Only Fire

Here is another outstanding quote from my journal.  It’s hard to believe that A. W. Tozer lived before 1963, and yet these words seem to be written for our day.  One thing I’m certain of — our God is real, and holy, and He will be recognized and revered by the entire world at the time of His choosing.  Everyone will know that what we’ve known all along really is true.  There is a lot of fake religion and human arrogance and pretension that will not stand when the true God appears.

What a broad world to roam in, what a sea to swim in is this God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  He is eternal, which means He antedates time and is wholly independent of it.  To it He pays no tribute and from it He suffers no change.  He is immutable, which means he has never changed and can never change in any smallest measure.  He is omniscient, which means He knows in one free and effortless act all matter, all spirit, all relationships, all events.  He has no past and no future.  He is, and none of the limiting and qualifying terms used of creatures can apply to Him.  Love and mercy and righteousness are His, and holiness so ineffable that no comparisons or figures will avail to express it.

Only fire can give even a remote conception of it.  In fire He appeared at the burning bush; in the pillar of fire He dwelt through all the long wilderness journey.  The fire that glowed between the wings of the cherubim in the holy place was called the Shekinah, the Presence, through the years of Israel’s glory, and when the Old had given place to the New, He came at Pentecost as a fiery flame and rested upon each disciple.

The world is perishing for lack of the knowledge of God, and the church is famishing for want of His Presence.  The instant cure of most of our religious ills would be to enter the Presence in spiritual experience, to become suddenly aware that we are in God and that God is in us.  This would lift us out of our pitiful narrowness and cause our hearts to be enlarged.  This would burn away the impurities from our lives as the bugs and fungi were burned away by the fire that dwelt in the bush.  — A. W. Tozer, in The Pursuit of God, as quoted in How Great is Our God, 3/25/16

Broken Legs

These are the final quotes from my journal this week:

God sometimes uses circumstances and discipline to figuratively break our legs from continuing on the path of sin.  Only the repentant know what it’s like to dance with joy and gladness on broken legs!  –Beth Moore, Portraits of Devotion, pg. 126

And this is what God has testified:  He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life.  –1 John 5:11-12 (NLT)

Often when people want to know God’s will, they will ask, “What is God’s will for my life?”  [This] is not a the best question to ask.  The better inquiry is, “What is God’s will?”  Because people are naturally self-centered, we tend to view the whole world–even God’s activity–in terms of our own lives.  Of course, we want to know what we should do and how events will affect us.  But that is actually an inverted life-perspective.  Once I know God’s will, then my life gains its proper perspective, and I can adjust my life to Him and His purposes.  In other words, what is it that God is purposing to accomplish where I am?  Once I know what God is doing, then I see what I should do.  My focus needs to be outward on God and His purposes, not inward on my life.  –Henry & Richard Blackaby, in Experiencing God, as quoted in How Great is Our God, 3/18/16

Wait

Here are more great quotes from my journal:

God does as He pleases, only as He pleases; He works out every event to bring about the accomplishment of His will…Because we know God is directing our lives to an ultimate end and because we know He is sovereignly able to orchestrate the events of our lives toward that end, we can trust Him.  We can commit to Him not only the ultimate outcome of our lives, but also all the intermediate events and circumstances that will bring us to that outcome.  –Jerry Bridges, in Trusting God, as quoted in How Great is Our God, 3/23/16

In times of trouble, may the LORD answer your cry.  May the name of the God of Jacob keep you safe from all harm.  May he send you help from his sanctuary and strengthen you from Jerusalem.  May he remember all your gifts and look favorably on your burnt offerings.  May he grant your heart’s desires and make all your plans succeed.  May we shout for joy when we hear of your victory and raise a victory banner in the name of our God.  May the LORD answer all your prayers.  — Psalm 20:1-5

It is resting in the Lord, in His will, His promise, His faithfulness, and His love, that makes patience easy.  And the resting in Him is nothing but being silent unto Him, still before Him.  Having our thoughts and wishes, our fears and hopes, hushed into calm and quiet in that great peace of God which passeth all understanding.  That peace keeps the heart and mind when we are anxious for anything.  The rest, the silence, the stillness, and the patient waiting–all find their strength and joy in God Himself.  ‘Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7).  Yes.  For Him.  Seek not only the help, the gift, thou needest; seek Himself; wait for Him.  Give God His glory by resting in Him, by trusting Him fully, by waiting patiently for Him.  –Andrew Murray, in Waiting On God, as quoted in How Great is Our God, 3/22/16

Seeing Yourself

This week I’m sharing some of the best quotes from my journals.  Some of these are quite thought-provoking, in my opinion.

Two fine sons.  That’s what Zebedee had.  He named them himself.  They played in his shadow until they were old enough to work; and if I know anything about teenage boys, they still played plenty behind his back even when they were supposed to be working.  Just about the time Zebedee grew exasperated with them, he’d look in their faces and see himself.  — Beth Moore, Portraits of Devotion, pg. 153

God is orchestrating history.  He is present and in the middle of human activity…The Holy Spirit will instruct you and help you know when and where God is working.  Once you know where He is working, you can adjust your life to join Him in His divine purposes…Watch to see where God is at work around you.  When He shows you, join Him in His work, keep your attention on God’s call to an assignment rather than on your spiritual gifts, personal desires, skills, abilities, or resources.  Once you understand God’s call to an assignment, obey Him and He will work through you to accomplish His divine eternal purposes.  — Henry & Richard Blackaby, Experiencing God, as quoted in How Great is our God, 4/8/16

I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him.  He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken.  So many enemies against one man–all of them trying to kill me.  To them I’m just a broken-down wall or a tottering fence…Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.  He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken.  Psalm 62:1-3, 5-6 (NLT)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peruvian Dogs

This week I’m featuring some of the dogs we saw in Peru.  They were everywhere, as you can imagine.  We loved the fact that there were so many different breeds and sizes of dogs.  Enjoy today’s fun pics!  Some of these are almost hidden; you need to look closely.

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