The entire Christian life is balanced upon this phrase “he is able.”
Let us look to the Scriptures, and consider.
It is never the amount or exercising of our faith, but the object of our faith.
This is fight of the Christian life: subduing what once subdued us
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The triune God rules supremely and perfectly as the happy God (cf. 1 Timothy 1:11). During his creation, everything that exists was created by him and exists by and for his will (Revelation 4:11). And all of creation was created and declared good by him (Genesis 1:31; 1 Timothy 4:4).
By his sovereign decree, the creation exists to serve one purpose: God. Psalm 119:91 says in reference to the sun and the earth, “By your appointment they stand this day, for all things are your servants.” Created things exist to serve God, and if God’s chief end is, as John Piper says, to glorify God and to enjoy himself forever (cf. Isaiah 48:9-11) then all created things exist for God.
Though he did not commit any sins, he was sent away with a death warrant for ours; Jesus bore our punishment for us.
Private Sins, Public Shame
The producer of Gangs of New York, Harvey Weinstein, is making newspaper and media headlines. But sadly, not for another movie, but for multiple allegations and women coming forward to reveal that they have been sexually assaulted, groped, and raped by the director. According to these women, they have been asked, forced, and paid to make sexual advances or to be alone with him in hotel rooms; they have been tricked into one-on-one meetings in offices or in buildings. And in all of these horrendous and wicked acts of sexual sin, Weinstein remained in power over their word and fame as actresses. These secret sins in the hidden areas of offices, closed doors, and hotel rooms have not been exposed for what they are: disturbing acts carried out by a human being with a heart of stone, full of sexual immorality, lust, falsehood, pride, and in the place of power to abuse and shame the opposite sex in the process.
The good news of Jesus Christ is not the basics we need to revisit but the core of all that we are and all that we do.
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This is a Football
One of the most well-known names in all of NFL history is Vince Lombardi. He is specifically known for coaching the Packers in the 1960’s to five NFL Championships, including winning Super Bowl I and II. He was known for his strategy, winning seasons, and for the way he ran his practices. Vince Lombardi held intense practices during the off-season as recorded in his biography. In the summer of 1961, Lombardi took his professional football team, the Green Bay Packers, walked onto the field holding a football, as the whole team circled around him to listen. He says this, “Gentlemen, this is a football.”
He took 36 professional football players to the basics and to remind them that nobody graduates from what seems elementary. They needed to be reminded of what they overlooked. Lombardi would continue to walk his team through the fundamentals of how to block and tackle. He even took the playbook and started from page 1!