Danny’s God. Simple Child-like faith… Beautiful.
“That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith.” – Eph_3:17
Beyond measure it is desirable that we, as believers, should have the person of Jesus constantly before us, to inflame our love towards him, and to increase our knowledge of him. I would to God that my readers were all entered as diligent scholars in Jesus’ college, students of Corpus Christi, or the body of Christ, resolved to attain unto a good degree in the learning of the cross. But to have Jesus ever near, the heart must be full of him, welling up with his love, even to overrunning; hence the apostle prays “that Christ may dwell in your hearts.” See how near he would have Jesus to be! You cannot get a subject closer to you than to have it in the heart itself. “That he may dwell”; not that he may call upon you sometimes, as a casual visitor enters into a house and tarries for a night, but that he may dwell; that Jesus may become the Lord and Tenant of your inmost being, never more to go out.
Observe the words-that he may dwell in your heart, that best room of the house of manhood; not in your thoughts alone, but in your affections; not merely in the mind’s meditations, but in the heart’s emotions. We should pant after love to Christ of a most abiding character, not a love that flames up and then dies out into the darkness of a few embers, but a constant flame, fed by sacred fuel, like the fire upon the altar which never went out. This cannot be accomplished except by faith. Faith must be strong, or love will not be fervent; the root of the flower must be healthy, or we cannot expect the bloom to be sweet. Faith is the lily’s root, and love is the lily’s bloom. Now, reader, Jesus cannot be in your heart’s love except you have a firm hold of him by your heart’s faith; and, therefore, pray that you may always trust Christ in order that you may always love him. If love be cold, be sure that faith is drooping.
Sometimes something comes along just when you need to see it such as this No matter how old you are – you live (Be sure to watch the video it isn’t long). I don’t know about anyone else, but I don’t believe that there are any such things as accidents. I think I was meant to see this. As a matter of fact, I think every single thing and person I meet is by design. While I’m on the subject, I’ll just say this. I’ve never understood the theory of randomness, never understood how people can believe that there’s order in the universe and on our planet, and yet deny that it’s kept and maintained by someone. Probably the reason I don’t understand it is because I never got through college, didn’t even get through high school. All I ever did was read, talk to people older and wiser than myself, and read my Bible. Now, I’m not knocking education. But, I do knock those who try to teach opinion and prejudice over fact. I knock those who try to pervert truth by making it something that’s inconvenient and a matter of choice and perception over reality and fact. I knock those who try to take accountability and responsibility out of all institutions and organizations by trying to make people who believe in them seem old-fashioned and out-dated. And I could go on, but I’ll stop here…..and for those of you who are wondering: Yes, you can be a Christian and still have an opinion, still know the truth, and have the right and authority to speak it. (Sorry I got wound up)
I just needed to see and know that it’s not too late for me to do something worthwhile with my life and for Christ. I thank the author of this blog for the video he posted on it.
Just a gentle reminder of why it’s important to keep Christ as our focus.
Keep Christ Central in Christmas
It is a principle of art that in the composition of a picture, all the parts shall be so arranged as to lead the eye inevitably to the central figure or feature. Whatever prevents this is a capital defect. Accessories are only important as they help this end.
When Varelst, the Dutch painter, made his tulips so glorious that they drew attention away from the face of James II, in whose portrait he had placed them, he violated this canon. So did Haydon when, in his picture of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, he made the figure of the beast on which the Master rode more attractive than the person of Christ.
So does the theologian or the metaphysician or the logician, who fascinates by his argument and rhetoric, or the preacher and liturgist, who stresses his forms of worship and symbols of religion.
It is not the swaddling-clothes of ceremonialism, but the Christ of the simple gospel story consistently lived, that shall span the continents with love and make Christmas perpetual in the heart of man.