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The service of Christ is the business of my life.

The will of Christ is the law of my life.

The presence of Christ is the joy of my life.

The glory of Christ is the crown of my life.

Samuel G. Hardman and Dwight Lyman Moody,

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

(Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1998).

The first thing you do after God speaks to you is critical. … Rather than responding to what Jesus told him, Peter looked around at his fellow disciples. His glance fell upon John, the disciple whom Jesus loved. “But Lord, what about this man?” Peter asked. … How natural to compare his assignment with that of the others! This is the great temptation of God’s servants: to compare our situation with that of others. … Jesus assigned Peter and John to walk two different paths, but both Peter and John have enriched our lives.

Blackaby, Richard (2006-12-01).

Experiencing God Day By Day (p. 31).

B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

When faithful people are happy and when they sing, “The LORD is my strength and my song” (Psalm 118:14), the devil stays far away from them.  But as soon as we stop praising God, miserable, lonely, sad thoughts return.  This is how the devil works. When the water becomes troubled, he likes to fish. He uses these opportunities to tempt people to abandon their faith and give up in despair.

Luther, Martin; Galvin, James C. (2009-05-19).

Faith Alone: A Daily Devotional (p. 31).

Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

I am your strength and your shield. I plan out each day and have it ready for you, long before you arise from bed. I also provide the strength you need each step of the way. Instead of assessing your energy level and wondering about what’s on the road ahead, concentrate on staying in touch with Me.

Young, Sarah (2004-10-12).

Jesus Calling: Seeking Peace in His Presence (p. 32).

Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

He gives quietness in the midst of the raging storm.  He gives quietness even in the midst of losing our inner strength and comforts. Sometimes He removes these because we make too much of them. We are tempted to look at our joys, pleasures, passions, or our dreams, with too much self-satisfaction.

Reimann, Jim; Cowman, Mrs. Charles E. (2008-09-02).

Streams in the Desert: 366 Daily Devotional Readings (p. 55).

Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2)

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version

(Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001).

The one thing that is all important is that the Gospel of God should be realized as the abiding Reality. Reality is not human goodness, nor holiness, nor heaven, nor hell, but Redemption; and the need to perceive this is the most vital need of the Christian worker to-day. … Personal holiness is an effect, not a cause, and if we place our faith in human goodness, in the effect of Redemption, we shall go under when the test comes.

Oswald Chambers,

My Utmost for His Highest : Selections for the Year

(Grand Rapids, MI: Discovery House Publishers, 1993).

How often are the saints of God downcast and sad! I do not think they ought to be. I do not think they would if they could always see their perfection in Christ. There are some who are always talking about corruption, and the depravity of the heart, and the innate evil of the soul. This is quite true, but why not go a little further, and remember that we are “perfect in Christ Jesus.” … On the cross he said, “It is finished!” and if it be finished, then am I complete in him, and can rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.

Charles H. Spurgeon,

Morning and Evening : Daily Readings

(Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2006).

In our fast-paced daily life, how easy it is to get caught up in the “things of earth” so that eternal values become blurred and almost forgotten. … Remember these words from the chorus of Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, … “Turn your eyes upon Jesus; look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”

Kenneth W. Osbeck,

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

(Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel Publications, 1990), 40.

This is my endlessly recurrent temptation: to go down to that Sea (I think St. John of the Cross called God a sea) and there neither dive nor swim nor float, but only dabble and splash, careful not to get out of my depth and holding on to the lifeline which connects me with my things temporal.  (For further reflection on this quote click here)

Lewis, C. S. (2009-03-17).

A Year with C. S. Lewis (p. 36).

Harper Collins, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

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Do you recognize the folly of a servant of God attempting to minister without eating of the heavenly manna? Neither is it sufficient to have spiritual nourishment only occasionally. Every day you must receive the “renewal by the Holy Spirit.” You know the difference between your whole being pulsating with the energy and freshness of God’s divine life or feeling worn-out and weary. Quietness and stillness bring the dew  Wait before God until you feel saturated with His presence.  Dew will never appear while there is either heat or wind. The temperature must fall, the wind cease, and the air come to a point of coolness and rest—absolute rest—before the invisible particles of moisture will become dew to dampen any plant or flower. And the grace of God does not come forth to bring rest and renewal to our soul until we completely reach the point of stillness before Him.

From Reimann, Jim; Cowman, Mrs. Charles E. (2008-09-02). Streams in the Desert: 366 Daily Devotional Readings (pp. 54-55). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

Besides being complicated, reality, in my experience, is usually odd.  Reality, in fact, is usually something you could not have guessed. That is one of the reasons I believe Christianity. It is a religion you could not have guessed. If it offered us just the kind of universe we had always expected, I should feel we were making it up. But, in fact, it is not the sort of thing anyone would have made up. It has just that queer twist about it that real things have.

From Lewis, C. S. (2009-03-17). A Year with C. S. Lewis (p. 27). Harper Collins, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

Even the best Christian that ever lived is not acting on his own steam—he is only nourishing or protecting a life he could never have acquired by his own efforts.

From Lewis, C. S. (2009-03-17). A Year with C. S. Lewis (p. 29). Harper Collins, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

A moderated religion is as good for us as no religion at all—and more amusing.

From Lewis, C. S. (2009-03-17). A Year with C. S. Lewis (p. 30). Harper Collins, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

“He is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake” (Acts 9:15–16). God’s plan for Paul, revealed through a vision, involved both testifying before kings and suffering persecution. Paul was to enjoy the thrill of performing miracles, preaching to large crowds, and starting churches. But Paul was also to be stoned, shipwrecked, whipped, mocked, conspired against, and imprisoned (2 Cor. 11:23–28).

From Blackaby, Richard (2006-12-01). Experiencing God Day By Day (p. 30). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

When children are old enough to begin grasping the concepts of faith, they should make a habit of bringing home verses of Scripture from church. They should recite these verses to their parents at mealtime. Then they should write the verses down and put them in little pouches or pockets.

From Luther, Martin; Galvin, James C. (2009-05-19). Faith Alone: A Daily Devotional (p. 30). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

As it is now, people go to hear a sermon and leave again unchanged. They act like a sermon is only worth the time it takes to hear it. No one thinks about learning anything from it or remembering it. Some people listen to sermons for three or four years and still don’t learn enough to respond to a single question about faith. More than enough has been written in books, but not nearly enough has been driven into our hearts.

From Luther, Martin; Galvin, James C. (2009-05-19). Faith Alone: A Daily Devotional (p. 30). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

Whatever occupies your mind the most becomes your god.

From Young, Sarah (2004-10-12). Jesus Calling: Seeking Peace in His Presence (p. 31). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

Get into the habit of saying, “Speak, Lord,” and life will become a romance.

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest : Selections for the Year (Grand Rapids, MI: Discovery House Publishers, 1993).

God never gives us a call without its being a privilege, and He never gives us the privilege to come up higher without stretching out to us His hand to lift us up.

Samuel G. Hardman and Dwight Lyman Moody, Thoughts for the Quiet Hour (Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1998).


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