Monthly Archives: February 2013

Prayer for God to Draw Us Closer — A Quote by A.W. Tozer in “The Pursuit of God”

“O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully conscious of my need of further grace. I am ashamed of my lack of desire. O God, the Triune God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still. Show me Thy glory, I pray Thee, that so I may know Thee indeed. Begin in mercy a new work of love within me. Say to my soul, ‘Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.’ Then give me grace to rise and follow Thee up from this misty lowland where I have wandered so long. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

— A. W. Tozer, “The Pursuit of God”, Kindle location 216

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You Can Look to Jesus or Your Performance, but Not Both — A Quote by Sarah Young in “Jesus Calling”

“Man-made rules about how to live the Christian life enslave many people. Their focus is on their performance, rather than on Me. It is through knowing Me intimately that you become like Me. This requires spending time alone with Me.”

— Sarah Young, “Jesus Calling”, Jun 2

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Prayer is Listening to My Beloved, and That’s Who I Am — A Quote by Henri Nouwen in “The Only Necessary Thing”

“Prayer… is listening to that voice — to the One who calls you the Beloved. It is to constantly go back to the truth of who we are and claim it for ourselves. I’m not what I do. I’m not what people say about me. I’m not what I have… My life is rooted in my spiritual identity.”

— Henri J. M. Nouwen, “The Only Necessary Thing”, p. 67 (originally from “Parting Words”)

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Making Your Life Count (Part 3): Secular Schmecular, It’s All God’s

This is the third in a series of writings on how to discover God’s mission for your life.  In the first post of the series, we focused on Ephesians 2:10, in which we concluded that you are a masterpiece made on purpose and with a purpose. In the second post, we looked at Ephesian 5:15-17, which challenges us to make the most of every opportunity, both spontaneously and strategically.

In this post, we challenge you to think outside the box.  Sometimes we think that God’s vision for our lives must be something inside the church, such as a pastor or evangelist.  There are two errors to this kind of thinking.  First, God intends faith to reach beyond the confines of the church. Ephesians 4:11-12 (ESV) tells us that the real work of the ministry is not done by professionals, but by everyone else.  “He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.”  As we minister at our places of work and shopping and volunteering and schools, the body of Christ is built up, because people will come to faith as we share ours.

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Seeing God in Everything — A Quote by Hannah Whitall Smith in “The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life”

“One of the greatest obstacles to living unwaveringly this life of entire surrender is the difficulty of seeing God in everything… For nearly everything in life comes to us through human instrumentalities, and most of our trials are the result of somebody’s failure, or ignorance, or carelessness, or sin. We know God cannot be the author of these things…”

“To the children of God everything comes directly from their Father’s hand, no matter who or what may have been the apparent agents. There are no ‘second causes’ for them. The whole teaching of the Bible asserts and implies this. ‘Not a sparrow falls to the ground without our Father.’ The very hairs of our head are all numbered…”

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