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The True Character of Unbelief

Posted by Scott on January 19, 2008

by Horatius Bonar

In all unbelief there are these two things – a good opinion of one’s self and a bad opinion of God. Man’s good opinion of himself makes him think it quite possible to win God’s favor by his own religious performances; and his bad opinion of God makes him unwilling and afraid to put his case wholly into His hands. The object of the Holy Spirit’s work (in convincing of sin) is to alter the sinner’s opinion of himself, and so to reduce his estimate of his own character that he shall think of himself as God does, and so cease to suppose it possible that he can be justified by an excellency of his own. The Spirit then alters his evil opinion of God, so as to make him see that the God with whom he has to do is really the God of all grace.

But the inquirer denies that he has a good opinion of himself and owns himself a sinner. Now a man may SAY this, but really to KNOW it is something more than SAYING. Besides, he may be willing to take the name of sinner to himself, in common with his fellow-men, and yet not at all own himself such a sinner as God says he is – such a sinner as needs the cross, and blood, and righteousness of the Son of God. It takes a great deal to destroy a man’s good opinion of himself; how difficult it is to make a man think of himself as God does! What but the almightiness of the Divine Spirit can accomplish this?

Unbelief, then, is the belief of a lie and the rejection of the truth. Accept, then, the character of God as given in the gospel; the Holy Spirit will not give you peace irrespective of vour views of God’s character. It is in connection with THE TRUTH concerning the true God. “the God of all grace,” that the Spirit gives peace. That which He shows us of ourselves is only evil; that which He shows us of God is only good!

-Scott Bailey 2008


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-From A Dad: Night Time Can Minister to Us!

Posted by Scott on December 22, 2007

Psalm 30:5 we read, “For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”

I read this verse over and over this morning.  Thinking about the difficulties I have faced over the past several years.  The financial difficulty has been tremendous.  The affects on me and my family have been uncomprehending.  As a man and dad I would never wish pain upon myself or my family.  I really do not think any man would that is in his right mind. 

The night times seem to be the worse, especially, very early in the morning as my mind begins to crank out the negatives of my coming day.  Worry would set in and anxiety began to well up in my chest.  This is not as it should be, but guys let’s be honest…we all have times that the strain and the stress just over takes us for a moment.

Each day of my life I have to look to the “joy” of my salvation.  This life is not going to be trouble-free for the righteous by any means.  As I grow in my faith in Christ I have come to the realization that I must embrace the pain and understand that God is at work in my life.  Christ endured the cross because He understood the joy that His heavenly Father set before him and the work that was being accomplished through Him.  In the same way, the pain that drives us through sleepless nights, anxious hearts, and even worry at times, is the same pain that is completing a God given work that will glorify our Lord.

God knows the length to which He can stretch us.  He understands better than we do what our hearts can endure.  As A.W. Tozer has said, “The strongest steel breaks if kept too long under unrelieved tension.”  Our God brings the sweet relief just in time for our souls to rest.  Night is never perminent, it must give way to the light of the morning…it just must.  The darkness cannot keep out the light once it is present. 

I have endured a great deal of pain throughout the year.  Most likely this has been the toughest my family has endured.  Although, I do pray for relief and rest, I would not trade the experience of trusting in my gracious Father for all the money in the world.  I would not trade watching God provide for us each day for anything the world could offer.  Suffering is not easy…it is downright terrorizing at times.  My Lord has never left me alone to suffer in my sleep without His restful presence there with me.

So, as life goes on a discovery is made that God’s loving kindness is always present in the midst of our suffering.  We will begin to embrace the pain, because it is God Who placed it in our life.  In the painful days ahead what we will discover about ourselves cannot be replaced by all the scholarly education in the world from the finest schools.  You see, it is in the pain that many things are accomplished that joy could not accomplish.  I have discovered that the world and its ways are mostly vain.  Much of society flops around wishing for “things” hoping for more “money” without ever finding the true peace and joy that surpasses all understanding.  That true “joy” can only be found in Christ Jesus.

I thank my God for each lesson I have learned this past year.  I look forward to being able to pass those lessons along.  I do desire a period of rest…I am still human.  Even though my body feels tired, God somehow keeps it going.  The night always seems to come quickly, but that just helps me to long for the light of morning climbing above the horizon all the more.

-Scott Bailey (C) 2007

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