A Christianity That Works-Part Four
Several years ago I read a book called "A Christianity That Really Works" by Ron Marr. It is subtitled "A Handbook for Living in Continuous Personal Revival". For the next several nuggets I am going to share excerpts from this book. Any statements that are in quotes are from the book.
NONE BUT THE HUMBLE HEART
"The Lord is near those who have a broken heart; and saves such as have a contrite spirit." Psalm 34:18
"Spiritual revival is not confession of sin, as much as that may be in evidence. Spiritual revival is not even inner conviction of sin or external evidence of grief for sin, as potent a reality as these may be. Spiritual revival is not even changed lives or changed communities. The sine quo non of revival is a humbling of the human heart and spirit before almighty God."
"You can spend many hours in prayer as you might or run yourself ragged serving others, but without a contrite heart, no Christianity will really work for you."
What is Revival Humility?
"Humility is not the end o f all enjoyment, not a long face and a sad heart, and definitely not thinking self-deprecating thoughts. Rather, humility is simply agreeing with God about us."
To See As He Does
"What is it that stops us from seeing ourselves and God as He does? Pride! Pride consistently chooses its own perverse and destructive way in preference to the good and perfect way of God."
Living in Delusion
"Pridefully looking to and depending on our helpless selves rather than our completely capable God, we've been constantly short-changed. Our rebellion has isolated us from righteousness, peace, joy, and our one true Love. It has robbed us of the gentleness and goodness that alone can make life a pleasure."
"If you think you can develop your humility by trying, go ahead. When you are sick of having fallen for the same old lie again, return to the Father, ask His forgiveness, and trust Him to give you His humility."
You Can Never Go Farther
"He can only teach those who are humble, meek, teachable. A meek and quiet spirit is treasured by God because it is incorruptible, eternal. In it there is nothing of corruption. Communing with God is only possible in a meek and quiet spirit."
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