Growing together in the Spirit of Jesus Christ...

"Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching." - Hebrews 10:25 NIV

Friday, January 4, 2013

self-made veil...

self-made veil

When Christ gave up His spirit and died,
the veil (curtain) of the temple
was torn in two from top to bottom.
This signified that now the way
into the Holy of Holies was open for all people,
for all time, both Jew and Gentile.

But we have erected a self-made veil
which keeps us from experiencing
all that God wants to give us
and limits all that we can be through Him.
This veil is made of indifference and disobedience.

People do not drift toward holiness.
Apart from grace-driven effort,
people do not gravitate toward godliness,
prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith,
and delight in the Lord.
We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance;
we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom;
we drift toward superstition and call it faith.
We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control
and call it relaxation;
we slouch toward prayerlessness
and delude ourselves into thinking
we have escaped legalism;
we slide toward godlessness
and convince ourselves
we have been liberated.”

- D.A. Carson

“Godly character is not the result of good intentions,
wishful thinking, some mystical "zap,"
or even sheer Bible knowledge.
It's developed through the self-disciplined
application of God's Word at a very basic level,
enabled and empowered by God's Spirit.”

- John MacArthur

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