Take, Lord, receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will – all that I have and call my own. You have given it all to me. To you, Lord, I return it. Everything is yours; do with it what you will. Give me only your love and your grace. That is enough for me.
~Ignatius of Loyola – Prayer for the conclusion of his Spiritual Exercises
The Spirit-filled life is not a special deluxe edition of Christianity. It is part and parcel of the total plan of God for His people.
We must have the Holy Spirit’s power and presence, otherwise our religion will become a mockery before God, and a misery to ourselves.
HOW CAN DISCIPLESHIP HELP THOSE OF US WHO ARE ALWAYS IN A HURRY?
We can learn how to act quickly without hurrying. Quickness is an attribute of action. Hurry is an attribute of the spirit. First, we need to recognize when we’re being drawn into hurry. At that point, stop and take time out. Then we go over how God is with us and we’re acting with Him at our side.
Hurry involves the idea that something is out of control and we must take control. Hurry is an act of unfaith.
Silence, solitude, fasting and Scripture memorization train us to respond differently to events when an immediate response is required
in “Apprentice To The Master: Interview With Dallas Willard” by Jan Johnson
To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you. This is hard; … how can we do it? Only, I think, by remembering were we stand, by meaning our words when we say in our prayers each night, ‘Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.’ We are offered forgiveness on no other terms. To refuse it means to refuse God’s mercy for ourselves.
Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.
God is God. Because he is God, He is worthy of my trust and obedience. I will find rest nowhere but in His holy will, a will that is unspeakably beyond my largest notions of what He is up to.
Obedience to God’s will is the secret of spiritual knowledge and insight. It is not willingness to know but willingness to DO (obey) God’s will that brings certainty.
Happy is the soul which … holds itself ceaselessly in the hands of its Creator, ready to do everything which he wishes; which never stops saying to itself a hundred times a day, “Lord, what would you have me to do?”
Holiness is a most beautiful and lovely thing. We drink in strange notions of holiness from our childhood, as if it were a melancholy, morose, sour and unpleasant thing; but there is nothing in it but what is sweet and ravishingly lovely.
Holiness is not something we are called upon to do in order that we may become something; it is something we are to do because of what we already are.
Christian holiness is not a matter of painstaking conformity to the individual precepts of an external law code; it is rather a question of the Holy Spirit’s producing His fruit in the life, reproducing those graces which were seen in perfection in the life of Christ.
(these quotes are from Seeking Him: Experiencing the Joy of Personal Revival, by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Tim Grissom)
Grace is a dynamic force that does more than affect our standing with God by crediting us with righteousness, Grace affects our experience as well … Grace is a way of life.
Your worst days are never so bad that you’re beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you’re beyond the need of God’s grace.
(both quotes are from Seeking Him: Experiencing the Joy of Personal Revival, by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Tim Grissom)
The essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, greed, drunkenness and all that, are mere flea-bites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil. Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind.
If any one would like to acquire humility, I can, I think, tell him the first step. The first step is to realize that one is proud …. If you think you’re not conceited, it means you are very conceited indeed.
A truly humble person is sensible of his natural distance from God; of his dependence on Him; of the insufficiency of his own power and wisdom.
Standing Under the Cross
Standing erect, holding our heads high, is the attitude of spiritually mature people in face of the calamities of our world. The facts of everyday life are a rich source for doomsday thinking and feeling. But it is possible for us to resist this temptation and to stand with self-confidence in this world, never losing our spiritual ground, always aware that “sky and earth will pass away” but the words of Jesus will never pass away (see Luke 21:33).
Let us be like Mary, the mother of Jesus, who stood under the cross, trusting in God’s faithfulness notwithstanding the death of his beloved Child.
~ Henri J.M. Nouwen in Bread for the Journey
received through “Daily Meditation” from HenriNouwen.org
An Enabler Asks for Help
Someone I love is buried
beneath fear and paralysis.
She has forgotten how gloriously You made her.
And I seem to have forgotten that Your love for her
far exceeds my limited version.
Forgive me for the many years I’ve rushed in to do Your job. (As if!)
My trust in You has been wavering and impatient.
But how do I watch a train-wreck like this?
How do I resist the crazy urge to stand in front of the train
that threatens the life of my loved one?
Watching her suffer has moved me to act.
But has it moved me to sit and seek Your solution?
Not until now. Finally. The uncertainty scares me, though.
Putting ‘my rescue-plan’ on hold makes me feel uncaring
and negligent. But I am actually trying to practice radical trust
in You. Please help me be strong enough to be with her
without feeling responsible for her life.
This grip is horrible to hold, and so hard to release.
May my faith in You be sufficient
to stop this train, and get these filthy whites clean.
– Erika Harris
Meditating and prayer – Laundry + Prayer: I Don’t See the Difference – Prayables
You must picture me alone in that room in Magdalen, night after night, feeling, whenever my mind lifted even for a second from my work, the steady, unrelenting approach of Him whom I so earnestly desired not to meet. That which I greatly feared had at last come upon me. In the Trinity Term of 1929 I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England
~ C. S. Lewis
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