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Real Help in Troubled Times

Spend any amount of time with anybody right now and it won’t take long before issues of the economy or other troubles come up. We live in challenging days. I wonder, where will our hope come from? Martyn Lloyd-Jones offers some help (it’s a touch long, but worth it):

The real cure for our subjective ills is ultimately to be so enraptured by the beauty and glory of Christ that we will forget ourselves and will not have time to think about ourselves at all…The trouble with our generation, and let us not be too hard on ourselves, is that we are living in a very difficult age. We have had to face problems which mankind has scarcely ever had to face in such an acute form, and such an age always tends to produce morbidity, a concern about oneself. We are living such a ridiculous type of life that our nerves are tired and frayed, and as a result we are all of us concerned about self, and hte great problem is how to get away from it. The high road to that is to be so absorbed by someone else, something outside oneself, which is so glorious and wonderful that, without knowing it, we forget all about ourselves. This can happen as you look at some marvellous scenery, or fall in love and forget yourself; well multiply that by infinity and look into the face of Jesus Christ and catch something of his glory, and I assure you that most of the ‘mumps and measles of the soul’ will automatically be cured, and you will find yourself in a healthy condition, mentally, spiritually and even psychologically. (The Assurance of Salvation, p. 71-72, originally preached in 1952)

May God grant you a glimpse of the majesty of Jesus that allows you to stand on solid ground during shaky times.

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The Gospel is Not Advice…It’s News

The idea that the gospel is primarily news of victory won by Jesus, not advice for more moral living, is a very liberating thought. I came across a good explanation of this in D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ collection of sermons on Isaiah 40, The All-Sufficient God:

The gospel is not an exhortation, nor is it an appeal. It is not the announcement of some kind of new programme or some wonderful new idea that someone has thought out and that you and I must put into practice. No, no, that would not be comfort, would it? I have never found it particularly comforting to be confronted by the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount. In and of itself, there is not much comfort in being told, ‘Be ye therefore perfect’ (Matt. 5:48). But the gospel does not tell us things like that until it has first told us something else. And that something else is the great good news…The gospel is the announcement, the proclamation, of the greatest and the most astonishing good news that has ever come into the world of time.

Don’t think of the Christian faith as a self-improvement program that you take on, but as a liberation rescue mission that God has taken on.

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