I love quotes. Just today my pastor coined a nice one saying:
“Even though you have the right to do it, doesn’t mean it’s right to do it.”
Very true! I see the scriptural backup up when Paul said: “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful.” (1st Cor. 6:12)
Quotes have been very helpful to me in years gone by. For example I still remember 2nd Corinthians 5:17 from the first year of Youth Group where we memorized scriptures throughout the year. Though I admit I forgot many, I still remember a lot to this day.
That single verse that’s ever so clear in my mind and heart really showed me the value both practically and privately of knowing the Bible when it’s not readily available. For instance when I would struggle with a certain sin I would quote that verse, reminding me that Christ has changed me and has made me new. I still quote it to myself today!
So in honor of the way God wired our brains to remember little thoughts better than longer ones I’ve compiled a list of 3 quotes that I’ve either heard or found that I’ve been encouraged by. I hope you will be encouraged also!
“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him”
I absolutely love this one. John Piper has been an inspiration to me in the last year, teaching me that God wants us to love Him and therefore glorify Him by being satisfied in Him and enjoying Him for who He is. Just as Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for not loving God with all their hearts, God is not most glorified in us when we don’t want Him. So genuinely wanting God is the key to all of the Christian life and ministry. If we genuinely want God (which is miraculous in of itself!), then everything else will fall into place (generally speaking).
“The idolatry that exists in a man’s heart always wants to lead him away from his Savior and back to self-reliance no matter how pitiful that self-reliance is or how many times it has betrayed him.”
Quoted from one of his books I’m currently reading: “The Explicit Gospel” Matt Chandler tells things like they are. Yesterday I listened to a sermon where he preached out of Acts talking about how blunt God is with us. He tells us that we’re sinners and never once lies about the human condition. One great point from it was this: Would you respect a God that said while you were desperately wallowing in your sin: “nah man, you’re doing great! Just keep on keeping on, you’ll be fine!” No! God tells us who we are. We’re sinners. We need God, not ourselves. (See a theme in these?) We tend toward self-reliance when really what we need is reliance on God which ultimately satisfies.
“Stop looking for the path of least resistance and start running down the path of greatest glory to God and good to others, because that’s what Jesus, the Real Man, did.”
Mark Driscoll holds a special place in my heart. His sermon on dating being the very first sermon I had every listened to other than my local pastor. He opened me up into a world of good teaching on everything from life, money, marriage, dating, etc. This quote is so true because life isn’t about the “least resistance” the wasted life (as John Piper says) is not how hard it was but rather how much God was made glorious in it. Mark Driscoll has empowered many boys to be men (myself included) and to treat women with love and dignity and absolute purity. Though somewhat controversial as a pastor in some areas, his doctrine is solid and I’m thankful to Jesus for giving me a great resource early on in my walk with Christ.
So that’s all for today! I know many of these quotes aren’t a 3-point sermon, but I’ve found it helpful to have little quotes that represent God rightly in my head as nice little reminders of who He is and what He’s able to do through me. So I encourage you to memorize something. Maybe a verse, a chapter, or a quote from a Pastor. (hey, that rhymed!)
Anything that would bring you back to the Truth in Christ is something you should always have in your mind, reminding you how amazing He really is.
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