Faith - Section 6

  1. By faith in Jesus you and I become members of God's family. We have urgent and desperate needs. Because God is now our heavenly Father, he loves us too much to leave us hanging. We are family. God will help. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 8, Conclusion at location 3876. 
  2. You and I desperately need to know that God will accept us. Whenever we are honest about it, we must admit that we have broken God's laws, lived selfishly, forgotten to seek God's will, and lived as if there were no life beyond. We need to know that someone will represent us before God. We need someone who can say for us, “God, I present my life as a sacrifice for their sins. Let them enjoy your blessing.” - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 8, Conclusion at location 3878. 
  3. That's where Jesus fits in. He is the new leader who gives us hope. Through faith in Jesus, we become children of God (John 1:12). Through following Jesus, we experience abundant life (John 10:10). Because of Jesus, we can find mercy and grace for our every need (Heb. 4:16). Thank God for Jesus! - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 8, Conclusion at location 3881. 
  4. Paul’s moment of surrender occurred on the Damascus road after he was knocked down by a blinding light. For others, God gets our attention with less drastic methods. Regardless, surrendering is never just a one-time event. Paul said, “I die daily.” There is a moment of surrender, and there is the practice of surrender, which is moment-by-moment and lifelong. The problem with a living sacrifice is that it can crawl off the altar, so you may have to resurrender your life fifty times a day. You must make it a daily habit. Jesus said, “If people want to follow me, they must give up the things they want. They must be willing to give up their lives daily to follow me.”Let me warn you: When you decide to live a totally surrendered life, that decision will be tested. Sometimes it will mean doing inconvenient, unpopular, costly, or seemingly impossible tasks. It will often mean doing the opposite of what you feel like doing. - From the Day 10 reading from “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren.
  5. Knowing these truths produces three responses in our lives. First, we have gratitude. We can say, “Thank you, God, for your great provisions for me.” We can live as thankful people. Second, we have encouragement. We can feel, “God has given us a good agreement. He supplies all we need.” When our load becomes heavy and our future confused, we find hope simply to keep plodding on in God's strength. Third, we find fear and respect for God. We must say, “A God this gracious deserves our obedience.” Then we must live as if we mean it. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 8, Conclusion at location 3884. 
  6. Our response to Christ's death provides power to love others and to demonstrate endurance in the Christian life. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 10, B The Power of Christ's Sacrifice (vv19-39), at location 4497. 
  7. There are those who say that all roads lead to God.  But Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” [John 14:6 KLV].  - From the section on “God” on page 148 of "Billy Graham in Quotes” by Franklin Graham with Donna Lee Toney.
  8. Hebrews 10:19 - The practical section of Hebrews begins by teaching us that we experience Christ's power by drawing near to God, maintaining our faith, and loving other believers.  Therefore emphasizes that in the view of what Jesus has done, believers can approach God with confidence.  Confidence describes a boldness believers have because of our new relationship to God. All believers can come to God's presence.  This privilege is no longer limited to priesthood.  Believers can approach God because of the blood of Jesus.  Not animal sacrifice but Jesus' sacrifice of himself opened the door.  All who have found a new relationship to God through Jesus can experience this privilege. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 10, B The Power of Christ's Sacrifice (vv19-39), 1. An Appeal to Experience Christ's Power (vv. 19-25), at location 4497-4513. 
  9. Jesus told his disciples he is the way.  Early Christians found their movement described as "the Way" (Acts 9:2).  In Hebrews 9:8 the term describes our access to God.  Christ's atoning work has provided free access to God for believers.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 10, B The Power of Christ's Sacrifice (vv19-39), 1. An Appeal to Experience Christ's Power (vv. 19-25), at location 4513. 
