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Faith is Trusting the Right Person


A Quote to Ponder: Trust in God’s Goodness

{Luke 11:13; NLT}

“So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.”

How the earthly father would love a child who would creep into his room with a troubled face and sit down at his feet, saying when asked what he wanted, “I feel so naughty, papa, and I want to get good.” Would he say to his child, “How dare you! Go away, and be good, and then come to me?” Will we dare to think God would send us away if we came thus?  Would He not be pleased that we came, even if we were as angry as Jonah?  Would we not let all the tenderness of our nature flow forth on such a child? And will we dare to think that if we, being evil, know how to give good gifts to our children, God will not give us His Spirit when we come to ask Him? Will not some heavenly dew descend cool on the hot anger? Some genial raindrop descend on the dry selfishness? Some glance of sunlight on the cloudy hopelessness? Bread, at least, will be given, and not a stone; water, at least, will be sure, and not vinegar mingled with gall.

George MacDonald, The Best of George MacDonald, pp. 108-09

Questions to consider:

  • Why do so many people distrust God to help them become better people? Are you slow to trust God in this manner?
  • Does it help to imagine how you would respond to a child if they made such a request to you?
  • Why is the gift of the Holy Spirit such an important gift?

A Quote to Ponder: A Distinctive Christian Role

{1 Peter 2:11-12; ESV}
Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

In a world full of hate and suspicion, what a distinctive role the Christian can play. This is the only way in which the spread of alienation is arrested and the nearness of Christ’s love is brought even nearer to so many who are lonely. All the hatred that is demonstrated in our world has resulted from a world that know no Appreciative love toward the very author of life.

Ravi Zacharias, Cries from the Heart, p. 179

Questions to consider:

  • How is serving and loving other people counter cultural to the way the rest of the world lives?
  • Why is it so important for us to love those around us?
  • How does our love for other people point people to God?

The True Way to Influence


A Quote to Ponder: Surrendering to God’s Will

{Matthew 26:39; ESV}

And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”

The last act of our Lord, in commending His spirit at the close of His life, was only a summing up of what He had been doing all His life.  He had been offering the sacrifice of Himself all the years, and in thus sacrificing He had lived the divine life.  Every morning when He went out before it was day, every evening when He lingered on the shadowed mountain after His friends were gone, He was offering Himself to His Father in the communion of loving words, high thoughts, speechless feelings.  In between, He turned to do the same thing in deed, namely, in loving word, in helping thought, in healing actions toward His fellows because the way to worship God while the daylight lasts is to work; the service of God, the only “divine service,” is the helping of our fellows.

George MacDonald, The Best of George MacDonald, p. 105

Questions to consider:

  • Why is it important for us to understand that Jesus intentionally surrendered His life to God?
  • Why is it vital to surrender our lives to God every day?
  • What difference does surrendering to God make in our lives?
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