Faith - Section 5

  1. "Faith is not a feeling.  Faith is simply choosing to believe what He says in His Word.” - From page 50 of Psalm 91 by Peggy Joyce Ruth.  The more we choose to believe God’s Word, the more we’ll know we can trust and rely on it completely.  Heaven and earth wil pass away, but My words will not pass away. (Mark 13:31).
  2. We should endure in our commitment and share in Christ's blessings (3:14).  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 3,  at location 1097.
  3. “The man-made excitements in which we persist in immersing ourselves … are reduced to the insignificance they deserve whenever nature decides to show us who is really in charge around here.” Editorial in Ft. Worth Star-Telegram after the 1989 California earthquake.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 3,  at location 1058.
  4. We quickly focus on the wrong objects in life. Sometimes sudden shocks in life help us regain our focus. Earthquakes, job losses, sickness, and personal difficulty can help us to reassess our priorities and come to share in Christ.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 3,  at location 1102.
  5. We can also lose our way by focusing on some personal goal, aim, or plan which can take us away from God's best for us. Perhaps the words of this chapter of Hebrews can lead us to “put first things first.”  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 3,  at location 1104.
  6. An if sentence warns readers. They needed to resist temptation and remain faithful to Jesus. Now the writer added: You are God's house only if you endure in your commitment. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 3,  at location 1162.
  7. We prove the genuineness of our profession of faith by our endurance in Christian commitment. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 3,  at location 1164.
  8. Sometimes it takes years, but eventually you discover that the greatest hindrance to God’s blessing in your life is not others, it is yourself — your self-will, stubborn pride, and personal ambition. You cannot fulfill God’s purposes for your life while focusing on your own plans.
    If God is going to do his deepest work in you, it will begin with this. So give it all to God: your past regrets, your present problems, your future ambitions, your fears, dreams, weaknesses, habits, hurts, and hang-ups. Put Jesus Christ in the driver’s seat of your life and take your hands off the steering wheel. Don’t be afraid; nothing under his control can ever be out of control. Mastered by Christ, you can handle anything. You will be like Paul: “I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses inner strength into me, that is, I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency.” - From the Day 10 reading from “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren.
  9. SUPPORTING IDEA: Rejecting Jesus in unbelief is more serious than rejecting Moses, so God's people need encouragement to overcome sin and endure in their commitment to Christ. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 3,  at location 1180. All of God's fullness lives in Christ (Col. 1:19). For someone to turn from the full truth of God in Christ back to Judaism was open compromise. To turn from Christianity involved rejecting Christ. To reject Christ involved rejecting God. Even though Judaism has elements of spiritual truth, it was not God's final revelation. Only those who respond to God in Jesus have reached the final understanding of God's revelation. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 3,  at location 1263.
  10. Hebrews 3:14 - Merely beginning the Christian life is not sufficient to assure its completion. We must continue in our commitment to share in Christ. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 3,  at location 1279.
  11. The readers of Hebrews had started off with great confidence and hope. They must hold this hope firmly to the end, until Jesus returns or until their death. To do anything less would demonstrate that they had never experienced salvation. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 3,  at location 1281.
  12. What we must do is admit our guilt, throw ourselves on the mercy provided at the cross, and accept by faith the fact that God is satisfied with the death of Christ instead of our death. With acceptance of these great facts comes such a change of life that we should henceforth live a life of gratitude. - From page 132 of the book Illustrating Great Themes of Scripture by Donald Grey Barnhouse.
  13. Fearing God and keeping His commandments is…
    • why we were created• our purpose for living
    • the source of life’s satisfaction
    • what brings meaning to life
    • what gives true joy to life
    • what spares regret and pain in old age
    • what enables a person to face God in judgment with confidence rather than fear
    • what truly matters in life

    - From the reading about Ecclesiastes 12:13 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  14. The concluding warning that we must hold firmly demanded vigorous effort. Commitment to Christ does not allow for halfheartedness. The term confidence (hupostasis) described the assurance a property owner had because he had the deeds to the land. Spiritually, this term carried an appeal for living faith. A property owner with the deeds had a claim to ownership. As believers in Christ, we have the title deed to heaven and its blessing. Believers with a steadfast faith demonstrate that they belong to Christ. These believers were encouraged to hold with firmness to their commitment.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 3,  at location 1285.
  15. Honor Jesus over all competitors for your commitment. Be careful not to substitute your own opinions for following the will of God. Encourage one another and avoid the deceitfulness of sin. Understand the consequences of hardening your hearts and falling into unbelief. Do not live in unbelief or you will miss God's rest.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 3,  at location 1366.