  10.  It is fit that believers should know the honours and privileges that Christ has procured for them, that, while they take the comfort, they may give him the glory of all. The privileges are, 1. Boldness to enter into the holiest. They have access to God, light to direct them, liberty of spirit and of speech to conform to the direction; they have a right to the privilege and a readiness for it, assistance to use and improve it and assurance of acceptance and advantage. They may enter into the gracious presence of God in his holy oracles, ordinances, providences, and covenant, and so into communion with God, where they receive communications from him, till they are prepared to enter into his glorious presence in heaven. - From the Matthew Henry Commentary as provided in The Sword Software program for the Mac  - in the Book of Hebrews, Chapter 10, v. 19.
  11. The apostle tells us the way and means by which Christians enjoy such privileges, and, in general, declares it to be by the blood of Jesus, by the merit of that blood which he offered up to God as an atoning sacrifice: he has purchased for all who believe in him free access to God in the ordinances of his grace here and in the kingdom of his glory. This blood, being sprinkled on the conscience, chases away slavish fear, and gives the believer assurance both of his safety and his welcome into the divine presence.  From the Matthew Henry Commentary as provided in The Sword Software program for the Mac  - in the Book of Hebrews, Chapter 10, v. 19.
  12. Now the apostle, having given this general account of the way by which we have access to God, enters further into the particulars of it, 20. As, 1. It is the only way; there is no way left but this. The first way to the tree of life is, and has been, long shut up. 2. It is a new way, both in opposition to the covenant of works and to the antiquated dispensation of the Old Testament; it is via novissima--the last way that will ever be opened to men. Those who will not enter in this way exclude themselves for ever. It is a way that will always be effectual. 3. It is a living way. It would be death to attempt to come to God in the way of the covenant of works; but this way we may come to God, and live. It is by a living Saviour, who, though he was dead, is alive; and it is a way that gives life and lively hope to those who enter into it.  - From the Matthew Henry Commentary as provided in The Sword Software program for the Mac  - in the Book of Hebrews, Chapter 10, v. 20.
  13. Believe on him. Believe now.  You say, “What does that mean? What must I do?” I will make the answer as simple as I can. Think of it as the ABCs of believing. First, A. You must accept the basic teachings about Jesus of Nazareth as fact. That should be easy, for they are fact. The reason many doubt them is not because the facts are uncertain—they are as well attested as any facts of history—but because they have not really investigated them. If you have difficulty at this point, begin to study the Gospels and ask yourself if these teachings and narratives ring true. Are they consistent with themselves and with what we know of human life? Is Jesus believable? Second, B. Believe on him personally. This is more than merely believing facts. It is believing them in relationship to yourself. It is believing that he came to die for you, that he is the way to God for you, that he is your Savior. Finally, C. Commit yourself to him. At this point he actually becomes your Savior and your God, as he did for Thomas in the verses immediately before the text we are studying. - From the commentary on John 20:30-31 from the Boice Expositional Commentary by James Montgomery Boice.
  14. The apostle exhorts believers to hold fast the profession of their faith, 23. Here observe, (1.) The duty itself--to hold fast the profession of our faith, to embrace all the truths and ways of the gospel, to get fast hold of them, and to keep that hold against all temptation and opposition. Our spiritual enemies will do what they can to wrest our faith, and hope, and holiness, and comfort, out of our hands, but we must hold fast our religion as our best treasure. (2.) The manner in which we must do this--without wavering, without doubting, without disputing, without dallying with temptation to apostasy. Having once settled these great things between God and our souls, we must be stedfast and immovable. Those who begin to waver in matters of Christian faith and practice are in danger of falling away. (3.) The motive or reason enforcing this duty: He is faithful that hath promised. God has made great and precious promises to believers, and he is a faithful God, true to his word; there is no falseness nor fickleness with him, and there should be none with us. His faithfulness should excite and encourage us to be faithful, and we must depend more upon his promises to us than upon our promises to him, and we must plead with him the promise of grace sufficient.  - From the Matthew Henry Commentary as provided in The Sword Software program for the Mac  - in the Book of Hebrews, Chapter 10, v. 23.
