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Becoming

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[Put your] hope in God, who is not the God of the perfect only, but of the becoming. — George, MacDonald

Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14, ESV)

The most important thing in your life is not what you do; it’s who you become.

                                                        — Dallas Willard

But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. (1 John 2:5-6, NIV)

Becoming is better than being. — Carol Dweck


Remembrance

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I am so prone to forget the miracles of the wilderness when I reach the comforts of Canaan. The luxury acts as a drug in my life and puts my memory asleep. Blessed is the man who carries the remembrance of divine providence when the brighter days arrive! — J.H. Jowett

Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. (Deuteronomy 8:2, NIV)

A spirit of entitlement is the antithesis to the forgiveness found at the cross of Christ. We must constantly remember! — Author unknown

Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel. (2 Timothy 2:8, NIV)


Drink

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You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. (Psalm 63:1, NIV)

From the best bliss that earth imparts, we turn unfulfilled to you again.

                                                    —Bernard of Clairvaux

On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.” (John 7:37, NIV)

The next time you are exhausted and depleted at the end of the day, try simply saying the name “Lord Jesus Christ.” Say it over and over. Meditate on it. Sing it in a hymn. You’ll be amazed at the power of that name. According to the Bible, it can make the devil flee. More importantly, Jesus cannot resist coming to those who call on him. When he comes, he always brings his living water for our thirsty souls.

                                                                                                    — M. Craig Barnes


Flee

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The Bible teaches us in times of temptation in the flesh, there is one command: Flee! Flee fornication. Flee idolatry. Flee youthful lusts. Flee the lusts of the world. There is no resistance to Satan in lust other than flight. Every struggle against lust in one’s own strength is doomed to failure. — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Flee from sexual immorality. (1 Corinthians 6:18, NIV)


Flee from idolatry. (1 Corinthians 10:14, NIV)


Flee from sin as from the face of a serpent; for if thou comest too near it, it will bite thee; the teeth thereof are as the teeth of a lion, slaying the souls of men.

                                                                                                            — Apocrypha

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. But you, man [and woman] of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. (1 Timothy 6: 10-12, NIV)


Peace and Gentleness

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We must be willing to pay the price of peace, not defined by the absence of tribulation, but the presence of things like forgiveness, Biblical love, and gentleness.                                                             — Walter Henrichsen

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. (Romans 12:18, NIV)

Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. (Philippians 4:5, NIV)

We are afraid someone will take advantage of us if we are gentle. … Paul says, the Lord is near you. … If you can see that, you won’t be afraid. So the degree to which you are known for your gentleness is the degree to which others will see, not your fear, but that Jesus is near. — M. Craig Barnes

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7, NIV)


Prerequisite

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The ironclad promise of guidance is preceded by the prerequisite of repentance of known sin. — Steve Farrar

When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. (Psalm 32:3-5, NLT)


Without you, what am I to myself but a guide to my own destruction? — Augustine

God’s will is for you to be holy. (1 Thessalonians 4:3, NLT)

Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you. (Joshua 3:5, NIV)


Day

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This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24, ESV)

Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. (2 Corinthians 6:2, ESV)

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8, ESV)

The Lord is ever giving us new opportunities, fresh chances, that day by day we may grow in grace and in the knowledge of Him. It is His will that we should grow daily in finer discernment, richer affection, and more brilliant hope. — J. H. Jowett

Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts. (Hebrews 4:7, ESV)