Welcome to The Week In Words, where we share quotes from the last week’s reading. If something you read this past week inspired you, caused you to laugh, cry, think, dream, or just resonated with you in some way, please share it with us, attributing it to its source, which can be a book, newspaper, blog, Facebook — anything that you read. More information is here.
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Here are a few short quotes:
From a friend’s Facebook status:
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. ~Thomas Edison
From Diane‘s Facebook:
Jesus has promised to meet your needs. He hasn’t promised to supply all those cravings you’ve mistakenly told yourself are needs. ~ Paul Tripp
From Quoth She:
It takes a real storm in the average person’s life to make him realize how much worrying he has done over the squalls.
~ Bruce Barton
What you fill your mind with throughout the week will govern how you live your life. ~ Author Unknown
From Laura‘s Outnumbered Mom newsletter:
Who do you surround yourself with — fellow worriers or fellow warriors? Some people drag you down and some buoy you, so look for those “life preserver buddies” — the ones who hold you up when life tries to pull you down.
From Janet at Across the Page:
I am not here to realize myself, but to know Jesus. In Christian work the initiative is too often the realization that something has to be done and I must do it. That is never the attitude of the spiritual saint, his aim is to secure the realization of Jesus Christ in every set of circumstances he is in. ~ Oswald Chambers
From the Elisabeth Elliot devotional e-mail newsletter, this taken from her book A Lamp For My Feet:
Out of the deepest depths of human evil [the betrayal, mistreatment, and death of Christ] the good God brought salvation–the very salvation of man whose sinfulness killed the Son He sent.
From the July 12 reading from Our Daily Walk by F. B. Meyer:
Ah! our Lord Jesus wants our love, and He will not be satisfied if we give time, energy, and thought to His service, and forget Him.
And finally, I finished reading and doing the Bible study from Hoping for Something Better: Refusing to Settle for Life as Usual, a Bible study by Nancy Guthrie, but I am rereading the text to try to cement it in my mind a little better. The first chapter discusses the different things we are told about Jesus in Hebrews 1, and this quote is from pp. 10-11 concerning Jesus being the sin purifier in Hebrews 1:3:
When the radiance of God’s glory shines into our lives and reveals what is there, and we see ourselves for who we really are, we can’t help but wonder, How can I ever become clean again? It seems impossible….And while that may sound miserable — and it is — it is the best thing that can happen to us. It is when we realize that we are ruined, that we can’t clean up our act ourselves, that we recognize, perhaps for the first time, how relevant Jesus is. Jesus is the sin purifier. His blood is the only cleanser that will take away the stains sin has left in our lives.
We tend to compare ourselves to other people and think we look pretty good. But when we see ourselves the way God sees us — in contrast to the beauty and perfection of Christ — we see ourselves as we truly are…
We can come to Him as we are, and He will take away the ugliness of our sin and give us His own perfect righteousness. This is the gift that makes it possible for us to one day enter the very presence of God…
He will give you His own righteousness if you ask Him to, but He doesn’t rush into your life uninvited. Have you ever invited the sin purifier to cleanse you and cover you with His perfect righteousness?
Those snippets are from about seven paragraphs which expand on this truth a little more but would be too big a chunk to quote here.
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