  16. In Hebrews 3:6 the word shows the assurance and certainty which Christians can have in coming to God. Because we are in Christ's family (“his house”), we have from God the strength to endure in obedience and commitment. Our hope in Christ gives us a solid basis for faithfulness in Christian living. We need not stumble and falter, but because of Jesus we can endure in faithful commitment. This is our confidence as Christians.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 3,  at location 1324.
  17. The New Testament emphasizes that God keeps believers secure in his love and protection (John 10:28–30; 1 Pet. 1:3–5). It also emphasizes the corollary truth, which we see here, that believers must persevere in their faith and commitment to Christ. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 3,  at location 1435.
  18. No Christian has a right to say, “I am a Christian because I made a commitment to Christ fifteen years ago, and God keeps me eternally secure.” Our hope is not in some decision of the past which does not affect our lives today. Our hope for salvation comes from the fact that God will hold us in commitment to the hope and boldness which we received at the moment of our conversion. Those who have come to know Christ will endure in their commitment to him.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 3,  at location 1439.
  19. We who live today must demonstrate our commitment to the Lord by a faith which is active, vigorous, and daring. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 3,  at location 1491.
  20. The writer of Hebrews was saying that his readers could be sharers in Christ. They could receive the Holy Spirit, enjoy a close union with him, and share all the benefits which the Father had given to him. They could be “heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ” (Rom. 8:17). All of Christ's resources would be available to strengthen them. To experience these blessings, they needed to hold firmly to the confidence they had at the beginning of their experience. Beginning well was not enough. God had provided in Christ the strength to endure, and they needed to receive it and take advantage of it. Only those who kept the course and dashed over the finish line could share in Christ's heavenly kingdom. Those who were considering dropping out needed to reconsider the effect of their halfheartedness. If they dropped out, they would show that they had not come to share in Christ. They would miss out on the salvation God had offered them. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 3,  at location 1499.
  21. Each of these usages of rest refers to an experience of salvation which we enter by believing in Jesus Christ. The writer of Hebrews makes this clear when he insists on the necessity of faith in the gospel which the readers had received (v. 2). This faith demands a dependence on God's work instead of our own works (v. 10). Those who have begun the experience of faith in Jesus Christ demonstrate the reality of their commitment by continuing to enjoy the rest God has promised. Those who cease to enjoy that rest show by their failure that their profession of faith was false.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 3,  at location 1521.
  22. Unbelief and distrust are sins that will always condemn us. They will bring God’s judgment down upon us. If we do not believe in the Lord, we are doomed. If we trust only in our own strength to pull us through when we face trials or hardship, we will have no power greater than our own to help us. We will be completely on our own. Just as all flesh ages, dies, and decays in the ground, so we too will eventually falter and fail, dooming ourselves to eternal judgment. From the “Thought 1” reading about Isaiah 12:13 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  23. Verse 19 warns us that the Israelites could not enter the Promised Land because of their unbelief. The preceding verse reminds us that God swore that those who disobeyed would never enter his rest. Placing these two terms so near reminds us of the close link between disobedience and unbelief. Unbelief led to disobedience. For the Jews, this experience was inexcusable because they had seen so much of God's love and power.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 3,  at location 1534.
  24. Jesus can lead us to full rest, but his rest needs to be claimed. God's Word can diagnose spiritual needs and provide new life. His message can awaken stragglers and help them reach his goal, and Christ's mercy can help stumblers move forward with hope. Christ endured all the temptations we face and emerged triumphant. He knew the full experience of temptation to sin, but he never compromised. His triumph allows him to give us mercy and grace to complete the job of obeying God fully.   - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 3,  at location 1618.
  25. We do stumble. We sometimes wander in disobedience to God. Our waywardness and weakness threaten to overwhelm us! But we have a Savior who understood. He faced our temptations and overcame them. We can overcome them also if we come with boldness to claim God's mercy and grace.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 3,  at location 1641.
  26. Wherever rest appears in 3:1 to 4:11, it refers to an experience of salvation we enter by faith in Jesus Christ. The writer of Hebrews makes this interpretation clear when he insists on the necessity of faith in the gospel the readers had received (v. 2). This faith demands a dependence on God's work instead of on our own works (v. 10). Those who have begun the Christian walk by an experience of faith in Jesus Christ demonstrate the reality of their commitment when they continue to enjoy the rest God has promised. Those who cease to share in that rest show by their spiritual failure that their profession of faith was false.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 3,  at location 1654.
