Currently Reading: The Search for Significance

 "Only to sit and think of God,
Oh what a joy it is!
To think the thought, to breathe the Name;
Earth has no higher bliss.
Father of Jesus, love's reward!
What rapture it will be,
Prostrate before Thy throne to be,
And gaze and gaze on Thee!"

"Wherever we turn in the church of God, there is Jesus. He is the beginning, middle and end of everything to us...There is nothing good, nothing holy, nothing beautiful, nothing joyous which He is not to His servants. No one need to be poor, because, if he chooses, he can have Jesus for his own property and possession. No need to be downcast, for Jesus is the joy of heaven, and it is His joy to enter into sorrowful hearts. We can exaggerate about many things; but we can never exaggerate our obligation to Jesus, or the compassionate abundance of the love of Jesus to us. All our lives long we might talk of Jesus, and yet we should never come to an end of the sweet things that might be said of Him. Eternity will not be long enough to learn all He is, or to praise Him for all He has done, but then, that matters not, for we shall be always with Him, and we desire nothing more."
(pg 244, Frederick Faber)

"We may think that humility is self-deprecation, but true humility is an accurate appraisal of our worth in Christ. We deserved God's righteous condemnation, yet we are recipients of His unconditional love, grace and righteousness through Christ. We are deeply loved, completely forgiven, fully pleasing, totally accepted, and complete in Him. Thankfulness, generosity, kindness, and self-confidence constitute true humility!" (pg 265)

"God creates by fiat, that is, He makes something from nothing. Your new birth brought about more than a change of direction. It gave you a completely new nature with new capacities to reflect God' image in your daily life." (pg 273)
"Confession is simply an application of the forgiveness we already have." (pg 286)
"A life of joy, fruitfulness, strength, and influence in a needy world awaits any believer who will trust Him. D.L. Moody was an unknown cobbler when he heard someone say, 'The world has yet to see what God can do through one man whose heart is completely His.' D.L. Moody responded, 'Lord, I want to be that man!'" (pg 296)
"Guilt deals with the sinner's loss of self-esteem and a wounded self-pride: 'What will others think of me?' Conviction deals with the loss of our moment-by-moment communication with God: 'This act is destructive to me and interferes with my walk with God.'" (pg 134)
"The next time you become upset and blame someone for your response, think about your tube of toothpaste. This morning you squeezed your toothpaste tube, and out of it came toothpaste. The reason the toothpaste came out is because that is what is in the tube. Someone may have squeezed you once, and out of you may have come responses that were really ungodly, maybe even embarrassing. You blame another for your responses, but you have to understand that what came out of you is what was in you. Often, God allows us to undergo troubling circumstances so that we can see what is inside of us." (pg 146)


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