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But in life, there is no box. Only God knows what the final image looks like. We just have what we are given: the pieces.
These trees that we on our best day might consider “majestic scenery” are actually one of the Lord’s beautiful and recurring analogies for godly believers.
For a variety of reasons I fear that the past year has increased the prevalence of emotionalism—an idolatry that often manifests itself in my life, and likely in yours.
If God wants us to wait for what is ultimately the better reward at His set time, or take a certain step at a particular moment, we must do so in faith, knowing that He holds the times and seasons in His hands and knowing that He has the best intentions towards us.
Be honorable beyond your capabilities for fortitude, be kinder than your temper allows: fail magnificently—for surely you will—but do anything but balk at the vocation to which God has called you.
God sacrifices himself for the forgiveness of our sins and offers us to partake in His own death through the gift of faith which He Himself provides that we may be a new creation in Christ Jesus.
God only counts as righteous those who believe they are not good and in any way deserving to be considered such.
If this is the fierce and unrelenting love that Jesus shows us, how much more are we to share the riches of this love!
Brothers and sisters, we do not know what we do not know—a reality that inhibits our ability to live in a manner worthy of the gospel. Our generation will fail in conquering new ground for Christ if we do not first reclaim our firm foundation.