Christian Quotes: J. I. Packer

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“Guidance, like all God’s acts of blessing under the covenant of grace, is a sovereign act. Not merely does God will to guide us in the sense of showing us his way, that we may tread it; he wills also to guide us in the more fundamental sense of ensuring that, whatever happens, whatever mistakes we may make, we shall come safely home. Slippings and strayings there will be, no doubt, but the everlasting arms are beneath us; we shall be caught, rescued, restored. This is God’s promise; this is how good he is.”

 J.I. Packer

 

Teach me to do your will,
    for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
    lead me on level ground.” 

Psalms 143:10

 

Today’s Worship Walk: 2 Peter 3:9

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 “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

2 Peter 3:9

I’ve been doing a Bible read-through plan online. Suffice it to say I will not be finished according to their timetable, but I’m glad to be taking the journey. There’s no better way to see how so many threads of God’s truth are woven into both the Old and New Testaments.

This verse highlights one of those truths, namely that God is patient. As I read Peter’s words, I can’t help but think about the testimonies Moses and Isaiah gave about God’s long-suffering  with the Israelite nation centuries earlier. It’s also easy to make the same observation about His grace for me.

Because I don’t know about you, but in my experience growing more like the Lord is not a straight shot upwards. It’s a long path that often zig-zags – I’ve even walked backwards at times. From what I see, others have gone through that over the years, and like me are amazed by and grateful for God’s persevering love!

“Nothing can separate, even if I ran away, Your love never fails

I know I still make mistakes, but You have new mercies for me every day

Your love never fails”

(from Your Love Never Fails, by Skinner/Mcclarney)

 

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Today’s Worship Walk: Proverbs 29:25

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“Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.”

Proverbs 29:25

This verse is encouraging to me, in that I’m not the only one who struggles with people pleasing! Seriously, though, it is a comment on human nature that something Solomon wrote in ancient times still resonates today, at least for me.

Calling the fear of man “a snare” is so evocative, and so true. In my experience, attempts to make sure others are happy with me always lead to a feeling of being trapped, either by their expectations or mine. And nursing the idea that anything I do might effect someone’s opinion of me binds my spirit – What should I do or say  in this moment that won’t bother/upset/offend them? 

You’d think realizing that I have no control over how anyone feels would free me, and it’s starting to. But it’s taken God’s work in me to expose my need to be loved, and to help me redirect where I’m seeking it from. And the love He has for me (and you, by the way), is so much greater than I could ever get from other people, no matter how many I’d manage to please.

 

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Christian Quotes: Kirk Manton

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“God is good, not because of the wonderful, but the other way around. The wonderful is, because God is good.”

Kirk Manton

 

“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

Christian Quotes: E. M. Bounds

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” I think Christians fail so often to get answers to their prayers because they do not wait long enough on God. They just drop down and say a few words, and then jump up and forget it and expect God to answer them. Such praying always reminds me of the small boy ringing his neighbor’s door-bell, and then running away as fast as he can go.”

 E. M. Bounds

 

The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
    to the one who seeks him…”

Lamentations 3:25

Christian Quotes: Oswald Chambers

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“Believe steadfastly on Him, and everything that challenges you will strengthen your faith. There is continual testing in the life of faith up to the point of our physical death, which is the greatest test. Faith is absolute trust in God – trust that could never imagine that he would forsake us.”

Oswald Chambers

 

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”

James 1:12