Thoughts

“Everything in your spiritual life depends on the sort of God you worship. Because the character of the worshiper will always be molded by the character of what he worships: If it is a cruel and revengeful God, the worshiper will be the same, but if it is a loving, tender, forgiving, unselfish God, the worshiper will be transformed slowly, wonderfully, into this likeness.” – Hannah Whitall Smith, The Unselfishness of God (as quoted in Lies Women Believe…and the Truth that Sets them Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss, p. 47)

“Don’t let tiredness be an excuse for carnality.” – Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Lies Women Believe…and the Truth that Sets them Free, p. 201

“Do not look forward to the changes and chances of this life in fear; rather look to them with full hope that, as they arise, God, whose you are, will deliver you out of them. He has kept you hitherto,–do you but hold fast to His dear hand, and He will lead you safely through all things; and, when you cannot stand, He will bear you in His arms….The same everlasting Father who cares for you today, will take care of you tomorrow, and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.” – Francis de Sales(as quoted in Lies Women Believe…and the Truth that Sets them Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss, p. 203)

“You must say to your soul, ‘Why art thou cast down’ –what business have you to be disquieted? You must….exhort yourself, and say to yourself: ‘Hope thou in God’ –instead of muttering in this depressed, unhappy way. And then you must go on to remind yourself of God, Who God is, and what God is and what God has done, and what God has pledged Himself to do.” – Dr. Martin Lloyd Jones, Spiritual Depression, (as quoted in Lies Women Believe…and the Truth that Sets them Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss, p. 208)

“We tend to look at the circumstances of life in terms of what they may do to our cherished hopes and convenience, and we shape our decisions and reactions accordingly. When a problem threatens, we rush to God, not to seek his perspective, but to ask him to deflect the trouble. Our self-concern takes priority over whatever it is that God might be trying to do through the trouble…An escapist generation reads security, prosperity, and physical well-being as evidences of God’s blessing. Thus when he puts suffering and affliction into our hands, we misread his signals and misinterpret his intentions.” – Arthur Matthews, missionary to China (as quoted in Lies Women Believe…and the Truth that Sets them Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss, p. 222)

“Receive every inward and outward trouble, every disappointment, pain, uneasiness, temptation, darkness, and desolation, with both thy hands, as a true opportunity and blessed occasion of dying to self, and entering into a fuller fellowship with the self-denying suffering Saviour.” – William Law (as quoted in Lies Women Believe…and the Truth that Sets them Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss, p. 222)

“We have become committed to relieving the pain behind our problems rather than using our pain to wrestle more passionately with the character and purpose of God. Feeling better has become more important than finding God….As a result, we happily camp on biblical ideas that help us feel loved and accepted, and we pass over Scripture that calls us to higher ground. We twist wonderful truths about God’s acceptance, his redeeming love, and our new identity in Christ into a basis for honoring ourselves rather than seeing those truths for what they really are: the stunning revelation of a God gracious enough to love people who hated him, a God worthy to be honored above everyone and everything else.”

Larry Crabb, Finding God (as quoted in Lies Women Believe…and the Truth that Sets them Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss, p. 229)

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  1. Kelsey K. says:

    Great stuff Abby. Thanks for sharing what you’re learning/thinking about. Really good reminders :)!

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