Hold On

Posted: February 28, 2010 in Video

Encouragement  to persevere and keep the faith. Song by Flame. Lyrics Below.

[HOOK]
Hold on, He’s strong
Hold on, cause our God is a warrior
Hold on, He’s strong
Hold on, cause our God is a beast
Hold on, He’s strong
Hold on, just look at your neighbor say
Hold on, He’s strong
Hold on, cause our God is a beast

[VERSE]
This walk it ain’t easy
Matter of fact it gets hard
You’ve enlisted for war
The battleground is your heart
It’s going to be some stress and strain
And discomfort and involved
But my advice to you homie is to make your resolve
To fight for your joy
In God’s keeping grace
So at the end you can say like Paul that I’ve kept the Faith
You see the way is hard
Cause narrow is the gate
And those who find it are few
I’m praying you complete the race
But yet his yoke is easy
And His burdens are light
But that’s the fight for us to rest and find in Him delight
You see our self reliance and self exaltation
Is still pacing in our souls as we battle with Satan
You see it’s unbelief that spring from our sinful pride
That straight denies that what God supplies can really satisfy
But God is working for us even though we hate the struggle
In decisions make the one’s that strengthen your Faith muscle

[HOOK]
Hold on, He’s strong
Hold on, cause our God is a warrior
Hold on, He’s strong
Hold on, cause our God is a beast
Hold on, He’s strong
Hold on, look at your neighbor say
Hold on, He’s strong
Hold on, cause our God is a beast

[VERSE]
I been crucified with Christ so it’s no longer I who live
But it’s… Christ who’s living inside your boy
Now my whole life’s defined by dying
To the praise of my God as I fight for joy
It’s getting bloody as I pluck out eyes
Matthew 5:29 flat our war (on the flesh)
To set my mind on the flesh is death
Gotta keep my mind set on the Spirit of course
Plus Satan came to kill and destroy (and steal)
Steal sheep from being the children of God (Amen)
Let my relationship run real deep (oh Lord)
How deep? All the way to the core
We’re in this process
Of making progress
Sanctification is taking place in our mindset
Cause we were united with Christ when He resurrected
Now we can reflect with the power of God

[HOOK]
Hold on, He’s strong
Hold on, cause our God is a warrior
Hold on, He’s strong
Hold on, cause our God is a beast
Hold on, He’s strong
Hold on, look at your neighbor say
Hold on, He’s strong
Hold on, cause our God is a beast

[VERSE]
You see this new life
It comes with new rules
You’re a new born baby
You’re fresh out of the womb
The Holy Spirit of God has given you new birth
Now your Father’s the Trinity you’re apart of the church
And all the church is – is the body of Christ
Jesus is the head of this organism giving it life
You see it’s one body, but yet it’s many members
Nothing but plenty sinners
Given His grace then He cleanse us
Man we need each other
The hand can’t say to the feet
That I don’t need you if I despise my eyes then I can’t see
So if one member suffers we suffer across the globe
So if my nose is broken then we’ll dysfunction-ally grow
So we must kill all individual talk
We’re all necessary visible invisible parts
So being in isolation only leads to more of sin
Don’t hurt the covenant like the cutting of foreskin

[HOOK]
Hold on, He’s strong
Hold on, cause our God is a warrior
Hold on, He’s strong
Hold on, cause our God is a beast
Hold on, He’s strong
Hold on, look at your neighbor say
Hold on, He’s strong
Hold on, cause our God is a beast

Don’t you ever give up! (Repeat)

The Best of Men are Still Men at Best

Posted: February 15, 2010 in Quotes

“As to myself, I would tell you how it is with me if I could: at the best, it would be an inconsistent account…I am a sinner, believing in the name of Jesus. I am a silly sheep, but I have a gracious, watchful Shepherd. I am a dull scholar, but I have a Master who can make the dullest learn. He still bears with me, He still employs me, He still enables me, He still owns me. Oh for a coal of heavenly fire to warm my heart, that I might praise him as I ought!”

John Newton in a letter to D. West, Esq. (August 29, 1774)

(HT: Kevin DeYoung)

Lecrae’s Testimony

Posted: January 11, 2010 in Don't Waste Your Life

A short video put out by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association that highlights Lecrae Moore’s  story. The video was made to promote Rock the River tour 09′.

Sin is Progressive

Posted: January 6, 2010 in Sin

One of the attributes of sin is that it is progressive. Sin starts as a seemingly harmless snowball, but before long that snowball gets momentum and starts plummeting down the hill. It becomes larger, faster and more destructive. Tim Challies says, “This is the very nature of sin, isn’t it? Sin is al­ways progressive in nature. If you give it an inch, it soon seeks to take a mile. Sin is never content, but always seeks and desires more.”  Hebrews 3:13 warns us not to get “hardened” by sin, implying that it’s usually an ongoing process of becoming calloused by sin’s deceitfulness. And James 1:14-15 shows the progressiveness of sin clearly, “But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.”

