Series: One Thing Have I Desired

Who Can Dwell in His Presence?

Who Can Dwell in His Presence?

This entry is part 17 of 54 in the series One Thing Have I Desired You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

The Life of Faith Central to the life of knowing God and thereby loving him ultimately, is the life of faith. Since we live in the presence of an unseen God, faith is needed. Faith is the medium of exchange between the heart that wishes to know God, and the God that wishes to be… Continue Reading

Moth Christians

Moth Christians

This entry is part 18 of 54 in the series One Thing Have I Desired You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Too many Christians experience communion with God as moths behave around lights. The light draws them in, but as they approach, the intense heat repels them. So the moth comes in and out, in a restless cycle of approaching and fleeing, drawing near and pulling away. Christians desire to draw near to God to know… Continue Reading

The Prompting to Worship: the Father’s Love for Us

The Prompting to Worship: the Father’s Love for Us

This entry is part 19 of 54 in the series One Thing Have I Desired You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

On the whole, God’s love for us is a much safer subject to think about than our love for Him. – C.S. Lewis Who can commune with an angry God? Is God not ‘angry with the wicked every day’? (Ps 7:11) Does God’s justice not find us all guilty, and loathe our corruption? A crushing… Continue Reading

Pleasing or Placating?

Pleasing or Placating?

This entry is part 20 of 54 in the series One Thing Have I Desired You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Belief and trust in the Father’s unconditional love for us should prompt us to a worship of pleasing God, not placating God.The Christian life is not one of sending up merit into Heaven so that we may eventually have the right to stand there. The Christian life is believing that we are already seated in… Continue Reading

Secure As We Endure

Secure As We Endure

This entry is part 21 of 54 in the series One Thing Have I Desired You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

The unconditionality of God’s grace is what leads us to the belief that the same grace that chooses also secures. Here is a further motivation for communing with God: our relationship with him is secure and permanent. To be in Christ is to be as secure in your relationship with God as Christ’s is with… Continue Reading

Faith Works

Faith Works

This entry is part 22 of 54 in the series One Thing Have I Desired You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Many believers are tormented by a kind of introspection that keeps any assurance of salvation at arm’s length. They are possessed with the fear that their faith is not genuine or sincere. Fortunately, God has given an external, visible form of verification for faith: works. Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have… Continue Reading

The Son’s Merit Upon us – Permission to Worship

The Son’s Merit Upon us – Permission to Worship

This entry is part 23 of 54 in the series One Thing Have I Desired You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

All the worth I have before Him Is the value of the Blood; I present when I adore Him, Christ, the First-fruits, unto God. Him with joy doth God behold, Thus is my acceptance told. “Brought Nigh” – “W.R.” The mystery of marriage is that two become one. The deep symbolism of marital union is… Continue Reading

The Spirit’s Presence Within Us – Our Power to Worship

The Spirit’s Presence Within Us – Our Power to Worship

This entry is part 24 of 54 in the series One Thing Have I Desired You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Deity indwelling men! That, I say, is Christianity, and no man has experienced rightly the power of Christian belief until he has known this for himself as a living reality. – A.W. Tozer God, who does all his pleasure, is never constrained to manifest his presence anywhere. When Israel’s idolatry reached a tipping point, God’s… Continue Reading

The Goad of Guilt

The Goad of Guilt

This entry is part 25 of 54 in the series One Thing Have I Desired You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

We have taken the time to understand our new nature and position in Christ because it is fundamental to understanding what it is to live in God’s presence, and thereby come to know him and love him. The prevalence of ‘moth Christians’ may be because of Christians’ failure to understand their position in Christ and… Continue Reading

Part III. A New Posture – The Gospel and a New Habit

Part III. A New Posture – The Gospel and a New Habit

This entry is part 26 of 54 in the series One Thing Have I Desired You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

A posture is a physical pose or position we adopt for varying situations. Running requires one posture. Balancing a basket on your head requires another. Playing the violin needs a different posture. The situation, and the desired action, determines the posture. In fact, seeing certain things requires a posture: looking up through a telescope, examining… Continue Reading

