Christian Quotes: Athanasius of Alexandria

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“For God is good – or rather, of all goodness He is the Fountainhead.”

Athanasius of Alexandria

 

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

James 1:17

Today’s Worship Walk: 1 Peter 5:8

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“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

1 Peter 5:8

This verse came to mind yesterday in an unexpected way. You see, just moved from Connecticut to South Carolina a couple of months ago. And one of the newest and neatest things is seeing alligators around our community. Sometimes they are sunning in a marshy spot or on the grass by a lagoon. My husband has even seen them on the golf course.

How does that connect to 1 Peter? Well, as I was driving and alligator watching yesterday, I remembered warnings that we’ve gotten since we moved in – mostly common sense advice, like stay away from them. Then it occurred to me that while the enemy can indeed prowl around like a roaring lion, he can also resemble an alligator.

Alligators often look calm, like they aren’t any threat. But they are almost always looking for food, and when motivated they can move pretty quickly toward their prey. And once their powerful jaws grab hold of something, they start the work of devouring. Sound familiar?

I may get a glimpse of the enemy nearby – a stray negative thought about myself, a bad attitude about work, or a small resentment toward someone. In those moments, I can choose to move toward each one for a closer look, which brings me into dangerous territory. Or, I can move quickly away by giving each one over to God, who will bring me back on the safe and narrow path.

I’m trying to cultivate the habit of being more aware of my surroundings. So whether I’m looking for alligators or attacks from the enemy, I  my can do my best to steer clear of trouble!

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Today’s Worship Walk: Psalm 37:37

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“Consider the blameless, observe the upright; a future awaits those who seek peace.”

Psalm 37:37

David starts this Psalm by encouraging his readers (and himself most of all) not to spend a lot of time worrying about wicked people who prosper. Do you ever struggle with that?

He does give some vivid descriptions of them: plotting, gnashing their teeth, even drawing their swords against the upright. We may not deal with swords in our path, but have you been dealt with unfairly? Have you witnessed someone get away with injustice? It can leave us angry and discouraged.

David wants us to stay firmly on the narrow path toward Christ-likeness. And, in verses 3-5, He offers us a glimpse of how to live among those who seem to be flourishing in the midst of their destructive choices.

David lays out a series of commands for us to follow, and then some promises to cling to:

“Trust in the Lord and do good” then “dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.” (v.3)

“Take delight in the Lord” then “he will give you the desires of your heart.” (v.4)

“Commit your way to the Lord…” then “he will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn.” (v. 5,6

David proclaims that those who do evil will soon pass away – but those who remain righteous will have protection and provision for this life, and an eternal inheritance later on. This truth should not only sustain us, but inspire us to pray for those who have been going down the wrong path. Perhaps we can go from anger to compassion, and start looking for ways to show them God’s perspective before it’s too late.

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Today’s Worship Walk: Philippians 2:5

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“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus…”

Philippians 2:5

The Apostle Paul taught a great deal about living in a “manner worthy of the Lord,” often giving very specific instructions. Here, he makes a general statement about the attitude we are meant to have.

But the command to have the same mindset as Jesus Himself can sound difficult, even intimidating. It did to me for a while. And the illustration Paul went on to give only added to the feeling:

“…he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant…he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death…” (Philippians 2:7,8)

I wanted to follow Jesus’ example, but didn’t know how to apply it in my own daily life. Thankfully, as I took the time to study these verses a little, I found three practical goals for myself.

1. I can become more ready to serve both my Lord and those around me.

2. I can become more willing to give my own agenda up and follow God’s.

3. I can become more willing to consider and respond to the needs of others.

I’ll never do them perfectly, but if my heart is right, I’ll want to keep trying. And God will definitely honor that desire.

 

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Christian Quotes:

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“… when we have been brought very low and helped, sorely wounded and healed, cast down and raised again, have given up all hope–and been suddenly snatched from danger, and placed in safety; and when these things have been repeated to us and in us a thousand times over, we begin to learn to trust simply to the word and power of God, beyond and against appearances….”

John Newton

 

“Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.”

Deuteronomy 7:9

 

Christian Quotes: Jim Cymbala

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“Remember that even when every demon in hell stands against us, the God of Abraham remains faithful to all his promises. Jesus Christ can do anything but fail his own people who trust him.”

Jim Cymbala

 

“But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.”

2 Thessalonians 3:3