His Work In Progress

Josephine S Chan
Unworthy & Undeserving
yet Forgiven & Redeemed
by Grace through Faith
in the Saving Power of Jesus Christ

Charles Spurgeon

[Romans 1:17] For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

To live by faith is a far surer and happier thing than to live by feelings or by works. The branch by living in the vine, lives a better life than it would live by itself, even if it were possible for it to live at all apart from the stem. To live by clinging to Jesus, by deriving all from Him, is a sweet and sacred thing. If even the most just must live in this fashion, how much more must I who am a poor sinner! Lord, I believe. I must trust You wholly. What else can I do? Trusting You is my life … 

The Battle Hymn - Tim Be Told

God to you we’ve cried and prayed
Before the cross our hopes we’ve laid
And curse the lies denying you are real
Holding onto faith that you will heal

You prisoners and bartered slaves
You captives of the war be brave
Lift your shackled hands in victory 
And the Lord of Love will set you free

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, every broken heart be brave!
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, yes the Lord will make a way!
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, yes the Lord will make a way!

"It is finished, It is finished"
The Son of Man succeeding where I failed
The wrath of God now satisfied
In Jesus, my Emmanuel

"It is finished, It is finished"
No longer need I labor for His love
For Christ fulfilling the law of God
Was deemed by God to be enough

"It is finished, It is finished"
The wedding bells of freedom now ring
Your sons and daughters will testify
Now to you, Jesus, we will sing
We will sing

On Christ the solid rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand

Charles Spurgeon:

"All those who see me laugh me to scorn; they shoot out their lips at me, and wag their heads (with hatred)." —Psalm 22:7

Mockery was a great ingredient in our Lord’s suffering. Judas mocked Him in the garden; the chief priests and scribes laughed Him to scorn; Herod discarded Him; the servants and the soldiers jeered at Him, and brutally insulted Him; Pilate and his guards ridiculed His royalty; and on the tree all sorts of horrid jests and hideous taunts were hurled at Him. Ridicule is always hard to bear, but when we are in intense pain it is so heartless and so cruel that it cuts to the very bone of life itself.

Think of the Savior crucified, racked with anguish far beyond all imagination. And then picture that motley multitude all wagging their heads or thrusting out their lips in bitterest contempt of one poor suffering victim! Their unanimous hatred was a display of the worst evil; and yet in the very moment of its greatest apparent triumph it could do no more than mock at that victorious goodness which was then reigning on the cross.

O Jesus, “despised and rejected of men,” how could You die for men who treated You so poorly? This is an amazing love, love divine, love beyond degree. We, too, have despised You in the days before our rebirth, and even since our new birth we have too often honored the world in our hearts. And yet You bleed to heal our wounds and die to give us life.

O that we could set You on a glorious high throne in all men’s hearts! We would ring out Your praises over land and sea until men should as universally adore you just as they once unanimously rejected you.

If you can’t see the sun you will be impressed with a street light. If you’ve never felt thunder and lightning you’ll be impressed with fireworks. And if you turn your back on the greatness and majesty of God you’ll fall in love with a world of shadows and short-lived pleasures.
John Piper (via hidkim)

To fight hard for joy in Jesus Christ sometimes means fighting to only let go in complete surrender to Him. A surrender that is scary, but one that is sweet and assuring in knowing that in Him, our hope is secured and unfailing.

God’s merciful grip on us will forever be infinitely firmer and stronger that ours will ever be on Him.

It is when we are sufficiently aware and in complete understanding of our deliberate acts of disobedience, yet continue in them that our minds can become the most deceived and the most dangerous.

Something I was made very aware of these past few weeks.

To take a person out of slavery takes an instant. To take slavery out of a person takes a process.
Tim Keller (via changwinston)


One of the most common questions that you’re asked is probably, “How are you doing?” But if we’re honest, sometimes things aren’t good, great, or even okay. Sometimes things are difficult, life can be hard. We feel like we’ve made so many mistakes that we don’t even know where to restart and…

The gospel, applied to our hearts every day, frees us to be brutally honest with ourselves and with God. The assurance of His total forgiveness of our sins through the blood of Christ means we don’t have to play defensive games anymore. We don’t have to rationalize and excuse our sins. We can say we told a lie instead of saying we exaggerated a bit. We can admit an unforgiving spirit instead of continuing to blame our parents for our emotional distress. We can call sin exactly what it is, regardless of how ugly and shameful it may be, because we know that Jesus bore that sin in His body on the cross. With the assurance of total forgiveness through Christ, we have no reason to hide from our sins anymore.
Jerry Bridges (via jspark3000)

