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When in Doubt… August 25, 2006

Posted by larrylaz in Quotes, Random Musings.
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I go to a great quote from someone who breathed in God-intoxicated air far more than I do. 

My next two days are going to be filled with letting my fear of man sermon burn within me, so I may not be posting much in the next 48 hours or so.  So I thought a good quote from Jonathan Edwards would get the weekend off to a good start:

“This is . . .the difference between the joy of the hypocrite, and the joy of the true saint. The [hypocrite] rejoices in himself; self is the first foundation of his joy: the [true saint] rejoices in God. . . . True saints have their minds, in the first place, inexpressibly pleased and delighted with the sweet ideas of the glorious and amiable nature of the things of God. And this is the spring of all their delights, and the cream of all their pleasures. . . But the dependence of the affections of hypocrites is in a contrary order: they first rejoice. . . that they are made so much of by God; and then on that ground, he seems in a sort, lovely to them.  They are pleased in the highest degree, in hearing how much God and Christ make of them.  So that their joy is really a joy in themselves, and not in God.

What an indictment of American Christianity.  There are millions of professing Christians whose love for God goes no deeper than this: He is a means to their self-exaltation, a tool in their hands to make them love themselves more.  God is not their treasure; rather, the image they see in the mirror is their treasure.  God is valuable to them only insomuch that He gives them a better self-image.  This is the joy of the hypocrite, according to Edwards.  And it appears to me to be a joy that is in abundance in churches all across this land.  

Join me in praying that a revival of genuine passion for the glory of God seen in the face of Jesus Christ would fall upon us in America, so that we might be inflamed to be God’s instruments of filling the whole earth with the knowledge of His glory and grace.

Have a good weekend, 

Larry 

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