Healthy Faith

“The man who has faith is the man who is no longer looking at himself and no longer looking to himself. He no longer looks at anything he once was. He does not look at what he is now. He does not even look at what he hopes to be as the result of his own efforts. He looks entirely to the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work, and rests on that (HIM!) alone

Martin Lloyd Jones, one of Jesus’ most effective preachers of the Gospel of God’s Grace this century – hundreds would rush forward to come to Jesus whenever he preached, and he didn’t give altar calls! These are two quotes by Martin that Tullian quoted in his blog of June 2014

“There is no better test as to whether a man is really preaching the New Testament gospel of salvation than the fact that some people might misunderstand it and misinterpret it to mean that it really amounts to this–that because you are saved by grace alone it does not matter at all what you do, that you can go on sinning as much as you like because it will abound all the more to the glory of grace. That is a very good test of gospel preaching. If my preaching and presentation of the gospel of salvation does not expose it to that misunderstanding, then it is not the gospel.” ~ D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

“Why is the Christian life so simple? …why would it be that merely making Jesus the focus of life gives such abundance? Because man cannot, in a healthy condition, think of two things at once. When a multiple focus is attempted, man becomes in some ways a schizophrenic, divided and ineffective. Therefore, we must make one thing our focus and narrow our choices to two topics, self or Christ. God has placed all we need in one thing, that being Christ, so in making Him our focus, we will be healthy. I personally, in thousands of hours of discipling, have never found a happy person who was immersed in examining the thousands of combinations and manifestations that the flesh of man is capable of presenting. Yet peace exudes from those who have made Christ their focus. Heavenly discipleship uses every occasion, problem, personal failure, circumstance, want or instance of anxiety and depression to point a person to Christ. In making Him the focus, all else grows strangely dim and the awareness that believer is more than a conqueror becomes a reality. …In our relationship with Christ, fifteen minutes in fellowship with Him brings divine sanity…” from pg 204-206 Heavenly Discipleship, by Mike Wells

 

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