Every once in a while, I enjoy taking a stroll through my handy-dandy book of quotes I keep near my desk in my study. I put these before you for your consideration in hopes that they will encourage in your walk with the Lord.
“The consequence for not drinking deeply of God is to eventually lose the ability to drink at all. Prayerlessness is its own punishment, both its disease and its cause.” ~ Ben Patterson in Deepening Your Conversation with God: Learning to Love to Pray.
Simply put, if you only pray when you feel like praying, you’ll probably never have a consistent prayer life. Once you start praying consistently, you’ll find that your appetite for prayer will grow. Bring your helplessness and fumbling prayers to Jesus. His arms are open to receive you.
“This world is populated by walking caskets because lives have been dissolved and sucked empty by another’s words” ~ Kent Hughes in The Disciplines of a Godly Man.
Be careful what you say to people. Your words have an impact.
“One of the greatest abiding images of our relationship with God is the helplessness of the crying, struggling newborn, full of need and utterly powerless to do anything about it. Babies are some of the most purely self-absorbed creatures on the planet, but at least they have no illusions of autonomy. To be an adult, on the other hand, is to be just as self-absorbed and powerless as a baby, and then to lie to yourself about that fact” ~ Simeon Zahl in The Mockingbird Devotional
You were made to depend on God. Know it. Love it. And embrace it. You weren’t made to do life on your own.
“If fallible human writers have given to us a Bible that is fallible, how are we ourselves, who most certainly are fallible, to detect in the Bible what is error and what is not?” ~ E. J. Young in Thy Word Is Truth: Some Thoughts on the Biblical Doctrine of Inspiration.
We live in a day and age where people want to deny the authority of Scripture. (I suppose this has been true in every age.) But recently it’s been interesting to note how certain persons want to deny the historicity of the Old Testament but still maintain the historicity of the resurrection accounts in the New Testament. Jason DeRouchie asks a good question to those who want to deny the historicity of Genesis 1-11 (including denying that Adam actually existed and that a flood took place), but still want to affirm that the gospel’s provide a reliable account of the words and actions of Jesus: “if we affirm Luke’s account of Jesus’s bodily resurrection, must we not also affirm his Gospel’s other stated historical (and not parabolic) assertions that Jesus’s genealogy goes back to a historic ‘Adam, the son of God’ (Luke 3:38) and that the ease of Jesus’s generation was like the historical unreadiness of Noah’s generation for judgment (Luke 17:26–27)?”
“Any gift premised on the recipients ‘correct’ response to it is not much of a gift at all” ~ William McDavid, Ethan Richardson, and David Zahl in Law & Gospel: A Theology for Sinners (And Saints).
I’m almost positive someone reading this will not like this quote. When I read that line, however, I thought to myself, “I know, right?” A gift should be a gift. I’ll leave you to your own thoughts on this for now.
That’s all for now. Until next time . . .