God is not in the business of rubber stamping your plans.
Christianity is supremely a religion of conversion. It is built upon one fundamental and revolutionary premise: You don’t have to stay the way you are. Your life can be radically changed by God.
"Jesus loves me—He who died Heaven’s gate to open wide; He will wash away my sin, Let His little child come in." William Bradbury, 1862
May the joy of the Lord be my strength so that I may have a cheerful heart no matter what happens today. Amen.
Every temptation is a lie wrapped in a promise of freedom.
“We need a revival of faith. We need to believe again as our fathers believed—in Christ, who is both very God and true Man. We need to believe as they believed, that on the Cross He did something for man which man could never have done for himself, whereby man receives pardon and eternal life. We need to believe as they believed, that on the third day He rose again, bringing life and immortality to light. We need to believe that this Jesus is the one Redeemer of men, the one Saviour of souls, the one Intercessor between God and man, and that to Him men must come if they would have life. We need to believe all this as they believed it, so that we may preach it with the same passionate ardor and conviction wherewith they preached it.” J. D. Jones
God has ordained that our spiritual progress should be measured not by huge battles won or lost but by a thousand daily skirmishes no one else knows about.
"With Jesus I can take it With Him I know I can stand No matter what may come my way My life is in your hands." Kirk Franklin
Are you worried about your future? Fear not. Don’t rush the river. Enjoy these days as part of God’s plan for your life. Go with the flow—and soon enough God will bring you into a safe harbor
Jesus was called the friend of sinners. Would anyone say that about us?
The Holy Spirit draws people to Jesus. All you need to do is to be a link in the chain that God uses to bring people to himself.
"Jesus didn't say, 'I am finished.' He said, 'It is finished.' He was just getting started." Tony Evans
“Doubts are the ants in the pants of faith. They keep it awake and moving.” Frederick Buechner
"May I love thee with a passion that can never cool, believe in thee with a confidence that never staggers, hope in thee with an expectation that can never be dim, delight in thee with a rejoicing that cannot be stifled, glorify thee with the highest of my powers, burning, blazing, glowing, radiating, as from thy own glory." From "The Valley of Vision"
If you do not want Jesus as your Savior, you will one day face him as your Judge.
"I won't fear what tomorrow brings With each morning I'll rise and sing My God's love will lead me through You are the peace in my troubled sea." From "My Lighthouse" by Rend Collective
“Either we are unfaithful in order to be popular, or we are willing to be unpopular in our determination to be faithful. I very much doubt if it is possible to be faithful and popular at the same time.” John Stott
The believer who arms himself with the Word of God will never lack for a weapon in the battle. It answers all our doubts and all our discouragement. This is all we have and this is all we need. The church marches triumphantly when it relies upon God’s Word.
"In God's garden of grace, even broken trees bear fruit." Rick Warren
Here is my contention. Christ cannot fail. I may struggle, but he cannot fail. I may waver under the attack, but he cannot fail. If Christ is in me and I am in him, then weak though I may feel, Christ cannot fail.
"This is no time to think of safety. I must take care that the gospel is not brought into contempt by our fear to confess and seal our teaching with our blood.” Martin Luther
“We have too many 'secret agent' Christians. Everybody else is coming out of the closet. We might as well come out too.” Tony Evans
“There is something in the conduct, disposition, and countenance of a good man that reports itself; his influence is felt in the world, the Church, the family circle. A Divine life cannot be concealed; the light must shine.” John Woodhouse
"Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia! Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!" Charles Wesley
It's Saturday . . . but Sunday's coming!
"Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they crucified my Lord?"
"God does not save those who are only imaginary sinners. Be a sinner, and let your sins be strong, but let your trust in Christ be stronger, and rejoice in Christ who is the victor over sin, death, and the world." Martin Luther
Jesus is never tolerant of sin, but he is always willing to forgive it.
What a Christ! He hears you as if you were the only one speaking.
"There is no power can conquer you While God is on your side. Take Him at His promise, Don't run away and hide." Stuart Hamblen
"Who is this king of glory?" (Psalm 24:8) This is the question of the ages. Every heart must answer. Who is this king who rides on a donkey? Here is heaven's answer: "The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle." Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Happy Palm Sunday!
"Awake, my soul, and sing of Him who died for thee, And hail Him as thy matchless King through all eternity." Matthew Bridges, 1852
“If God be your partner, make your plans large." D. L. Moody
"The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined with praise than saved by criticism." Mark Twain
"If Jesus Christ is the only way to be saved, then the most loving thing we can do is to share that news with others." Robert Jeffress
"I’m praying into eternity that the grace for my family will increase. These prayers feel desperate, hopeful, important. I feel as though these future prayers that enter eternity matter. They will meet Jason where I cannot. I will cease, but those prayers will go on and on and on. They will be love that transcends my strength and ability." Kara Tippetts in The Hardest Peace. Kara died on Sunday after a 2 year battle with breast cancer. She was 38. She is survived by her husband Jason and their four children. The Puritans taught that there was such a thing as "dying grace." Kara Tippetts found that grace and shared it with her family and friends, and through her writings to the rest of us.
"Anywhere with Jesus I can safely go, Anywhere He leads me in this world below; Anywhere without Him dearest joys would fade; Anywhere with Jesus I am not afraid." Jessie Pounds
"A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God's truth is attacked and yet would remain silent." John Calvin
"Faith will move mountains. And don't forget to plant a few mustard seeds as well!" David L. Allen
“In forgiveness, there is no bitterness and when there is no bitterness, there is hope. The consolation comes from Jesus Christ." Gladys Staines, speaking of her decision to forgive the men who killed her husband and their two sons by burning them alive in their vehicle. Graham and Gladys Staines were missionaries to India doing Bible translation and working with lepers.