A Christianity That Works-Part Three
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.
OH, TO BE DEPENDENT
"No one is good but One, that is, God." Matthew 19:17
"We have nothing good in ourselves. Not now. Not ever. We're dependent on the Lord always for every good thing, whether we like it or not. We have no choice!"
"We don't seem to realize the truth hasn't changed: anything good that gets done only occurs because God does it."
Wonderfully Dependent Upon Him
"The God of the universe, the One who spoke the worlds into existence and created the tinest microbe, offers Himself to you in love, to provide every need you have."
He is Our Life and Hope
"Only Christ can live the Christian life; we cannot. To try is to live in futility, frustration, and failure."
"Christ in you, the hope of glory" Colossians 1:27. "He is our only hope for living the Christian life."
We Prefer Our Independence
"Our rebel selves prefer to depend on their puny resources in place of His omnipotent, omniscient, infinitely perfect, perfectly infinite resources."
"Becoming dependent on the Lord for everything, including our spiritual lives and development, cuts against the grain of the flesh–our independent selves."
Hopelessness is the Beginning of Hope
"Much to our displeasure, God often uses life's difficult circumstances to bring us to see our sin and need. Through these, He seeks to tear us from our natural self-reliance."
"Be willing to let God enable you to accomplish the humanly impossible–even to be grateful that he sends trials to purge you and draw you to Himself. Let your prayer not be for premature deliverance, but that He would teach you to need Him, trust Him, love Him, lean on Him, depend on Him, run to Him, and throw yourself into His arms of love."
"Our willingness to be needy and dependent, does not merit His love, nor does it earn our deliverance. Never! Our neediness and dependency represent our failure, which qualifies us for His success. But it is our failure and His success–nothing can change this."
"Our hopeless failure is the beginning of hope in Him."
Too Much To Ask
"Will you trust Him enough to let Him do whatever He must in your life so He can give you all the love He longs to give you?"
To the world, you may just be somebody...but to somebody, you may be the world.
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