We have kept Him at a distance, and then when we are in need and call on Him in prayer, we wonder where He is. He is exactly where we left him. God doesn't bless us just to make us happy; He blesses us to make us a blessing. To love someone is to desire and work toward their becoming the best version of themselves. The one person in all the universe who can do this perfectly for you is God. All God's giants have been weak men who did great things for God because they reckoned on God being with them.
A little thing is a little thing, but faithfulness in little things is a great thing. Consider six or eight hours a day sacred to the Lord and His work, and let nothing hinder your giving this time to language study and practice till you can preach fluently and intelligibly. Devotion to God is still a voluntary thing; hence the differences of attainment among Christians.
I have found that there are three stages in every great work of God: first, it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done. Not infrequently our GOD brings His people into difficulties on purpose that they may come to know Him as they could not otherwise do. Satan may build a hedge about us and fence us in and hinder our movements, but he cannot roof us in and prevent our looking up.
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Wave after wave of trial rolled over us; but at the end of the year some of us were constrained to confess, that we had learned more of the loving-kindness of the Lord than in any previous year of our lives. While unbelief sees the difficulties, faith sees God between itself and them. Let us give up our work, our thoughts, our plans, ourselves, our lives, our loved ones, our influence, our all, right into His hand, and then, when we have given all over to Him, there will be nothing left for us to trouble about, or to make trouble about.
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If you are a Christian, you are not a citizen of this world trying to get to heaven; you are a citizen of heaven making your way through this world. Not all dreamers are winners, but all winners are dreamers. Your dream is the key to your future. The Bible says that, "without a vision dream , a people perish. God leads us. God will do the right thing at the right time. And what a difference that makes. Following the crowd is not a winning approach to life.
In the end it's a loser's game, because we never become who God created us to be by trying to be like everybody else. I should have died when I was sixteen, when I planned to commit suicide. And I was an atheist until then. I was an atheist, and what the heck, if life sucks what do you have to live for? If you're an atheist, it's just about living, you know?
So at the time, I didn't want to wake up anymore and then seriously, God chased me down and proved that he was real and that he loved me. The born-again Christian sees life not as a blurred , confused, meaningless mass, but as something planned and purposeful. We must focus on prayer as the main thrust to accomplish God's will and purpose on earth. The forces against us have never been greater, and this is the only way we can release God's power to become victorious.
When God is involved, anything can happen. Be open and stay that way.
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God has a beautiful way of bring good vibrations out of broken chords. Have I today done anything to fulfill the purpose for which Thou didst cause me to be born? Life is short and we have scarcely begun to live when we are called to die. We honor God by asking for great things when they are a part of His promise. We dishonor Him and cheat ourselves when we ask for molehills where He has offered mountains.
Be such a man, and live such a life, that if every man were such as you, and every life a life such as yours, this earth would be God's paradise. The life of faith is a daily exploration of the constant and countless ways in which God's grace and love are experienced. True prayer is measured by weight, not by length. A single groan before God may have more fullness of prayer in it than a fine oration of great length.
Leadership requires vision, and whence will vision come except from hours spent in the presence of God in humble and fervent prayer? Prayer shouldn't be casual or sporadic, dictated only by the needs of the moment. Prayer should be as much a part of our lives as breathing. Don't wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly. Fear lurks in the shadows of every area of life. The future may look very threatening. Jesus says, "Stop being afraid. Trust me! When God wants to do an impossible task, he takes an impossible man, and he crushes him. We are either the masters or victims of our attitudes.
It is a matter of personal choice. Who we are today is the result of choices we made yesterday. Tomorrow, we will become what we choose today. To change means to choose change.
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We know so little about the future that to worry about it would be the height of foolishness. The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety. Teach us, O Lord, the disciplines of patience, for to wait is often harder than to work. Be patient. God is using today's difficulties to strengthen you for tomorrow.
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He is equipping you. The God who makes things grow will help you bear fruit. Each time, before you intercede, be quiet first and worship God in His glory. Think of what He can do and how He delights to hear the prayers of His redeemed people. Think of your place and privilege in Christ, and expect great things.
The fact that we were created to enjoy God and to worship him forever is etched upon our souls. Don't ever come to church without coming as though it were the first time, as though it could be the best time, and as though it could be the last time. More often than not, when something looks like it's the absolute end, it is really the beginning.
God doesn't always change the circumstances, but He can change us to meet the circumstances.
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That's what it means to live by faith. After all, a crisis doesn't make a person; it reveals what a person is made of. Sometimes your medicine bottle says, "shake well before using. He has to shake them well before they are usable. Many books in my library are now behind and beneath me. They were good in their way once, and so were the clothes I wore when I was ten years old; but I have outgrown them.