Do You Pray Like the Devil? (John Piper, Desiring God)
What Paul means is that without the transforming work of the Holy Spirit, no one can say “Jesus is Lord” with a joyful and glad embrace of the Lord Jesus as one’s supreme treasure. The devil admits his power and final victory, but he hates it. Only by the Holy Spirit can we love it. And that is what makes us Christians — not just believing the same true facts that the devil believes.
A Son is Given (Justin Huffman, Servants of Grace)
Isaiah prophesied, and it has already been fulfilled regarding Jesus, that “his name shall be called” by many and mighty titles. But has he been called that by you? Is Jesus wonderful to you? Is he your counselor? Have you submitted to him as your almighty God, have you been comforted by him as your everlasting father? Are you trusting in him, not only for peace in your soul but for the necessary peace that must be made between you as a sinner and God as your holy judge? For those who do believe in him, Jesus offers this tremendous and lasting comfort: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27).
Lessons From the Dark Valley of Depression (Mary Somerville, Biblical Counseling Coalition)
This suffering (depression) is a tool of God’s grace to make me more like Jesus (Rom. 8:29). He’s seeking to make me look like His Son! Has God promised me personal happiness—good health, a comfortable, predictable life, and a host of people who appreciate me? No, He’s offering me much more than that! His goal for my life is not first my happiness, but my holiness.
Why God Delays in Answering Prayer (Charles Spurgeon, Challies.com)
Our Father has reasons peculiar to Himself for thus keeping us waiting. Sometimes it is to show His power and His sovereignty, that men may know that Jehovah has a right to give or to withhold. More frequently the delay is for our profit. Thou art perhaps kept waiting in order that thy desires may be more fervent.
An Open Letter to Myself: On Motherhood, Writing, and Identity in Christ (Kristen Wetherell, Kristen Wetherell)
You can count it all joy when you meet the trial of sleeplessness, for the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing (James 1:2-4). God will let none of your sleep-disturbed nights and sleep-deprived days go to waste. He can take something that seems so hard and unnatural and turn it into good, for his honor and praise. Dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly trust in Jesus’ name.
Deserving or Delighting in God’s Generosity? (Jennifer Brogdon, Unlocking the Bible)
God may give others more than we think they deserve, and he may give us less than we think we deserve. But praise God that he has not given those of us in Christ what we actually deserve! Every gift God gives comes by grace—from our salvation to the reward of our work (Romans 2:6).