Monthly Archives: June 2013

To Listen to God You Have to Violate Expectations of Others — A Quote by Jeanne Guyon in “Intimacy with Christ”

“When I try to follow society’s rules of protocol and do things only because they are socially expected, it becomes too easy to neglect to follow the quiet leadings that God gives me. I would not want to displease Him. I do not want to go against His will.”

— Jeanne Guyon, “Intimacy with Christ”, p 151

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Even When God Seems Distant, I Will Hope in Him and Praise Him — My Verses for Sun, Jun 30 (Ps 71:12,14-15)

“O God, don’t stay away. My God, please hurry to help me… I will keep on hoping for your help; I will praise you more and more. I will tell everyone about your righteousness. All day long I will proclaim your saving power, though I am not skilled with words.” Psalms 71:12,14-15 (NLT)

Highway of Holiness Free of Spiritual Attacks — A Quote by Francis Frangipane in “Holiness, Truth, and the Presence of God”

Isaiah tells us about the way to holiness. Nowhere in the verses do we see any of the gloom hell forecasts for the godly.

A highway will be there, a roadway, And it will be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean will not travel on it, But it will be for him who walks that way, And fools will not wander on it. No lion will be there, Nor will any vicious beast go up on it; These will not be found there. But the redeemed will walk there, And the ransomed of the LORD will return, And come with joyful shouting to Zion, With everlasting joy upon their heads. They will find gladness and joy, And sorrow and sighing will flee away. —ISAIAH 35:8–10

No unclean… no lion… no vicious beast will be found there. Much of the spiritual warfare that fed upon our ignorance, unbelief, and sinfulness is simply nonexistent for the holy.

— Francis Frangipane, “Holiness, Truth, and the Presence of God”, Kindle location 1263-1266

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Eve Was Not Created as a Helper but a Lifesaver — A Quote from John and Stasi Eldredge in “Captivating”

“When God created Eve, he calls her an ezer kenegdo… Robert Alter… says that this phrase is ‘notoriously difficult to translate.’ The various attempts we have in English are ‘helper’ or ‘companion’ or the notorious ‘help meet’…”

“The word ezer is used only twenty other places in the entire Old Testament. And in every other instance the person being described is God himself, when you need him to come through for you desperately…”

“A better translation therefore of ezer would be ‘lifesaver’. Kenegdo means alongside, or opposite to, a counterpart…”

“Eve is essential. She has an irreplaceable role to play. And so you’ll see that women are endowed with fierce devotion, an ability to suffer great hardships, a vision to make the world a better place.”

— John and Stasi Eldredge, “Captivating”, pp 31-33

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Faith Requires Us to Act Without Completely Knowing the Way — A Quote by Joyce Meyer in “How to Hear from God”

“I learned that even when we are in a place of obedience, we often have no way in the natural of knowing for sure whether we are right or wrong. We have nothing more than faith to help us take that first step. We are not going to know for sure that what we are doing is the right thing until after we have done it and then look back to see if God was there to anoint our efforts.”

“Sometimes we may be wrong. That thought seems frightening, so we think, I’d better just stay here where it’s safe. But if we do that, we will soon be miserable, if God has truly told us to move forward.”

— Joyce Meyer in “How to Hear from God”, pp 164-165

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God Wants You to Say “No” to Many Good Things — A Quote by Thomas R. Kelly in “A Testament of Devotion”

“The Divine Lover loving within me cannot accomplish its full intent, which is universal saviorhood, within the limits of three score years and ten. But the Loving Presence does not burden us equally with all things, but considerately puts upon each of us just a few central tasks, as emphatic responsibilities. For each of us these special undertakings are our share in the joyous burdens of love…”

“In the foreground is the special tasks, uniquely illuminated, toward which we feel a special yearning and care… But in the background is a second level, or layer, of universal concern for all the multitude of good things that need doing. Toward them all we feel kindly, but we are dismissed from active service in most of them. And we have an easy mind in the presence of desperately real needs which are not our direct responsibility. We cannot die on every cross, nor are we expected to.”

— Thomas R. Kelly in “A Testament of Devotion”, p 83

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