“Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.” (1 Peter 4:19 ESV)
When the Christian suffers (not for his own ignorance), he should entrust himself to the sovereign Ruler of the universe who allows nothing to happen that has not first been filtered through His fingers. The sovereignty of God provides absolute reassurance to the suffering servant. God will vindicate those who are His. Your identity is in Christ and your inheritance is in heaven.
“The itch of self-regard craves the scratch of self-approval.” Battling Unbelief by John Piper. Page 49
“Amiable agnostics will talk cheerfully about ‘man’s search for God.’ To me, as I then was, they might as well have talked about the mouse’s search for the cat.” -Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis
We want improvement not regeneration or transformation
“you care less for God and truth than for security and comfort. Your fear of losing them powers your unbelief. Jesus once said, ‘whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?’ So I need to ask you: is security and comfort worth that,”
-Has Jesus Been Worth It?
“many people have accepted Christianity intellectually but have never come under the power of the Word and the gospel and therefore have “not truly repented.”
-Exerpted from Lloyd-Jones on Preaching and the Gospel (part 2) by Tim Keller
Christ Died For The Sins Of Christians Too blog Post by Tullian Tchividjian (Guest Post by Dr. Rod Rosenbladt)
“There is no way to get people to do more than to constantly show them what Christ has already done for them”
“External compliance without heart change is shallow and short lived”
“men are never duly touched and impressed with a conviction of their insignificance, until they have contrasted themselves with the majesty of God.”
-John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion (trans. Henry Beveridge; Accordance electronic ed. Edinburgh: Calvin Translation Society, 1845), n.p.
“heaven isn’t a place for those who fear hell; it’s a place for those who love God”
-Grace Driven Effort: The Weapons Grace Provides by Matt Chandler