New Morning Mercies, January 6-8

Here are some quotes from Paul Tripp’s New Morning Mercies from the last three days:

The contented heart is satisfied with the Giver and is therefore freed from craving the next gift. (January 6)

I need the presence and power of the Holy Spirit living inside me because sin kidnaps the desires of my heart, blinds my eyes, and weakens my knees.  My problem is not just the guilt of sin; it’s the inability of sin as well.  So God graces his children with the convicting, sight-giving, desire-producing and strength-affording presence of the Spirit. (January 7)

I don’t know how much you’ve thought about this, but faith isn’t natural for you and me.  Doubt is natural.  Fear is natural.  Living on the basis of your collected experience is natural.  Pushing the current catalog of personal “what-ifs” through your mind before you go to sleep or when you wake up in the morning is natural.  Envying the life of someone else and wondering why it isn’t your life is natural.  Wishing that you were more sovereign over people, situations, and locations than you will ever be is natural.  Manipulating your way into personal control so you can guarantee that you will get what you think you need is natural.  Looking horizontally for the peace that you will only ever find vertically is natural.  Anxiously wishing for change in things that you have no ability to change is natural.  Giving way to despondency, discouragement, depression, and despair is natural.  Numbing yourself with busyness, material things, media, food, or some other substance is natural.  Lowering your standards to deal with your disappointment is natural.  But faith simply isn’t natural to us.

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Lamar Austin

I've graduated from Citadel Bible College in Ozark, Arkansas, with a B. A. Then got my M. Div. and Th. M. at Capital Bible Seminary in Lanham, MD. I finished with a D. Min. degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, but keep on learning. I pastored at Chinese Christian Church of Greater Washington, D. C., was on staff at East Evangelical Free Church in Wichita, KS, tried to plant an EFC in Little Rock, before moving back home to Mena, where I now pastor my home church, Grace Bible Church

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