J.I. PACKER “WEAKNESS IS THE WAY”

“The truth… is that in many respects, and certainly in spiritual matters, we are all weak and inadequate, and we need to face it.  Sin, which disrupts all relationships, has disabled us all across the board.  We need to be aware of our limitations and to let this awareness work in us humility and self-distrust, and a realization of our helplessness on our own.  Thus we may learn our need to depend on Christ, our Savior and Lord, at every turn of the road…”

J.I. Packer “Weakness is the Way

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Elyse Fitzpatrick on Our Union with Christ

“Our sanctification is rooted in our union with Christ–how can we truly change if we aren’t already truly different?  How can we fight to win if he hasn’t already fought and won?  How can we conquer death and sin if he isn’t the resurrected One, who lives within us?  Indeed [quoting Calvin], ‘the moment we turn aside from Christ in the slightest degree, salvation which rests entirely on him gradually disappears,’ and discouragement and condemnation will rule our hearts.”

Eliyse Fitzpatrick “Because He Loves Me

& if you’re interested in our union with Christ, check out her book, “Found in Him.”

Radical Burnout

“Calling us to do great things for God is part of the hype that constantly burns out millions of professing Christians.  Telling us about the great things God has accomplished–and, more than that, actually delivering his achievement to sinners–is the real mission of the church…  Radical discipleship means bringing to the world–including Christians–the wonderful, surprising, and offensive news of the gospel.  Nothing we have done, are doing, or can do is radical.  It is the same old story of human striving.”

Michael Horton “Christless Christianity

Photo taken from Christianity Today’s Article “Here Come the Radicals

More From Tullian

“Jesus doesn’t need perfect vessels to accomplish his will.  He needs broken ones–men and women who have been slain, humiliated, disillusioned of all their ‘I can do it, really I can!,’ ‘This time I’ll try harder!’, ‘Just give me a little more time and some secret steps, and I’ll get it together!’ self-deception…  The one-way love of God meets us in our failures.  Our failures make His one-way love that much more glorious.  What qualifies us for service is God’s devotion to us–not our devotion to Him.  This is as plainly as I can say it: the value of our lives rests on God’s infinite, incomprehensible, unconditional love for us–not our love for Him.  Such relief!  We can finally exhale!”

Tullian Tchividjian “One Way Love