i have found that anything less of a hatred for glory, praise, and the desire for the applause of men leads me to desire the increase of self and the decrease of Christ.

reminder to self: boast in my weakness. i can do nothing of eternal significance unless it is Christ working in and through me. i am better than no one. i am no better than those who are murderers, rapists, thieves, and the worst of criminals. the only difference at all between me and the lost is Christ in me. we are all depraved without him.

Ordinary expectations point to ordinary knowledge of God.

Faith is choosing to ask for abundant blessing when you know all you deserve is abundant wrath.

great theme of the Word

I am inadequate. God is able.

"We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing."

-Psalm 39:6

Father,

I am scared to pray this, but I trust you. Ravage my heart in your fierce love so that only Christ will remain in me. I will accept all the pain it will take if I can have just a little more of you and less of me in the end.

in Jesus name,
Amen 

"Men have said that the cross of Christ was not a heroic thing, but I want to tell you that the cross of Jesus Christ has put more heroism in the souls of men than any other event in human history."

-–John G. Lake (via: anchoredinChrist4ever)

(Source: anchoredinchrist4ever)


2013: faithful in the small things

"A nail is driven out by another nail; a habit is overcome by habit."

-Erasmus

"No matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can remove it. I can make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you white as wool."

-Isaiah 1:18 (via savedbymercyandgrace)