(via whithered)


For we do not want  you to be ignorant, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again.
2 Corinthians 1:8-10

Don’t believe a lie that…there’s a verse that says, “God will never give you more than you can handle,” false! Totally false! There is a promise in 1 Corinthians [10:13] that he will always provide a way out of temptation for you; but it is false to say that he will never give you more than you can handle – He will give you more than you can handle. He will make you feel like you are “despairing of life itself,” but he will do that so you will not rely on yourselves but “on Him who raises the dead.” 

- Jojo Ma, CrossLife Community ChurchIntroduction to Ephesians: By His Grace, For His Glory, 9/2/12

…he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10

The only thing that you and I contribute to our salvation is the sin that makes it necessary.
William Temple (via churrowong)

We find that quite often, it is simpler to seek reconciliation for the right thing, but not always the best thing.


Sunrise Grace Family Sharing Time [07062013]

FCBC Walnut has always been my home. But I can say in all honesty that Sunrise Grace, for the past half a year, has been my home away from home, and I am so thankful that my first ministry opportunity has been with this church plant.

Only 3 more Sundays … 

Matthew 5:3 - Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

What does it mean to be poor in spirit?

There is a distinct difference between being worthless and being lacking in self-sufficiency. The former is indicative that we have no value, we have no worth. But that is not true in God’s eyes for we are of utmost value to him. The latter is referring to our spiritual bankruptcy apart from divine grace, our absolute inability to offer something, anything of worth to our Holy God because of the sinfulness that consumes our hearts. To be poor in spirit is the recognition of our empty-handed presence before the throne of grace. A rendering of this verse is this – “Blessed are those who realize that they have nothing within themselves to commend them to God, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” It’s only those who realize that they can’t get to heaven on their own that have any hope of getting there at all. (John Wesley)

The Beatitudes of the Lord Jesus Christ is the very antithesis, the exact opposite, of what this world believes. “They demonstrate that the way to heavenly blessedness is antithetical to the worldly path normally followed in pursuit of happiness. However, the Beatitudes give Jesus’ description of the character of true faith.” (John Piper) To walk with Christ is to blatantly stand against the world.

Faith saves, but deep rooted and sincere humility is the very posture of faith. We’ll not go to a doctor if we don’t realize that there is something wrong. In the very same way, if we don’t realize the severity of our sins, the urgency for a Savior, we will not recognize the necessity for salvation in Jesus Christ.

“It is our weakness that is the reservoir for God’s power. It is our inadequacy that is the place for His adequacy; our poverty that is exchanged for His riches; our humility that gives way for His confidence and authority; and ultimately, our emptiness and nothingness that gives way for His fullness. (David Legge)” [2 Corinthians 12:9-10 / Luke 18:10-14]

“The first link between my soul and Christ is not my goodness but my wickedness; not my merit but my misery; not my standing but my failing.” What a paradox! And what an amazing God to have shown us mercy and grace in light of our spiritual bankruptcy!

Returning to the Gospel. Our depravity before God is the very essence of what makes the Gospel so urgent yet precious. If we are indeed inadequate to offer anything that is of worth or value to God, what is it then that makes us worth so much in His eyes…  It is first, a Creator’s love for his creation. Yet when sin divided an unholy creation from its holy and righteous God, it was only through Christ’s death and resurrection on the cross that justifies and redeems our souls. As we stand before God’s throne, he sees not a condemned sinner, rather he sees Christ before us, through whom we are made righteous. He sees Christ interceding on our behalf as his sacrifice on the cross was not one of fading hope but one of demonstrated power and authority and one that ultimately brings us reconciliation with our wrathful and sovereign King. It is not by anything we have done for God to have redeemed us, but it is only through the heavy price that was already paid on the cross for our sake and in our place. We are completely and utterly depraved, yet in Christ we have everything. With this truth reigning in our hearts, it is truly humbling to acknowledge the abundant mercies of divine grace in light of our empty-handedness. Let us Rejoice, for we do indeed have a wonderful Lord & Savior!