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Blog-Pastor-Dave (Page 42)

Brother Lawrence said that “when he failed he did nothing other than acknowledge his failure, telling God, ‘I will never do anything right if you leave me alone; it’s up to you to stop me from falling and correct what is wrong.’ After that he no longer worried about his failure.” Many Christians become discouraged over consistent failure in overcoming some ingrained sin or unChristlike habit. They fall down, ask God to forgive them, dust themselves off, get up and move

Brother Lawrence said that “in the beginning we must work at forming the habit of continually conversing with God, attributing to him everything we do; but after a little effort we will feel ourselves awakened by love with no more difficulty.” Developing a lifelong habit throughout the day of walking and talking with God (1 Thessalonians 5:17), abiding and remaining in Jesus (John 15:4), living by and keeping in step with the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:25) seems daunting and difficult. Yet like

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