  27. Here is a practical truth: We get no benefit from merely hearing the gospel. We must believe it and act on it to receive its benefit. Faith involves a wholehearted trust in God's message. We must make a right response to the message about Jesus. Faith is a big word in Hebrews, and we will discuss it more fully in chapter 11. We already know that without faith it is impossible to please him (Heb. 11:6).  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 3,  at location 1654.
  28. You can choose not to live by faith in God, but you cannot choose to evade the consequences. Lance Armstrong is a great athlete, a seven-time winner of the Tour de France, and a courageous survivor of cancer. We all admire him. But when his life was in danger, he rated his chances this way:
    Quite simply, I believed I had a responsibility to be a good person, and that meant fair, honest, hardworking, and honorable. If I did that, if I was good to my family, true to my friends, if I gave back to my community or to some cause, if I wasn’t a liar, a cheat, or a thief, then I believed that should be enough. At the end of the day, if there was indeed some Body or presence standing there to judge me, I hope I would be judged on whether I had lived a true life, not on whether I believed in a certain book, or whether I’d been baptized. If there was indeed a God at the end of my days, I hoped he didn’t say, “But you were never a Christian, so you’re going the other way from heaven.” If so, I was going to reply, “You know what? You’re right. Fine.”
    Do we know who we are? Do we know who God is? Nobody will get the last word in on God.
    “The good life” turning into an eternally barren desert — that is where God-neglect takes us (Isaiah 34). But if you will put your trust in God, your desert will be transformed into a garden. That is what the grace of God can do (Isaiah 35). Each one of us is moving in one of these two directions, either into judgment or into salvation. What God wants is to save you. 
    - From the reading about Isaiah 34-35 in Preaching the Word Commentary Series (40 Vols.) by R. Kent Hughes et al, Crossway Publisher
  29. Those who have believed enter that rest. They enter that rest initially at the moment of conversion (see also 4:10) and will get a fuller experience of rest in the future. Those who truly experience God's rest share in his experience of salvation.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 3,  at location 1689.
  30. The final words of verse 3 refer to God's rest since the creation of the world. This was the rest that the Creator enjoyed when he had completed his work of creation. This means rest cannot be defined as inactivity; rather, it involves the sense of completion. The rest Christians can enjoy today comes when we willingly take on Jesus' yoke (Matt. 11:28–30). This sense of completion experienced in taking on Jesus' yoke is a benefit which comes to those who have experienced salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 3,  at location 1700.
  31. Believers can share in that rest, in the sense of completion, today. Anyone who responds to God's message with faith and obedience assumes Christ's yoke and enters into a “rest” relationship with God. The idea of “rest” does not mean that we sit around sipping spiritual lemonades. It conveys the idea of our total acceptance by God and the blessing of his presence, leadership, and power in our lives.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 3,  at location 1707.
  32. We have hope of experiencing rest if we follow in an obedience that shows itself by faith in God's gospel message.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 3,  at location 1729.
  33. Christ's full work on the cross made it possible for believers to trust him instead of their own works. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 4,  at location 1774.
  34. When do we begin to enjoy this rest? We can live in those blessings here and now by faith. However, our present enjoyment of these blessings is not the whole story. We will receive more at the time of the redemption of our bodies (Rom. 8:23).  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 4,  at location 1775.
  35. Through faith in Jesus, believers today enjoy peace, joy, and fellowship with the living Lord as a part of their rest in him. This foretaste, which we now enjoy, will become a complete, unclouded experience of bliss at the time of the return of Jesus and the resurrection. As believers we can say, “Hallelujah!”  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 4,  at location 1779.
  36. The effort needed for reaching rest is not merely renewed willpower. Christ reminded his listeners that those who would bear fruit must abide in him (John 15:5–7). The effort calls for Christ power, not willpower. A confession of helplessness and an ardent trust in Christ is the beginning of the effort needed. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 4,  at location 1792.
  37. Because God's message is alive, active, sharp, and discerning, those who listen to God's message can enter his rest. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 4,  at location 1796.
  38. The transcendence, sinlessness, and grace of Christ encourage us to claim his mercy with confidence. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 4,  at location 1834
  39. Disbelief leads to disobedience. Disobedience leads to disbelief. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 4,  at location 1962.
  40. Sometimes people would justify their lack of intellectual engagement by asserting that they prefer having a “simple faith.” But here I think we must distinguish between a childlike faith and a childish faith. A childlike faith is a whole-souled trust in God as one’s loving Heavenly Father, and Jesus commends such a faith to us. But a childish faith is an immature, unreflective faith, and such a faith is not commended to us. On the contrary, Paul says, “Do not be children in your thinking; be babes in evil, but in thinking be mature” (1 Cor. 14:20, RSV). If a “simple” faith means an unreflective, ignorant faith, then we should want none of it. - From the Kindle book - Hard Questions, Real Answers by William Lane Craig, location 349.
