When a man is getting better he understands more and more clearly the evil that is still left in him. When a man is getting worse he understands his own badness less and less. A moderately bad man knows he is not very good: a thoroughly bad man thinks he is all right. This is common sense, really. You understand sleep when you are awake, not while you are sleeping. You can see mistakes in arithmetic when your mind is working properly: while you are making them you cannot see them. You can understand the nature of drunkenness when you are sober, not when you are drunk. Good people know about both good and evil: bad people do not know about either.
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity  (via awelltraveledwoman)
Reblogged from annie's lee
Christianity does not set faith against thinking. It sets faith against assuming.
— Tim Keller (via godmoves)
Reblogged from T.B. LaBerge
Sin comes with enormous consequences. Until we come to the healing embrace of the crucified Savior, sin will take [a] destructive toll upon our lives. If you can understand it, this is what we mean by the wrath of God—that God has given us real being, and real existence, and there are real consequences for our actions.

If you want to understand on a deeper level, you can understand this: We are more punished by our sins, than for our sins.
— Brian Zahnd, Death of the Monster God (via hislivingpoetry)
Reblogged from T.B. LaBerge
Those whom God will use mightily, He wounds deeply.
— Matt Chandler (via littlethingsaboutgod)
God has infinite attention… You’re as much alone with Him as if you were the only thing He’d ever created.
— C.S. Lewis (via worshipgifs)
Reblogged from T.B. LaBerge
Darkness comes. In the middle of it, the future looks blank. The temptation to quit is huge. Don’t. You are in good company. You are in the pit with King David. He waited. ‘I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction’ (Ps. 40:1–2). God will do that for you. You will argue with yourself that there is no way forward. But with God, nothing is impossible. He has more ropes and ladders and tunnels out of pits than you can conceive. Wait. Pray without ceasing. Hope.
— John Piper (via jspark3000)
Reblogged from J.S. Park
If intimacy with God, for you, hinges on your ability to manage your behavior, you will never walk intimately with God.
— Matt Chandler  (via littlethingsaboutgod)
I’ve been asking God to carve out my cynicism. And I know that He heard me because I feel Him scraping it out. He isn’t being discreet about it either. Like a doctor discussing the cancer found in His patient, God keeps wanting to talk about where all He found it, and how its traces of prideful intolerance have been choking out my compassion and smothering my joy. I really enjoyed having a cynical side. It made me funnier. But it also made me an unapproachable ass. Because cynical humor is always at someone’s expense. It side steps a legitimate issue and contorts it to exaggerate inferiority. It eats away at the delicate beautiful things that are supposed to stay—kindness, understanding, mercy, forgiveness, patience, gentleness—it eats away at the things that extend love, so that’s why I asked God to come carve it out. He’s been opening my eyes to see how in the past, my cynicism has either been a product of immaturity and ignorance, or a response to being wounded, disappointed, or embarrassed. I’m done making excuses for sarcastic pessimism. It’s not that fun. It’s a pitiful attempt to make light of an actual problem. So as a follower of truth, I’ve decided to start facing problems instead of making jokes out of them.
Reblogged from Souldier

When I wake up in the morning and feel guilty and defiled because of yesterday’s ugliness, and hopeless because of yesterday’s failure, my heart needs to be strengthened by two kinds of grace, not just one. I need the grace of forgiveness based on a great past substitutionary sacrifice on the cross, that covers all my sins. O, how precious! And I need the grace of promised help from Jesus today and tomorrow.

If I can have forgiveness, and if I can have the promise of omnipotent help from Jesus who is the same yesterday today and forever, my heart will be strong, and I will be able to carry on another day. Such is the glory of grace in the Christian life.

— John Piper (via set-apartgirl)
Reblogged from God's Will

Reminder to Self:

"Be content to be nothing, for that is what you are. When your own emptiness is painfully forced upon your consciousness, chide yourself that you ever dreamed of being full, except in the Lord."

- Charles Spurgeon