November 7th, 2019


On Being A Christian

Let us focus on our particular situation: Psalm 62:7 says "In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God."

What we should hear from this passage is that each believer can find peace and comfort, even when we don't think so -- we are prone to illusions (People are so good at finding things that we can even find them when they are not there.) So let's focus on the truth. God gives us the strength we need.(Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.") Through Jesus, we have righteousness, and no condemnation for sin. We have to invite Jesus into our lives, for he will not force us: but when we rely on him, he is all we need. Jesus died for us, and he accepts us when we accept his gift, and he understands us better than we understand ourselves. He is the father of the prodigal son, running to meet us with arms open wide.

We will never be alone, for he is with us. We have nowhere we need to go, because he is with us, always. He is there for us. He loves us. Even when we hate ourselves, he loves us. Even when we're so full of ourselves we're a balloon, he loves us, and he died for us.

He is our refuge. His arms are around us. He gives us what we need, and will remake us into a glorious creature of the new Jerusalem (Philippians 2:13 "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.")

So say it: "In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God." This is our cry when we need help, knowing that he gives it when we ask, and our shout of triumph when we do right.

Say it one more time, slowly: "In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.” Both in our need and our triumph, this is our cry.

What else needs to be said?


We love to spend time pointing at the faults of other people. Sadly, this is a waste of time. People are as they are, with all their virtues and faults. We all have reasons to do what we do, even if no one understands them.

We have to accept their virtues and faults, as we accept our own virtues and faults (we’re really good at accepting our own faults: we need to apply that same energy into accepting others as they are).

We can't solve all their problems, but we can be there with them as they go through them. Jesus is with us as we go through our problems: and we can do the same. If we let people who care about us help us, things work out better: so we need to care about them. Sometimes, even if they know we see their suffering, they won’t want to talk about it. But I know what it is to be ashamed of something, and not want to talk about it.

If we can, we give them time to think and change, and a Bible if they don't have one, help where they let us, and offer them up in prayer.

Fenelon, on Prayer

“Tell God all that is in your heart,
as one unloads one’s heart,
its pleasures and its pains,
to a dear friend.

Tell God your troubles, that God may comfort you;
tell God your joys, that God may sober them;
tell God your longings, that God may purify them;
tell God your dislikes, that God may help you conquer them;
talk to God of your temptations, that God may shield you from them;
show God the wounds of your heart, that God may heal them;
lay bare your indifference to good, your depraved tastes for evil, your instability.
Tell him how self-love makes you unjust to others,
how vanity tempts you to be insincere,
how pride disguises you to yourself as to others.

If you thus pour out all your weaknesses, needs, troubles,
there will be no lack of what to say.
You will never exhaust the subject.
It is continually being renewed.

People who have no secrets from each other
never want subjects of conversation.
They do not weigh their words,
for there is nothing to be held back;
neither do they seek for something to say.
They talk out of the abundance of the heart,
without consideration, say just what they think.
Blessed are they who attain to such familiar,
unreserved intercourse with God.”