Been a while since blogging anything. I am not apologetic, just up to my eyeballs. Life has CHANGED! A church has been planted. God, plant maturity and discipleship and direction in it. What a new season this is!
God give me the wisdom to prioritize my FAMILY. My LIFE basking in the love and calling of obedience of Christ. My PREACHING. My PASTORATE. I have never thought life could go mach speed like this.
So, below are some quotes from people I have been reading as a means of keeping me grounded in truth. Typing them out for you all (my minimal blog friends because I never post anymore) – that the typing would also implant them into my heart, soul and mind.
Since I occupy a position of responsibility in the church, I think I am more responsible to be humble even than others are. God demands that I be DEAD to EVERYTHING. (Fenelon)
Die to jim jim.
The moment we decide to start listening to the voice of self screeching its complaints in our ear, we can no longer hear the more modest wisperings of divine love… The love of God desires that self should be forgotten, that it should be counted as nothing, that God might be all in all. God knows that it is best for us when SELF IS TRAMPLED under foot and broken as an idol, in order that He might live within us. (Fenelon)
Die to jim jim.
I have no doubt that God considers you to be one of his friends. Otherwise, he would not trust you with so many crosses, sufferings and humiliations. Crosses are God’s means of drawing souls closer to himself. And these crosses accomplish his purposes much more rapidly and effectually than all of our personal efforts put together. Crosses DESTROY SELF LOVE at its very root, down in the depths of the human spirit where we can hardly detect it. But God knows where it is lodged, and he attacks it in its greatest strongholds. (Fenelon)
Die to jim jim.
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By know means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? … We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. (apostle Paul, Romans 6)
Die to jim jim. Never has the thought of noNOT being ME been so freeing to be ME in Christ. Sorry for all the excessive self – emphasis. Kind of ironic in light of a DEATH to self and life to Christ consideration!
Well, one more quote … using it at WVPC as we consider the book of Acts this summer as far as WHO we are called to be as the church of God in this place ast this time.
Getting into the book of Acts is like opening a window in a stuffy room. The wind of the Spirit blows through it. HERE IS REALITY. Feeling its emerging freshness, we should neither try to excuse our spiritual ineptness, nor relegate its vitality to a bygone era. The apostolic church, not the prevaling mediocrity of our religious community, sets the norm. Where we perceive our shortcomings, in all honesty, we should seek to bring our lives into conformity to the New Testament standard. (Robert Coleman)