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Biblical True Spirituality (Two of Me!)

Biblical True Spirituality ( Two of Me! )

According to Biblical True Spirituality, the Christian lives in the paradoxical reality of being a Sinner (in Adam) and a Saint (in Christ) at the same time – based on the whole counsel of the Holy Scriptures, specifically on ROMANS Chapters 6, 7 & 8.

“My conscience does not render a positive verdict in God’s courtroom when I look inside myself. The only reason I can sleep well at night is that even though my heart is filled with corruption and even though I am not doing my best to please him, I have in heaven at the Father’s right hand the beloved Son, who has not only done his best for himself but has fulfilled all righteousness for me in my place.” – Dr. Michael Scott Horton

Three Phases of Sanctification: God’s Written Word presents three different aspects of Sanctification: (1) Positional Sanctification; (2) Progressive Santification and (3) Future Perfected/or Final Sanctification.

The biblical word for sanctification is hagiazo and means “to set apart” for God or special purpose, figuratively “to make holy or sacred.”

The Tenses of Sanctification: CHRIST is our Sanctification!

Like salvation, which has a past, a present, and a future aspect, Sanctification does as well.

> The Three Tenses of Salvation:

Past –Saved from the penalty of sin (Justification by Grace through Faith in Christ)

Present –Saved from the power of sin(Sanctification by Grace through Faith in Christ)

Future –Saved from the presence of sin(Glorification by Grace through Faith in Christ)

And, Sanctification has Three Tenses as well, according to the Holy Scriptures.

1. Past Sanctification: Positional sanctification is past (and permanent): we were set apart in Christ at our spiritual regeneration & conversion.

2. Present Sanctification: Progressive sanctification is present: we are daily being conformed to His image,in Godliness. We are still in union with Christ living in the realities of Romans chapter 6, 7, 8 – all at the same time!

3. Future Sanctification: Ultimate sanctification is future: one day we shall see Him as He is and we shall be like Him. There will be no more sin in thought, word, or deed, or even in motives — and no “old Adam/old man” to make us even want a shred of that old, shoddy condition(sinfulness).

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I’m Not Alright – By Sanctus Real

Realism Lyrics: “I’m Not Alright”

If weakness is a wound that no one wants to speak of
Then “cool” is just how far we have to fall
I am not immune, I only want to be loved
But I feel safe behind the firewall

Can I lose my need impress?
If you want the truth I need to confess

[Chorus:]
I’m not alright, I’m broken inside
Broken inside
And all I go through, it leads me to you
It leads me to you

Burn away the pride
Bring me to my weakness
‘Til everything I hide behind is gone
And when I’m open wide with nothing left to cling to
Only you are there to lead me on.

‘Cause honestly, I’m not that strong.

[Chorus]

And I’ll move
And I’ll move
And I’ll move
Closer to you [x3]

And I’ll move
And I’ll move
And I’ll move

[Chorus:]
I’m not alright, I’m broken inside
Broken inside
I’m broken inside, broken inside
And all I go through leads me to you
Leads me to you

I’m not alright
I’m not alright
I’m not alright

That’s why I need you.

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Drifter by DecembeRadio ( Music Video)

In my messy spirituality, I have been a drifter and a prodigal son many times – for days, months and even years. My faith journey has not been one of living a so-called victorious life, but living in brokenness – struggling with my sinfulness, fighting against my many sins, feeling my humanity daily, experiencing many dark nights of my soul; and stumbling, limping or just failing consciously, and in the midst of all that messy life experiencing the faithfulness, goodness, grace, mercy, and forgiveness of God through the Person and Work of Jesus Christ towards me! In the midst of my sinfulness and brokenness, I look to Christ, and Christ Alone who lived perfectly the victorious life for me. Christ is my victory!

Question: What about you, have you been a drifter and a prodigal son in your faith journey?

I used to have a home
A place i started from
A place to call my own
Bright lights and late nights
The devil took me on a midnight ride
Left me out in the desert on my own
Now i feel alone
I need a hand
To help me find my way back home

I’m a drifter out on a dead end road
Trying to find my way back home
To get to you, oh to get to you
Lord i’ve been gone for far too long
Headed to places i don’t belong
And i’ve got to get back home to you

Sometimes i think about the past
The road that i was on
The one that lead me home
I’ll walk on another day
I may wonder but i never stray
Cause i found out the hard way sin don’t pay
Now i feel alone
I need a hand
To help me find my way back home

I’m a drifter out on a dead end road
Trying to find my way back home
To get to you, oh to get to you
Lord i’ve been gone for far too long
Headed to places i don’t belong
And i’ve got to get back home to you

And when i feel the night is closing in
And i can barely breathe the air
I just remember that i’ve got a friend
Who really cares
Oh who really cares

I’m a drifter out on a dead end road
Trying to find my way back home
To get to you, oh to get to you
Lord i’ve been gone for far too long
Headed to places i don’t belong
And i’ve got to get back home to you

REAL TALK: Note From A Messy Christian – Awesome!

