A short explanation to the previous quote. Ms. Lisa is one of my spiritual mentors. Back at SOULS, we were having a heart to heart in her room and I was sharing this endless slew of worries and doubts that I was having.
In response, Ms. Lisa just said, to nobody in particular, “This girl doesn’t even know that Jesus loves her.” I looked at her and said, “Sure I do.” And she said, “Intellectually, but you haven’t let it become a reality in your life. I’m not saying that your problems will go away once you grasp God’s love for you. I am saying that a clear understanding and grasp on God’s love will help you see your problems in a new light. They won’t seem quite as big anymore, and you’ll have peace.”
I feel like a lot of the time, we know that Jesus loves us… because we’ve been taught that our whole lives. “Jesus loves me this I know….” But we need to let that become a reality in our lives.
John 16:33 (shooting for memorized, but probably paraphrased) reads, “I have told you these things so that in me you have may have peace. In this world you will have trouble, but take heart, for I have overcome the world.” He’s already won the war, and He’s willing to fight your daily battles for you. Do you know that Jesus loves you? Trust him like you know it and believe it.
"When Christ took human nature upon Him, He bound humanity to Himself by a tie of love that can never be broken by any power save the choice of man himself. Satan will constantly present allurements to induce us to break this tie—to choose to separate ourselves from Christ. Here is where we need to watch, to strive, to pray, that nothing may entice us to choose another master; for we are always free to do this. But let us keep our eyes fixed upon Christ, and He will preserve us. Looking unto Jesus, we are safe."
Man, these quotes are just so good by themselves, it’s not that I’m too lazy to add my thoughts… there’s just no need.
|—||Justin Khoe, paraphrased|
"The child cannot, by anxiety or power of its own, add to its stature. No more can you, by any anxiety or effort of yourself, secure spiritual growth."
That’s all for today. i’m just gonna let that marinate.
I’m really kind of beating a dead horse with this chapter. I don’t know why I felt the need to split it into three days. But nevertheless… I did. And we shall begin with a powerful quote:
"More than this, Christ changes your heart." That’s it. So powerful. I was honestly going to leave it at that, but the very next part says, "He abides in your heart by faith. You are to maintain this connection with Christ by faith and the continual surrender of your will to Him; and so long as you do this, He will work in you to will and to do according to His good pleasure."
"There is a kind of belief that is wholly distinct from faith… Where there is not only a belief in God’s word, but a submission of the will to Him; where the heart is yielded to Him, the affections fixed upon Him, there is faith—faith that works by love and purifies the soul. Through this faith the heart is renewed in the image of God."
Really all of this is beautiful and self explanatory. So on to the next quote!
"There are those who have known the pardoning love of Christ and who really desire to be children of God, yet they realize that their character is imperfect, their life faulty, and they are ready to doubt whether their hearts have been renewed by the Holy Spirit." —catch this— "To such I would say, Do not draw back in despair… Even if we are overcome by the enemy, we are not cast off, not forsaken, and rejected of God." Concept found in John 16:27.
Distrust yourself. Trust God. The closer you come to God, the worse you will appear, but trust HIS righteousness. and trust that he’s doing a good work in you. A life of faith, love, and obedience. Do not draw back.