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THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH
O that I might the power receive
The simple life of faith to live,
A stranger by the world unknown,
To live, shut up with Christ alone!
Jesus, my real Life Thou art,
Inspire Thyself into my heart,
And fill'd with purity divine
I live, thro' endless ages thine.

—Charles Wesley in
The Unpublished Poetry of Charles Wesley, Vol. II

WHEN GOD GIVES EXAMS
The wonderful thing about God's schoolroom … is that we get to grade our own papers. You see, He doesn't test us so He can learn how well we're doing. He tests us so we can discover how well we're doing.

—Charles Swindoll in
God's Provision in Time of Need

GIFT EXCHANGE
For one who has made thanksgiving the habit of his life, the morning prayer will be, "Lord, what will you give
me today to offer back to you?"

—Elisabeth Elliot in
Love Has a Price Tag

A PRAYER
Lord, like the star, the Christian is the light that belongs to the Master, leading others to him, glad to be at his bidding. May this be true of me throughout the coming year.

—Alan Redpath in
The Life of Victory

WHEN GOODNESS ISN'T
We must never be self-righteous in goodness. How harmful is the so-called Christian who harps on about his goodness. How little does he realise that the man who is furthest from God is the man who thanks God he is not like others.

—William Barclay in
Daily Celebration

PRIDE IS ITS OWN REWARD A worldly spirit loves to talk a lot but do nothing, striving for the exterior signs of holiness that people can see, with no desire for true piety and interior holiness of spirit. It was about people like this that our Lord said, Amen I say to you, they have received their reward (Matthew 6:2). ...

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