  41. The solution is for us to come to Jesus; admit our faint, feeble efforts; and set our sights on the solid food of spiritual understanding and commitment. Once we start this path, we must endure on it. Those who develop spiritual stamina find that they will be “mature and complete, not lacking anything” (Jas. 1:4).  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 5,  at location 2429.
  42. These verses confront the question, Can believers lose their salvation? It is certainly true that professing believers can appear to lose their salvation. However, those who profess Christ and turn away from him show that their faith was never real. The distinctive evidence of vital Christianity is endurance (Heb. 3:14).  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 5,  at location 2570.
  43. God provides hope to help us endure in our faith commitment to Jesus. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 6, vv. 1-8 at location 2678.
  44. We must settle forever the fact that we come to God by relying on the provision of Jesus. We cannot remain in a life of sin and disobedience.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 6, v. 1 at location 2693.
  45. The Bible promises that God will keep those who truly know him (John 10:28–29). It also reminds us that “man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Sam. 16:7). Those who claim to have known God but who finally turn away from him demonstrate that they never knew him. Hebrews 6:6 presents a strong warning to willful sinners that they cannot expect restoration to God after their adamant rejection of his mercy. No person with an attitude as contemptuous as the descriptions of these verses (vv. 4–6) need expect repentance. The self-hardening has produced “an impenetrable casing which removes all sensitivity to the pleadings of the Spirit” (Donald Guthrie).  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 6, v. 6 at location 2775.
  46. God's steadfast promises encourage us to hold our Christian hope. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 6, at location 2842.
  47. The fact that we have access to God's presence forever gives us a firmness for our hope.   - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 6, at location 2884.
  48. Jesus provides uninterrupted access to God's presence for his children. We will never have an outage of divine power. His presence before God fills us with hope, encouragement, and stamina. With the strength we receive from him we can find the staying power to endure in our Christian commitment. Let us rise up and claim our heritage! - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 6, at location 2891.
  49. God provides hope to help us endure in our faith commitment to Jesus. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 6,  at location 2895.
  50. Sometimes people become so careless in their spiritual lives that only a shocking warning will get their attention. Anyone who turns away from Christ has no hope of entering God's presence. However, it is equally important to provide hope for those who will listen to this reprimand and turn to God. Jesus is able to save us completely because he always lives to intercede for us (7:25). He is able to keep us on a path of obedience. Which path are you traveling?   - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 6, at location 2917.
  51. Faith in God describes the positive act of reliance on divine promises which balances and accompanies the negative act of repentance. The two complementary acts form a unity, resembling the two faces of a coin. Both must be present in the experience of salvation. In this context faith is an act of turning toward God to receive new life in Jesus Christ. Faith in Christ is identical with faith in God.   - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 6, VI.  Deeper Discoveries, B. Faith (v. 1), at location 2970.
  52. Our hope depends on Christ's priestly work. We have unlimited access to God's presence guaranteed by God's own servant who has entered God's presence on our behalf (v. 20). Christ's work as a perpetual High Priest provides us the hope that we also will receive divine blessings from God's presence.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 6, VI.  Deeper Discoveries, I. Hope (vv. 18-19), at location 3041.
  53. God's promise provides an anchor for our hope. Christ enters God's presence as our forerunner to nail down our experience of fellowship.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 6, at location 3058.
  54. The God who saves us provides faith and patience so that we can inherit God's promises. Christ himself enters God's presence to offer effective prayer and ministry for us. With such powerful resources, we have no excuse for spiritual failure. Thank God for this strong warning against spiritual deception and laziness.   - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 6, at location 3060.
  55. Believers have a priest who gives us constant access to God. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, at location 3159.
  56. Believers can draw near to God even though God is a consuming fire (Heb. 12:29). Seekers can actually find God.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, vv. 18-19, at location 3348.
  57. With Jesus as our High Priest, we have a strong, effective representative in God's presence. He is praying for us. He is pure and spotless in his character. He can pray for us in our weakness. He can pick us up when we stumble. We can always have access to his strength. As believers we find ourselves constantly safe in Jesus' praying hands.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, VII. Teaching Outline, A. Introduction, at location 3640.
