“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.
“You have not lived today until you have done something
for someone who can never repay you”
“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him”
“A river reaches places which its source never knows. And Jesus said that, if we have received His fullness, “rivers of living water” will flow out of us, reaching in blessing even “to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8) regardless of how small the visible effects of our lives may appear to be. We have nothing to do with the outflow— “This is the work of God, that you believe…” (John 6:29). God rarely allows a person to see how great a blessing he is to others.”
– Oswald Chambers
The dandelion sends forth its seeds profusely, freely committing them to the ways of the wind. So also those who sow in tears, sowing often in thankless conditions yet God’s Word declares they… “shall doubtless come” loaded with the harvest of their sowing.
“He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”
“No stars gleam as brightly as those which glisten in the polar sky. No water tastes so sweet as that which springs amid the desert sand. And no faith is so precious as that which lives and triumphs through adversity. Tested faith brings experience. You would never have believed your own weakness had you not needed to pass through trials. And you would never have known God’s strength had His strength not been needed to carry you through.
– Charles Spurgeon
I saw the Morning Break
“Ye that have faith to look with tearless eyes
Beyond the tragedy of a world at strife,
and know that out of death and night shall rise
The dawn of ampler life;
Rejoice, whatever anguish rend the heart,
That God has given you a priceless dower
To live in these great times and have your part
In freedom’s crowning hour,
That ye may tell your sons who see the Light
High in the heavens — their heritage to take —
“I saw the powers of darkness put to flight ..
I saw the morning break.”
– Sir Owen Seaman (Published before 1914)