“When God purposes to work He first sets His people to pray.”

John Wesley

“It is only when we, like the Son, truly know and show that we can do nothing of ourselves, that God will do it all.”

Andrew Murray, Humility, p23

Perhaps this counterintuitive Kingdom of God truth is also reflected in the thoughts of Pooh Bear, as related in the Disney film “Christopher Robin”:

“Doing nothing often leads to the very best kind of something.”

“Then we begin to understand that God’s whole purpose is to bring us to the point where he can walk with us quietly, calmly and constantly, leaving us space to grow to be his (often fumbling) co-labourers.”

Dallas Willard, “Hearing God”, p151.

“While I may have my concerns and complaints about institutionalized religion, the church does hold the possibility of being an honest community of broken people trying to be present to God and each other.”

Nathan Foster, “The Making of an Ordinary Saint”

I’ve known for quite some time that the Bible says “Resist the Devil and he will flee from you.” But I am only just realising that I live as if it says “Ignore the Devil and he will leave you alone.”

One thing from the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations last weekend has lodged itself in my head: the refrain “I am here, I am here, I am with you” from the song “The Call of Wisdom” sung at the service of thanksgiving. It has succeeded in reminding of the truth engraved above our kitchen door “Bidden or unbidden, God is present.” Even when I fail, to trust, to obey, to care, to listen, God says (among other things) “I am with you.”

Reading this post helped me make another connection more consciously than before: that when God says, “Do not be afraid.” he doesn’t normally proceed to give at least three very good reasons (naturally all beginning with the same letter) why, in the light of his revelation, being afraid is an utterly ridiculous state for anyone who claims to follow him. Rather, he simply says, again and again, “I am with you.” Continue Reading »

I have an imaginary friend. His name is Jesus. Now, before you all cry “Heresy!” and go running for your pitchforks, I should point out that I also have a very real friend called Jesus, who also happens to be the Son of God.

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