True intimacy with God always brings humility.
When the stakes are high, bow down low.
The purpose exceeds the pain.
Worship is focus.
People can help us but they can’t heal us.
If we are willing, we can also receive a new song from God that arises from hardship’s victories, not necessarily in musical notes but in fresh truths engraved on the heart. These precious gifts eventually come to those who keep the faith and wait to see God redeem great difficulty. These songs can be heard by others but they cannot be learned secondhand.
Blessing is bowing down to receive the expressions of divine favor that in the inner recesses of the human heart and mind make life worth the bother.
We’re going to have to let truth scream louder to our souls than the lies that have infected us.
Here’s the deal: God wants everything you have got. Uncontested priority. Every egg in one basket. All your weight on one limb. This very moment He has His fingers gripped on your chin saying “Right here, Child. Look right here. Don’t look right or left. Stare straight into My face. I am your Deliverer. There is none like Me.”
You cannot amputate your history from your destiny, because that is redemption.
Satan never wastes a fiery dart on an area covered in armor.
Oddly, the most freeing thing we can ever do is to abdicate the throne of our own miniature kingdoms.
Only you can decide how your fires will affect you. Will you be sanctified or scarred?
You are Gods chief creation, and you are here for His pleasure and His glory.
Some things don’t need to be cut back. They need to be cut off.
Courage comes from a heart that is CONVINCED it is loved.
Love is not only something God does; love is something God is. God would have to stop being in order to stop loving. Again, our temptation is to humanize God, because we are limited to understanding love as a verb. With God, love is first a noun. It’s what and who He is.
A head full of biblical knowledge without a heart passionately in love with Christ is terribly dangerous–a stronghold waiting to happen. The head is full, but the heart and soul are still unsatisfied.
For most of us who have failed over and over, our faith nearly disintegrated because somewhere along the way we confused faith in God with faith in ourselves. We’ve let ourselves down so many times that now we’re nearly hopeless.
Spit out sins of pride. Nothing contributes more to the length of our stay in the pit. Pride is the number one reason why a person who knows better remains reluctant to cry out to God.
Faith is the assurance that the thing which God has said in His word is true, and that God will act according to what He has said in his word… Faith is not a matter of impressions, nor of probabilities, nor of appearances. –George Muller
Faith is to believe what we do not see, and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe. –Augustine
Sight is not faith, and hearing is not faith, neither is feeling faith; but believing when we neither see, hear, nor feel is faith; and everywhere the Bible tells us our salvation is to be by faith. Therefore we must believe before we feel, and often against our feelings, if we would honor God by our faith. –Hannah Whitall Smith
It is the office of faith to believe what we do not see, and it shall be the reward of faith to see what we do believe. –Thomas Adams
Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservations. –Elton Trueblood
Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times. –Martin Luther
Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible. –Corrie ten Boom
Faith, as Paul saw it, was a living, flaming thing leading to surrender and obedience to the commandments of Christ. –A.W. Tozer
Faith is the way in which I can look away from myself – both from my sin and my progress in sanctification – and look to Christ as my only hope. –Robert Godfrey
Faith is the gift of God – not the result of the persuasion of the evangelist. –Jerry Bridges
We must never think of salvation as a kind of transaction between God and us in which He contributes grace and we contribute faith. For we were dead and had to be quickened before we could believe. No, Christ’s apostles clearly teach elsewhere that saving faith too is God’s gracious gift. –John Stott
This is the rock where we stand when the dark clouds gather and the floods lick at our feet: justification is by grace alone (not mixed with our merit), through faith alone (not mixed with our works) on the basis of Christ alone (not mingling his righteousness with ours), to the glory of God alone (not ours). –John Piper
The truth is that, though we were justified by faith alone, the faith that justifies is never alone (it always produces fruit, “good works,”…a transformed life). –J.I. Packer
A.H. Strong uses the analogy of the coupling. The coupling joins a train of cars to a locomotive. The coupling has no power in itself. It cannot move a single car an inch. All the power is in the locomotive. But the coupling is the link by which the power of the locomotive is transmitted to the cars. Faith has no power in itself; it is not a ground of salvation; it is not a good work. It is merely that by which all the goodness and grace and glory of Christ comes to the sinner. –John H. Gerstner
Indeed this is one of the greatest mysteries in the world – namely, that a righteousness that resides with a Person in heaven should justify me, a sinner on earth. –John Bunyan
Tell me not of your justification, unless you have also some marks of sanctification. Boast not of Christ’s work for you, unless you can show us the Spirit’s work in you. –J.C. Ryle
The most damnable and pernicious heresy that has ever plagued the mind of man was the idea that somehow he could make himself good enough to deserve to live with an all-holy God. –Martin Luther
God does not justify us because we are worthy, but by justifying us make us worthy. –Thomas Watson
Hudson Taylor, founder of China Inland Mission, in the closing months of his life said to a friend, “I am so weak. I can’t read my Bible. I can’t even pray. I can only lie still in God’s arms like a little child and trust. –Author Unknown
Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God. –Corrie ten Boom
When you have given yourself to Christ, leave yourself there, and go about your work as a child in His household. –Charles Seymour Robinson
The only way to learn strong faith is to endure great trials. –George Muller
Faith expects from God what is beyond all expectation. –Andrew Murray
Where reason cannot wade there faith may swim. —Thomas Watson
Some things have to be believed to be seen. — Ralph Hodgson
Faith is believing in advance what can only be understood in reverse. –Philip Yancey
Faith is letting down our nets into the untransparent deeps, at the Divine command, not knowing what we shall take. –Frederick W. Faber
There are three kinds of faith in Christ: 1. Struggling faith, like a man in deep water desperately swimming. 2. Clinging faith, like a man hanging to the side of a boat. 3. Resting faith, like a man safely within the boat (and able to reach out with a hand to help someone else get in). –D.L. Moody