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A pitiful, sickly, and self-centered kind of prayer and a determined effort and selfish desire to be right with God are never found in the New Testament. The fact that I am trying to be right with God is actually a sign that I am rebelling against the atonement by the Cross of Christ. I pray, "Lord, I will purify my heart if You will answer my prayer—I will walk rightly before You if You will help me." But I cannot make myself right with God; I cannot make my life perfect. I can only be right with God if I accept the atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ as an absolute gift. Am I humble enough to accept it? I have to surrender all my rights and demands, and cease from every self-effort. I must leave myself completely alone in His hands, and then I can begin to pour my life out in the priestly work of intercession. There is a great deal of prayer that comes from actual disbelief in the atonement. Jesus is not just beginning to save us—He has already saved us completely. It is an accomplished fact, and it is an insult to Him for us to ask Him to do what He has already done.

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest (20 June, "Have I Come to 'When' Yet?")

Need to start accepting this, and to stop accepting anything less.

Remember who you are...

Had a song stuck in my head for almost a day now. Not good, but maybe God is using it to remind me who I am. He knows how much I need that, how much I've been running from it. Even so, it's disturbing.

But I know normal is an illusion...

Cooked for myself more this week. Best dinner was lemon herb chicken breasts, sautéed asparagus, rosemary red potatoes, and a chilled chardonnay. Since I'm single, I've had that dinner twice so far.

A long-planned trip to City Peoples Mercantile yesterday brought the unexpected purchase of a charcoal grill. Now that I have a courtyard of my own, it's time to master the art.

At least I haven't seen Dan Savage for a couple of days.


Jesus is not just beginning to save us—He has already saved us completely. It is an accomplished fact, and it is an insult to Him for us to ask Him to do what He has already done.

I don't like this statement, because it confuses the several senses of the very broad term "salvation." These different senses or aspects are accomplished at different times by different means.

* Salvation in the sense of election (to life, and to perseverance -- which, BTW, need not be the same) was accomplished before the foundation of the world.
* Salvation in the sense of atonement for all men was accomplished on the Cross at Calvary.
* Justification and regeneration (the new birth) is accomplished in each of us individually through baptism.
* Conversion -- speaking here of the one-time initial event -- is accomplished in the depths of our hearts, as we are given faith and true repentance by the Spirit.
* Sanctification is accomplished over time as we respond to and cooperate with God's grace in the doing of works which are the fruit of faith.
* Glorification is yet in the future for those who persevere, awaiting us somewhere beyond this life.

So when I pray "hosanna" (save, Lord!) I am not saying "die again on the cross for me; the first time wasn't good enough." Nor am I saying "baptize me into your death and make me part of your resurrection yet again; it just didn't feel right the first time." I am saying "continue the good work you have done in me, to your glory; forgive me my sins, increase me in holiness, and bring me at the last to the fullness of your Kingdom."
that dinner sounds awesome.
It was, and is, and is to come! :)

I should have LJ friends over for dinner, or maybe a barbecue for all of them in the area.
I'll bring the potato salad! :o]