Penetrating Belief

31 05 2011

To penetrate deeper in the experience of Jesus Christ, it is required that you begin to abandon your whole existence, giving it up to God. . . You must utterly believe that the circumstances of your life, that is, every minute of your life, as well as the whole course of your life—anything, yes, everything that happens—have all come to you by His will and by His permission. You must utterly believe that everything that has happened to you is from God and is exactly what you need.

–Jeanne Guyon, Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ, p32.

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Putting God in His Place

10 05 2011

“The message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.”
(1 Cor 1:18)

God made us to gravitate toward Him, to acknowledge with joy and obedience that He is the center of all, that He alone is God. The heart of our wretched rebellion is that each of us wants to be number one…Our self-centeredness is deep. It is so brutally idolatrous that it tries to domesticate God Himself…We are impotent when it comes to dealing with our sin and being reconciled to God, but where we are impotent God is powerful…The Gospel is not simply good advice, nor is it good news about God’s power. The Gospel is God’s power to all who believe.

–D.A. Carson, The Cross and Christian Ministry





To Be A Christian

4 05 2011

“To me to live is Christ”
(Apostle Paul, Philippians 1:21)

To be a Christian is nothing less than to have the glorified Christ living in us in actual presence, possession and power. It is to have Him as the Life of our life in such a way and to such a degree that we can even say as Paul did, “To me to live is Christ.” To be a Christian is to grow up into Christ in all things: it is to have that divine seed which was planted in our innermost spirit blossom out into a growing conformity to His perfect Life. To be a Christian is to have Christ the Life of our minds, our hearts, our will, so that it is Christ thinking through us, living through us, willing through us. It is increasingly to have no life but the Life of Christ within us filling us with ever-increasing measure.

–Ruth Paxson, Life On The Highest Plane





Reciprocity

3 05 2011

“O, Jerusalem, Jerusalem…”
Jesus, Luke 13:34

The vision of the house churches in China today is not only to saturate our own country with the life and presence of the Lord Jesus Christ, but also to impact all remaining Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu nations with the Gospel…It is as though Hudson Taylor (19th century pioneer missionary to inland China) handed a flaming torch to the Chinese church and asked us to continue the race towards the finish line.

–Paul Xu Yongze, Back to Jerusalem