As I was journaling this morning and writing down the Scriptures that had stood out to me during my morning devotions, I thought it would be interested to skim over my journal for the year and compile a list of Scriptures or quotes from throughout the year. So I did. Praise the Lord for his goodness to me!
My Year in Quotes/Scripture:
“Ditch the religion and get to know the God who has saved you!” – Clayton
“Yu mi olgeta long brota na sista long Jisas.” (We are all brothers and sisters in Jesus).
And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.
(Luke 10:2 ESV)
“Give me that mountain: the one where the giants are.” (Joshua 14).
“When words lose their meaning, people lose their lives.” – Dr. Michael Bauman
“Trust God; Fear Nothing.”
“For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.” (Psalm 62:5-6)
“If only we were as scared of sin as we are of cancer. Cancer only robs years from a dying body. Sin robs the soul of life for eternity.” – Michael Lederman
“Look not to yourselves! You are by nature wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked; you cannot make atonement for your past transgressions, you cannot wipe out a single page in that long black list. And when the King shall ask you for your wedding garment you will be speechless. Look simply unto Jesus, and then the weight shall fall from off your shoulders, the course shall be clear and plain, and you shall run the race which is set before you.” ~ J.C. Ryle
“At every stage of our Christian development and in every sphere of our Christian discipleship, pride is the greatest enemy and humility our greatest friend.” – John Stott (as quoted in Humility: True Greatness by C.J. Mahaney, p. 29)
“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)
“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 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)
“If anyone thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue, but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” (James 1:26-27)
“If you read history, you will find that the Christians who do the most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is because Christians have ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective.” – C.S. Lewis
“God saw Abraham’s sacrifice and said, ‘Now I know that you love me, because you did not withhold your only son from me’ [Gen. 22:12]. But how much more can we look at his sacrifice on the Cross, and say to God, ‘Now, we know that you love us. For you did not withhold your son, your only son, whom you love, from us.’ When the magnitude of what he did dawns on us, it makes it possible finally to rest our hearts in him rather than in anything else.” – Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods (New York, NY: Dutton, 2009), 18.
“Run in God’s name and let the world stand back and wonder.” – Eric Liddell’s Coach
“I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore, my heart is glad, and my flesh also dwells secure. For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:8-11)
“Have you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself? Take those thoughts that come to you the moment you wake up in the morning. You have not originated them, but they start talking to you, they bring back the problems of yesterday, etc. Somebody is talking. Who is talking? Your self is talking to you. Now this man’s treatment was this; instead of allowing this self to talk to him, he starts talking to himself. ‘Why art thou cast down, O my soul?’ he asks. His soul had been depressing him, crushing him. So he stands up and says: ‘Self, listen for a moment, I will speak to you.’… The main art in the matter of spiritual living is to know how to handle yourself. You have to take yourself in hand, you have to address yourself, preach to yourself, question yourself. You must say to your soul: ‘Why art thou cast down’– what business have you to be disquieted? You must turn on yourself, upbraid yourself, condemn yourself, 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. Then having done that, end on this great note: defy yourself, and defy other people, and defy the devil and the whole world, and say with this man: ‘I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance, who is also the health of my countenance and my God.’” –D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Its Cure (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1965/2002), 20-1.
“There are two little words in our language that I always want you to remember: try and trust. You do not know what you can do until you try, and if you trust God through your trials, mountains of imaginary difficult will vanish as you approach them, and doors will open up that you could never have imagined.” – John Williams, quoted in John Williams: Messenger of Peace, by Janet and Geoff Benge, p. 175
Ethelwyn Wetherald wrote:
My orders are to fight;
Then if I bleed, or fail,
Or strongly win, what matters it?
God only doth prevail.
That servant craveth naught
Except to serve with might.
I was not told to win or lose—
My orders are to fight.
Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he did what was good and right and faithful before the LORD his God. And every work that he undertook in the service of the house of God and in accordance with the law and the commandments, seeking his God, he did with all his heart, and prospered.
(2 Chronicles 31:20-21 ESV)
“We cannot divide up our lives into ‘sacred’ aspects and ‘secular’ aspects, as if Jesus were Lord of only our sacred practices. The Bible teaches that every area of the Christian’s life should be sacred—set apart under the lordship of Christ. Our labor must be unto the Lord just as our leisure must be unto the Lord. We do not confess that Jesus is Lord of only one drawer in the chest. He is the chest’s Maker, and he becomes the chest’s Redeemer—having purchased all the drawers with his precious blood.” – Trevin Wax, Holy Subversion
“But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called..” (1 Timothy 6:11-12)
“So the end of the matter is this: Live for God. Obey the Scriptures. Think of others before yourself. Be holy. Love Jesus. And as you do these things, do whatever else you like, with whomever you like, wherever you like, and you’ll be walking in the will of God.” (DeYoung, Just Do Something, 2009)
“But the good news is that God’s ability to clean things up is infinitely greater than our ability to mess things up. Yes, our sin reaches far in time and place, and to all types of people—moral, immoral, religious, irreligious. But God’s grace reaches farther. God’s grace is so massive, so expansive, so wide-ranging, that it tracks down both kinds of runners from God—those who try to rescue themselves by breaking the rules, and those who try by keeping them. There’s no place where you might be now, or where you might have been in the past, or where you might go in the future that will ever be beyond the reach of God’s grace—nowhere.” (Tchividjian, Tullian. Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels. Wheaton: Crossway, 2010.)
Charles Spurgeon: God gives to His people the propensity to cling. Though this is a very simple sort of faith, it is a very complete and effectual form of it. In fact, it is the heart of all faith, and that to which we are often driven when we are in deep trouble or when our mind is somewhat bemuddled by sickness or depression in spirit. We can cling when we can do nothing else, and that is the very soul of faith. Always cling to what you know.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20: “You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
Isaiah 29:19 – “The meek shall obtain fresh joy in the Lord, and the poor among mankind shall exult in the Holy One of Israel.”
“Your most attractive quality is meekness. That isn’t a pushover, but its choosing to serve for the cause and Name of Christ.” – Mark Brenner
1 Corinthians 16:13-14 – “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong, let all that you do be done in love.”
“While you’re on your knees, you might as well pray.” (Anonymous)
Isaiah 41:9b-10 – “You are my servant. I have chosen you and not cast you off; fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Galatians 5:7 – “You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?”
Philippians 2:3 – “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”
“I know that my redeemer lives.” (Job 19:25)
Blessed be the LORD!
For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.
The LORD is my strength and my shield;
in him my heart trusts, and I am helped;
my heart exults,
and with my song I give thanks to him.
The LORD is the strength of his people;
he is the saving refuge of his anointed.
(Psalm 28:6-8 ESV)
“For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.” (Psalm 36:4)
“But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.” (1 Samuel 30:66)
It costs something to be a true Christian. Let that never be forgotten. To be a mere nominal Christian, and go to church, is cheap and easy work. But to hear Christ’s voice, and follow Christ, and believe in Christ, and confess Christ, requires much self-denial. It will cost us our sins, and our self-righteousness, and our ease, and our worldliness. All- all must be given up. We must fight an enemy who comes against us with twenty thousand followers. We must build a tower in troubled times. Our Lord Jesus Christ would have us thoroughly understand this. He bids us “count the cost.” ~ J.C. Ryle Expository Thoughts on the Gospels: Luke volume 2 , [Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1998], 168.
“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.” (Psalm 121 ESV)
“Whether I am up or down, the Lord Jesus Christ is the same. Whether I sing or sigh, the promise is true and the Promiser is faithful. Whether I stand on the summit or am hidden in the vale the covenant stands fast and everlasting love abides.” – Spurgeon