“Jesus of Nazareth always comes asking disciples to follow him–not merely “accept him,” not merely “believe in him,” not merely “worship him,” but to follow him: one either follows Christ or one does not. There is no compartmentalization of the faith, no realm, no sphere, no business, no politic in which the lordship of Christ will be excluded. We either make him Lord of all lords, or we deny him as Lord of any.”
In the Holy Spirit, with whom I confide,
he restores my strength through each blustery ride.
His peace keeps my panic from the gale at bay
and his lighthouse breaks the night into crumbs of clay.
I will seize the perilous waters and never drown
because even the storm whispers, “His grace abounds!”
By Monika Jeneva
Augustine – Understanding
“Seek not to understand that you may believe,
but believe that you may understand.”
“Through faith we understand…”
“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he”
Renewal in Christ
“For as he thinketh in his heart,
so is he”
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Romans 12:1-2 (ESV)
The sum of a life lived is the true revelation of the thoughts by which the world is seen and how the soul views its relationship to it. Salvation in the true depth of its work is filled with the inspirations of His Spirit renewing our minds from the slavish tendencies to love the temporal, the sensuous and the things which keep it earth-bound and carnal. In our renewal the heavenly things are seen and the true liberty of our life in Christ begin to be appropriated.