Monthly Archives: April 2013

Trying to Obey the Law IS Living by the Flesh — A Quote by Timothy S. Thomas in “A Life of Holy Intimacy and Power”

“Those who try to not sin are probably living after the flesh and not after the Spirit, because to focus on our actions is, in effect, living with our minds set on the flesh. We are in a new system as followers of Christ. We are to be led by the Spirit, and walk in fellowship with God. Our motivation is to be the love of God, not the incentives of rewards and penalties. Giving up works is very hard for people. Who could believe that it’s not what we do but who we know that counts?!”

— Timothy S. Thomas, “A Life of Holy Intimacy and Power”

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God is Proud of You — A Quote by Brennan Manning in “The Ragamuffin Gospel”

“‘Has it crossed your mind that I am proud you accepted the gift of faith I offered to you? Proud that you freely chose Me, after I had chosen you, as your friend and Lord? Proud that with all your warts and wrinkles you haven’t given up? Proud that you believe in Me enough to try again and again?'”

“‘Are you aware how I appreciate you for wanting Me? I want you to know how grateful I am when you pause to smile and comfort a child who has lost her way. I am grateful for the hours you devote to learning more about Me; for the word of encouragement you passed on to your burnt-out pastor, for your visit to the shut-in, for your tears for the retarded. What you did to them, you did to Me.'”

— Brennan Manning, “The Ragamuffin Gospel”, p. 149

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The “Broken” Are Especially Honored by God — My Verses for Mon, Apr 29 (Is 56:4-5)

“For thus says the Lord: ‘To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, who choose the things that please me and hold fast my covenant, I will give in my house and within my walls a monument and a name better than sons and daughters; will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off.'” Isaiah 56:4-5 (ESV)

Focus on Jesus and the Flesh Will Die — A Quote by Jeanne Guyon in “Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ”

“Your main concern is with the presence of Jesus Christ. Your main concern lies in dwelling continually upon the God who is within you. Then, without particularly thinking of self-denial or ‘putting away the deeds of the flesh,’ God will cause you to experience a natural subduing of the flesh.”

— Jeanne Guyon, “Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ”

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True Holiness from Following Christ, Not Rules — A Quote by Francis Frangipane in “Holiness, Truth, and the Presence of God”

“The holiness we are seeking goes much deeper than merely cleaning the outside of our cup (Luke 11:39). We are not seeking an antidote that deals with the effects but not the cause of our human condition. We are seeking the living God, for true holiness does not come from following rules; it comes from following Christ.”

— Francis Frangipane, “Holiness, Truth, and the Presence of God”

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Answers are Not Guaranteed — A Quote from John Eldredge in “Walking with God”

“When it comes to crises or events that really upset us, this I have learned: you can have God or you can have understanding. Sometimes you can have both. But if you insist on understanding, it often doesn’t come. And that can create distance between you and God, because you’re upset and demanding an explanation in order to move on, but the explanation isn’t coming, and so you withdraw a bit from God and lose the grace that God is giving. He doesn’t explain everything. But he always offers us himself.”

— John Eldredge, “Walking with God”, p 81

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