  15. Anyone who rejects the sacrifice of Christ would find no other answer to the problem of sin. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 10:26-27,  at location 4565.
  16. Any who turn from Christ can expect divine judgement and eternal rejection.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 10:28-29,  at location 4595.
  17. Hebrews 10:37-38 - Believers can endure with confidence because God will come through!  Christ will come to rescue and deliver his people.  There is certainty of God's coming intervention for those who trust him.  Those who are righteous will live by faith.  Their faith will support them as they wait confidently on God to act.  To those who waiver, a warning is issued.  God has no pleasure in those who shrink back.  These believers needed to maintain their confidence. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 10:37-38,  at location 4627.
  18. Because the sacrifice of Christ is effective, it produces people with spiritual stamina, liberal love, and conspicuous commitment.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 10 Main Idea Review,  at location 4627.
  19. Only Jesus could provide struggling believers the grace and strength to move forward in stalwart service to him.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 10 Main Idea Review,  at location 4661. 
  20. When Christians trust Jesus as Savior and Lord, they receive permanent cleansing from sin.  This cleansing does not require any repetition of animal sacrifices because Christ's sacrifice involved a perfect offering.  Cleansing involves the forgiveness of sin and bring privilege of perfect fellowship with God.  Christians receive this cleansing by faith (Acts 15:9). - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 10 IV Deeper Discoveries, A. Cleansing (v 2.)  at location 4693.
  21. Christians who fall into sin and disobedience break their fellowship with God, but they never lose their position in his family.  Confession of sin can restore this fellowship (1 John 1:9). - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 10 IV Deeper Discoveries, A. Cleansing (v 2.)  at location 4693. 
  22. The great achievers in history  have been the men and women who could see the invisible and strive to reach it.  Explorers, inventory, liberators, and pioneers in every field have always been characterized by the steady eye that sees the invisible and strives for the seemingly impossible. - Warren W. Wiersbe . Faith provides a certainty about things we cannot see.   - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 10 IV Deeper Discoveries, A. Cleansing (v 2.)  at location 4821. 
  23. Hebrews 11:1,3 -  Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of  things not seen. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was created by  the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of  things that are visible. - From the Glo bible, ESV version, Hebrews 11:1 and 11:3. 
  24. The transcendent Creator is free to do whatever he pleases (Psalm 115:3). He never acts out of character, but neither is he controllable. That means that true faith is always a cutting-edge adventure. True faith humbly admits, “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!” (Romans 11:33). That spirit of wonder keeps us low before God, so that we hold our lives with open hands before him. It keeps us willing to let God be God. Faith says, “Your will be done, in your way, at your pace, by your grace, for your glory.” - Excerpt from the reading in Isaiah 48:1-22 in Preaching the Word Commentary Series (40 Vols.) by R. Kent Hughes st al, Crossway Publishers.
  25. Hebrews 11:1 - Faith and hope go together; and the same things that are the object of our hope are the object of our faith. It is a firm persuasion and expectation that God will perform all that he has promised to us in Christ; and this persuasion is so strong that it gives the soul a kind of possession and present fruition of those things, gives them a subsistence in the soul, by the first-fruits and foretastes of them: so that believers in the exercise of faith are filled with joy unspeakable and full of glory. Christ dwells in the soul by faith, and the soul is filled with the fullness of God, as far as his present measure will admit; he experiences a substantial reality in the objects of faith.   - From the Matthew Henry Commentary as provided in The Sword Software program for the Mac  - in the Book of Hebrews, Chapter 11, v. 1.
  26. Faith shows itself by producing assurance that what we hope for will happen.  Faith also produces an insight into realities which otherwise remain unseen.  A person with faith lets these unseen realities from God provide a living, effective power for daily life.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 11, A. The Result of Faith, verse 11:1 at location 4854. 
