On the Path of Life

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The life of faith

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The life of faith is a happy life,
and if attended with conflicts,
there is an assurance of victory;
if we sometimes get a wound,
there is healing balm near at hand;
if we seem to fall, we are raised again;
and if tribulations abound,
consolations shall abound likewise.

–John Newton
(1725-1807)

Possessing our privileges

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Our greatest hindrance
in the Christian life
is not our lack of effort,
but our lack
of acquaintedness
with our privileges.

–John Owen
(1616 – 1683)

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Bold believers

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In vain I have searched the Bible, looking for examples of early believers whose lives were marked by rigidity, predictability, inhibition, dullness, and caution.

Fortunately, grim, frowning,
joyless saints in Scriptures
are conspicuous by their absence.

Instead, the examples I find are of adventurous, risk-taking, enthusiastic, and authentic believers whose joy was contagious even in times of full trial. Their vision was broad even when death drew near. Rules were few and changes were welcome. The contrast between then and now is staggering.

–Charles Swindoll

God at work

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Remember God is acting
on your soul all the time,
whether you have spiritual
sensations or not.

–Evelyn Underhill
(1875 – 1941)

An easy yoke and a light burden

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The Christian way is the natural way to live; therefore, it is the way of the easy yoke and the light burden. The idea that sin is natural and the Christian way unnatural is a paralysis upon the Christian movement. It is false. God made us “good”. We have made ourselves bad. But the good is good for us, and the bad is bad for us. To be a Christian is not hard—not to be a Christian is hard.

When you live against Christ, you are
living against the grain of the universe.
You are frustrated and unhappy.

Carlyle says: “Sin is, has been , and every shall be the parent of misery.” Conversely goodness is, has been and ever shall be the parent of happiness. To follow Christ is not to follow a law, imposed and unnatural; but it is to follow the law of life—the law of my life, your life, our lives.

You fulfil yourself when you follow Christ.
You frustrate yourself when you follow some other way.

I John 5:3 says: “His commandments are not burdensome.” Why? Because he puts nothing on us? He puts everything on us. He dumps the world and its troubles into our hearts. Then the burden is burdensome? No, for his burden is the same burden that wings are to a bird, sails are to a ship, love is to the heart.

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When I say to an audience just before lunchtime, “Go to lunch,” is that command burdensome? No for their stomachs say the same thing.

What Jesus commands
our inmost nature commends.
It isn’t hard to be a Christian;
it is hard not to be a Christian.

A man came . . . and said, “Mr. Jones I only know one verse of Scripture, but I know that one is true: “the way of the transgressor is hard.” The Christian way is “hard”? It is supernaturally natural—you find Christ and you find yourself; you do his will and his will turns out to be your highest interest. His yoke is easy and his burden is light—for his yoke is my yearning, his burden is my blessing. His will is my freedom.

–E. Stanley Jones
A Song of Ascents
(emphasis added)

Moment by moment faith

The Christian faith is meant to be lived moment by moment. It isn’t some broad, general outline–it’s a long walk with a real Person. Details count: passing thoughts, small sacrifices, a few encouraging words, little acts of kindness, brief victories over nagging sins.

–Joni Eareckson Tada

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Lord of pots and pans

Lord of all pots and pans and things,

Since I’ve no time to be a saint by doing lovely things,

Or watching late with Thee,

Or dreaming in the dawn-light, or storming Heaven’s gates,

Make me a saint by getting meals

And washing up the plates.

Although I must have Martha’s hands, I have a Mary mind,

And when I black the boots and shoes,

Thy sandals, Lord, I find.

I think of how they trod the earth,

What time I scrub the floor:

Accept this meditation, Lord, I haven’t time for more.

Warm all the kitchen with Thy love,

And light it with Thy peace;

Forgive me all my worrying, and make my grumbling cease.

Thou who didst love to give men food,

In room or by the sea,

Accept this service that I do — I do it unto Thee.

–Cecily Halleck

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Belovedness

Living in awareness
of our belovedness
is the axis around which
the Christian life revolves.

–Brennan Manning


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