Word for Your Life
“Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge & understanding.“ ~ Jeremiah 3:15
A Year with Aslan from The Last Battle
As everyone is approaching some incredible fruit trees, it all looks so amazing they’re afraid to take it. They finally get the okay from Peter, & it goes on to say that ..
Compared with those fruits, the freshest grapefruit you’ve ever eaten is dull, the juiciest orange was dry, the most melting pear was hard, & the sweetest strawberry was sour. If you had once eaten that fruit, all the nicest things in this world would taste like medicines after it .. but you can’t find out what it’s like unless you can get to that country & taste it for yourself.
We can try to describe what God has done – & how our lives have been changed – but the growth of the seed is not our territory, & ultimately the kingdom of God has to take root in each heart.
Daily Walk Devotion ~ Intentional Living Center
Psalm 49:3 says…
My mouth will speak words of wisdom; the utterance from my heart will give understanding.
There are a lot of people saying a lot of things these days .. & some of them may have the appearance of wisdom, but Jesus said …
Wisdom is proved right by her actions.
So today’s One Thing for us is that we can’t stop at the ability to discern. We have to act on it.
A.W. Tozer ~ The Counselor
I think we’re the busiest bunch of eager beavers ever seen in the religious world. The idea seems to be that if we’re not running around in a circle we’re not pleasing God. We flit around in the sunshine like butterflies & imagine we’re eagles. Sometimes I think we’d be better off to call a moratorium on activity & just wait on God to see what He’s waiting to do for us. That’s what they did before Pentecost.
Phillip Yancey ~ What’s So Amazing About Grace?
The kingdom of God thrives where its subjects follow the desires of the King.
A man who professes an external law is like someone standing in the light of a lantern fixed to a post. It is light all around him, but there is nowhere further for him to walk. A man who professes the teaching of Christ is like a man carrying a lantern before him on a pole. The light is in front of him, always lighting up fresh ground & always encouraging him to walk further.
Lin Yutang ~ Chinese writer
I like best of all autumn, because its leaves are a little yellow, its tone mellower, its colors richer, & it’s tinged with a little sorrow. It’s golden richness speaks not of the innocence of spring, nor the power of summer, but of the kindly wisdom of approaching age. It knows the limitations of life – & is content.
David Roper ~ A Heart of Wisdom
I ask myself “Why do we have to die? God has put eternity in our hearts!” & the answer comes as a complete surprise. Death is not our lot – it’s our sentence. We are mortal because we are sinful. So what will take away our fear? It is the promise of a morning that rends the skies.
Oswald Chambers ~ My Utmost for His Highest
Perseverance means more than endurance— more than simply holding on until the end. A saint’s life is in the hands of God like a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer. God is aiming at something the saint cannot see, but our Lord continues to stretch and strain, and every once in a while the saint says, “I can’t take any more.” Yet God pays no attention; He goes on stretching until His purpose is in sight, and then He lets the arrow fly.
Matt Redman ~ Facedown
Worship thrives on wonder. For worship to be worship, it must contain something of (what he calls) the Otherness of God. Time after time we find ourselves amazed by the blessings he lavishes on us, but let’s not be fooled into thinking that this story is all about us. It never has been, & it never will be.