February 19th, 2019

the power of the Spirit

It is 10:09 AM Tuesday morning here in Michigan. It is a bitter cold cloudy gray morning. Yesterday it was very cold, but sunny. We do not know if we will see sunshine today. Everything is wrapped in darkness. Maybe the Light will shine before the end of this present evil age.

I got up this morning around 6:15 AM. When I got up I found Carol up reading in the living room. I made for us a pan of oatmeal for breakfast. I ate my oatmeal messing with our main computer. After breakfast I wrote in my paper diary and then read a little from a book titled, 'Exalted Above the Heavens: The risen and ascended Christ' by Peter C. Orr. After reading for awhile I decided I was too tired to read so I sat and closed my eyes for awhile. After awhile I moved my body and wandered the house. I am now writing in my online diaries and drifting through existence. Carol is doing paper work. Carol works the next two nights. Next month Carol will be gone two weeks visiting our kids out West.

Last night is a blur so I won't go into much detailed. Caleb and the granddaughters came over around Noon and stayed till 4:30 PM. Emily stopped by after work and picked everyone up to go home down the street. I won't go into what we did during the evening hours. Carol went to bed early last night and I stayed up late and read my books. Now it is another day to sing Dixie. The last book I attempted to read last night was titled, 'Scratches The Rules Of The Game Volume 1' by Michel Leiris Translated from the French by Lydia Davis.

I was going to make a video this morning for my Youtube channel, but since Carol will gone tonight I will make a video this evening. It has been two days since I made a video. I new have 1,622 subscribers to my channel. I got to keep my viewers informed of my Christian bookish existence in the Last Days.

I will close to drift through the icy cold weather. There is no way of escape.
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a great mystery of the kingdom of grace

"This is highly necessary if we are to live truly godly lives. You see, this is the situation: By nature we are so unfruitful in good works and so dead in ourselves that we lack any ability to bring forth something good. We are like the holy woman, Sarah, Abraham's wife, who was unable to conceive seed because she was barren by nature. Her womb was also dead because of her old age (Rom. 4:19). After Sarah received the promise that she would deliver a son in her old age, she mixed this promise with faith and received strength to conceive seed "because she judged him faithful who had promised" (Heb.11:11). We poor, depraved, and barren people are in the same situation. In ourselves we are not able to produce even one good thought, but we become able to do so because God has promised power and ability to live a godly life and good works to all who are joined to him with their whole heart. Only those who, like Sarah, mix these promises with faith will receive the power to bring forth good works for the glory of God and to live truly godly lives.

This is a great mystery of the kingdom of grace, of which worldly people are complete ignorant. That is why, when they occasionally have the desire to lead a godly life, they begin in their own strength, without faith and without earnestly looking at the promised help of the Lord our God, who is our strength (Joel 3:16). Because their own strength is useless to bring forth the power of true godliness, they soon tire of it and stop altogether. Or they only attain a form of godliness that satisfies them. This happens because they do not think it necessary to receive God's help to love a godly life. The crafty ways of our spiritual enemy keep their need for this hidden from them." pg. 158,159 Willem Teellinck 'The Path Of True Godliness'
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