AFM Ministry's David Shelton

David's Life applications of God, his Word and his calling

Month: May, 2014

Heart Corruptions

God,
I confess my sin, my frequent sin, my willful sin;
You have struck a blow at my pride,
At the false god of self,
And I lie in pieces before you. Forgive me.

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But you have given me another Master and Lord, your Son, Jesus.
And now my heart is turned towards holiness.
My life speeds as an arrow from a bow towards complete obedience to you!
Help me in all my doings to put down sin and to humble pride.
Save me from the love of the world and the pride of life,
And everything that is natural to fallen man.
O God, let Christ’s nature be seen in me day by day.
Grant me grace to bear your will without hesitation, and delight to be not only chiseled, squared, or fashioned,
But separated from the old rock where I have been embedded so long, and lifted from the quarry to the upper air,
There I may be built in Christ forever and ever. Amen.

(Excerpt adapted from ‘Heart Corruptions’ Valley of Vision, Collection of Puritan Prayers)

Living like a slave to a perfect Master

When your natural flesh is pulling and tempting you to do what you know is wrong and that which goes against the Holiness of the Spirit of Christ living in you, how do you react?
  The easy and broad road that leads to destruction is our natural path. We must look for the hard way; the narrow way; the way that brings life. We must bring our minds and bodies under submission to Christ and the Holy Spirit who will help us if we only try.
  Praise be to God who will make us continuous overcomers if we just try! Go and make every moment dedicated to Jesus! He saved you and will continue to do so!
It’s not by your own power you overcome anyhow…It’s by the Spirit alone. So let’s stop taking “rest breaks” in this race for the holiness of Christ and buffet our bodies into submission to Jesus as our Lord and King!  In Christ we shall overcome! Press on soldiers… The victories are ours!

You know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize. So run to win! All those who compete in the games use self-control so they can win a crown. That crown is an earthly thing that lasts only a short time, but our crown will never be destroyed. So I do not run without a goal. I fight like a boxer who is hitting something—not just the air. I treat my body hard and make it my slave so that I myself will not be disqualified after I have preached to others. – 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 NCV