Holy Amazement

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We are never nearer Christ
than when we find ourselves 
lost in a holy amazement 
at his unspeakable love.

–John Owen,
(1616 – 1683)

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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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Fountain of rich grace

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Men are afraid to have good thoughts of God. They think it is a boldness to eye God as good, gracious, tender, kind, loving. I speak of saints. They can judge him hard, austere, severe, almost implacable, and fierce (the very worst affections of the very worst of men, and most hated by God). Is not this soul-deceit from Satan? Was it not his design from the beginning to inject such thoughts of God?

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Assure yourself, then, there is nothing more acceptable to the Father than for us to keep up our hearts unto him as the eternal fountain of all that rich grace which flows out to sinners in the blood of Jesus.

–John Owen
(1616 – 1683)

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Right thoughts about God

How easy we find it to think of God as hard, austere, severe, unable to be pleased and fierce, which are the very worst characteristics of men and therefore most hated by God (Rom. 1:31; 2 Tim. 3:3). How easily Satan deceives us! Was it not his purpose from the beginning to inject such thoughts of God into our hearts? Assure yourself, then, that there is nothing more acceptable to the Father than for us to keep our hearts filled with him as the eternal source of all that rich grace which flows out to sinners in the blood of Jesus.

–John Owen (1616-1683)

Satan opposes love

They that know anything in this world
know that, as the first great opposition of hell,
the world, and corrupt nature, is against
faith to God by Christ, so the next
great opposition made against us,
is against our love.

—John Owen
(1616 – 1683)

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