The Ultimate Lens on Life by Paul Tripp
Love always produces obedience, obedience never produces love. One is law, the other is grace. “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15 ESV)
Faith wars against fear. Trust God for He is sovereign over all things. “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.” (John 14:1 ESV)
Are you happy? Why not? Listen to The Search for Happiness by Tim Keller to find out more.
“Idolatry distorts our feelings. Just as idols are good things turned into ultimate things, so the desires they generate become paralyzing and overwhelming.”
Counterfeit Gods by Tim Keller (location 1723 Kindle edition)
There is a grounding effect that happens in our lives as we understand our place in the universe before the holy God. God is not only our sovereign Authority, but also our greatest Treasure; if He is only our sovereign Authority then our faith will be oppressive and marked by duty & obligation. If you see Him as both, your faith will be marked by delight and joy; the latter is the picture the bible paints of authentic faith.
“In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.” (Galatians 4:3–7 ESV)
It is an overwhelming thought that the Creator of all things now calls me a son. Emotions dwell up inside when we think on this. We did nothing to earn it, in fact we were objects of His wrath because of our sinful self-reliant hearts. But now, we are in His family. From enemies to family with an inheritance – let that sink in.
“Their weekly diet in the congregation was often a moral exhortation to be like Jesus, or Paul, or Daniel, or some other super saint in the Bible. They were constantly peppered with the question, “What are you doing for Jesus?” The preaching was not, as it should have been, a proclamation of God’s grace to them because of the finished and atoning death of Christ-God’s grace for them as Christians. That emphasis is desperately needed. But the only way we can recover this message is by ceasing to read the Scriptures as a recipe book for Christian living, and instead find within the Scriptures Christ who died for us and who is the answer to our unchristian living.”
–Dr. Rod Rosenbladt (here)