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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Whatever

6 10 2007

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“And they immediately left the nets and followed Him.”
(Matthew 4:20) 

“Lord, I am willing
To receive what You give,
To lack what You withhold,
To relinquish what You take,
To suffer what You inflict,
To be what You require.”

–from an ancient hymn
quoted in Jerry Bridge’s Transforming Grace, p185





Only God Is Great

25 06 2007

Ascending the throne at the age four, Louis XIV rules as king of France for 72 years, the longest reign in modern European history. Consumed with hiw own power, he called himself the “Greatlouisxiv.jpg Monarch” and declared, “I am the State!” But in 1715, King Louis XIV abdicated his throne to death.

His funeral was nothing short of spectacular. The great cathedral was packed with mourners paying final tribute to their king, who lay in a solid gold coffin. To dramatize the deceased ruler’s greatness, a solitary candle burned above his coffin. Thousands waited in hushed silence as they peered at the exquisite casket that held the mortal remains of their monarch.

At the appointed time the funeral service began, and Bishop Massillon, who presided over this official act of state, stood the address the mourners, including the assembled clergy of France. When the bishop rose, he did something that stunned the nation. Bending down from the pulpit, he snuffed out the lone candle representing Louis XIV’s greatness. The people gasped. Then in the darkness, came just four words from behind the open Bible:

“Only God is great!”

–Steven J. Lawson, Glory, quoted from Heartcry! Life Action Ministries’ Journal on Revival and Spiritual Awakening, Spring 2007, pp42-3.





He’s Not Safe

16 01 2007

“I know that You can do all things and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.”
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The sovereign God who holds your days in His Hand is not safe. He’s anything but. He’s the King, I tell you.

But He’s good.

–Joni Earkeson Tada, When God Weeps, p93
Adapted from C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe