Sunday, August 3, 2014

Random Thoughts

Some thoughts culled from my random file. About faith, love, life and relationship with God. Some have occurred to me in moments of quiet reflection, some in interaction with others. Some are aphoristic and avuncular. I didn’t know what else to do with them, so I put them here. For your edification, inspiration and/or motivation — or your money cheerfully refunded.
  • Some people are still living in the “before” part of their testimony. But keep praying for them, because God knows how to get them to the “after” part — and it will be breath-taking.
  • What counts, the apostle Paul said, is faith expressing itself through love. God is love, and faith in God looks like love.
  • The gospel of Jesus Christ is not an ideology, it is an invitation to a relationship with God that changes the world.
  • Christ does not offer us a legal contract but a covenant relationship. It is not like buying a car but like getting married — we belong to Him and He belongs to us. Which is why the Church is called the “bride” of Christ.
  • Evangelism without relationship is just propaganda.
  • Faith is not a doctrine but a relationship. It is not about a proposition but about a Person.
  • Faith is learning to be loved by God ... and to love God in return.
  • Faith is learning to live in the faithfulness of God toward us, and so we become more faithful toward God.
  • Faith in Christ is not working up a sense of certainty about Christ. It is giving your life to Christ, entrusting yourself into His hands.
  • Gave up “trying harder” years ago. Started loving God more instead. Happy ever since.
  • If you see the glass as half-empty, perhaps that is an opportunity for you to help fill it.
  • The nature of faith is that it can be seen in the life of the person who has it. You can tell a lot about what a person believes by looking at how they live.
  • When you know Jesus, the judgment of God does not come to condemn you, it comes to condemn everything that stands against you.
  • The judgment of God shakes out things that cannot be established and establishes things that cannot be shaken.
  • “Set your mind on things above.” That’s how you can see what the will of God being done in heaven looks like. Then you will be able to see where the earth is out of alignment with heaven and call for the will of God to be done here just as in heaven.
  • Today, Lord, fill my mind with Your thoughts, fill my mouth with Your words, fill my heart with Your affections. Amen.
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