Confession of sin is an indication of genuine salvation. The one who is truly saved is honest about his trespasses and takes them before God continually so that he may be continually cleansed. This wallpaper reminds us that God is faithful and just to make us clean when we admit and forsake our sins.
The devoted follower of Jesus chases resources to enhance personal quiet time. Prayer journals, study guides, catechisms, and other things become the lone worshipper’s best friends.
If you are one of those people, then here is another asset for your time in quite veneration. It is Praying the Attributes of God: A Guide to Personal Worship Through Prayer by Rosemary Jensen.
Remember playing Telephone when you were young? Sitting with others in a circle, one of you whispered a message into his neighbor’s ear. Around the circle, the message was quietly passed until the last person belted it aloud. It was never the original, was it?
Suppose the message was important. “Your house is on fire” was the original message. Whisper upon whisper, the message was passed until the lady whose house was burning down heard, “Your spouse is so tired.” She waved her hand and nodded, “He can sleep when he gets home.”
Continuity is key—especially with regards to the Old and New Testaments. Discontinuity may result in terrible misinterpretations—and a tired old man with no home to find rest.
God extends His grace by walking with us through frightening trials. He promises to deliver and restore us. Let this wallpaper remind you of God’s grace.
As a young boy, I enjoyed a good game of basketball. My friends and I were avid players. We dampened all the courts and gyms around town with our sweat—lots of it. Our group was large enough to play a crowded half-court game, but often, we took over the entire slab for an all out brawl.
It was generally “shirts and skins” for us. When the court was full, this helped us identify our team members. You either played for the shirts or you played for the skins—the fellas without shirts on. (It was a makeshift jersey.)
Without the clear distinction of a shirt or skin, it was difficult to keep up with who was on your team. This was especially true when the teams were closely matched and the game was intently heated. Many times, we would confuse ourselves and accidentally hand the ball off to our opponent—doh! Being aware of your adversaries and allies was important.
In the gospel fight, there are two teams, two kinds of warriors—those who labor to kill the gospel and those who labor to keep the gospel. Identifying each is key to waging the good warfare.
We need to know our adversaries and allies in the good fight.
Aaron Armstrong, blogger at Blogging Theologically, is taking some time off from his website to refresh with his family, and I’ll help keep the lights on.
Paul’s epitaph gleamed words sure of his life and after life. Reflecting back on his ministry, he knew the hand of God poured him out and, at the moment of writing, was bringing him home. Paul kept the faith by prioritizing the gospel. Let this wallpaper remind you to do the same so that in the end, you can say with him, “I have kept the faith.”
Inherent to every Christian is the obligation to keep the gospel. We are to pattern the model of those before us and model the pattern for those behind us. In this way, God hands the gospel down from generation to generation. We are individual links in a chain responsible for keeping the line strong.
Being a gospel keeper is matter of maintaining a deep understanding and a strong conviction. It is to watch, observe, copy, and model gospel mentors. It is to learn what they learn and live how they live—basic duplication.