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“I once described faith as something I got on my shoe and can’t kick or wash off. I’m stuck with it. My poems are the trespasses and blasphemies of a malpracticing Christian, one who can’t stop ogling an attractive leg, or wanting to be first, who is venial, foolish, seldom at peace, horny and lonely, and so far from the kingdom of God that his whole life becomes the theme of that distance, someone knowing he is in deep shit. It’s the perfect place to be, where you can’t fool yourself into thinking you’re on the right track… The only thing I have to offer God is my sins. I am interested in mercy when it appears in places where you would never expect it. I am interested in love that shovels shit against the tide. I am interested in grace… It is better to be annihilated and crushed by God, if you are in love with God, then it is to have no relationship at all. Better God smite you than merely be absent. God does not ‘tolerate’ me. God loves me.” — poet  Joe Weil, He is an American poet. He currently teaches undergraduate and graduate creative writing classes at Binghamton University. @ http://www.joeweil.org/ 

( Original source: http://blog.prodigalpaul.com/2010/01/05/just-a-little-reminder-of-my-life/ )

My Weakness, His Strength

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As a Christian man, I live in a perpetual condition of weakness, imperfection, fragility and sinfulness. I am not pure or neat, but instead I am a sinner and messy, I am not strong, I am weak, and often feel my weaknesses daily. I am not hyper-spiritual, but instead I am extremely worldly – in other words, I still love and enjoy reading secular books, philosophy, psychology, secular music, movies, drinking wine or beer, dancing, bowling, bicycling, parks, museums and many other stuff. And, I do not have it all together (and I never will), instead I have thorns in my flesh, brokenness, insecurities, inconsistencies, disappointments, discontentment and sinful inclinations.

2 Corinthians 12:1-10 (Paul’s Visions and His Thorn)

I must go on boasting. Though there is nothing to be gained by it, I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. And I know that this man was caught up into paradise—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows— and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter. On behalf of this man I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses— though if I should wish to boast, I would not be a fool, for I would be speaking the truth; but I refrain from it, so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me. So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations,a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

“Our justification does not depend on our piety and our spiritual performance 
but on Christ and His performance. We can therefore face up to our recurring failure 
to live as His holy people and people of prayer. In fact, our failure is meant to teach us to ask for what we lack and receive everything from Christ.” – (Grace Upon Grace, Kleinig, p. 39)

 

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‘Messy Spirituality’

‘Messy Spirituality’ – Quote by Mike Yaconelli

“For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a godly person. Yet when I look at the yesterdays of my life, what I see, mostly, is a broken, irregular path littered with mistakes and failure. I have had temporary successes and isolated moments of closeness to God, but I long for the continuing presence of Jesus. Most of the moments of my life seem hopelessly tangled in a web of obligations and distractions. I want to be a good person. I don’t want to fail. I want to learn from my mistakes, rid myself of distractions, and run into the arms of Jesus. Most of the time, however, I feel like I am running away from Jesus into the arms of my own clutteredness. I want desperately to know God better. I want to be consistent. Right now the only consistency in my life is my inconsistency. Who I want to be and who I am are not very close together. I am not doing well at the living-a-consistent-life thing. I don’t want to be St. John of the Cross or Billy Graham. I just want to be remembered as a person who loved God, who served others more than he served himself, who was trying to grow in maturity and stability. I want to have more victories than defeats, yet here I am, almost 60, and I fail on a regular basis.If I were to die today, I would be nervous about what people would say at my funeral. I would be happy if they said things like “He was a nice guy” or “He was occasionally decent” or “Mike wasn’t as bad as a lot of people.” Unfortunately, eulogies are delivered by people who know the deceased. I know what the consensus would be. “Mike was a mess.”

 Mike Yaconelli,  author of a book entitled, ‘Messy Spirituality’

My christian spirituality

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My christian spirituality is not perfect, neat, orderly, consistent, clean, complete, or even nice; instead, the reality is that my spirituality is messy, is unfinished, it’s not neat, it’s not balanced, it’s not orderly, it’s complicated, it’s sloppy, it’s unclean, it’s chaotic, it’s also imperfect, flawed, broken, it’s up and down … it’s anything but finished and complete. My spirituality is a paradoxical tension between idealism, realism, and the presence of great mystery.

Philippians 3:12-14
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

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