Seeking is the greatest expression of praise and worship. By persistently seeking God, we declare that he is supremely desirable. To see God is to glorify God, that is, to declare his supreme worth. We might declare with our lips that God is worthy of all praise, but we demonstrate what is truly worth the most to us by what we pursue. The psalms in which people seek God, even from the most alienated positions, are truly psalms of praise and worship, perhaps even more so than those that explicitly make declarations of praise and worship.
Matthew Jacoby, Deeper Places, page 96.
Seeking is the greatest expression of praise and worship. By
persistently seeking God, we declare that he is supremely desirable. To seek
God is to glorify God, that is, to declare his supreme worth. We might declare
with our lips that God is worthy of all praise, but we demonstrate what is
truly worth the most to us by what we pursue. The psalms in which people
seek God, even from the most alienated positions, are truly psalms of praise
and worship, perhaps even more so than those that explicitly make declarations
of praise and worship.
Matthew Jacoby, Deeper Places, page 96.
But wisdom is so much more than knowledge, even Bible knowledge.
It is knowing God, maturing in our relationship with him and walking with him
so closely and perceptively that we are enabled to develop a godly character,
live thoughtfully and make proper choices in life.
Walter L. Liefeld, Ephesians, p.132.
Biblical faith is not a religion to observe or a code of
ethics to follow. It is not even primarily a task to fulfill. Biblical faith is
a relationship to enjoy. It is as simple as that.
Matthew Jacoby, Deeper Places, page 20.
is a sign that there is something wrong with our relationship with God. The
solution to disobedience, therefore, is not simply to start “doing the right
things.” If the fruit is bad, we don’t focus on curing the fruit; we cure the
tree. This is why so many Christians go around and around in circles when
trying to deal with personal sin. They deal with it by trying harder not to sin
It never works. Something has to change in the heart. Inevitably, the problem
comes down to some kind of relational breakdown, often between themselves and
others, and always between themselves and God.
Matthew Jacoby, Deeper Places, p. 22-23.
God did His greatest work while Jesus felt most abandoned by God.
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46
We’ve built our modern churches on the assumption that God works through a few talented, impressive, and wealthy people. And we give all the other people comfortable seats from which they can be blessed by what God does through these leaders and influencers.
I honestly believe we in the American Church need to get on our knees and repent of our condescending attitudes toward God’s Holy Spirit. We have read Scripture’s clear statements about the Spirit manifesting Himself through every Christian, but we’ve decided we know better, these people aren’t ready for anything serious, and it will be more effective if the talented few do all the heavy lifting.
Francis Chan, Letters to the Church, page 164.
There is a tendency among Christians to be engrossed in an attempt to determine God’s will for each decision in their lives. Many such decisions can be made with more precision and more legitimate reason, however, if they are measured against the long-range will of God that is revealed throughout God’s Word. Instead of seeking specific verses for turning points in our lives, we will be far better equipped to make sound decisions if we have a grasp of God’s revealed will for the Christian, for the church and for the world. This requires a sweeping understanding of Scripture as a whole. That does not mean we cannot pray for guidance day by day; it does mean that there should be a spiritual maturing in our lives that gives us a solid foundation for making biblically informed decisions.
Walter L. Liefeld, Ephesians, p. 45.
The praise even which one cannot accept is sweet from a true mouth.
George MacDonald, The Princess and Curdie, p. 72.
We have no more the moral reasoning to arrive at all of this. So I think the last bastion of this that is left as far as I’m concerned, you can go to scientific proofs, you can go to design proofs, you can go to so many other things. But the average person who really opens up their eyes and is listening to you recognizes there has to be a moral framework with which I do my thinking. What is it that makes me a person or a creature of value? So in that essential nature is the image of God. The image of God gives to me moral reasoning. We cannot communicate truth while compromising the implications of truth.
So I would say how you communicate in this society is conviction with compassion. Convictions are very different to opinions. Opinions are something that you hold to. Convictions are those which hold you. You can change an opinion – one time you might like blue and next year you might like green – it’s okay. But you cannot change your convictions about the sacredness of life or the sacredness of sexuality or love and those that you put into this category. The challenge to the Christian is how to communicate conviction with compassion.
starting at 35:19 in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtOhPCp1XXo