Power

Each of these quotes has something to do with power, if you think about it.

The godly minister has no more difficult, no more solemn, no more blessed task, than to lead his people out to meet God.  –Andrew Murray, Waiting On God, pg. 73

Power can be used for good or evil.  This is underscored by the fact that the inventor of dynamite was Alfred Nobel, for whom the peace prize is named.  — One Year Book of Psalms, 8/7/17

Each act of self-denial is a seed-germ of the harvest of gladness.  — F. B. Meyer

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Boundless

It’s time for more quotes from my journal.  I love these thoughts about God–big, limitless, boundless.

The mercy of God is an ocean divine, a boundless and fathomless flood.  Launch out in the deep and cut away the shore line, and be lost in the mercy of God.  –A. B. Simpson

We misuse the words ‘boundless’ and ‘unlimited’ because the words ‘boundless,’ ‘unlimited,’ and ‘infinite’ all mean the same thing.  They are words to describe God.  In no way, shape or form do they describe man.  We have a limit to everything about us.  God, on the other hand, has no limits.  We are not using words carelessly when we say that God is boundless, limitless and infinite.  — A. W. Tozer, My Daily Pursuit, pg. 230

Bravo, God, Bravo!  Everyone join in the great shout:  Encore!  In awe before the beauty, in awe before the might.  — Psalm 96:7 (MSG)

 

Short Quotes

Here are some short quotes that are worth reading:

God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform.  He plants His footsteps in the sea, and rides upon the storm. –William Cowper

When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.  –Psalm 94:19  (NLT)

When the heart is full, it brims over in some outward act of devotion.  –F. B. Meyer

God’s people are always strongest when their lives are characterized by joy and singing.  —One Year Book of Psalms, 8/5

 

Dusty Faith

Here are more great quotes I’ve come across in recent months.

O God, when my faith gets overladen with dust, blow it clean with the wind of your Spirit.  When my habits of obedience get stiff and rusty, anoint them with the oil of your Spirit.  Restore the enthusiasm of my first love for you.  –Eugene H. Peterson

When the Ark of God was carried to the Tabernacle in Jerusalem, three men were given the honor of directing the choir for the festivities:  Asaph, who wrote many psalms; Heman, who wrote Psalm 88; and Ethan, who wrote today’s psalm [Psalm 89].  In Psalm 88 Heman holds a dour view of life–basically, “Life’s a mess and then you die…”  But Psalm 89 starts by singing the mercies of God.  We get three-quarters of the way through Ethan’s song before we realize anything’s wrong…”Oh, the kingdom of Israel is falling apart,” Ethan says, “but God is good.  His unfailing love will last forever.”  Ethan’s name means “steady, rock-solid,” and you can tell that his perspective keeps him steady through the storms of life.  No matter what happens, he sees God’s great mercy, and he sings about it.  You should also know that Ethan later changed his name to Jeduthun, meaning “the Lord is steady.”  Because of the Lord’s steadiness, we can live with a solid confidence, whatever our circumstances might be.  —One Year Book of Psalms, 7/14

I love that!  It isn’t enough to have a name that means you’re steady.  We aren’t steady and calm, but God is!  We can trust Him when everything else is falling apart.

Buckets

Here are the final quotes this week.  Aren’t they great?

God fills heaven and earth, just as the ocean fills a bucket that has been submerged a mile down.  The bucket is full of the ocean, but the ocean surrounds the bucket in all directions.  So when God says, “I fill heaven and earth,” He does, and heaven and earth is submerged in God as well.  He further says that the heaven of heavens cannot contain God.  You see, God is not contained; God contains, and there is a difference.  In Him, we live and move and have our being.  We have this habit of trying to put God into our life.  We have our own boundaries, and we think God should fit into them.  That is contrary to the very nature of God.  Nobody can control God; and therefore, God does not do the bidding of any person.  God is busy performing His purpose and will.  –A. W. Tozer, My Daily Pursuit, pg. 207

Regarding Exodus 17:8-13:

Whenever Moses raised his staff, the Israelite army succeeded.  Whenever he lowered it they started losing.  Moses’ arms grew too tired to hold the staff, however, so Aaron and another man held his arms steady.  In the original Hebrew, the word for “steady” in that story is the same word that appears in Psalm 89:8 as “faithfulness.”  This word also appears as “faith” in Habakkuk 2:4, where the prophet denounces the proud people of his day:  “They trust in themselves and their lives are crooked; but the righteous will live by their faith.”  This psalm recognizes that faithfulness is at the very core of God’s character.  And it’s not just that he will try to do what he promises–he is mighty enough to do it.  His arms are strong enough by themselves; the doesn’t need helpers to hold them up!  The psalmist tosses around other characteristics of the Lord:  righteousness and justice, unfailing love and truth.  All of this combines to paint a portrait of a God you can count on–even when everything else in your life seems to be falling apart.  As we steadily trust in God’s steadiness and faithfulness, we find life, even when the powers of death surround us.  He holds us up in his mighty arms and he will not let us down.  —One Year Book of Psalms, 7/15

Sparrows

I have some more great quotes from my journal for you this week.

