“One of Satan’s strategies is to blind us to the lies we have bought into—to make us assume that because we know the Truth, we also believe the Truth. But the way we actually live—our choices, our priorities, our response to pain—reveals what we really believe.”
“There’s a wonderful verse in 1 Peter that shows us how Jesus’ sense of worth was determined not by what others thought of Him, good or bad, but by the Truth as expressed by His heavenly Father: He was “rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious” (2:4).
Jesus was rejected by men—those He had created for Himself, those He loved and for whom He laid down His life. But that is not what determined His value. He was chosen by God. That is what made Him precious. That is what determined His worth.”
“Our sins of wasting time, self-protection, talking too much, eating or drinking too much, indulging a sharp tongue or a critical spirit, overspending, fear, worry, acting out of selfish motives, or complaining may not seem all that major to us. We may not even consider them to be sins at all—preferring to think of them as weaknesses, struggles, or personality traits.”
“Frustration is the by-product of attempting to fulfill responsibilities God does not intend for us to carry. Freedom, joy, and fruitfulness come from seeking to determine God’s priorities for each season of life and then setting out to fulfill those priorities in the power of His Spirit, realizing that He has provided the necessary time and ability to do everything He has called us to do.”
“Saturate yourself in the extraordinary living water that Jesus gives. His is the only love that will ever truly fulfill the deepest longings of your heart.”
“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 to-morrow, 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.”
Wolgemuth, Nancy DeMoss. Lies Women Believe: And the Truth that Sets Them Free . Moody Publishers. Kindle Edition.
*I have a love of old cemeteries and the history they contain.
The one in this photo is in South Carolina.