“We must never let go of the blood and righteousness of Christ as the ground of our right standing with God and guarantee of all God’s promises. By faith in Christ, we embrace Him as our righteousness and we embrace all that God promises to be for us in Him. The Fulfillment of those promises, grounded in the work of Christ, is what I mean by Future Grace. This is the way we fight sin. Or, to put it positively, the way we pursue righteousness and love is to fight for faith in future Grace.” (John Piper, “Battling Unbelief”, p.89)
This book is turning my perspective in a new direction, changing my focus. We sing the old hymn, ‘Standing on the Promises of God’… but do we really truly DO that? Because if we did, then anxiety and impatience and fear and doubt would melt away like a morning mist. I’m reaching for this kind of faith, fighting to grab hold of it, battling my own habits of unbelief to reach it. It’s like trying to run through emotional jello! It really is. But I can see it ahead of me and I am choosing to stand on those promises regardless of how the circumstances are, and what my emotions are. I have to RETRAIN my emotions, like a dog obedience school.