"We will not be able to recover the vision and understanding of God's grandeur until we recover an understanding of ourselves as creatures who have been made to know such grandeur. This must begin with the recovery of the idea that as beings made in God's image, we are fundamentally moral beings, not consumers, that the satisfaction of our psychological needs pales in significance when compared with the enduring value of doing what is right. Religious consumers want to have a spirituality for the same reason that they want to drive a stylish and expensive auto. Costly obedience is as foreign to them in matters spiritual as self-denial is in matters material. In a culture filled with such people, restoring weight to God is going to involve much more than simply getting some doctrine straight; it's going to entail a complete reconstruction of the modern self-absorbed pastiche personality."

- David Wells
Don't Despair

Paul wrote: "We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God who raises the dead." (2 Cor. 1:9)

Paul could have said, "that we might not rely on ourselves but on God" and stopped there. That would be enough. But he didn't stop there. The phrase "who raises the dead" matters. Paul needed to know that God had that power and so do you.

And now a word from Honorary Thinkling Chuckie Spurgeon:

...if God can raise the dead and call together the separate atoms of a body long since dissolved, and rebuild the house out of such ruin, then surely He could take His fainting powers , over which the sentence of death has passe, and He could use them for Hi sown purposes. Thus would I also reason with myself when I am deeply depressed. He can make me feel His life within me again and he can make great use of me under all my weaknesses and difficulties. It needs omnipotence to wake the dead; that same omnipotence can make me triumph and enable me to do its will, whatever may stand in my way. I not this a blessed form of argument - that God who raises the dead can do for me, can do in me, can do by me, great things, for which His name shall have glory for ever and ever?

Bretheren, we need to get away more and more from ourselves, and we shall never do it till we write this down in our books, that self is dead - we must make a corpse of it...

Trust in ourselves is a kind of manna which will breed worms and stink and it will make our house unbearable and ourselves sick. Sweep it out! Oh, for a state of weakness that is strong in the divine strength. Oh, to be nothing, to be nothing, that God may be all in all! Amen and amen. So let it be.


Wow. Chew on that today. And praise God that when the going gets rough we can rely on the God who is tougher (and more powerful) than death itself.

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Comments on "Don't Despair":
1. Flyaway - 02/07/2014 12:06 pm CST

Amen!

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