Musings 119

1 Thessalonians 4:13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope.

1 Corinthians 15:19 If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.

Psalm 16:11 You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.

Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 73:25 Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.

The world offers no real hope at all and what pseudo-hope it offers is but for a moment. How men pursue the things of the world and they cannot possibly fill the soul but for a short time and the world will not fill the soul at all in eternity. Neither political party has any answers that the soul that seeks the Lord for His presence can possibly be satisfied with. The soul with the life of Christ in it cannot be satisfied in any longer term sense with anything but the presence of God.

The world is nothing but darkness and those who seek it are bankrupt and empty despite their outward appearances. How hollow, empty, and vain are the riches and fame of the world. How big and powerful men can appear to be while inside their very souls are empty and miserable. They can seek to stuff their souls with the candy of the world, yet they do nothing but increase their misery as their soul withers. As the United States continues to slide down into the pit of darkness and misery the politicians try all sorts of things to stop it. While it is true that there are things that will make the slide into the pit appear to stop or at least slow down, only God can stop the slide and He will only do so at His good pleasure.

There is no doubt that we are in a dark time and we need men who will stop dancing around answers and will go straight to the heart of the problem. The greatest issue in our day is that God Himself has given us over to the desires of our heart. This is to say that He has hardened us and has turned us over to our sin. There is absolutely nothing we can do to soften our hearts when God has hardened them anymore than men could open the door to the Ark after God had shut it. Bluntly speaking, religion will not help and professing Christianity will not help. Lukewarm religion and lukewarm versions of Christianity will not help. Even real Christians cannot help either. Prayer will not help as long as it is prayer offered up as religious people do.

Christian conferences and religious conferences will do nothing to help as long as they do nothing but speak of this and that. Prayer conferences will not help as long as people think of prayer as their own work and as trying to talk God into something. All the church services in the world will do nothing but heap up wrath upon wrath as long as we are not seeking the true God in humility and brokenness of heart. All the Bible study without humble hearts seeking the Lord Himself as the greatest treasure and true love will do nothing. We must seek the Lord Himself in prayer and Bible study and for the Church and the nation or all we do is for the wrong reasons.

No, this is not some despairing and hopeless post; it is just saying that unless we seek God Himself all we do is vain. There is no hope in the prayers of self and the works of self, there is only hope in the living God. We must seek Him in prayer or we seek self in prayer. We must seek broken hearts and humility from His hand or we seek it from the works of sinful flesh. There is only one way to truly seek the Lord and that is the path of the denial of self, the broken heart, and the humbled heart. Oh how people mock this, but they mock the only way. It is true that these things in and of themselves cannot please God, but these are things that God works in the soul that He is pleased to dwell in and work through. We must seek the Lord for the spiritual strength to deny the forms of self that we must deny if we are to seek Him out of true love. We must seek the Lord for spiritual strength for a broken heart (from self and pride) that we may have Him dwell in that broken heart. We must seek the Lord for humility (the life of Christ in us) that we may have grace to seek Him and His glory.

There is nothing that man can be or do that can move God to come down and turn our hearts to Himself and to turn the hearts of the professing churches and our nation to Himself. He can only do these things when He is moved by Himself and then we behold free-grace. God can only be moved (so to speak) by Himself and His own glory. We should not want God to move apart from His free-grace. If we love true grace then we can only love free-grace. Our hearts can only be moved to true prayer for His glory out of love for Him and His glory by free-grace. We should seek the Lord to break our hearts and make them to where we ache for Him and His glory. Until He breaks our hearts and humbles us to desire His glory of free-grace, we must not deceive ourselves that we are truly praying. Only broken hearts can truly pray. In other words, it costs the very self in order to pray. Do we really want to pray? Do we truly want the presence of God? Do we truly desire the true glory of God? If not, all the empty prayers we offer with proud hearts will simply not do it. We must seek the Lord to make us in those who truly pray for His presence and glory.

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