  27. The actions of the Old Testament saints shows that faith pleases God and that he rewards all who seek him.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 11, B. Examples of Faith, verses 11:4 - 11:38 at location 4870. 
  28. Hebrews 11:6 - Real fellowship with God cannot exist without faith.  Two convictions must characterize the lives of believers.  First, they must believe that he exists.  Anyone wanting to commune with God must have deep conviction that God is real.  Second, God's servants must believe that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.  Faith is not selfish; rather, faith has confidence in a God of love and Goodness.  These two convictions must provide a bedrock foundation for the lives of Christians.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 11, B. Examples of Faith, verses 11:6 at location 4889. 
  29. Faith in God does not guarantee comfort in this world.  Such faith does promise plentiful reward in the only world that matters.   - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 11, B. Examples of Faith, verses 11:30-38 at location 5003. 
  30. Faith consists of being sure of what we hope for.  It carries the conviction of the reality of what we do not see. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 11, B. Examples of Faith, verses 11:30-38 at location 5034. 
  31. When we believe God, we take him at his word and walk with him through whatever he places before us.  With faith in God we can face sickness, loss of job, family difficulties, and uncertain futures.  With faith in God we can glorify our Father in daily living, find and follow his will for our lives, and receive his commendation of "Well done, good and faithful servant" (Matt. 25:21).  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 11, B. Examples of Faith, verses 11:30-38 at location 5034. 
  32. Hebrews 11 Principals: 1) Faith is a confidence in the reality of what we cannot see.  2) Faith begins with a confidence in the existence of God.  3) Faith provides a confidence that God rewards those who seek him with the whole heart.  4) Faith enabled Abraham, the patriarchs, Gideon, David, Samuel, and a host of other followers of the Lord to honor him in daily life.  5) Through Christ believers receive the rewards of their faith.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 11, Principals at location 5050.  
  33. Faith consists of taking God at his word and acting accordingly.  Faith develops assurance about things which do not yet exist.  The idea of being sure provides a conviction that what we hope for will happen, not because we can make it happen but because God has said it will happen.   - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 11, VI. Deeper Discoveries, A. Faith. (v 1) at location 5097.  
  34. Faith provides a conviction of certainty of what we do not see.  Just as physical eyesight provides evidence about visible things, faith provides evidence about the invisible. God has promised future blessings and eternal rewards.  No one has seen these yet.  Still, believers are certain God will deliver on his promises, and we will one day see and experience these blessings and rewards.  Faith proves the reality of what we cannot see.  Faith enables Christians to live obediently now in light of what we know in faith will come.  "Faith provides a platform for hope and a perception into reality of what would otherwise remain unseen. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 11, VI. Deeper Discoveries, A. Faith. (v 1) at location 5097.  
  35. Our response in faith must take God at his word and seek to please him supremely. Through Christ we have access to all of God's eternal inheritance.  In Christ we have a better hope (Hebrews 7:19( based on better promises (Hebrews 8:6).  In Christ we receive a better end in heaven (Hebrews 10:34), and we can long for a better country, a country in heaven (Hebrews 11:16).  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 11, VII. Teaching Outline, A. Introduction, 3. Transition, at location 5162.
  36. It is important for those who have started out with the Lord (through faith in His name) to go on with the Lord. Life in Christ is basically about the most vital relationship of all. "And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent" (John 17:3). The Christian life is not only about meeting the Lord and receiving eternal life. This life-giving relationship with the Lord is to be nurtured and developed day by day unto abundant life.   - From the DBD for 12/1 as provided in The Sword Software program for the Mac.
  37. Those who face discouragement from multiple trials and afflictions need to fix their eyes on Jesus.  We can find encouragement from Jesus' refusal to compromise or turn away from God.  Realize that God is permitting discipline in your life for a benevolent purpose so that you may share in his holiness.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 12 III. Conclusion, at location 5441. 
