Words of Wisdom

~ Wednesday September 14, 2016 ~

“Let us settle it in our minds that the Christian fight is a good fight – really good, truly good, emphatically good. We see only part of it yet. We see the struggle, but not the end; we see the campaign, but not the reward; we see the cross, but not the crown. We see a few humble, broken-spirited, penitent, praying people, enduring hardships and despised by the world; but we see not the hand of God over them, the face of God smiling on them, the kingdom of glory prepared for them. These things are yet to be revealed. Let us not judge by appearances. There are more good things about the Christian warfare than we see.”

J. C. Ryle, Holiness Pg. 77

~Wednesday September 21, 2016~

“But you will imagine that it is best that He should at once enable you to see clearly. If it is, you may be sure He will do it. He never makes mistakes. But He often deals far differently with His disciples. He lets them grope their way in the dark until they full learn how blind they are, how helpless, how absolutely in need of Him. What His methods will be with you I cannot foretell. But you may be sure that He never works in an arbitrary way. He has a reason for everything He does. You may not understand why He leads you now in this way and now in that, but you may, nay, you must believe that perfection is stamped on His every act.”

 – Elizabeth Payson Prentiss, Stepping Heavenward

~Wednesday September 28, 2016~

“God knows what He is doing. Again in the words of Bonar, “He knows exactly what we need and how to supply it….His training is no random work. It is carried on with exquisite skill.” God knows us better than we know ourselves. What we think may be our greatest need may not be at all. But God unerringly knows where we need to grow. He carries on His work with a skill that far exceeds that of the most expert physician. He correctly diagnoses our need and applies the most sure remedy. Every adversity that comes across our path, whether large or small, is intended to help us grow in some way. If it were not beneficial, God would not allow it or send it, “For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men” (Lam. 3:33). God does not delight in out sufferings. He brings only that which is necessary, but He does not shrink from that which will help us grow.”

– Jerry Bridges, Trusting God, Pg. 189

~Wednesday October 5, 2016~

“Stick with your work. Do not flinch because the lion roars; do not stop to stone the devil’s dogs; do not fool away your time chasing the devil’s rabbits. Do your work. Let liars lie, let sectarians quarrel, let critics malign, let enemies accuse, let the devil do his worst; but see to it nothing hinders you from fulfilling with joy the work that God has given to you. He has not commanded you to be admired or esteemed. He has never bidden you defend your character. He has not set you at work to contradict falsehood (about yourself) which Satan’s or God’s servants may start to peddle, or to track down every rumor that threatens your reputation. If you do these things you will do nothing else; you will be at work for yourself and not for the Lord.

Keep at your work. Let your aim be as steady as a star. You may be assaulted, wronged, insulted, slandered, wounded and rejected, misunderstood, or assigned impure motives; you may be abused by foes, forsaken by friends, and despised and rejected of men. But see to it with steadfast determination, with unfaltering zeal, that you pursue the great purpose of your life and object of your being until at last you can say, “I have finished the work which Thou gavest me to do.”

– Author Unknown

~ Wednesday October 12, 2016 ~

“…If this is really what God is doing (building His Kingdom) in our world then it is time to say goodbye to our small and self-orientated ambitions, and to abandon ourselves to the cause of Christ and His Gospel. God has a plan that will determine the destiny of every person and nation in the world, and it is unfolding here and now as the gospel of Christ is preached and the Holy Spirit is poured out.” “Is there anything more vital to be doing in our world? It is more important that our jobs, our families, our pastimes – yes, even more important than the comfort and security of familiar church life. We need to recapture the radicalism of what Jesus said to the young man who wanted to return and bury his father. “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, GO and proclaim the Kingdom of God. (Luke. 9:60)”

Colin Marshall & Tony Payne, “The Trellis and the Vine” Pg. 38

~ Wednesday October 19, 2016 ~

“Have you felt God doing this with you? He wants to, for your life has many things in it that are not bearing spiritual fruit. They may be hobbies, habits, relationships, aspects of your occupation. They may even be things that you consider so precious that you think you would die if they were removed. Yet they should be, and will work to do it. It is true of course, that not all hobbies, habits, or relationships require pruning. God may be using them now in marvelous ways. They are not all sinful; they may be what God wants you to do. Nevertheless, each of us holds to things that God will remove that we might serve Him better. “He who began a good work in you will carry it out to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (v. 6). The cutting may hurt. You may think that God is killing you. But the result will be good for you, for it will result in good works, done by Jesus Christ in you, to the glory and praise of God.”

James Montgomery Boice, “Philippians” – Pg. 19
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