• “Heaven is not here, it’s There. If we were given all we wanted here, our hearts would settle for this world rather than the next. God is forever luring us up and away from this one, wooing us to Himself and His still invisible Kingdom, where we will certainly find what we so keenly long for.” – Elisabeth Elliot

Joy and Strength 12/28

Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the Kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.
Luke xviii. 17.

Dear Soul, couldst thou become a child
While yet on earth, meek, undefiled,
Then God Himself were ever near,
And Paradise around thee here.
Gerhard Tersteegen.

CHILDLIKENESS, in its Scripture sense, is a perfectness of trust, a resting in a Father’s love, a being borne on in its power, living in it — it means a simplicity which resolves all into the one idea of lowly submissive-ness to One in whom it lives; a buoyancy of spirit, which is a fountain of joy in itself, always ready to spring forth afresh brightly and happily to meet the claims of the present hour, not looking lingeringly back to the past, nor making plans independently, as of oneself, for the future; a resting contented in one’s lot, whatever that lot may be; a singleness of intention; a pliancy, a yielding of the will, a forgetfulness of self in another’s claims. To be thus childlike in the pure sense of such an ideal, is to be living in God, as one’s Father, one’s Preserver, one’s Guide, felt to be a perpetual Presence and Providence.
T. T. Carter

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  • “By confessing sin we gather strength to resist it; thereby the enemy of our souls is foiled, the conscience is kept tender, the heart is sanctified, and the blood of Jesus becomes increasingly precious. Let us constantly flee to the cleansing fountain!” – Mary Winslow

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But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. — Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV)

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