  38. Paying Attention to God (vv. 25-29) - Christians have a part in God;s kingdom, a kingdom which is eternal and unshakable.  We must claim God's grace to serve him with reverence and awe.   - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 12, VII. Teaching Outline, A. Introduction, at location 5572.
  39. Christians live for the future, not the present.  No matter how appealing life in the present is, believers are looking for the city that is to come.  Christians look for a reward which lies ahead.   - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 13, B. A Right Response to God (vv.10-16), Supporting Idea, at location 5739.
  40. We can say with the apostle Paul, "I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels or demons, neither present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:38-39).  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 13, Praising God in Difficulty, at location 5878.
  41. A wavering faith and spirit has a bad influence upon our conversations. A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways, 8. When our faith and spirits rise and fall with second causes, there will be great unsteadiness in all our conversation and actions. This may sometimes expose men to contempt in the world; but it is certain that such ways cannot please God nor procure any good for us in the end. While we have but one God to trust to, we have but one God to be governed by, and this should keep us even and steady. He that is unstable as water shall not excel.  - From the Matthew Henry Commentary in The Sword Software Program for the Mac, James I:2 - Necessity of Fith and Patience; Evil of Indecision. II. 5.
  42. The crown of life is promised not only to great and eminent saints, but to all those who have the love of God reigning in their hearts. Every soul that truly loves God shall have its trials in this world fully recompensed in that world above where love is made perfect.  - From the Matthew Henry Commentary in The Sword Software Program for the Mac, James I:2 - Necessity of Fith and Patience; Evil of Indecision. II. 6.
  43. "Seek not to understand that you may believe but seek to believe that you may understand." - With these words Augustine reminds us of the supreme importance of faith in the Christian approach to life. In his view, Christian thinkers start from faith before understanding. They seek to understand--but only after believing! They then explain what they believe. This is a particularly prized formula for Christians who "walk by faith and not by sight" and who practice "faith seeking understanding." - From the Introduction from the book "Daily Meditations with Saint Augustine." by John E. Rotelle.
  44. It is a glorious thing to be a Christian, the most exalted privilege of mankind. The Creator of all things wants to have a personal relationship with each and every one of us! To accept Christ as Savior, Lord, and Master, and to strive sincerely and devotedly to follow in the way of life He taught, is certainly and by far the most reasonable and most satisfactory way to live. It means peace, peace of mind, contentment of heart, forgiveness, happiness, hope, life abundant, life that shall never end. How can anyone be so blind, or so dumb, as to go through life and face death without the Christian hope? Apart from Christ, what is there, what can there be, either for this world or the next, to make life worthwhile? We all have to die. Why try to laugh it off or try to deny it? It seems as if every human being would want to welcome Christ with open arms and consider it the proudest privilege of his or her life to wear the Christian name.  - From the book's section: The Heart of the Bible:  2: Christ is the Heart and Center of the Bible,  from "Halley's Bible Handbook, Classic Edition by Henry Halley.
  45. To endure persecution for Christ's sake lifts the believer to a position of honor that more than offsets his poverty. - From the "Expositor's Bible Commentary, James 1, verse 9.
  46. Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” (John 7:37-38).  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1098.
  47. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. (Revelation 21:6).  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1100.
  48. Instead of assuming that God wants us healthy, we need to realize that he may accomplish higher purposes through our sickness than through our health. We may pray for healing when we’re sick, which is exactly what Paul did. But notice that he prayed only three times. When God chose not to heal him, he didn’t “name it and claim it” and demand that God heal him. Instead, he acknowledged God’s spiritual purpose in his adversity. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1895.
  49. God is bigger than all, and Satan is just one more agent he can use to accomplish his own purpose. After all, whose purpose and plan is the passage talking about? Satan would never give anyone something to keep him from being conceited. God is the one who intended the disease for Paul’s good. It wasn’t Satan but God who refused to remove the disease, despite Paul’s pleadings.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1900.
  50. Scripture makes clear that the one central business of this life is to prepare for the next! - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2480.