A Magnet for Grace

A Magnet for Grace

This entry is part 27 of 54 in the series One Thing Have I Desired You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Should you ask me what is the first thing in religion, I should reply that the first, second, and third thing therein is humility. – Augustine The death-side, if we may so speak, of a right posture before God, removes self from the shrine of worship, and prepares the heart to worship God alone. It… Continue Reading

Back to the Shema

Back to the Shema

This entry is part 28 of 54 in the series One Thing Have I Desired You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

When we studied the great priority of the Christian life, we saw that ultimate love for God is based on God’s unchallenged status as the only God. Humility gets the human into the posture for worship: acknowledging that Yahweh is God, and there is no other; there is no God besides him (Is 45:5). Humility… Continue Reading

The Posture of Repentance

The Posture of Repentance

This entry is part 29 of 54 in the series One Thing Have I Desired You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

It is of sin that we do not love that which is Best. – Boethius Sin is all that warps what God loves. It falls short of his beauty (Romans 3:23), with twisted and deformed loves. Instead of loving what is true, good and beautiful in God’s sight, it loves what is false, evil and… Continue Reading

Living to God-Worship

Living to God-Worship

This entry is part 30 of 54 in the series One Thing Have I Desired You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

“Let me seek Thee in longing, let me long for Thee in seeking; let me find Thee in love, and love Thee in finding.” – Anselm Once humbled and repentant, the human soul finds, as Tozer put it, that God is easy to live with. God’s presence is more than humbling, it is also compelling.… Continue Reading

Submission: Loving His Authority

Submission: Loving His Authority

This entry is part 31 of 54 in the series One Thing Have I Desired You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

In brief: whether a man be good, better, or best of all; bad, worse, or worst of all; sinful or saved before God; it all lieth in this matter of obedience. – Theologia Germanica Communion with God implies conformity to his will. “Can two walk together, except they are agreed?”, asks the prophet Amos (3:3).… Continue Reading

Part IV. A New Exposure – The Gospel and a New Taste

Part IV. A New Exposure – The Gospel and a New Taste

This entry is part 32 of 54 in the series One Thing Have I Desired You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

The Meaning of Communion Loves are grown when our nature fits us to love them, and when we adopt postures that enable us to love them. Perhaps though, the greatest and purest form of developing a new desire is through exposure. Loves are learned by repeated exposure to their beauty. This is the exposure that… Continue Reading

Communion with the Sovereign Triune God

Communion with the Sovereign Triune God

This entry is part 33 of 54 in the series One Thing Have I Desired You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

2) Communion with God is his act of self-disclosure. The prophet Isaiah calls God a ‘God who hides himself’. God has chosen to seem invisible to some, and conspicuously obvious to others. For the many who deny the inherent knowledge of conscience and the inarguable knowledge of creation, God’s “absence” seems self-evident. Sin makes what… Continue Reading

Imagination and the Progressive Cycle of Communion

Imagination and the Progressive Cycle of Communion

This entry is part 34 of 54 in the series One Thing Have I Desired You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

4) Communion with God involves the religious imagination. For God to explain himself to humans presents a seemingly insurmountable obstacle. God is like nothing we know. Part of the ‘godness’ of God is his uniqueness. How can the invisible, transcendent, holy God explain himself to us? He cannot only use reason or logic. Reason helps… Continue Reading

The Meaning of Communion

The Meaning of Communion

This entry is part 35 of 54 in the series One Thing Have I Desired You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

It is a confirmation that the Holy Ghost is God’s love and delight, because the saints communion with God consists in their partaking of the Holy Ghost. – Jonathan Edwards In communing with God, God shares himself with us. His desires become known to us, and our own desires are conformed to his. When two… Continue Reading

Seeking With All The Heart

Seeking With All The Heart

This entry is part 36 of 54 in the series One Thing Have I Desired You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Many a Christian has some habit of private devotions, attends church, and perhaps tries to connect the mundaneness of life to his walk with God, but often sees little of God’s beauty. Why is this? Again, the posture of the Christian life is faith rightly responding to who God is, and rightly situating itself to… Continue Reading