Here are 6 quotes that changed my thinking and I hope they do yours.
John Piper “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”
For many years I had read the Bible but for some reason, this quote finally shook me out of my doldrums. After I read that quote, I started finding the Scriptures that testify that God seeks to be glorified and Jesus Christ in particular. Isaiah recorded God’s words; “I am the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other” (42:8) and “I will not yield my glory to another” (Isaiah 48:11). One of the reasons we were created was to glorify God and so God really is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.
Adrian Rogers “God only wants for us what we would want for ourselves if we were smart enough to want it.”
The point here is that God knows what is best for us better than we do. Some of the greatest answers to prayer have been “No” because God knew it would harm them in the long run. I want to want what God wants and if I don’t want what God wants, I need my “want” fixed.
C.S. Lewis “He that but looks on a plate of ham and eggs to lust after it hath already committed breakfast with it in his heart.”
This reminds me of Jesus’ statement in Matthew 528: where He says “anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Jeremiah reminds me just what Jesus and C. S. Lewis showed about my own heart; “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it” (Jer 17:9)? The obvious answer is that only God knows the heart and we must guard our hearts from the natural tendency to lust.
Irwin Lutzer “When the Devil reminds you of your past, remind him of his future.”
This is so profound because we know that the enemy tries to make us dig up the past sins that God’s has already buried in the grounds of forgiveness. Remember who we’re talking about; it’s Satan, “the accuser of our brothers and sisters has been thrown down to earth–the one who accuses them before our God day and night” (Rev 12:10). If you think he spends so much time accusing us, day and night, right before God, don’t you think he’d try doing it before you?
A.W. Tozer “It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until He has hurt him deeply.”
I love this quote because I have found out that many people’s greatest ministries came out of their deepest hurts. It makes sense to have you minister to someone who is going through what you went through. Mr. Tozer says that it is doubtful that God will bless that man or woman until they’ve been deeply wounded so what was seen as evil was that which God meant for good (Gen 50:20).
Leonard Ravenhill “My main ambition in life is to be on the Devil’s most wanted list.”
When people tell me they’re undergoing spiritual attack I tell them, “good, that way you know you’re on the right side and you’re obviously doing something good for God and it’s irritating him.” I believe it is more often demons because Satan likely doesn’t mess with “small potatoes” like me. He’s after world leaders, politicians, and people so much more important than you and I probably are but we still should seek to be on that “wanted list,” even if it’s only on a list for demons. Doing what God loves is doing what Satan hates.
God alone can change and direct the human heart to go wherever He wills it too (Prov 21:1) so don’t ever give up on sharing your faith with that lost family member, friend, and co-worker you know. It is not your responsibility to save anyone; it is their response to His ability but it is your responsibility to tell them.
May God richly bless you,
Pastor Jack Wellman
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