Be Still

Men are the sum of the decisions they make.—Patrick M. Morley

Psalm 46:10 (NLT2)  “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.”

, Today's Best Illustrations – Volume 5, (Carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today, 1997), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "CHOICE".

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Putting God First

Eternal Father of my soul, let my first thought today be of You, let my first impulse be to worship You, let my first speech be Your name, let my first action be to kneel in prayer. Amen. —John Baillie

Isaiah 26:9 (NLT2) All night long I search for you; in the morning I earnestly seek for God. For only when you come to judge the earth will people learn what is right.

Today's Best Illustrations – Volume 5, (Carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today, 1997), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "DEVOTIONAL LIFE".

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Not a private matter

Romans 1:16 (NLT2) For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile.

"Christianity is unquestionably a personal experience. It is also unquestionably not a private experience."—William Barclay

Today's Best Illustrations – Volume 5, (Carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today, 1997), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "WITNESSING".

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Awesome is our God

Psalm 145:3-5 (NLT2) 3  Great is the LORD! He is most worthy of praise! No one can measure his greatness. 4  Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power. 5  I will meditate on your majestic, glorious splendor and your wonderful miracles.

Why is it we no longer find any sorrow, any tears of repentance in our church life? It is because we do not get the right start as Christians. We do not begin with a vision of the awesome God.  -- A. W. Tozer

The Tozer Topical Reader – Volume Two, comp. Ron Eggert, (Camp Hill, PA: WingSpread Publishers, 2007), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "1042. Repentance; Church: concept of God; God: His awesomeness".

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Spare time?

Where did we come up with this concept of "spare time," anyway? Is there any time for which we aren't accountable to God? Is there any time during which God doesn't care what you are doing? No Christian has ever had spare time. You may have spare time from labor or necessity, you may stop working and refresh yourself, but no Christian ever had time off from living like a Christian.  —William Law, Christian Perfection, a contemporary version by Marvin D. Hinten.

Ephesians 5:15-16 (NLT2) 15  So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. 16  Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.

Elesha Hodge, comp., Today's Best Illustrations – Volumes 1-4, (Carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today, 1997), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "TIME".

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Bearing & Sharing the Cross

Jesus has many who love his heavenly kingdom, but few who bear his cross. Many want consolation, but few desire adversity. Many are eager to share Jesus' table, but few will join him in fasting. -- Thomas à Kempis

2 Corinthians 1:3-7 (NLT2) 3  All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. 4  He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 5  For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. 6  Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer. 7  We are confident that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in the comfort God gives us.

Edythe Draper, Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 509.

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Victory Prayer

Day by day, dear God, of you three things we pray: to see you more clearly, love you more dearly, follow you more nearly, day by day. Amen.  —Chichester, Richard of, (c. 1197-1253

1 Corinthians 15:57 (NLT2)  But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Today's Best Illustrations – Volume 5, (Carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today, 1997), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "PRAYER".

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The Final Reward

Matthew 5:11-12 (NLT2) 11  “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. 12  Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.

"The reward of a thing well done is to have done it." —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today's Best Illustrations – Volume 5, (Carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today, 1997), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "REWARDS".

 

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He will give you rest

"Lord Jesus, make my heart sit down."—African proverb

Matthew 11:29 (NLT2)  Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Elesha Hodge, comp., Today's Best Illustrations – Volumes 1-4, (Carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today, 1997), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "REST".

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He came down to bring us up

The work of God in redemption is to restore this inverted order: to put God up and man down, in order that He might put man up. Now in order that He might do that, God came down—as far down as He could get. -- A. W. Tozer

Philippians 2:6-7 (NLT2) 6  Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. 7  Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form,

 

The Tozer Topical Reader – Volume One, comp. Ron Eggert, (Camp Hill, PA: WingSpread Publishers, 2007), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 278.

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