  58. The Inability of the Law to Justify 
    1. -"Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ…But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for "The just shall live by faith." (Galatians 2:16 and 3:11)"
    2. Our great initial need before God is to be justified, to have God Himself declare us not guilty, to have the Lord pronounce us righteous in His sight. At first glance this appears to be an impossible situation for man. God, our Judge, is holy by His nature. Man (because of sin) is unholy by nature. "But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags" (Isaiah 64:6).
    3. The consequences of such ungodliness are inevitably universal and appropriately severe. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…For the wages of sin is death" (Romans 3:23 and 6:23a). The just sentence for all of humanity, in light of their sins against a pure, holy, and eternal God, is death (everlasting separation from God).
    4. The law of God offers no help and provides no hope of remedying this dire situation. People are "not justified by the works of the law." Trying one's best to measure up to the law never produces a verdict of not guilty. In all of history, Jesus was the only one who could be evaluated by God's law and receive a declaration of living righteously. Jesus was "in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin" (Hebrews 4:15). No other person could ever perform sufficiently before God's law to achieve a declaration of righteousness. "No one is justified by the law in the sight of God."
    5. Vows and pledges of personal improvement offer no hope. Asking others how to strive more earnestly provides no assistance. Only faith supplies the necessary remedy. "A man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ." Trusting in our own best efforts leaves us guilty before God. Trusting in Christ's perfect work on the cross makes us justified before God. "The just shall live by faith."
    6. "O Lord, my God, I praise You for Your glorious grace poured out upon me in justification. By Your grace alone You have declared me righteous in Your sight. I was totally guilty before Your holy law. I had no excuses and no hope of rescuing myself. Your law rightly condemned me, and I never could have reversed that verdict by my own performance. I trusted in Your Son, and You pronounced me righteous before You. To You, my Lord, I give all honor, glory, adoration, and thanksgiving, through Christ Jesus, my Savior, Amen."   - From the DBD (Daily Bread) October 1st Module as provided in The Sword Software program 
  59. Psalm 51:6 - Know that God has seen your thought- life and every deed done in darkness, will you be innocent or guilty on Judgment Day? You know you will be guilty. So, will you end up in heaven or hell?  
    The Law brings individuals to a point of seeing that they have sinned against God-- that His wrath abides on them. It causes them to see that their own "goodness" can't save them. It stops their mouth of justification (Romans 3:19), and prepares the heart for the good news of the gospel:  "The only thing you can do to be saved from His wrath is to repent and put your faith in the Savior, Jesus Christ. When He died on the cross, He took the punishment for our sins,. He, once and for all, stepped into the Courtroom and completely paid the fine for us. Then He rose from the dead, defeating death. If you want to be saved from God's wrath, confess and forsake your sins, put your faith in Jesus for your eternal salvation, and you will pass from death into life. Then read the Bible daily and obey what you read (see John 14:21). God will never let you down. - From The Evidence Bible by Ray Comfort.
  60. When we are called before God and His throne of judgement, it will be too late to reverse our decision.  It is during our lifetime here on earth that we decide our eternal destiny.   - From page 103 of Billy Graham in Quotes by Franklin Graham and Donna Lee Toney. 
  61. Proverbs 23:26 - How much more than any other joy is the delight of giving your heart to the tender, compassionate love of your dying Savior! And then, having made him the object of your desires, be determined to be resolute in rejecting every temptation. "Our heart given, gives all the rest. This makes eyes, ears, tongue, hands, and all to be holy and special in God's sight" (Leighton). His Word will be our rule, his providence our interpreter. The heart will no longer be divided. The eyes will no longer wander. - Excerpt from Proverbs 23:26 from the “Crossway Classic Commentary - Proverbs by Charles Bridges.
  62. [Multitudes] have never been born again.  They will go into eternity lost - while thinking they are saved because they belong to the church, or were baptized. - From page 124 of “Billy Graham in Quotes” by Franklin Graham with Donna Lee Toney.
  63. Your faith may just be a little thread.  It may be small and weak, but act on that faith.  It does not matter how big your faith is, but rather, where your faith is.  - From page 134 of “Billy Graham in Quotes” by Franklin Graham with Donna Lee Toney.
  64. Jesus seeks out people who are exhausted from their heavy burdens - disappointment, loneliness, Anxiety, guilt.  He invites us to exchange these overwhelming loads for something easier to carry; He calls us to lay down our heavy yokes and to take up His. (See Matthew 11:28-30) - From page 275-276 in the book “He Walks Among Us - Encounters with Christ in a Broken World” by Richard and Renee Stearns.
  65. The men who followed Jesus were unique in their generation.  They turned the world upside down because their hearts had been turned right side up. - From page 140 of “Billy Graham in Quotes” by Franklin Graham with Donna Lee Toney.