mississippi. That day was one of the two or three happiest days of my life.