“Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!”
“All my trust is in what You have said,
Standing firm on all You have promised”
I’m standing firm.
“Dost thou think, O Christian, that thou canst measure the love of Christ? Think of what His love has brought thee–justification, adoption, sanctification, eternal life! The riches of His goodness are unsearchable; thou shalt never be able to tell them out or even conceive them. Oh, the breadth of the love of Christ! Shall such a love as this have half our hearts? Shall it have a cold love in return? Shall Jesus’ marvellous loving-kindness and tender care meet with but faint response and tardy acknowledgment? O my soul, tune thy harp to a glad song of thanksgiving! Go to thy rest rejoicing, for thou art no desolate wanderer, but a beloved child, watched over, cared for, supplied, and defended by thy Lord.” ~spurgeon.
Good sermons are frustrating because then heart work begins.
A good kind of frustrating.
A sanctifying frustrating.
There’s a certain kind of feeling when a sermon is being preached and you know it’s life changing.
Pretty sure that feeling is called conviction.
The challenge, then, is not to stifle it. Not forget it. But instead embrace it and let it take root. Then change can happen.
“Sometimes I wonder if I’m doing a Jimmy Stewart imitation myself.” —Jimmy Stewart
“Our Master never requires more of us than his grace makes possible.”
“Look into the Word and allow it to be a mirror.”
“The church is a household of servants.”
“[God will] do things we don’t suspect like increase our capacities and multiply our time in order to serve.”