Christian Quotes: Max Lucado

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“The Bible is the story of two gardens: Eden and Gethsemane. In the first, Adam took a fall. In the second, Jesus took a stand. In the first, God sought Adam. In the second, Jesus sought God. In Eden, Adam hid from God. In Gethsemane, Jesus emerged from the tomb. In Eden, Satan led Adam to a tree that led to his death. From Gethsemane, Jesus went to a tree that led to our life.”

Max Lucado

 

“For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the deadi comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.”

1 Corinthians 15:21-22

Today’s Worship Walk: Proverbs 16:3

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Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”

Proverbs 16:3

One of the hardest changes for me to make as a Christian has been to include God in on my planning. I have always been pretty independent, and so it’s natural for me to go ahead and decide what I’ll be doing next. I make my lists and plot out my steps, getting as specific as I can, especially about naming my goal. Then, I’ll check in with God about it. Or worse, I’ll touch base with Him after I’ve started.

I sure had it backwards! Committing my way means seeking Him out not just to bless my own will, but to show me His. It means asking Him whether what I want is truly best for me – and if not, then finding out what He wants for me. Then, instead of striking out on my own, I need to wait until He reveals the steps I should take.

You can see how that would be a challenge for someone who’s wired like I am. But experience has shown me that trusting God with the desires of my heart always leads me through a more joyful process and much sweeter end goal.

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Today’s Worship Walk: Philippians 4:5

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Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.”

Philippians 4:5

To me, this verse speaks about living in close relationship to God. But how do we do that?

First, we need to believe that God loves us. That is the foundation. Then, we have to accept that He truly wants to hear our prayers and desires to give us good things. When all that settles into our spirit, we’ll know we’re being cared for, provided for.

Take a moment and let those ideas wash over you. Do you feel a greater sense of peace? Savor that, and let it calm your spirit. Let that peace lead you to reach for more of God each day, and to release more of your life into His care. That’s when the gentleness Paul writes about comes into our thoughts and actions. And what a testimony that is for others who are around us!

 

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Today’s Worship Walk: Philippians 4:13

 

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I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

Philippians 4:13

 

This verse has always encouraged me. But this past week I’ve lived it out in a whole new way.

My husband and I finished packing up our house of 25 years and got ready to move to our new place. That in itself was a giant challenge: finding homes for, or getting rid of, lots of stuff, saying goodbye to nearby family and friends, etc. Then, jamming everything we could into our vehicles. And finally, the biggest of all, driving 16 hours over two days to arrive in our new town. The longest I’d driven at a time before that was four hours. Whew!

God has been so tangible during this time. That strength Paul claimed was available to me, and I grabbed onto it. God proved Himself faithful yet again.

My challenge happened to be big this time. But we all face trials and obstacles of different sizes. God’s strength is always there for us to take hold of. Let’s lean on Him instead of ourselves for each one of those.

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Today’s Worship Walk: Proverbs 23:4-5

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Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.”

Proverbs 23:4-5

I used to be very materialistic. I’ve always admired pretty things or locations, and somewhere along the line, let that admiration become craving. “I wish I could have that,” was a mantra for me most of my childhood and young adult life.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting and working toward having nice things. In fact, God Himself promises to give us good gifts. My issue was that I was looking so intently at the earthly things I craved that I believed nothing less would satisfy me. And I spent a lot of time and effort on trying to grab those things, never quite reaching them.

I’m grateful now that I didn’t get everything I wanted, because I would definitely have turned from God. Instead of seeking Him I would be buying more stuff. And rather than worshipping my Lord, I’d be keeping money as my idol. Over time, I’ve learned how to ask God to give me what He wants. What I receive brings more contentment than I ever expected.

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Christian Quotes: Patrick Morley

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“Many of us have merely added Christ to our lives as another interest in an already busy and otherwise overcrowded schedule. This sort of thinking has watered down the meaning of a personal relationship with Christ.”

Patrick Morley

 

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Matthew 6:33

 

Today’s Worship Walk: Proverbs 4:23

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Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

Proverbs 4:23

It’s amazing how much power our thoughts have over us. They can determine our actions, of course, but also our moods and mindset. And if those thoughts are negative, they can quickly send a day spiralling downward.

This scripture says to guard our hearts. The best way to do that is to keep our thoughts aligned with God’s: focused on uplifting things, and always fixed on our Heavenly Father’s Will and Ways. Out of that will come a positive outlook, and a desire to do those good things God created us for.

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Today’s Worship Walk: Colossians 1:11-12

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May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.

Colossians 1:11-12

The Apostle Paul wove blessings throughout all his letters. It’s as if he was so filled up with the Holy Spirit he had to release some of that grace onto his readers.

I used to get confused while reading Paul’s writing, because his sentences are so “dense.” What I found helped me was to slow down and take the phrases apart, to soak in all the truths he shared. What riches I found in each, especially the blessings!

Someday I want to do a Bible study of each blessing Paul spoke over us. For now, I’ll meditate on this passage: God strengthens us to endure our daily lives with joy and peace, and we have the encouragement of knowing that we are meant to share in Christ’s inheritance both now and for eternity. Wow – Paul was just brimming with the awareness of God’s goodness.

 

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