Treasures of Darkness

Here are the final quotes this week from my journals.  These are great truths to hold onto!

I will go before you [Juli], and level the mountains.  I will smash down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron.  And I will give you treasures hidden in darkness–secret riches.  I will do this so you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name.  — Isaiah 45:2-3

When the heart has learned how entirely powerless it is, even for one moment, to keep itself or bring forth any good, when it has learned how surely and truly God will keep it — when in despair of self it has accepted God’s promise to do for it the impossible — it learns to rest in God.  — Andrew Murray

Since the church is Christ’s body, with which He is organically united, He loves it so much that in its interest He exercises His infinite power in causing the entire universe with all that is in it to co-operate, whether willingly or unwillingly.  — Jerry Bridges

 

Waiting

Here are some more recent quotes from my journal.  These have been a real source of encouragement for me.

When he arrived (in Antioch) and saw the grace of God, he was glad and encouraged all of them to remain true to the Lord with a firm resolve of the heart, for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith.  [Regarding Barnabas, Acts 11:23-24]

When you first begin waiting on God, it is with frequent intermission and failure.  But do believe God is watching over you in love and secretly strengthening you in it.  There are times when waiting appears like just losing time, but it is not so.  Waiting, even in darkness, is unconscious advance, because it is God you have to do with, and He is working in you.  God who calls you to wait on Him sees your feeble efforts and works it in you.  — Andrew Murray

The greatest barrier to the life of freedom that God desires for us is not our brokenness.  It is brokenness unsurrendered.  When we conceal or refuse to surrender our wickedness, weakness, and woundedness, they remain not only out of sight, but also out of the realm of healing.”  — Michael John Cusick

 

One Last Desire

This week I’m sharing some of the best quotes from my journal recently.  I hope these will be of great encouragement to you.

Faith is the gaze of a soul upon a saving God.  — A. W. Tozer

My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me,” and my heart responds, “LORD, I am coming.”  — Psalm 27:8 [NLT]

The point of temptation or the pinnacle of pain is not the ideal time to decide whether to stick with Christ.  The most effective time to resolve to obey Christ is in advance of difficulty.  — Beth Moore, Portraits of Devotion, pg. 334

As I leave to return to God, my Father, permit me to confide to you one last desire…that you strive to create a climate of true love and respect for the poor because the poor man is Christ.  — Alberto Hurtado [Chile, 1901-1952]

 

Fatao

This is a great story that was told earlier as Fatao’s Heart, Fatao’s Surgery, and Fatao’s Recovery. This latest video is one I did not see before; it is not new but has been recently re-posted by Compassion, so I thought I should share it with you. Fatao is doing well with his repaired heart!

Here is the full story that Compassion recently posted.

Methode and the Rwandan Genocide

Here is another touching story about one of our sponsored boys in Rwanda. This is guaranteed to brighten your day as you think of all this young man has come through with God’s help!

Nachi and Collins

More great Compassion stories this week!  They keep coming, all these wonderful success stories!  This one is about Nachi and Collins of Kenya. Enjoy!

Collins' Story from Compassion Australia on Vimeo.