Sunday, April 19, 2009

Spring is finally here

Hello again. Spring is finally here. Well, at least I think so. It had started warming up in March and even a bit in February but it would still get cold and we even got snow at the end of March and beginning of April. I was wondering if it was ever going to stay warm. Well, it finally has been warm for a bit. I guess it could still get cold but it's been nice the last week or so. The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming and everything is finally turning green. I always enjoyed Spring in Texas but it feels a lot more powerful here. Of course, we didn't have seasons (besides rainy and dry) in Ecuador, so I guess that pronounces it a bit more as well. Well, we've had a good week and a good weekend. Evan's a bit sick now but is doing well overall. Following are a couple of pictures of him taken in our yard with the tulips. I'm glad the owner of the house planted these because we sure didn't.
The videos show Evan babbling some more. He has a new word and that is 'boogey'. He has started saying that quite a bit. He started saying it after I started saying boogityboogityboogityboo.


I want to close with a devotional thought. It's another excerpt from the book- 'The Indwelling Life of Christ' by Major Ian Thomas. I am yet to read the whole book but I am really wanting to get it now. I just found these excerpts on a website- www.rabbitroom.com . Well, I suppose this is all for now.

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You may have harnessed the energy of the flesh in an otherwise quite genuine desire to honor the Lord Jesus in your life. The flesh, which has its origin in Satan, will go along with you; to survive, it is quite prepared to engage in every form of Christian activity, even though this may seem to honor Christ.
The flesh will sing in the choir, teach Sunday school, preside at a deacons’ meeting, preach from the pulpit, organize an evangelistic crusade, go to Bible college, volunteer for the mission field, and a thousand other things, all of which may in themselves be otherwise legitimate, if only it can keep its neck out of the noose. The flesh will threaten, shout, strut, domineer, sulk, plot, creep, beg, pleased, or sob, whatever the situation may demand in the interests of its own survival. By any and all means it will seek to cause every Christian to live by his own strength instead of by the power and grace of the Lord Jesus, and to conclude that doing so is actually a good thing!
The characteristic of the spiritually immature is that they are unable to discern between good and evil (Hebrews 5:13-14), and the baby Christian, like the foolish Galatians, “having begun in the Spirit” still tries to be “made perfect by the flesh” (Galatians 3:3).
We must be particularly patient with those whose lack of understanding allows a genuine love for the Lord Jesus to be satisfied with, and sometimes to be quite enthusiastic about, Christian activities involving means and methods which are heavily contaminated by the flesh. These are more deserving of instruction than rebuke, for they are still in their spiritual babyhood.
True spiritual conviction is an activity of the Holy Spirit within the human spirit, and when the Holy Spirit begins to convict you of your immaturity, bearing witness to your conscience that the Lord Jesus Christ is being denied His rightful place in your life, the old Adam-nature within you becomes irritable and edgy. At the same time it will seek to produce the most plausible arguments in justification of its own illegitimate activities, even though these activities are only what the Bible calls “dead works” (Hebrews 6:1; 9:14) and not the “good works” which are truly the work of God.
“Good works” are those that have their origin in Jesus Christ, as Christ’s activity is released through your body because you present it to Him as a living sacrifice. You do this only by faith that expresses total dependence, as opposed to Adamic independence.
God does not honor men and women and their deeds or their books or their organizations. The Father in heaven delights to honor His Son. It is only the Life of the Lord Jesus - His activity, clothed with you and displayed through you - that ultimately will find the approval of God.

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