Pain, sorrow, and disappointment are transmutable; we may climb the rainbow through the rain.  Our pilgrimage should be a continuous triumph in and over our circumstances.  –W. Graham Scroggie

If God cares so much for sparrows, won’t he care for you, too?  You are worth more to God than a whole flock of those birds.  Jesus wasn’t saying that the sparrows would never fall, and he wasn’t saying that his followers would never suffer physical harm.  But he was saying that God watches over us and cares for us.  Sometimes God rescues his people from their predicaments, and sometimes he allows them to suffer and even die–but he never lets them out of his sight.  They remain in his presence eternally.  —One Year Book of Psalms, 7/5

Blessed is any weight, however overwhelming, which God has been so good as to fasten with His own hand upon our shoulders.  –F.W. Faber

When irritated by interruptions, remember you’re not in charge of your day.  God is.  –Charles R. Swindoll

 

Help When In Need

As you may know, I had a bicycle accident in Jackson this summer.  I ended up with two sprained wrists, a sprained ankle, bruised ribs and a contusion of the liver.  Since I was alone at my dad’s house I had to drive myself to the hospital and back, and didn’t get to bed until 3:30am.  In addition to being unable to breathe deeply for the next three weeks it was extremely painful.  While at the hospital I was not able to take any pain killers because I would need to drive myself back to the house.  When I arrived home and tried to open the bottle of pills I couldn’t twist the cap or hold it to twist with the other hand.  I thought, “What would Daddy do?” and put the bottle on the kitchen counter and whacked at it with a hammer until I got it opened!

That week was difficult; I could barely get in and out of bed, walk, breathe or even stay awake.  I’d arranged for a plumber to come to the house for repairs, but slept most of the time he was there.  My body was really in shock.  It helped me relate to what my dad had suffered with COPD, and what my mother had undergone with cancer regarding CT Scans and awaiting results (the doctor had originally said that I had a blood clot in my liver completely unrelated to the accident, but later decided it was trauma related).  When I drove back home to Buffalo (normally a 6-7 hour trip) it took 10 hours because I had to pull over to sleep so often.

I’m doing much better now, although I’m still strengthening my left wrist and hand through occupational therapy.  My problems were nothing compared to what others have:  I pray every day for friends that are dealing with cancer and other serious illnesses, and can’t even begin to relate to the struggles and fears they may have.

But I do want to share about the faithfulness of God in my hours of need when I wasn’t even sure I could get through the night.  In my normal, daily devotions He spoke very clearly and assuredly to me.  The first verse is the one I read while lying in the emergency room, awaiting various tests, and it gave me the peace and certainty that He was in this with me and would see me through it.  It was June 26 so I’d looked up Psalm 26:

Examine me, God, from head to foot, order your battery of tests.  Make sure I’m fit inside and out so I never lose sight of your love, but keep in step with you, never missing a beat.  –Psalm 26:2-3 (MSG)

From there, everything else I read the rest of the week was equally timely and encouraging, and was right in my regular readings each day:

Just as Joseph and the psalmist keep turning to God and trusting Him to turn evil into good, so we, too, must keep looking to God in difficult times.  —One Year Book of Psalms, 6/27

Since all that I meet shall work for my good, the bitter is sweet, the medicine food:  though painful at present, ’twill cease before long; and then O how pleasant the Conqueror’s song.  –John Newton

Show us your mighty power, come to rescue us!  Turn us again to yourself, O God.  Make your face shine down upon us.  Only then will we be saved.  –Psalm 80:2b-3 (NLT)

Now I will take the load from your shoulders; I will free your hands from their heavy tasks.  You cried to me in trouble, and I saved you; I answered out of the thundercloud and tested your faith when there was no water in Meribah.  –Psalm 81:6-7 (NLT)

Happy the child who in thunder-claps detects the Father’s voice.  There is no fear in love, because perfect love casteth out the fear that hath torment.  –F. B. Meyer

Yes, there were thunderstorms that week in Jackson when I was sleeping nearly all day and night.  And yes, that last quote had my Word of the Year in it–“cast!”  I”m thankful He met with me in my need and assured me of His presence.