Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12, ESV)
— Jonathan Edwards (via community4christ)
21 Then I realized that my heart was bitter,
and I was all torn up inside.
22 I was so foolish and ignorant—
I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you.
23 Yet I still belong to you;
you hold my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
leading me to a glorious destiny.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
I desire you more than anything on earth.
26 My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak,
but God remains the strength of my heart;
he is mine forever.
— Charles Spurgeon (via godmoves)
— Jimmy Needham (via trepak2104)
Let me just say this, if you’re just watching porn in the secret and doing church and saying, “God loves me,” no, you better face that. That’s a compromise of conscious, you’re greying yourself out, and you’re misusing grace. It’s not cool. And it’s not talked about enough ‘cause it’s all about grace. Well, it is, but if your heart’s not crying over that, then somethings wrong inside. You’ve become cold. You’ve become callous. You just got a grid to do something that’s way out of the box and then find a way to say, “Well, God loves me.” And that stuff ought to make us cry.
I’ve seen people use drugs that knew they were going to use drugs in a moment, then I’ve seen people use drugs and cry, wanting to know how to get free. There’s a difference in the heart. You follow what I’m saying? So, God knows the heart of every man.”
— Solomon Rexius (via marcphun)