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Passion

“The core problem is not that we are too passionate about bad things, but that we are not passionate enough about good things.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, Finding God, Page 169

Questions for Reflection:
• Does your battle against temptation focus on resisting what you know is wrong or on nurturing a love for God that finds in Him your greatest joy?
• How might feeding your passion for God actually give you a place of rest in the midst of temptation?
• Where do you believe your greatest satisfaction lies and why?

The Divine Power Available To You

“You Now Share In My Nature. You Have Within You The Power Necessary To Resist Every Natural Impulse That Stands In The Way Of Loving Others As I Love You. Neither Fear, Failure, Nor Temptation Is Stronger Than The Divine Power Available To You That Can Keep You Walking The Narrow Road To Life.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, 66 Love Letters, Page 335

Questions For Reflection:
• Do You Believe That “Neither Fear, Failure, Nor Temptation” Can Keep You From Loving As Jesus Does?
• What Do You Believe It Means To Share In Christ’s Nature?
• Do Your Beliefs Match What Scripture Actually Says?
• Take Some Time Today To Ask The Holy Spirit To Reveal Anything That Stands In The Way Of Embracing The Truth That Scripture Reveals About The New Life We Have In Christ.

Something Better

“You will never, until heaven, mature beyond having to fight the battle against flesh-driven relational wickedness. But something else, something better, is in you, and it’s lodged in a deeper place in your heart than where your natural self-centeredness lives.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, 66 Love Letters, Page 335

Questions for Reflection:
• Do you find it more difficult to come to terms with the fact that sin will remain a battle until heaven or with the truth that something better lives more deeply within you than your own self-centeredness?
• Do you typically think of self-centeredness as “relational wickedness”?
• Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you into a deeper appreciation of the truths that we’ll never outgrow on earth our battle with sin but that the new life of Christ available within us is even greater than our selfishness.

A Better Hope Rather Than A Better Life

“The former arrangement of doing good to secure God’s blessings has been replaced by a new arrangement. The Law of Liberty has been established as the way to a better hope rather than a better life. That better hope is intimacy with God. In any circumstance, in any condition, we can draw near to God, and from Him draw our identity, find the strength to persevere, and experience the joy of anticipation, with an occasional taste of what’s coming.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, The Pressure’s Off, Page 27

Questions for Reflection:
• As you consider your current set of circumstances and honestly ponder your heart regarding them, what is the promise of intimacy with God, at this moment, offering you?
• What changes take place within you as you ponder the invitation to draw near to God in this present moment?
• Is there anything you realize that you can let go of attempting to manage or figure out since God really is with you?

The Spiritual Journey Is Rooted In Liberty

“The secular journey is rooted in linearity, the bondage of control: do this and that will happen. That’s how things work. You can have the life you want if you live wisely and well.

The spiritual journey is rooted in liberty, the freedom of grace: Come as you are, trembling, and learn to rest. Then go out into life doing what’s right because you’re privileged to do so, because you want to be holy, not because doing right is the way to a pleasant life. Life may provide rich blessings. Or it may not. Either way you can know God.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, The Pressure’s Off, Page 26

Questions for Reflection:
• Does the realization that you can know God, regardless of whether things are going well in your life or are currently very challenging, bring you hope, or do you find yourself seeking a way to use God to improve your circumstances?
• Are you embracing the peace of God that is available to those who rest in Him or are you waiting for your circumstances to change in order to live with contentment?
• Take some time today to come as you are before the Lord, and ask Him to stir in your heart a hope that is rooted in His character above all else.

The Greatest Need In Modern Civilization

“The crisis of care in modern culture, especially in the Western church, will not be resolved by training more therapists….It will be worsened by moralists who never reach deeply into the hearts of people in their efforts to impose their standards of behavior on others, even when those standards are biblical.

The greatest need in modern civilization is the development of communities—true communities where the heart of God is home, where the humble and wise learn to shepherd those on the path behind them, where trusting strugglers lock arms with others as together they journey on.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, Connecting, Introduction pg xvi-xvii

Questions for Reflection:
• What would community look like for a group of people who are convinced that “the heart of God is home”?
• In your sphere of relationships, with whom has God given you the opportunity to “lock arms” and to companion on a journey marked by humility and wisdom?

An Invitation To Life

“I am for you. My Son is with you. My Spirit is in you. Never forget that as you hear My instructions. My instructions are always an invitation to life:

Fight the good fight now. Enjoy the good life forever.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, 66 Love Letters, Page 297

Questions for Reflection:
• Is there anything God’s been saying to you lately that you’ve been resisting?
• If His instructions are always an invitation to life, what is your opposition to His instruction costing you and those around you?
• Take some time in God’s presence to confess your unwillingness to trust Him and ask Him to give you His eternal perspective regarding the area you’ve been resisting.

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