  51. We are all sinners and the wages of sin is death (Romans 3:23; 6:23). But an all-holy God, out of love for us, judged Jesus for our sins (Isaiah 53:9-10). Only by embracing Christ’s atonement for our sins can we escape the everlasting punishment due us (Romans 6:23; 2 Corinthians 5:21). God’s justice was satisfied, but only at the cost of his own blood. To purchase our redemption, Jesus experienced an eternity of hell in a few hours on the cross. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2512.
  52. Apart from trusting Christ for salvation, any person’s eternal future will be spent in hell. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2526.
  53. For Christians, death is never the end of a relationship but only an interruption to be followed by glorious reunion.   - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2611.
  54. We must know before we can love. In order to know God, we must often think of Him; and when we come to love Him, we shall also think of Him often, for our heart will be with our treasure. - Brother Lawrence (1967-02-01). Practice of the Presence of God, The (Kindle Locations 415-417). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. 
  55. Our Growth as Christians - Galations 2:20:  There's a goal to the Christian life, which God expresses this way: "For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son" (Rom. 8:29). This refining process is called sanctification. And there are several identifiable stages en route to this goal, but sadly, most believers are unfamiliar with them. Let me offer some definitions so you can identify where you are on the journey and understand what to expect.  

    Salvation is the first stage of the Christian life. This describes our redemption from sinfulness through Jesus' atoning sacrifice. What results is forgiveness of sin, which lets us have a relationship with Almighty God.  

    Next, God gives us opportunity to serve (Eph. 2:10). We were created to do good works in Jesus' name.  

    But at some point, we notice something isn't working. This is the start to stage three: frustrated inadequacy. This unpleasant but necessary part of the journey can last varying amounts of time. Without it, we'd undoubtedly experience self-sufficiency and pride. But we should recognize this difficult phase as beautiful because it leads us into the best part of our spiritual lives: total dependency upon Jesus as Lord of our life. And we will be fulfilling our ultimate goal: becoming a reflection of Christ.  

    Sadly, many Christians don't reach a point of complete reliance on the Lord. Pride, discouragement, and distraction can ruin focus and perseverance. Paul reminds us to fix our eyes on the goal of maturity in Christ (Phil. 3:14). Learning to die to self is painful, but ironically, it's the only true way to life. - From Charles Stanley’s In Touch Ministry’s Daily Devotional for October 25/26 2014 on Crosswalk.com
  56. To be a Christian is not a pious pose.  It is not a long list of restrictions.  Chrisitanity flings open the windows to the real joy of living.  Those who have been truly converted to Jesus Christ know the meaning of anundant living. - From the section on “Conversion” on page 82 of "Billy Graham in Quotes” by Franklin Graham with Donna Lee Toney.
  57. "We have no power from God unless we live in the persuasion that we have non of our own.” - John Owen - From the February 5th devotional reading from the book “Turning Points with God - 365 Daily Devotions” by David Jeremiah.
  58. Faith in Christ is voluntary.  A person cannot be coerced, bribed, or tricked into trusting Jesus.  God will not force His way into your life.  The Holy Spirit will do everything possible to disturb you, draw you, love you - but finally it is your personal decision. - From the section on “Faith” on page 131 of "Billy Graham in Quotes” by Franklin Graham with Donna Lee Toney.
  59. There are many people who choose to retreat and regress into the pain of yesterday because they’re controlled by their fear instead of by God’s guidance. But when we trust God with our future, we can be sure He’ll move us onward and upward in living for His glory! Each day is the beginning of a brand new day when you put your path into God’s hands. - From the March 17, 2015 devotional “Powerpoint with Jack Graham” 
  60. One of the bonuses of being a Christian is the glorious hope that extends beyond the grave into the glory of God’s tomorrow. - From the section on “Glorifying God” on page 143 of "Billy Graham in Quotes” by Franklin Graham with Donna Lee Toney.