Use sin … as it will use you. Spare it not, for it will not spare you. It is your murderer, and the murderer of the world. Use it therefore as a murderer should be used. Kill it before it kills you; and then, though it kill your bodies, it shall not be able to kill your souls; and though it bring you to the grave, as it did your head, it shall not be able to keep you there. If the thoughts of death, and the grave, and rottenness, are not pleasant to you, do not let the thoughts of sin be pleasant. Listen to every temptation to sin as you would listen to a temptation to self-murder, and as you would do if the devil brought you a knife and tempted you to cut your throat with it; so do when he offers you the bait of sin.
RICHARD BAXTER from Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
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“The fear of God is the death of every other fear; like a mighty lion, it chases all other fears before it.” —Charles Spurgeon
“The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.” (Proverbs 14:27, ESV)
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“Nothing so quickens prayer as trial. It sends us, at once, to our knees, and shuts the door of our closet behind us.” —Horatius Bonar
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A professer at a Christian college writes about a real problem among Christian young people:
“A whole boatload of anxieties is tied up with this notion of “finding God’s will.”
The good news is that the will of God is not really like that. It’s not the kind of thing you have to look for and find, and therefore it’s not the kind of thing you can miss. What you can do is disobey God’s will. That’s easy to do – it’s called sin. But in another sense (quite a different sense) you can never miss God’s will, no matter how badly you sin or disobey God. For in addition to God’s will revealed in his word, there’s also his hidden will, as it’s called, which means his providence governing the universe and all of history. His word we can disobey, but his providence is sovereign over heaven and earth and we cannot overcome it or even escape it. It’s not something we are capable of disobeying, much less missing.
So the “will of God” that my students are trying to find is some third thing: not God’s revealed will (because it’s something they have to “find”) and not his providential will (because it’s something they might “miss”). It’s an extra kind of “will of God” that is not found in the Bible. That is to say, it doesn’t really exist. And that’s good news. It means – if they only knew it – that they are allowed to make their own decisions like responsible moral agents – like adults seeking to grow in wisdom and understanding or stewards learning how to invest their talents. They don’t have to find what God has hidden.
Cary, Phillip (2010-10-01). Good News for Anxious Christians: Ten Practical Things You Don’t Have to Do (Kindle Locations 1188-1200). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
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Running Scared by Ed Welch is free right now on Kindle. Other Kindle deals
Also Westminster Books is running a great initial sale as they introduce the ability to purchase ebooks that will be read on Kindle. You can get 2 books of your choice from Crossway books for the next 24 hours or so. You can see the list of books here. There are over 300 to choose from. I found the process of getting the ebooks relatively simple but if you need help they are willing to walk you through the process from what I understand.
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“It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until He has hurt him deeply.” —A.W. Tozer
“The will of God is never exactly what you expect it to be. It may seem to be much worse, but in the end it’s going to be a lot better and a lot bigger.” —Elisabeth Elliot
“God does not promise any of us happiness as we define happiness. We are called to faithfulness, and it is in obedience to God in difficult situations that the great spiritual victories are won.” —James Montgomery Boice
“The greatest of faults is to be conscious of none.” —Thomas Carlyle
“Unless we fix certain hours in the day for prayer, it easily slips from our memory.” —John Calvin
“It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.” —George Washington
“We must never rest until everything inside us worships God.” —A.W. Tozer
Which one of these was the most meaningful to you? Why? Leave a comment!
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