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This is another installment in a series that has been adapted from my 11-part MP3 teaching series on A. W. Tozer’s spiritual classic, The Pursuit of God.
God has removed the sin barrier. Now comes his invitation. Twice the writer of Hebrews implores us to “draw near:” “Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need” (4:16). And, “ . . . let us …
According to James, “the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy” (Jas. 3:17). Without a relationship with the Source of wisdom, we are limited solely to human shrewdness and craft: “This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing” (Jas. 3:15- …
Man is only a reed, the feeblest thing in nature, but, he is a thinking reed. It is not necessary for the entire universe to take up arms in order to crush him. A vapour, a drop of water, is sufficient to kill him. But if the universe crushes him, man would still be nobler than the thing which destroys him, because he knows that he is dying, and the universe which has him at its mercy is unaware of it. (Blaise Pascal)
Thanks be to Thee, O Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits which Thou hast given us; for all the pains and insults which Thou hast borne for us. O most merciful redeemer, friend, and brother, may we know Thee more clearly, love Thee more dearly, and follow Thee more nearly; for Thine own sake. (St. Richard of Chichester, 1197-1253)
These insightful words by John Newton emphasize the truth that only God knows what is in our best interests. We judge by the way things appear to us, but only the Lord can see the long-term consequences.
"It is indeed natural to us to wish and to plan, and it is merciful of the Lord to disappoint our plans, and to cross our wishes. For we cannot be safe, much less happy, but in proportion as we are weaned from our own wills, and made simply desirous of being directed by His …