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The times that I feel most desperate and helpless before preaching are the times that I pray the hardest and God seems to bless and empower me the most in the delivery of the message. Once I begin speaking, the desperation gives way fully to boldness and confidence in God's word.

Desperation is on the one hand not an entirely pleasant experience. And yet the fruit it yields is on the other hand so wonderful: a greater dependence of God, and a more full experience of his grace. I think this is what Paul means by boasting in his weaknesses and the power of Christ resting on him exactly when he is weak (2Co 12:9-10). 

I wonder if this is ever a "pleasant" experience, in the normal meaning of that word. It seems the nature of desperation is...unpleasant. And yet the fruit of it is virtual paradise, as desperation gives way to sweet sovereignty of God my Savior and Christ Jesus my hope.


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A once enemy now son, forgiven and freed by Jesus' blood, adopted and called by grace for glory.   (more...)

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