Vision is the ability to see God's presence, to perceive God's power, to focus on God's plan in spite of the obstacles.
The size of a challenge should never be measured by what we have to offer. It will never be enough. Furthermore, provision is God's responsibility, not ours. We are merely called to commit what we have - even if it's no more than a sack lunch.
Learning more truth is a poor and cheap substitute for stopping and putting into action the truth already learned
Deep, contended joy comes from a place of complete security and confidence [in God] - even in the midst of trial.
I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let's face it, friends make life a lot more fun.
The lens of fear magnifies the size of uncertainty.
God doesn't work on our timetable. He has a plan that He will execute perfectly and for the highest, greatest good of all, and for His ultimate glory.
Joy is a deeply felt contentment that transcends difficult circumstances and derives maximum enjoyment from every good experience.
[God] is able to take your life, with all of the heartache, all of the pain, all of the regret, all of the missed opportunities, and use you for His glory.
If you allow it, [suffering] can be the means by which God brings you His greatest blessings.
When the Lord makes it clear you're to follow Him in this new direction, focus fully on Him and refuse to be distracted by comparisons with others.
The devil, darkness, and death may swagger and boast, the pangs of life will sting for a while longer, but don't worry; the forces of evil are breathing their last. Not to worry...He's risen!
Real integrity stays in place whether the test in adversity or prosperity.
God never asked us to meet life's pressures and demands on our own terms or by relying upon our own strength. Nor did He demands that we win His favor by assembling an impressive portfolio of good deeds. Instead, He invites us to enter His rest.
Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.
We must cease striving and trust God to provide what He thinks is best and in whatever time He chooses to make it available. But this kind of trusting doesn't come naturally. It's a spiritual crisis of the will in which we must choose to exercise faith.
We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.
Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it.
We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes.
Anything under God's control is never out of control.
Like sin itself, Satan appeals to the senses. He originated and perfected the art of disguising evil as good.
Sin may have the power to kill and destroy, but God is the Creator of life. He can create it from nothing, and He can restore it from death.(John 11:25-26)
Whatever we do, we must not treat the Great Commission like it's the Great Suggestion.
Faith itself cannot accomplish anything, yet without faith, no one can fly.
To require God to prove that He is able and willing to fulfill His promises would be proof positive that one does not trust Him.
People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.
While God, for the most part, allows this cosmos [creation] to work according to the laws of nature, there is never a time when He is not actively involved in every detail of life.
When we panic, we instinctively turn to our own internal resources because we doubt Him.
The crisis of physical hunger is essentially a crisis of faith. What or whom will you trust to meet your most basic needs? Will you trust the God who made human bodies, or will you seek your own way?
Today is unique! It has never occurred before, and it will never be repeated. At midnight it will end, quietly, suddenly, totally. Forever. But the hours between now and then are opportunities with eternal possibilities.
Choose to view life through God's eyes.
Neglecting to ask God's counsel, neglecting to seek God's timing, you step in to *handle* things. And by and by, you've got a mess on your hands.
When I have a wrong attitude, I look at life humanly. When I have a right attitude, I look at life divinely.
Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it
Jesus kept it simple. The lesson wasn't complicated. 'I speak; you believe My word; your son will be fine.' We complicate what God has made simple by seeing the world through human eyes. We want to see in order to believe and presume that our limitations are His.
This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to do and Everybody was asked to do it. Everybody was sure Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry because it was Everybody's job. Everybody thought Anybody would do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.
When God's in it, the job gets done.
While I wholeheartedly believe in choosing to approach every challenge with a great attitude, I don't mean that we should abandon authenticity and live in fantasyland.
God never calls His people to accomplish anything without promising to supply their every need.
God presents the Sabbath rest as a shelter we can enter.