I am constantly on the lookout for books, quotes, audios and videos that can help deepen our understanding of the gospel. In some reading this morning I came across the following quote from Tullian Tchividjian as it relates to our daily growth as Christians.
"Every temptation to sin is a temptation, in the moment, to disbelieve the gospel–the temptation to secure for myself in that moment something I think I need in order to be happy, something I don’t yet have: meaning, freedom, validation, and so on. Bad behavior happens when we fail to believe that everything I need, in Christ I already have; it happens when we fail to believe in the rich provisional resources that are already ours in the gospel. Conversely, good behavior happens when we daily rest in and receive Christ’s “It is finished” into new and deeper parts of our being every day— into our rebellious regions of unbelief (what writer calls “our unevangelized territories”) smashing any sense of need to secure for ourselves anything beyond what Christ has already secured for us."
When I have sin in my life, at that very moment, I am choosing to find my happiness or security in something other than Christ. My problem is that I am not believing the gospel. I called Pat earlier this week and said I know the gospel is true, I can articulate it and even break down the verbs and nouns. But in my sinning, though I know the gospel to be true, at the time the sin is happening it is NOT true for me. And though my standing before God has been declared righteous I still am dealing with the presence of sin which wages war. The solution for that sin past, present and future is "THE GOSPEL." He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Here is part of a transcript of an interview between Larry King and Joel Osteen in June 2005. There were a number of subjects discussed but in this context King asked Osteen about his preaching on same sex marriages and abortion.
OSTEEN: I have thoughts. I just, you know, I don't think that a same-sex marriage is the way God intended it to be. I don't think abortion is the best. I think there are other, you know, a better way to live your life. But I'm not going to condemn those people. I tell them all the time our church is open for everybody.
KING: You don't call them sinners?
OSTEEN: I don't.
KING: Is that a word you don't use?
OSTEEN: I don't use it. I never thought about it. But I probably don't. But most people already know what they're doing wrong. When I get them to church I want to tell them that you can change. There can be a difference in your life. So I don't go down the road of condemning.
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Acting a miracle is different from working a miracle. If Jesus tells a paralyzed man to get up, and he gets up, Jesus works a miracle. But if I am the paralyzed man and Jesus tells me to get up, and I obey and get up, I act the miracle. If I am dead Lazarus and Jesus commands me to get up, and I obey, Jesus works the miracle, I act the miracle.
So when it comes to killing my sin, I don’t wait passively for the miracle of sin-killing to be worked on me, I act the miracle.
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