Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Living In God's Will

"When we follow Jesus as the apostles did, we have no idea how he will use us.  He may maximize his glory through us by a faithful but nonetheless "normal" existence.  Or he may have a more unusual route of glorification.  No matter what you do on a daily basis, you can rest in this:  your walk may not be predictable, but it will be transformative and full of grace, and powered by joy that cuts through all the lesser things of this world leaving you to savor the mercy and power of God shown you and made your own through the cross and empty tomb.  When Christ is your all, and you're living for him, then you're in God's will."  ~ Owen Strachan, The Risky Gospel

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Don't Make Your Saving Relationship A Chore

"When I look at my relationship with God as a chore, a sacrifice, then I am getting the glory - not God.  I keep saying, 'Look what I have sacrificed for God....' or 'Listen to what I do for God.  It's hard, exhausting really....'  Francis Chan, Crazy Love

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Genuine Love for God

"Isn't that what God wants of us - to crave this relationship with Him as we crave all genuine love relationships?  Isn't that what brings Him glory - when believers desire Him and are not merely slaves who serve Him out of obligation?"  Francis Chan, Crazy Love

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Call To Commitment

"Jesus' call to commitment is clear:  He wants all or nothing.  The thought of a person calling himself a 'Christian' without being a devoted follower of Christ is absurd."  Francis Chan, Crazy Love

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Beating Temptation to the Punch

"Consider what ways, what companies, what opportunities, what studies, what businesses, what conditions, have at any time given, or do usually give, advantages to thy distempers; and set thyself heedfully against them all.  Men will do this with respect to their bodily infirmities and distempers:  the seasons, the diet, the air that have proved offensive shall be avoided.  Are the things of the soul of less importance?"  John Owen, The Mortification of Sin

We put a lot of emphasis on bodily health - we avoid second hand smoke and eating too much refined sugar and saturated fat.  Are we as diligent in avoiding the things that pollute and damage our spiritual life?

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Thomas a Kempis on Temptation

Do you ever get weary of temptation?  Feel like it never lets up?  You're not alone.  Many great saints through history confess the same experience!  Consider the Apostle Paul in Romans 7, or Thomas a Kempis in the quote below.  But take heart - the fact that you are troubled and bothered by temptation is evidence that the Spirit of God is at work within!
"This is that which oftentimes strikes me down, and confounds me in Thy sight, that I am so subject to fall, and weak in resisting my passions.  And although I do not altogether consent, yet their continued assaulting is troublesome and grievous unto me; and it is exceedingly weary to live thus daily in conflict." 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Essence of Idolatry

"[I]n the case of God, we distort our knowledge of Him by replacing Him with an image that we create ourselves.  This is the essence of idolatry: replacing the reality with a counterfeit.  We distort the truth of God and reshape our understanding of Him according to our own preferences, leaving us with a God who is anything but holy."

~ R.C. Sproul, The Holiness of God