He is both a Fountain and a Light

On earth, a fountain is one thing, light another. When you are thirsty, you look for a fountain, and to get to the fountain you look for light; and if there is no daylight, you light a lamp to get to the fountain. But He is both a fountain and a light: to the thirsty he is a fountain, to the blind a light. Let [your] eyes be opened to see the light; let the lips of [your] heart be opened to drink of the fountain. That which you drink, you see and hear. God becomes everything to you, for He is the whole of the things you love. If you attend to visible things, well, God is neither bread nor is He water, nor light, nor a garment, nor a house. For all these things are visible, individual, and separate. What bread is, water is not; what a garment is, a house is not; and what these things are, God is not, for they are visible things. God is all of these things to you: if you are hungry, he is bread to you; if you are thirsty, He is water to you; if you live in darkness, he is light to you, for he remains incorruptible. If you are naked, He is a garment of immortality to you when this corruptible shall put on incorruption and this mortal shall put on immortality.

– Augustine, Lectures on the Gospel of John, tract. 13.5 (on John 3:22-29)

 

Come Out Of Our Rebellion and Unto Jesus’ Rest

God is near to the broken hearted, and those humbled over their sinfulness. He is patient and kind to the weak, and provides an abundance of mercy to we who limp through life. God’s grace is about a lifetime of recovery and rehabilitation, but we never really do until death do we part, but by grace we are confident that in Christ our feeble attempts are pleasing to God. But what of those who trample Christ underfoot, by calling evil good? How can you say Christ cleanses you of unrighteousness and transgression, when you don’t agree with His Standard of it? In that case there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, because there is a theft of God’s glory as Just, Holy, and True in exchange for a lie. The LORD of hosts declares He is patient, and kind, and merciful beyond our comprehension, but He also declares that He will by no means clear the guilty, and that those who remain in opposition to Him should have a ” fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries.” (Heb 10:27) How much worse for those who continue to trample underfoot the Son of God, in exchange for the delusion that we are the determiners for what is right and what is wrong.

“Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, people of Israel?” (Ezekiel 18:31)

“‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, people of Israel?'” (Eze 33:11)

“”Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matt 11:28)

It is tiring to continue on in delusions of self-righteousness, as a sinner, I know this from my very own experience.  I don’t know what it’s like to have a same-sex attraction, but I know that Jesus does. I know that Jesus knows you and I more than we know ourselves.

” For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrew 4:15-16)

As sinners, let’s together drop our weapons of war against God. Let us flee to Christ, our Rock, and resting place. Today is a day of repentance, for me, for you, for all those who have ears to hear.

God is reconciling the world to Himself by grace through faith in Christ, and in Him we are a new creation.

Let us abide in His love and His righteousness, because we are constrained to joyful obedience.