Sunday, April 27, 2008

I am not a victim of my circumstances

More great inspiration from John Piper and company:

"...it is the cross of Christ alone that can kill the joy-killers in our lives."

-John Piper, 'When I Don't Desire God'

"The main art in the matter of spiritual living is to know how to handle yourself. You have to take yourself in hand, you have to address yourself, preach to yourself, question yourself...You must turn on yourself, upbraid yourself, condemn yourself, exhort yourself, and say to yourself: 'Hope thou in God' - instead of muttering in this depressed, unhappy way, and then you must go on to remind yourself of God, Who God is, and...what God has done, and what God has pledged Himself to do. Then having done that, end on this great note: defy yourself, and defy other people, and defy the devil and the whole world, and say with this man: 'I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance, who is also the health of my countenance and my God.'"
-Martin Lloyd-Jones, 'Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cures'

2 comments:

  1. Hi! I just had to stop and let you know that I loved this post in your blog! Wow! I need to bookmark it! Thanks for sharing! Cheryl :)

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  2. Thank you Cheryl! But I can't really take much credit - just sharing the wise words of 2 very wise men.

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