This is from the book The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
In our desire after God, let us keep always in mind that God also hath desire, and His desire is toward the sons of men, and more particularly toward those sons of men who will make the once-for-all decision to exalt Him over all. Such as these are precious to God above all treasures of earth or sea. In them God finds a theater where He can display His exceeding kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. With them God can walk unhindered, toward them He can act like the God He is.
1 Peter 1:3-5
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Prodigal: Christmas this year, felt right as rain!
Me: Yes, we have to understand what Christmas is.
This is from the book The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey
It is almost beyond my comprehension too, and yet I accept that this notion is the key to understanding Christmas and is, in fact, the touchstone of my faith. As a Christian I believe that we live in parallel worlds. One world consists of hills and lakes and barns and politicians and shepherds watching their flocks by night. The other consists of angels and sinister forces and somewhere out there places called heaven and hell. One night in the cold, in the dark, among the wrinkled hills of Bethlehem, those two worlds came together at a dramatic point of intersection. God, who knows no before or after, entered time and space. God, who knows no boundaries took on the shocking confines of a baby’s skin, the ominous restraints of mortality.
Thank you for that Gift!
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness
This is from the book Joy in Christ’s Presence by Charles Spurgeon
His voice produced this calm. It is said that if oil is poured upon water, the water will become smooth. I suppose there is some truth in this statement, but there is all truth in this: if God speaks, the storm subsides into a calm, so that the waves of the sea are still. Our Lord Jesus only has to speak in the heart of any one of us, and immediately “the peace of God, which passeth all understanding” (Phil. 4:7) will possess us.
Amen Lord! We look around and there is sadness all around us and somethings that seem hopeless. Lord all we do is call out to you. In that moment in time, no matter how much darkness there is, you bring a bring light to our soul. Our soul is flooded with the love and peace of who you are!
And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.
This is from the book All of Grace by C.H. Spurgeon
If you yield yourself up to His divine working the Lord will alter your nature. He will subdue the old nature and breathe new life into you. Put your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. He will take the stony heart out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. Where everything was hard, everything will be tender; where everything was depraved, everything will be virtuous; where everything tended downward, everything will rise upward with impetuous force. The lion of anger will give place to the lamb of meekness. The raven of uncleanness will fly before the dove of purity. The vile serpent of deceit will be trodden under the heel of truth.
We all need the Lord to alter our nature. I need the Lord to help with the sinful flesh taking over. I need the Lord to help me soften my spirit to His truths. Lord help me and cleanse my spirit.
By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.
This is from the book The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
Now, if faith is the gaze of the heart at God, and if this gazeif but the raising of the inward eyes to meet the all-seeing eyes of God, then it follows that it is one of the easiest things possible to do. It would be like God to make the most vital thing easy and place it within the range of possibility for the weakest and poorest of us.
Several conclusions may fairly be drawn from all this. The simplicity of it, for instance. Since believing is looking, it can be done without special equipment or religious paraphernalia. God has seen to it that the one life-and-death essential can never be subject to the caprice of accident. Equipment can break down or get lost, water can leak away, records can by destroyed by fire, the minister can be delayed or the church burn down. All these are external to the soul and are subject to accident or mechanical failure: but looking is of the heart and can be done successfully by any man standing up or kneeling down or lying in his last agony a thousand miles from any church.
Satan would like us to become frustrated because of some of the technical problems that are taking place. We think that we need this or that to look a certain way. The world may need that, but God’s people do not need that. God will be there and His will is accomplished with the spirit of the Lord. Some will complain, but the spirit did not touch them. Praise God and receive His peace about this.
The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
If I appear great in their eyes, the Lord is most graciously helping me to see how absolutely nothing I am without Him, and helping me to keep little in my own eyes. He does not use me. But I am so concerned that He uses me and that it is not of me the work is done. The axe cannot boast of the trees it has cut down. It could do nothing but for the woodsman. He made it, he sharpened it, and he used it. The moment he throws it aside; it becomes only old iron. O that I may never lose sight of this.
Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see.