Some of my favorite quotes thus far from Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung

Some of my favorite quotes from Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung:

“you are busy, just like everyone else. And like everyone else, your joy, your heart, and your soul are in danger. We need the Word of God to set us free. We need biblical wisdom to set us straight. What we need is the Great Physician to heal our overscheduled souls.”

“People often call it low self-esteem, but people-pleasing is actually a form of pride and narcissism.”

“Am I trying to do them good or trying to look good?”

“Good hospital-ity is making your home a hospital. The idea is that friends and family and the wounded and weary people come to your home and leave helped and refreshed.”

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Psalm 103:11 English Standard Version (ESV)

Psalm 103:11 English Standard Version (ESV)

11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;

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Transforming Grace | Our Weaknesses

“…It is the other side of the story, the humiliations and heartaches, the failures and frustrations – not the successes and accomplishments – that have qualified me to be there to speak. Those difficult times have driven me to the Lord. I’ll be honest. It wasn’t that I wanted to lean on God; I had no other choice. But I am finally learning that in weakness I find strength – His strength.”

via Transforming Grace | 613: Thoughts.

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Learning To Trust

“Our first priority in times of adversity is to honor and glorify God by trusting Him. We tend to make our first priority the gaining of relief from our feelings of heartache or disappointment or frustration. This is a natural desire, and God has promised to give us grace sufficient for our trials and peace for our anxieties (2 Corinthians 12:9, Philippians 4:6-7). But just as God’s will is to take precedence over our will (Jesus Himself said, “Yet not as I will, but as you will” – Matthew 26:39), so God’s honor is to take precedence over our feelings. We honor God by choosing to trust Him when we don’t understand what He is doing or why He has allowed some adverse circumstance to occur. As we seek God’s glory, we may be sure that He has purposed our good and that He will not be frustrated in fulfilling that purpose.”

Jerry Bridges – Trusting God, 1988

via Learning To Trust.

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THE LURE OF INDEPENDENCE devotion for 24-SEP-12

THE LURE OF INDEPENDENCE

In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind. – (JOB 12:l0)

God’s grace assumes our sinfulness, guilt, and ill-deservedness — and it also assumes our weakness and inability. Just as grace is opposed to the pride of self-righteousness, so it is also opposed to the pride of self-sufficiency. The sin of self-sufficiency goes all the way back to the Fall in the Garden of Eden.

Satan’s temptation of Eve was undoubtedly complex and many faceted. That is, it included what we would now consider a number of different temptations. But one of those facets was the temptation of self-sufficiency.

Satan said to Eve, “You will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:5). Mankind was created to be dependent upon God — physically: “In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28); and spiritually: Jesus said, “Apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). God intended our dependence on Him to be conscious and continuous, just as it was for Jesus with the Father: “The Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. . . . I can do nothing on my own” (John 5:19,30).

But Satan tempted Eve to assert her autonomy and self-sufficiency. As G. Ch. Aalders said, “That ideal of sovereign independence, which had been presented to her by the serpent, lured her on, ‘and she took some [of the fruit] and ate it.'”74

Ever since the Fall, God has continually worked to cause His people to realize their utter dependence on Him. He does this through bringing us to the point of human extremity where we have no place to turn but to Him.

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via THE LURE OF INDEPENDENCE devotion for 24-SEP-12.

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Chapter 13 Always Preparing of Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp

Favorite quotes from Chapter 13 Always Preparing of Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp

I think all preparation to preach or teach should be devotional, but in this instance, preparation crushed devotion.

Later that day someone asked me what I had been reading in my private time of worship. It was as I answered that I realized I had not had a private time of worship that day; no, just another opportunity to prepare.

Many pastors out there are seeking to lead and teach well, but it is simply not fueled or directed by the devotion of their hearts to their Savior.

when you’ve forgotten who you are, when you assign to yourself more maturity than you actually have, and when you think you are more capable than you really are, you leave yourself little reason to seek the ongoing help of your Savior.

Proud people tend not to be thankful, precisely because pride causes them to take more credit than they deserve.

more in love with ministry than they are in love with Christ.

They don’t live with the daily grief of knowing that everything they teach is much easier to teach than to live.

you are not reading that passage in the morning to develop content for a moment of teaching; you’re reading it to feed your own heart.

there are very important moments in local-church ministry when the church is blessed and protected not because the person leading knows all the right things but because that person brings the right heart to the moment.

You must die to your maintenance of your reputation.

Because private worship exposes us again and again to God’s life-altering grace, it frees us from our hope that we can change people.

autonomy, self-reliance, and self-righteousness crush tender, humble, gracious, patient, loving pastoral ministry.

Private worship is one of God’s means of rescuing not just you but also those he has placed in your care. It is a sad and dangerous thing, not just for you but for the church under your care, when assessments of arrival have separated you from the holy fear and humble gratitude that fuel consistent personal worship.

there is no grace that we offer to others that we don’t at once need ourselves.

Have I lost my infant-like hunger for the nutrition of God’s Word? Have I lost my hunger for the comfort and safety of intimate communion with my Lord?

The Bible has ceased being a mirror for you and is used only as a tool for ministry to others

Worship morphs from a humble and grateful private quest to something you lead as a public duty

Your Christianity becomes more about a system of redemption than about a personal relationship and communion with the Redeemer

your desire to master content of the Word is not coupled with a craving that your heart would be mastered by the God of the Word.

You are more driven to be theologically informed than to have your heart and life radically transformed by God’s Word.

having a concern for others that overwhelms grief for yourself.

pride of knowing replaces the humility of being known.

have arrival and ministry busyness crushed your life of private, meditative, Christ-communing worship?

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DESPERATELY DEPENDENT devotion for 07-SEP-12

DESPERATELY DEPENDENT

If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. – (GALATIANS 5:25)

Progressive sanctification is not a partnership with the Spirit in the sense that we each—the believer and the Holy Spirit— do our respective tasks. Rather, we work as He enables us to work. His work lies behind all our work and makes our work possible.

The Holy Spirit can and does work within us apart from any conscious response on our part. We see this in the initial act of sanctification when He creates within us a new heart and a new disposition toward God and His will. He’s not dependent on us to do this.

But we’re dependent on Him to do our work; we cannot do anything apart from Him. In the process of sanctification there are certain things only the Spirit can do, and certain things He has given us to do. For example, only He can create in our hearts the desire to obey God, but He does not obey for us. We must do that, but we can do so only as He enables us.

So we must depend on the Spirit to do within us what only He can do. And we must equally depend on Him to enable us to do what He has given us to do. Whether His work or our work, we’re dependent on Him.

We aren’t just dependent on Him; we’re desperately dependent. Because we so often equate Christlike character with ordinary morality, we fail to realize how impossible it is for us to attain any degree of conformity to Christ by ourselves. But if we take seriously the many Christlike character traits we’re to put on, we see how impossible it is to grow in Christlikeness apart from the sanctifying influence and power of the Spirit.

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via DESPERATELY DEPENDENT devotion for 07-SEP-12.

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