Articles and thoughts by Steve Green.
At first glance it may not seem like much of a chasm, but rather something easily traversed by just a small step. Yet like many glacial crevices, the depth of separation is indeed significant. I’m referring to the difference between a Christ-centered spirituality and one that puts confidence in human effort.
The later either leads to despair, with its emphasis on a never-ending self-scrutiny, or it fuels pride, with its impressive dedication to discipline. As Spurgeon reminds us, it is the Holy Spirit’s work to always turn our eyes away from self to Jesus. The enemy insinuates, “Your sins are too great to pardon; you have no faith; you do not repent enough; you will never be able to continue to the end; you do not have the joy of His children; you have such a wavering hold of Jesus.” Spurgeon goes on to say that all “these are thoughts about self, and we will never find comfort or assurance by looking within. But the Holy Spirit turns our eyes entirely away from self. He tells us that we are nothing, but that Christ is all in all. Remember, therefore, it is not your hold of Christ that saves you - it is Christ; is is not your joy in Christ that saves you - it is Christ; it is not even faith in Christ, though that be the instrument - it is Christ’s blood and merits; therefore, look not so much to your hand with which you are grasping Christ, as to Christ; look not to your hope, but to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. We will never find happiness by looking at our prayers, our doing, or our feelings; it is what Jesus is, not what we are, that gives rest to the soul.”
(Quote is from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening)
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