And He said, “I won’t let you, because I love you, Cher..”
Lord, You are faithful, yes Your are.
God’s grace is ever cascading over the waterfall of the present from the inexhaustible river of grace com- ing to us from the future into the ever-increasing reser- voir of grace in the past.
There will always be people who argue that the doctrine of predestination makes missions unnecessary. But they are wrong. It does not make missions unneces- sary; it makes missions hopeful.
Tell me the old, old story.
Do you feed your faith day by day with the promises of this triumphant gospel? Do you, as a believer, go to the gospel day by day and savor its power in verses like Romans 8:32, “He who did not spare his own Son, but delivered him over for us all, how will he not also with him freely give us all things?” The gospel is the good news that God gave us his son, so as to obtain for us everything...
Do not give up when waiting on God seems endless. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:30–31)
“Here is a call for the endurance of the saints” (Revelation 14:12). We all long for rest and refreshment. That’s a God-given longing that he promises to fulfill: “I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish” (Jeremiah 31:25). And in a very real way Jesus gives rest to “all who labor and are heavy laden” and come to him (Matthew 11:28). But in this age, it is not...
Jerusalem shall be inhabited as villages without walls, because of the multitude of people and livestock in it. And I will be to her a wall of fire all around, declares the Lord, and I will be the glory in her midst. (Zechariah 2:4–5)
What matter most to God is God, but what sounds uncomfortable at first can soon become a cause for great rejoicing. Quickly we realize the foundation on which we were standing was much shakier than we thought, and the new foundation of God’s God-centeredness is unassailably more solid and a wonderful impetus to enjoy God like we never have before. God’s own God-centeredness ends up being...
“You begin to love the things God loves and hate the things God hates. You begin to run away from the things you ran toward and run toward the things you once ran from.”
God is more interested in our ongoing trust in Jesus than our ability to remember exactly when we first trusted him.
Whether you had an unmistakable experience of the new birth, or whether it was more gradual and you can only point to a season or span of time in which God was working to bring you to life — either way, you’re in good company.