I think it is a constant temptation for me to cling to the doctrine of justification by faith but then live out a doctrine of sanctification by my own effort, not the Spirit in me. And this morning God said to me,
Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?...Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith--just as Abraham "believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness"? (Galatians 3:3,5-6) ESV
As I wrote out my prayers this morning, I found myself writing, "And I come running to You! Forgive me for trying to do it alone." What a blessing the Sovereign Grace song "I Come Running" has been to me! Listening to the Valley of Vision album makes my whole day one of ceaseless prayer! An excerpt:
Jesus, I am blind, be my lightBy Mark Altrooge © Sovereign Grace Praise 2005
Darkened in my mind, be my wisdom
Bend my stubborn will to Your own
Open up my ears to hear Your Spirit
Melt my conscience once again
Help me hate the slightest sin
And when Satan comes to tempt me
I come running to You, when I fear, when I ’m tried
I come running to You, to Your blood, to Your side
And there my soul ﬁnds rest
There my soul ﬁnds rest in You
Click here to listen to tracks from the Valley of Vision album.
Sharon, thanks for recommending this music!