Thankful Thursday! August 9, 2018

Thank you, Lord!!

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29 years with my dear Rendon!   He made me a mama and blessed me more than he’ll ever know...actually his Tru is certainly giving him a glimpse!💜   Happy birthday week, Ren!

My sweet Gil is so helpful when we have people over.  I didn’t even have to clean up at all this time!😃

Cooler nights, windows open and fans on!

My dear son cleaning up the kitchen while I rocked Tru

My broken glasses are still under warranty!!🎉

 

HAMMERED BY THE LAW

“‘What, then, was the purpose of the law? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come.’

Galatians 3: 19

 

Although the law doesn’t justify us, it’s still useful and necessary. First, in society, it holds the lawless people in check. Second, it shows people that they are sinners guilty of death and worthy of eternal wrath.

Why does the hammer of the law smash us to pieces and crush us? Of what use is this humiliation? It shows us that the way of grace stands open to us. So the law is a servant and prepares us for grace.

For God is a God of the humble, the miserable, the troubled, the oppressed, the despairing, and those who have become totally nothing.

He lifts the lowly, feeds the hungry, heals the blind, comforts the miserable and troubled, justifies the sinner, raises the dead, and saves the despairing and the condemned.

For he is the Almighty Creator who makes everything from nothing.

Most of all, he protects us from the most harmful corruption—presuming we’re righteous.

No one wants to be a sinner who is impure, miserable, and condemned. But everyone wants to be righteous and holy. So God uses this hammer of the law to break, crush, and annihilate this beast with its empty confidence, wisdom, righteousness, and power. As a result, it will learn through its misfortune that it is lost and condemned.

When the conscience has been terrified in this way by the law, there’s a place for the teaching of the gospel and of grace, which restores and comforts the conscience.

This teaching says that Christ came into the world, not to break a bruised reed, not even to snuff out a smoldering wick (Isaiah 42: 3), but “to preach good news to the poor. . . . bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners” (Isaiah 61: 1).“

Martin Luther