golter's musings

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (Romans 10:17)

  • Constant Battle

    June 7, 2019

    Oh, that Miserly Old Adam.

    God by His grace called you to faith in His Son. Rejoice!

    But for some reason He has kept the old, sinful flesh inside of you.

    Oh, is it a rebellious, recalcitrant donkey!

    Especially in giving.

    I’m reading a great article by Dr. Francis Piper (1852-1931) entitled “On Christian Stewardship: The Gifts of the Christians.”

    He writes: “The Christians are not wholly spiritual, but still have their evil flesh. And according to the flesh, they are miserly and always seek to withhold from Christ what He needs for His kingdom…The spirit needs to be strengthened continually through the Gospel…And the old man needs to be bridled outwardly by means of threats and punishments, so that the works of the Spirit may not be hindered overmuch.”

    God’s people are generous and stingy at the same time. It’s a daily fight against the sinful flesh. Oh, that we were in heaven now, that all of this would be over!

    But the Lord has us here to work with Him to gain more Christians.

    His desire is ours.

    This is an absolute joy.

    Pastor Golter is the Senior Pastor at Trinity Lutheran