“But the Holy Spirit turns our eyes entirely away from self—He tells us that we are nothing—but that ‘Christ is all in all.’ Remember, therefore, it is not your hold of Christ that saves you—it is Christ; it is not your joy in Christ that saves you—it is Christ; it is not even faith in Christ, though faith is the instrument—it is Christ’s blood and merits. Therefore, look not so much to your hand with which you are grasping Christ—as to Christ. Look not to your hope—but to Jesus, the source of your hope. Look not to your faith—but to Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith. We shall never find happiness by looking at our prayers, our doings, or our feelings; it is what Jesus is, not what we are, that gives rest to the soul.”
Kind of a character design exercise in intentionally planning colors and using color schemes, instead of just thoughtlessly slapping random colors together like I usually do.
“When man confides in God, there is a point of union between them, and that union guarantees blessing. Faith saves us because it’s makes us cling to God, and so brings us into connection with Him. I have often used the following illustration, but I must repeat it, because I cannot think of a better. I am told that years ago a boat was upset above the falls of Niagara, and two men were being carried down the current, when persons on the shore managed to float a rope out to them, which rope was seized by them both. One of them held fast to it and was safely drawn to the bank; but the other, seeing a great log come floating by, unwisely let go the rope and clung to the log, for it was the bigger thing of the two, and apparently better to cling to. Alas! the log with the man on it went right over the vast abyss, because there was no union between the log and the shore. The size of the log was no benefit to him who grasped it; it needed a connection with the shore to produce safety. So when a man trusts to his works, or sacraments, or anything of that sort, he will not be saved, because there is no junction between him and Christ; but faith, though it may seem to be like a slender cord, is in the hands of the great God on the shore side; infinite power pulls in the connecting line, and this draws the man from destruction. Oh the blessedness of faith, because it unites us to God!”
❝ Anonymous asked: 10 days after I turned 8
got my lips stuck in a gate
my friends all laughed
And I just stood there until the fire department came and broke the lock with a crow bar and I had to spend the next six weeks in lip rehab with this kid named Oscar who got stung by a bee - right on the lip - and we couldn’t even talk to each other until the fifth week because both our lips were so swollen, and when he did start speaking he just spoke Polish and I only knew like three words in Polish except now I know four because Oscar taught me the word for lip: USTA!
“Only such a glorious, majestic Saviour can be our Mediator, standing between guilty, hell-deserving sinners such as ourselves, and an infinitely holy God.”
“That sense of the awesome, holy, glorious beauty of Christ kills pride and humbles the soul. The light of God’s loveliness, and that alone, shows the soul its own ugliness. When a person really grasps this, he inevitably begins a process of making God bigger and bigger, and himself smaller and smaller.”
Memories Bounding Through Time
Super Paper Mario, the most emotional and moving story in the series.
Jesus: But seriously, what do you have to lose by loving me?
I’ve seen this post so many times on my dash and it annoys me every time because it is so wrong. In theory, by saying “I love Jesus,” you lose absolutely nothing. However, in following Jesus, you could lose everything: your will for your life, your friends, financial stability, and anything else of this world. In order to follow Jesus, you have to deny yourself and surrender everything. It won’t be easy at all. In fact, Jesus blatantly says that in this life you will have trouble. He tells us that in order to follow Him, you must deny yourself and take up your cross.
Jesus promises that hardships will come your way for following Him, but what you gain in return is far worth the sacrifice: forgiveness, grace, peace, wisdom, strength, guidance, joy, satisfaction, and the promise of eternity spent with God.
So, yes, you have a lot to lose by loving Jesus, but it is the best decision you could ever make.
“Jesus was not revolutionary because he said we should love God and each other. Moses said that first. So did Buddha, Confucius, and countless other religious leaders we’ve never heard of. Madonna, Oprah, Dr. Phil, the Dali Lama, and probably a lot of Christian leaders will tell us that the point of religion is to get us to love each other. “God loves you” doesn’t stir the world’s opposition. However, start talking about God’s absolute authority, holiness, … Christ’s substitutionary atonement, justification apart from works, the necessity of new birth, repentance, baptism, Communion, and the future judgment, and the mood in the room changes considerably.”