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“He whose head is in heaven need not fear to put his feet into the grave.”
“Grace is the free, undeserved goodness and favor of God to mankind.”
“Let there be kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile, in the warmth of your greeting…Don’t only give your care, but give your heart as well.”
“A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling ‘darkness’ on the wall of his cell.”
“Like a good chess player, Satan is always trying to manuever you into a position where you can save your castle only by losing your bishop.”
“If you look upon ham and eggs and lust, you have already committed breakfast in your heart.”
“A little lie is like a little pregnancy—it doesn’t take long before everyone knows.”
“We are the Bibles the world is reading; We are the creeds the world is needing; We are the sermons the world is heeding.”
“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened.”
– Billy Graham
As the apostle Paul writes in Corinthians-we become what we see. Writing about the glory of God, Paul writes that we become changed in the twinkling of an eye. And it all begins with choosing to fix our gaze on Jesus and His glory. Paul writes that God’s grace transforms the very essence of those that choose to focus on Him. The corruptible becomes incorruptible. Make no mistake about it, what we choose to witness plays a massive impact on our behavior and our character. Whatever we choose to dwell on becomes a key part of our very essence. This is why Billy Graham’s observation on courage is so, well, encouraging-we only need to focus on the right people and leaders in our daily lives.
Daily life takes courage. It is too easy for Christians to say that they are willing to die for their faith-to suffer the ultimate penalty and punishment for Jesus. However, the real challenge to genuine Christian living is not dying for one’s faith. Far from it-the real challenge is to live out one’s faith. Day by day. Week after week. That’s the real challenge. Why? We live in the world with all its temptations-its false comforts, its deceptive conveniences. It is too easy to live in and view the world firmly within the prison of our flesh-with all its selfishness, self-absorption, and fruitless self-seeking. In this world of temptation, it is too easy to live life without principle and to be guided only by the compass of pleasure or self-seeking. Instead of living for Jesus, we face the almost irresistible urge to live by the flesh-with its easy anger, its unquenchable taste for pleasure, and its relentless temptations in taking the easy way a and cutting corners. It takes courage to stand up to all this and do what’s right. It takes courage because it is so easy to do otherwise. The same goes with the many challenges facing us. Maybe your challenge is a mortgage payment coming due. Maybe your challenge is the possibility of another month on unemployment. The challenge here is all the same-the challenge to resist despair and abandoning hope. The challenge is to constantly remember that God has given us the victory and that we only need to abide in Him to be filled with the Hope only He can give. Still, it is too easy to forget this. It is too easy to be tempted. This is why we need to behold the right things and the right people.
We can all take comfort from apostle Paul’s advice that Christians uphold and encourage each other. This doesn’t have to be verbal or outright encouragement-as Billy Graham’s quote above shows, just the mere sight of a fellow brother or sister taking courage and doing what’s right day after day should ‘infect’ us with his or her courage. The good news is we all have it in us. God, after all, doesn’t give us a test we can’t overcome. We already have the victory within us. We only need to unlock it by opening our eyes and beholding the daily victories our courageous brothers and sisters are enjoying daily by refusing to bend and compromise. Whether you are struggling with addictions, negativity, or seemingly irresistible temptations, rest assured that you only need to behold the victory of your Christian sisters and brothers to share in their courage and in their victory.
“Beware in your prayers, above everything else, of limiting God, not only by unbelief, but by fancying that you know what He can do. Expect unexpected things, above all that we ask or think. Each time, before you intercede, be quiet first, and worship God in His glory. Think of what He can do, and how He delights to hear the prayers of His redeemed people. Think of your place and privilege in Christ, and expect great things! ”
“Give me the love that leads the way, the faith that nothing can dismay, the hope no disappointments tire, the passion that will burn like fire; Let me not sink to be a clod: Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God.”
“You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.”
“The devil is a better theologian than any of us and is a devil still.”
“Salvation is from our side a choice; from the divine side it is a seizing upon, an apprehending, a conquest by the Most High God. Our accepting and willing are reactions rather than actions.”
“An honest man with an open Bible and a pad and pencil is sure to find out what is wrong with him very quickly.”
“What comes to our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”
“God is not silent. It is the nature of God to speak. The second person of the Holy Trinity is called ~The Word~.”
“Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace. Money will come if we seek first the Kingdom of God – the rest will be given.”
– Mother Teresa
“Words which do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness.”
– Mother Teresa