Man’s Fallen Condition

In this state [man’s fallen condition], the Free Will of man toward the True God is not only wounded, maimed, infirm, bent, and weakened; but it is also imprisoned, destroyed and lost. And its powers are not only debilitated and useless unless they be assisted by grace, but it has no powers whatever except such as are excited by Divine grace. – Jacobus Arminius

Keep going … going

Thank you for this one, Linda…
“Whatever weight-loss plan you choose, you’re bound to lose pounds–at least for a while. But most dieters reach a plateau before they reach their goal, and many get discouraged when the thrill leaves before all the weight does. Many give up and go back to their old ways of eating.
Something similar happens in our Christian lives. When we begin our walk with Jesus, we easily shed many of the sins that have weighed us down. We give dramatic testimonies about being freed from addictive behaviors. Then the attention shifts to another new believer, and we discover that ”little” sins like jealousy, resentment, and anger don’t drop away as readily as the ”big” ones. Some of us get so discouraged that we lose sight of our commitment to Christ and go back to some of our old ways of living.
When Jesus talked about the cost of being His disciple (Luke 14:25-35), He wanted those who heard Him to realize that believing in Him and following Him involves more than starting something that is exciting. It means sticking with something that is difficult.
So whether we’re talking about weight loss or spiritual gain, the message is the same: What matters most is not how we start but how we finish.”

Nature’s Garden

Holiness is a flower that grows not in Nature’s garden.  Men are not born with holiness in their hearts, as they are born with tongues in their mouths: holiness is a divine offspring: it is a pearl of great price, that is to be found in no nature but a renewed nature, in no bosom but a sanctified bosom. – Thomas Brooks, Puritan