Thursday, October 30
At the root of all our disobedience are particular ways in which we continue to seek control of our lives through systems of works-righteousness.
The way to progress as a Christian is to continually repent and uproot these systems the same way we become Christians, namely by the vivid depiction (and re-depiction) of Christ’s saving work for us, and the abandoning of self-trusting efforts to complete ourselves.
We must go back again and again to the gospel of Christ-crucified, so that our hearts are more deeply gripped by the reality of what he did and who we are in him.
Paul’s Letter to the Galatians
(New York, NY: Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 2003), 61
Wednesday, October 29
Prayer involves much more than just presenting our requests. It must include our worship, devotion, praise and our thanksgiving. We must also come into the presence of God in the right attitude, confessing our sin and seeking his forgiveness. We have no rights per se to present anything to God except through the finished work of Christ on Calvary.
If We Only Knew
(USA: Xulon Press, 2009), 37
Tuesday, October 28
In the cross God demonstrates the deepest law of acceptance. For to be convinced that I have been accepted, I must be convinced that I have been accepted at my worst. This is the greatest gift an intimate relationship can offer — to know that we have been accepted and forgiven in the full knowledge of who we are, an even greater knowledge than we have about ourselves. This is what the cross offers.
Hope Has Its Reasons
(San Francisco, Ca.: Harper & Row, 1989), 105