Tag Archives: sanctification

the “intolerable compliment”

“We are, not metaphorically but in very truth, a Divine work of art, something that God is making, and therefore something with which He will not be satisfied until it has a certain character. Here again we come up against … Continue reading

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leave to the Lord Jesus

“How would the great work of sanctification go on in a man if he had no trial? Trouble is often the only fire which will burn away the dross that clings to our hearts. Trouble is the pruning-knife which the … Continue reading

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confident of this very thing

Dearest one, He will do it. He will finish what He began. He redeemed you, and saved you. He called you. He holds you evermore. I am confident, not because of you, but because of Him. He will complete the good work … Continue reading

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What on earth is He up to?

“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you … Continue reading

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interruptions

Years ago, my older and wiser friend used to say, “Don’t be irritated when your plans are interrupted. Even when you’re running late, and stopped by every red light, see interruptions to your schedule as God’s good providence, possibly protecting … Continue reading

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diminishing holds

The ways, and fashions, and amusements, and recreations of the world have a continually decreasing place in the heart of a growing Christian. He does not condemn them as downright sinful, nor say that those who have anything to do with … Continue reading

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Not the wheelchair but the attitude

Words Joni Eareckson Tada writes about wheelchairs and attitudes are ones I’m still trying to fully grasp and genuinely apply to my own life. I keep thinking through her explanation of the unexpected (and often wrongly interpreted) twist of Jesus’ … Continue reading

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your first waking moments

What do you do with your first waking moments? Some days we don’t have a choice — a crying toddler stands at our bedside with urgent needs, or we wake to a nurse making her early morning rounds. But, what … Continue reading

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Does it really matter how I talk? (part 2)

The Gossips, Sir John Everett Millais, 1889 It does matter how I talk. If I’ve learned more and more of Jesus — and I inevitably love Him more with each new discovery about Him — I want to honor Him … Continue reading

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Does it really matter how I talk? (part 1)

The Friendly Gossips, Eugene de Blaas A college friend once exhorted me to “learn scripture so you’ll know when you’re sinning against God. His Spirit will use the words to stop you and convict you and help you!” I was … Continue reading

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Who’s in charge of life’s random circumstances?

Verses memorized by kids at our church’s Vacation Bible School keep running through my mind. They studied the passage in Acts 17 where Paul stands surrounded by statues to false gods and speaks life-changing truth to the gathered Athenians. He … Continue reading

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Will today be the day?

With sun gleaming through and ocean glinting beneath, towering summer clouds turn my thoughts to other majestic clouds — the clouds of glory that will surround our Lord when He returns to earth. I squint at the dazzling view and … Continue reading

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Flourishing in a drought

Today, we have a choice.  We either decide to trust the LORD, or we decide to turn away from Him and trust another. Today’s choice affects tomorrow’s outcome. For we don’t know what tomorrow brings (Mat. 6:34), but we know … Continue reading

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Better than a thousand substitutes

Each year as the calendar rolls toward the end of March, I begin to think back to the news we received on that momentous day five years ago. In some ways it seems like yesterday as my mind runs back, … Continue reading

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Days without sunshine

Words of wisdom from J.C. Ryle regarding days of darkness: “… if we know anything of growth in grace, and desire to know more, let us not be surprised if we have to go through much trial and affliction in … Continue reading

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