The implications of this particular attribute of sin are vast. One huge application would be to fight sin at its earliest stages and at the root. Wouldn’t it be easier to stop a baseball size snowball than to try to corral a 1 ton snowball that is moving rapidly down a hill? Wouldn’t it be easier to pull a sapling of sin from the ground (root and all), than to try to take-down a mature oak tree? At sin’s first disquieting it must be fought and not taken lightly.

I’ll leave you with a quote from J.C. Ryle:

Young men [and women], resist sin in its beginnings. They may look small and insignificant, but mind what I say, resist them, make no compromise, let no sin lodge quietly and undisturbed in your heart. There is nothing finer than the point of a needle, but when it has made a hole, it draws all the thread after it. Remember the Apostle’s words, “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough” (1 Corinthians 5:6)…

There are two ways of coming down from the top of a ladder; one is to jump down, and the other is to come down by the steps: but both will lead you to the bottom. So also there are two ways of going to hell; one is to walk into it with your eyes open–few people do that; the other is to go down by the steps of little sins–and that way, I fear, is only too common. Put up with a few little sins, and you will soon want a few more. Even a heathen could say, “Who was ever content with only one sin?” If you put up with little sins then your path in life will be worse and worse every year. Jeremy Taylor very clearly described the progress of sin in a man:

“First it startles him, then it becomes pleasing, then easy, then delightful, then frequent, then habitual, then a way of life! Then the man feels no guilt, then obstinate, then resolves never to repent, and then he is damned.Sin starts out as a ripple on calm waters, but before you know it will turn into a tidal wave that can’t be controlled.”

Do You Have a Growing Distaste For Sin?

Posted: December 24, 2009 in Sin

Any disquieting of sin that merely hates the consequence of sin is from the flesh or the world; any conviction of sin that hates the sin itself is from God and the working of the Holy Spirit.

Here are a few thought-provoking quotes from Owen, Washer, and Piper about the Christians’ disposition towards sin:

“When men are wounded by sin, disquieted and perplexed, and knowing that there is no remedy for them but only in the mercies of God, through the blood of Christ, do therefore look to him, and to the promises of the covenant in him, and thereupon quiet their hearts that it shall be well with them, and that God will be exalted, that he may be gracious to them, and yet their souls are not wrought to the greatest detestation of the sin or sins upon the account whereof they are disquieted — this is to heal themselves, and not to be healed of God. This is but a great and strong wind, that the Lord is nigh unto, but the Lord is not in the wind [1 Kings 19:11]. When men do truly “look upon Christ whom they have pierced,” without which there is no healing or peace, they will “mourn” (Zech. 12:10); they will mourn for him, even upon this account, and detest the sin that pierced him.”  – John Owen

“The sign of a genuine work of God in the heart is that you begin to hate the sin you once loved, and to love the righteousness you once ignored.”  – Paul Washer

“So the mark of the born-again person is, ‘I hate my sin.'” – John Piper

Thanksgiving

Posted: November 29, 2009 in Quotes

“Gratitude happens when you take to heart a good gift that brings you great pleasure.”

-David Powlison, Thankful People.

“The more absorbed I am in the gospel, the more grateful I become in the midst of my circumstances, whatever they may be…. When I look at any circumstance that God apportions me, I am first grateful for the wrath I am not receiving in that moment… Second, I am grateful for the blessings that are given to me instead of His wrath (Life’s blessings, however small, always appear exceedingly precious when viewed against the backdrop of the wrath I deserve.) This two-layered gratitude disposes my heart to give thanks in all things (1 Thess 5:18) and it also lends a certain intensity to my giving of thanks. Such a gospel-generated gratitude glorifies God, contributes to peace of mind (Phil 4:6-7), and keeps my foot from the path of foolishness and ruin (Rom 1:21-22, 28-29).

-Milton Vincent, A Gospel Primer for Christians.

“To be bursting with thanksgiving is a true witness of the Spirit within us. For the voice of thanksgiving speaks without ceasing of the goodness of God. It claims nothing. It sees no merit in man’s receiving but only in God’s giving. It marvels at his mercy. It is the language of joy because it need look no longer to its own resources.

The Christian rejoicing in this blessing of a thankful heart will have his eyes fixed upon the right person and the right place, Christ at God’s right hand. He cannot be taken up with himself without being immediately reminded that everything he possesses is the gift of God.”

—R.C. Lucas, The Message of Colossians and Philemon

(HT: Of First Importance)


Ed Welch on Addiction

Posted: November 20, 2009 in Sin

A short video posted by CCEF (Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation):

“CCEF faculty member Ed Welch talks about how addictions bring us to a crossroads in life. Only Christ can help us make the right turn. An introduction to his small group curriculumCrossroads: A Step-by-Step Guide Away from Addiction available through New Growth Press (http://newgrowthpress.com)”