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A New Year 2009 Vision For You!

Posted by Scott on January 10, 2009

“May the living God, who is the portion and rest of the saints, make these our carnal minds so spiritual and our earthly hearts so heavenly, that loving Him and delighting in Him may be the work of our lives.” -Richard Baxter (late 1600’s)

I pray that anyone really serious about living before our heavenly Father in a holy manner will take this prayer to heart by Richard Baxter. His desire for a holy life before God was so strong it is expressed deeply in that prayer. Matthew Henry put it like this, “The joy of the Lord will arm us against the assaults of our spiritual enemies and put our mouths out of taste for those pleasures with which the tempter baits his hooks.” In other words, there is no better way to gain victory over sin long-term than to develop a distaste for sin, because of “the superior satisfaction in God”. This requires daily mortification of our sins…kill the sin in our lives anyway the Spirit gives us strength to do so. May this be the Christian’s true work…the true business of our life.

John Piper puts it this way, “God remains gloriously all-satisfying. The human heart remains a ceaseless factory of desires. Sin remains powerfully and suicidally appealing…Feast on God.” “O taste and see that the Lord is good.” Psalm 34:8.   The hope and prayer for this new year is that each of us will find ourselves desiring God more and more each day. Desiring a rich and joyful relationship with Him that surpasses all that we have ever heard or read to this time in our lives. Can we take an old foundational creed and adjust it or tweek it just a bit (from John Piper’s book “Desiring God”).

“The chief end of man is to glorify God BY enjoying Him forever.”

May we each enjoy in our Lord beyond the scope of our thoughts, prayers and dreams in 2009.

Pressing on in Christ,
Scott B.

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