Grace is a massively uncomfortable idea. This idea of “I didn’t earn this, I don’t deserve it, but you are giving it to me anyway”. A lot of people get bogged down in little details of the Bible, specifically in the Old Testament and Revelation, to avoid engaging the discomfort that I don’t like myself very much but God says He loves me.
Jed Brewer on episode 27 of the Say That podcast
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If he could do it, the devil would lure us from the straight and narrow path a mile at a time. If not by a mile then by a yard or a foot. But Satan knows that he cannot expect us to leap from a righteous life into the depths of depravity in one sudden decision, so in most cases his enticements will be so subtle, so unnoticeable, that he may only gain an inch at a time. ‘It’s only a little sin,’ he mocks. ‘What can such a tiny indiscretion hurt? It’s harmless. Enjoy yourself. This is not important enough to deny yourself. Go ahead and try it this once.’ But through repetition of our sings those tiny inches soon add up to miles as we drift gradually into more serious sins.
Putting on the Armor of God, page 95, “Gradual temptations” (via scerythlabs)
If you are going to truly follow the Lord, I promise you, He is going to throw you in over your heard. Because He wants you to rely on Him, not your own skills.
-Jed Brewer on episode 19 of the Say That podcast
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Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them.Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.
― Rabindranath Tagore (submitted by anonymous)
You are not a human being in search of a spiritual experience. You are a spiritual being immersed in a human experience.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
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The eclipse of your faith, the darkness of your mind, the fainting of your hope, all these things are but parts of God’s method of making you ripe for the great inheritance upon which you shall soon enter. These trials are for the testing and strengthening of your faith—they are waves that wash you further upon the rock—they are winds which waft your ship the more swiftly towards the desired haven.
Charles Spurgeon (via foreverfindingthestrength)
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