“We look for our true identity, our ‘soul’s picture’, in many things. The culture tells us it can be found in accomplishments, relationships, or possessions. Scripture tells us something very different. Our true identity cannot be discovered or constructed; it can only be received. It is given to us by the only One who can see what we truly are.”Skye Jethani
It’s okay to plant the seeds and watch God work.
“Belonging to God’s family is not simply a matter of birth or ancestry as many Jews at the time believed. They claimed the name of God for themselves but often failed to display his character. The two, however, are inseparable. Those who are truly God’s children and bear his name, Jesus says, are those who reflect his character.”~ Ray Ortlund
“Jesus is our great example of servanthood. But He did not come to Earth, live, and die just to make us more servant-hearted...for we needed much more than that. Because of our sin, we needed to be reconciled to God, and no one makes himself or herself acceptable to God by trying to emulate Jesus’ example of service. No one can serve so much or
“How can we worship God publicly once each week when we do not care to worship Him privately throughout the week? Can we expect the flames of our worship of God to burn brightly in public on the Lord’s Day when they barely flicker for Him in secret on other days? Could it be that our corporate worship experience often dissatisfies us because we do
“Every believer must cross a few spiritual deserts in his or her pilgrimage to the Celestial City. Some arid places may be traversed in an hour or a few days. Occasionally, however, you may be required to travel for weeks with an almost withered soul. Press on in worship. Cry out to God for a renewed awareness of the ‘rivers of living water’ (referring to
“The Bible will never be a living Book to us until we are convinced that God is articulate in His universe. To jump from a dead, impersonal world to a dogmatic Bible is too much for most people. They may admit that they should accept the Bible as the Word of God, and they may try to think of it as such, but they find
“You might think of praying without ceasing as communicating with God on one line while also taking calls on another. Even while you are talking on the other line, you never lose your awareness of the need to return your attention to the Lord. So...praying without ceasing means you never really stop conversing with God; you simply have frequent interruptions.” ~ Donald S. Whitney
"Jesus' invitation to deny oneself is less about depriving the self, and more about disowning, or renouncing a relationship with the part of ourself that is not what God created us to be." ~ Enneagram Types
"Godly character is what you are when you've been tried and proven. It is not what you say you are, or what people think you are but, instead, it is what shines through after you have suffered and have endured. It is the proof of your genuineness.” ~ Robert Bertram
“If you obey God with your whole heart, you'll usually scare off the folks who want you to obey them.” ~ Meg Moseley
"Never measure your relationship with God based on how you feel or act in church. That's not an accurate way to gauge it at all. That's like saying that your car has a great engine because it sounds good at a gas station. You're not there to determine how well your engine runs...you're just there to get filled up. Your engine is tested when you
This question isn't as crazy as you might think...
“Trials should not surprise us, or cause us to doubt God’s faithfulness. God sends trials to strengthen our trust in him.” ~ Edmund Clowney
Does having faith in God mean that we can never question Him?