Feeling disgust helps us stay healthy, study says – CNN headline, 5 June 2018
The article on physical health assumes that disgust is a random accident of blind evolution. Disgusting, isn’t it?
There is no more vulnerable and valuable part of man than the soul: pollution of our minds with wrong values and ideas ruins us, our relationships, our society and our ability to be disgusted at offensiveness toward God. “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption” says Paul (Eph 4:30). So, primarily, we have to resist the erosion of our sense of disgust at spiritual pollution.
“The Holy Spirit opens my ear in great gentleness of soul for what the Father has to speak and teach” (Andrew Murray)
Welcome to this place of purity and joyful sharing in God’s word and work.
It appears that despite the grace of Christ shown to the world, it nonetheless quickly degenerates into self love, pride and lust, as Paul wrote Timothy in his 2nd letter.
Four supernatural events have kept humanity from self-destructing. We celebrate them on Christmas, Good Friday, Easter, and Ascension Day. We celebrate Christ’s birth, when God became flesh; the cross, when sin’s penalty was paid; and the resurrection, when the power of death was broken. But what about His ascension? Why is it so important? Jesus’ return to His Father affected the lives of everyone, believers and unbelievers alike. After returning to heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit, to show people their need for a Saviour, to be their helper and teacher. Had Christ remained on this earth following His resurrection, His continuing ministry would have been limited. He would not have accomplished what He is presently doing through the Holy Spirit. Ascension Day reminds us that our exalted Lord is not only continuing His ministry for us as our Great High Priest and Advocate, but through the Spirit He is calling sinners to Himself.
I have no desire to stay
Where doubts arise and fears dismay
Though some may dwell where these abound,
My prayer, my aim, is higher ground.
I want to scale the utmost height
And catch a gleam of glory bright;
For faith has caught the joyful sound,
The song of love on higher ground.
Lord, lift me up and let me stand,
By faith, on Heaven’s tableland,
A higher plane than I have found;
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.
These lines penned by businessman Johnson Oatman, author of 3,000 hymns, resonate in me daily as we hold devotions, as we come to church on Sunday, or as we start Bible Study. Knowing Jesus better is exciting, uplifting and encouraging. Welcome to KBC today as together we seek to move to Higher Ground.
If I am drowning, a man with one foot on the bank may give me a hand that saves my life. Ought I to shout back (between gasps) “No, it’s not fair! You have an advantage!” That advantage – call it “unfair” if you like – is the only reason why he can help me. To what will you look for help if you will not look to what is stronger than yourself? – CS Lewis
If you are too embarrassed or ashamed or proud to hold onto Jesus’ outstretched hand, there is no other. He went through hell for you. Do you really want to stand on your own dignity as you sink? Fall across and grab that Hand, in all things!
Under the Mercy,
Traditionally this is the day on which the Church celebrates Jesus' final entry to Jerusalem before his crucifixion. As you prepare yourself for the Easter week, remember that Christ has come the first time, humble and for sin. He could've stormed the gates and crushed the world, but He crushed himself for our sake.