According to the Bible, the heart is not just the seat of the emotions but also the source of our fundamental
commitments, hopes, and trust. And from the heart flow our thinking, feelings, and actions. What the heart
trusts, the mind justifies, the emotions desire, and the will carries out. If Satan can get you to consent with
your mind to a God of loving grace but get your heart to believe that you must do X, Y, and Z in order to be a
worthy, loveable, and valuable person, he will be most satisfied.
-The Great Enemy from Encounters with Jesus series
It is ever the Holy Spirit’s work to turn our eyes away from self to Jesus; but Satan’s
work is just the opposite of this, for he is constantly trying to make us regard ourselves instead of
Christ. He insinuates, “Your sins are too great for pardon; you have no faith; you do not
repent enough; you will never be able to continue to the end; you have not the joy of his children; you have
such a wavering hold of Jesus.” All these are thoughts about self, and we shall never find comfort or assurance
by looking within. But the Holy Spirit turns our eyes entirely away from self: he tells us that we are nothing,
but that “Christ is all in all.” Remember, therefore, it is not thy hold of Christ that
saves thee—it is Christ; it is not thy joy in Christ that saves thee—it
is Christ; it is not even faith in Christ, though that be the instrument—it is
Christ’s blood and merits; therefore, look not so much to thy hand with which thou art grasping
Christ, as to Christ; look not to thy hope, but to Jesus, the source of thy
hope; look not to thy faith, but to Jesus, the author and finisher of thy faith. We shall never find happiness
by looking at our prayers, our doings, or our feelings; it is what Jesus is, not what we are, that gives rest to
the soul. If we would at once overcome Satan and have peace with God, it must be by “looking unto Jesus.” Keep
thine eye simply on him; let his death, his sufferings, his merits, his glories, his intercession, be fresh upon
thy mind; when thou wakest in the morning look to him; when thou liest down at night look to him. Oh! let not
thy hopes or fears come between thee and Jesus; follow hard after him, and he will never fail thee.
“Our Savior is altogether lovely. He is
never early, never late. He is always at the right place at the right time. He is always in perfect peace and
there is no sense of hurry about Him.”
“Introverts are energized and excited by ideas. Simply talking about people, what they do
and who they know is noise for the introvert. He’ll be looking between the lines for some meaning, and this can
be hard work. Before long, he’ll be looking for a way out of the conversation. But when an introvert is hanging
out with a friend, sharing ideas, he is in his element. The conversation is ‘mind to mind, rather than ‘mouth to
-- Laurie Helgoe
C. S. Lewis
"We may be content to remain what we call 'ordinary people': but He is determined
to carry out a quite different plan.
To shrink back from that plan is not humility: it is laziness and cowardice. To submit is not conceit or
megalomania; it is obedience."
Let’s imagine that a king
made a decree in his land that there would be a blanket pardon extended to all prostitutes. Would that be good
news to you if you were a prostitute? Of course it would. No longer would you have to live in hiding, fearing
the sheriff. No longer would you have a criminal record; all past offenses are wiped off the books. So the
pardon would definitely be good news. But would it be any motivation at all for you to change your life style?
No, not a bit. But let’s go a little further without illustration. Let’s say that not only is a blanket pardon
extended all who have practiced prostitution, but the king has asked you, in particular, to become his bride.
What happens when a prostitute marries a king? She becomes a queen. Now would you have a reason for a change of
lifestyle? Absolutely. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that the lifestyle of the queen is several levels
superior to that of a prostitute. No woman in her right mind would go back to the previous life.
As long as half-gospel continues to be taught, we’re
going to continue producing Christians who are very thankful that they will not be judged for their sins, but
who have no significant self-motivation to change their behavior. That’s why so many leaders have to use the
hammer of the law and suffocating peer pressure to keep people in line. But what is the church called in the New
Testament? The bride of Christ! The gospel message is in effect a marriage proposal.
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"An honest but mistaken man, once shown the truth, either ceases to be mistaken or ceases to
be honest." — Proverb