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Daily Abiding in Christ

Spiritual emotions result in Christian practice because they always exist alongside spiritual humiliation.  Humility before God inspires obedience, just as pride inspires rebellion.  Humility, then, necessarily leads to Christian practice. ~ Jonathan Edwards

How would you finish (this) sentence?  “One thing have I desired of the Lord; that will I seek after _________.”  What is the greatest desire and longing of your heart?  In the answer to that question lies the explanation for much of what we do – our choices, our priorities, our use of time, the way we spend money, the way we respond to pressure, whom or what we love.  (King) David’s answer (see Psm. 27:4) reveals why God could say, “This man’s heart beats like mine.” ~ Nancy Leigh DeMoss 

In an authentic spiritual experience, emotion, feelings, and the senses often become intense, transcending the normal.  These may include strong feelings of remorse over sin, a mighty sense of trust that surpasses the pain of a traumatic situation, an overpowering peace in the midst of trouble, the overwhelming sense of joy related to confidence and hope in God, intense sorrow over the lost, the exhilarating praise in understanding the glory of God, or a heightened zeal for ministry.  Spiritual experience by definition is an internal awareness that involves strong emotion in response to the truth of God’s Word, amplified by the Holy Spirit and applied by Him to us personally. ~ John MacArthur

Upon a life I did not live, upon a death I did not die; another’s life, another’s death, I stake my whole eternity. ~ Horatius Bonar

Abide in Me says Jesus. Cling to Me. Stick fast to Me. Live the life of close and intimate communion with Me. Get nearer to Me. Roll every burden on Me. Cast your whole weight on Me. Never let go your hold on Me for a moment.  Be, as it were, rooted and planted in Me. Do this and I will never fail you. I will ever abide in you. ~ J.C. Ryle

I know of nothing which I would choose to have as the subject of my ambition for life than to be kept faithful to my God till death, still to be a soul winner, still to be a true herald of the cross, and testify the name of Jesus to the last hour.  It is only such who in the ministry shall be saved. ~ Charles Spurgeon

“True piety, instead of setting aside a single female excellence—clothes all female virtues with a Divine sanction—harmonizes the demands of God with the claims of man—converts the ordinary duties of domestic life into a means of preparation for that glorious world where the social ties no longer exist—and softens the cares, anxieties, and sorrows, with which woman’s lot in this world is but too often sadly oppressed. Whatever else a woman may be—without true piety, she is lamentably deficient. “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting.” The face of a beautiful woman ought to be an index of the mind; and when all is beautiful on the outside—all should be glorious within. Never does outer beauty and elegance appear more revolting—than when seen united with an ill-furnished mind and an ill-favored heart. And yet how often do elegance of manners, and loveliness of person, conceal dispositions which are in total opposition to them, and bitterly disappoint the man who has been captivated by them—and who in his choice of a wife, has been led by no other considerations than mere external beauty and personal charms!” ~ Female Piety by John Angell James
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A Word To Ladies On Modesty

Ladies, your example to your daughters and to the other ladies of the church is so important. Your life is observed, your profession to Christ is measured, you devotion either questioned or applauded. Everything about you influences the younger women, those young in faith and the coming-along ladies. The way you speak, what you speak about,… Continue reading A Word To Ladies On Modesty

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Al Hartman: …upon this earth…

Great God Almighty, our Father in heaven, Creator, Sustainer and Lord of all that is, that was, and that ever shall be,    For all that is eternally true in Christ, I am not yet as I would that I were upon this earth: Not yet fit to praise You in holiness as you are… Continue reading Al Hartman: …upon this earth…

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I Asked the Lord that I Might Grow by John Newton

I asked the Lord that I might grow In faith, and love, and every grace; Might more of His salvation know, And seek, more earnestly, His face. ’Twas He who taught me thus to pray, And He, I trust, has answered prayer! But it has been in such a way, As almost drove me to… Continue reading I Asked the Lord that I Might Grow by John Newton

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Let Me Come In by Grace Noll Crowell

Galatians 6: 2, “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” Romans 12: 15, “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.” DO WE BELIEVE WHAT GOD HAS COMMANDED US TO DO? DO WE OBEY? Let me come in where you are weeping, friend, And let me… Continue reading Let Me Come In by Grace Noll Crowell

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I Stand Before The Cross

I stand before the Cross and I profess a love for this Man, this One, Who has taken my place… and I turn away… and I go shopping and I buy a bikini… I can justify it because it is so cute on me and anyway… if a guy looks at me to lust, it… Continue reading I Stand Before The Cross