Not me, because I’m in Christ and Christ is in me.
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we also live with him. We know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has any mastery over him
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God gives sleep to those he loves.
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Aren’t you glad…
…that David didn’t have a negative body image? I mean, standing next to Goliath he would have looked like a ruddy Stewart Little. But instead of breaking down in nervous sweats, David had his focus on the covenant he had with God (the same covenant that Goliath didn’t have)…
Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?
1 Samuel 17:26
So whatever trials or troubles you’re facing at this moment, do not develop a destructive outlook because the odds seem against you. Instead, focus on the things unseen (2 Cor. 4:18) and focus on the fact that if you are with Chirst, than God is for you and nothing can be against you (Rom 8:31). You are a warrior with the love of God on your side.
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Our hearts are sensitive.
Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself by what he approves. But the man who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.
When we act in a way that isn’t right, our hearts don’t approve and it’s impossible to maintain a clear conscience. Act in the full faith the Lord has given us, so that our hearts will rejoice in the blessings of the Lord!
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Another Wombo Combo (Even though it’s Thursday)
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
And then, about Moses…
He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.
You know that moment when you were 5 years old, opening your first Christmas presents of the holiday and all of a sudden all the anguish that you built up waiting for Christmas to come disappears? So much so that the anguish doesn’t even compare to the great joy found in your new gift?
Well our current disgraces, despairs, sufferings, trials and anguishes are not even worth comparing to Christ’s Glory that will be revealed in us. Moses knew this, and he knew that disgrace for Christ’s sake was worth infinitely more than the treasures of Egypt, because he could see the coming Glory.
May we go out to day and take up our cross with our eyes firmly set on Christ’s Glory.
For Christ’s Glory!
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It is far from my intention to deny that we find in Christian Ethics a deepening, an internalization, a few changes of emphasis, in the moral code. But only serious ignorance of Jewish and Pagan culture would lead anyone to the conclusion that it is a radically new thing. Essentially, Christianity is not the promulgation of a moral discovery. It is addressed only to penitents, only to those who admit their disobedience to the known moral law. It offers forgiveness for having broken, and supernatural help towards keeping, that law, and by so doing re-affrims it. A Christian who understands his own religion laughs when unbelievers expect to trouble him by the assertion that Jesus uttered no command which had not been anticipated by the Rabbis- few, indeed, which cannot be paralleled in classical, ancient Egyptian, Ninevite, Babylonian, or Chinese texts. We have long recognized that truth with rejoicing. Our faith is not pinned on a crank.
-C.S. Lewis, On Ethics
The coming of Christ was foretold and the beginning of everything. Christ was not a new “moral discovery,” but both the single moral truth that all other discoveries were based on and the fulfillment and completion of those discoveries, which fell short of his Glory. This was something that all of creation had been groaning in anticipation for and now it is here.
"I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God and they will be my people. No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother saying ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest," declares the Lord "For I will forgive their wickedness and remember their sins no more"
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If we wish to be rational, not now and then, but constantly, we must pray for the gift of Faith, for the power to go on believing not in the teeth of reason but in the teeth of lust and terror and jealousy and boredom and indifference that which reason, authority, or experience, or all three, have once delivered to us for truth. And the answer to the prayer will, perhaps, surprise us when it comes. For I am not sure, after all, whether one of the causes of our weak faith is not a secret wish that our faith should not be very strong. Is there some reservation in our minds? Some fear of what it might be like if our religion became quite real?
-C.S. Lewis, Religion: Reality or Substitute
The world doesn’t really have a place for the strength and the power of the faith God gives us. But it needs it. Don’t fear bringing faith into the world because it seems dangerous because it’s real. The world needs to feel the weight of that reality. Which reminds me:
Many of us have actually been afraid to let our strength show up because the world doesn’t have a place for it. fine. The world’s screwed up. Let people feel the weight of who you are and let them deal with it.
-John Eldredge, Wild at Heart
If your weight is too heavy for the world, then God’s is even heavier. Have the courage to bring the reality of this heavy faith into the world, where it is needed most.
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Our good shepherd and his crazy sheep…
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me besides quiet water, he restores my soul.
Imagine you had some sheep. Beautiful little things: fluffy, cute, and they love to nom on some grass. Now you adore your flock like nothing else and you have committed your life to taking care of them and guiding them through their lives. You know when they are hungry, when they need to drink, and when they need to rest. You are their absolute care taker.
Now, you would also admit that your brain is probably a little bit bigger than theirs, which is why they could do with some guidance. Sometimes they freak out a little bit because they get stuck behind a tree or an a cliffside and can’t see you anymore (even though you’re right next to them). But hey, it’s all cool because they’re sheep. And they’re not just sheep, but they’re your sheep and you love them.
You know what? If I were you I would get pretty annoyed after a while. I mean, NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES I LEAD MY SHEEP INTO GREEN PASTURES, THEY ALWAYS START FREAKING OUT WHEN THEY CAN’T SEE THE PASTURE ANYMORE. And, omaigoodness, it is immensely frustrating when we have to leave the stream that they drink from and they start “baa-ing” wildly about how they’re never gonna get water ever again in their entire life. Sometimes I just wish that my sheep had more faith…
I thank God that he has more patience with us. That though we cry out in despair from little faith as if green pastures in front of us don’t exist, he will always shepherd us and restore our souls. That really is the mark of a good shepherd.
God Bless his sheep.
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Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON and rejoice in tough times. When you feel the tension heightening, you know that you are going to come out on the other side in one piece because of the grace of God. And not only will you be in one piece, but God will have developed in you a perseverance that does not lack anything. Double success.
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