Rebels By Nature

July 5, 2015

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All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him [Jesus].

~Isaiah 53:6, NASB


“We are not merely imperfect creatures who must be improved; we are rebels who must lay down our arms.”

~C.S. Lewis

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When Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, they lost their submissive nature. Adam and Eve had a ‘self’ and ‘self consciousness’ but it was very small. It was so small that they ran around naked and it didn’t bother them. The fall changed everything: self became huge and Adam and Eve became egocentric whereas they had be theocentric. It was not longer natural for them to obey God. Submission and obedience became a struggle and remains so until this day. Obedience would be our delight, our greatest joy if we could make it our practice. How do we recover this self-surrendering nature that Adam lost?

The first step would be to acknowledge the truth, “All we like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way.” Going a head and admit it, “You want what you want when you want and you will pitch a fit or pout if you don’t get it.” But we can’t stop at confession. Repentance and confession are two different things. All who repent confess but not all who confess repent. The answer to our dilemma may be found in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” We furnish the weakness and Christ provides the grace. Hallelujah, what a SAVIOR! When I was growing up we sang a song that went something like this– “Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him, how I have proved HIM over and over. Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus, oh for grace to trust HIM more.”

extra 2

  • Reagan Bowling came home yesterday. I think Johnny Burnett’s sister has surgery tomorrow at HH. I haven’t heard from Preston Grammer. I didn’t visit yesterday but I assume Bufford Burgess is still in ICU DGH. He is very sick.
  • No Deacon’s meeting today. LCBS at 9:15 and Celebrate Jesus in worship at 10:15. I hear rumors that everyone is gone to the lake or the beach but I was told that the last two Sunday’s and we had great crowds so I am going to wait and see.
  • Joe David and crew are spending a week with Rita Lindsey in Coco Beach. Her husband’s name is Larry but I don’t remember his last name. Anywho, Rita is a great hostess. Joe David is driving back next Saturday alone. He is like his dad in that he does not mind traveling alone. Ty, Josie, and Lori are flying back with Rita on Monday.
  • My Daddy was promoted 20 years ago today if my math is right!
Eugene Luther Bailey

Eugene Luther Bailey

  • Robert E. Lee was a Christian and a gentleman which is why we lost the war. He fought in the traditional manor, never stooping to acts of terrorism. When Lincoln realized he could not win the war any other way, he sent a terrorist by the name of William Sherman to burn and loot every town he came to. Don’t kid yourself, Lincoln knew exactly what he would do which is why he sent him.We could have done the same but we had a civilized leader and one we can be proud of which is more than I can say for the aggressors. If I was Obama and the blacks, I would chill on the Rhetoric. We don’t need a second civil war and we sure don’t need a racial war. We have done enough reconstruction of history; they need to leave this issue alone.
Terrorist, William T. Sherman

Terrorist, William T. Sherman


Robert E. Lee

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