And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
– Romans 8:28
Do you really believe that everything that’s happened to you in the last month happened for your ultimate benefit? Goodness. If you don’t believe that, how can you go on?
Galatians 5:22-23, self-control is the last fruit of the Spirit.
Self-control is often thought of as self-restriction or self-paralysis. But self-control is like riding a bike. Those who have no control over a bike swiftly fall over; they can’t take themselves where they want to go.
But those who can control their bike: they are truly free.
Our young children are asking the right questions.
– Ravi Zacharias, on making theological truth relevant.
The Christian life doesn’t just contain sacrifices; it is a sacrifice.
Philippians 1:21, Romans 12:1
Crawling through this maze
Search for her always
All throughout this place
Candles, lights, they blaze
Their enchanting flames
Engulf her with praise
That I can’t see her face
That I don’t know her name
Oh where’s my love?
Where’s the one?
Are you living the kind of life that could only be worth living if Christ really died for you? Is the sacrifice you’re making for Christ so great that, if he is not real, and if his eternal joy doesn’t await you after death, you would flee from that lifestyle in an instant?
Don’t let the scenery and poetry and music of your relationship with God shrivel up and die. You have capacities for joy that you can scarcely imagine. They were made for the enjoyment of God. He can awaken them no matter how long they have lain asleep.
John Piper, Desiring God (1986)