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Blog-Pastor-Dave (Page 41)

Brother Lawrence said that only the Christ follower who goes beyond the gifts that God gives to God himself experiences true delights in the Lord. “Except for wonder, we should not allow ourselves to be carried away! God must always remain the master.” The gifts that God gives to us are wonderful! “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights” (James 1:17). “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in

Brother Lawrence said that “he had always been governed by love with no other interest, never worrying whether he would be damned or saved, and having once decided to perform all his actions for the love of God, he was at peace. He was content even when picking up a straw from the ground for the love of God, seeking him alone and nothing else, not even his gifts.” How many of us would decide like Brother Lawrence to do all

Brother Lawrence said that “we must watch over all the movements of the soul, since it can become entangled in spiritual things as well as in the most base.” Some attitudes, thoughts, feelings, actions, and motives move us closer to God. Some attitudes, thoughts, feelings, actions, and motives move us away from God. Reading the Bible, praying, participating in worship services, grieving over sin, thinking about Jesus and the cross, doing justice, serving people – all these and more can stir our hearts toward God. As we

Brother Lawrence said that “we must establish ourselves in God’s presence by continually conversing with him, and that it was shameful to give up conversation with him to turn to foolishness. We must nourish our souls with an exalted idea of God, and thereby we will draw great joy from being with him.” Here Brother Lawrence makes one grand yet simple discovery of the spiritual life. One spiritual practice he found especially needful and genuinely transformative – practicing or cultivating the

As Brother Lawrence wants to go deeper with God, he follows his faith journey to serve the Lord in a monastery. Yet he is anxious. He anticipates the brothers would mock his awkwardness and his superiors would point out his imperfections. He even fears that God would crush him for his many failures and sins. Focusing for so long on his limitations, he struggles with rejection and defeat. Nonetheless, he concludes that his only hope is to give up life’s pleasures and offer