A pattern cannot secure our pardon…an example can stir our imagination, kindle our idealism and strengthen our resolve, but it cannot cleanse the defilement of our past sins, bring peace to our troubled conscience or reconcile us to God.
John R. W. Stott
Self-preservation is the first law of nature, but self-sacrifice is the highest rule of grace.
If you see someone taking responsibility, give that person authority. If you see someone looking for authority, watch out!
This week’s word by Katherine, the overseer of this ministry.
“Do You Pray For Your Pastors? Why Not?”
Pray devoutly, but hammer stoutly.
Unholy tempers are always unhappy tempers.
This week’s thoughts by Katherine:
God is Compelling His fiery voices to speak, silence them not!
As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation — either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.
God is interested in developing your character. At times, He lets you proceed, but He will never let you go too far without discipline to bring you back. In your relationship with God, He may let you make a wrong decision. Then the Spirit of God causes you to recognize that it is not God’s will. He guides you back to the right path.
We make choices to trust God, to wait on God, to obey God, to stick with God, to remain faithful when everything in us wants to quit and run.
Christians in revival are accordingly found living in God’s presence (Coram Deo), attending to His Word, feeling acute concern about sin and righteousness, rejoicing in the assurance of Christ’s love and their own salvation, spontaneously constant in worship, and tirelessly active in witness and service, fueling these activities by praise and prayer.
When God wants to remove the defects in your life, he doesn’t just snap his fingers so that it happens instantly. He does it incrementally. When God wants to make a mushroom, he takes six hours, but when he wants to make an oak tree, he takes 60 years. Do you want to be a mushroom or an oak tree?