A Note To My Friend

Hello [Friend]!
In my devotional reading today I ran across this quote from the book I’m reading. I thought it was quite kind and providential that God would have this ready for me today in light of our conversation last night. I’d like for you to take some time with your wife and walk her through these thoughts. Also I’d like for both of you to read all the quotes from the blog post last night and reflect deeply upon them. They will serve you well as you think about Him who died for you: http://devengercaregroup.blogspot.com/

My hope and goal for you both is that you spend more time thinking about God than yourselves, about what he went through rather than what you are going through, about what he did rather than what you are doing, need to do, wish you did, hope to do, etc.

Are you more aware of what he did as you go through your day or when you’re lying in bed at night or are you more aware of yourself?

Here is the quote from my reading today. Enjoy…

The final item for each morning (and something to come back to throughout your day): Cast your cares upon Him. The apostle Peter clearly and practically describes for us how we can humble ourselves daily in 1 Peter 5:6-7. First he writes, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God.” Then he shows us how: “casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

When we humble ourselves each morning by casting all our cares on the Lord, we will start the day free from care. The humble are genuinely care free.

I’ve discovered how true that is about myself and my soul. Where there’s worry, where there’s anxiousness, pride is at the root of it. When I am experiencing anxiety, the root issue is that I’m trying to be self-sufficient. I’m acting independent of God.

What’s the solution?

“Humble yourself,” God says.

How?

Acknowledge your need for Me! Cast your cares upon Me, and I will transform you, Rick. For though I’m opposed to your pride, I’ll give grace to you when you humble yourself, and I’ll make you care free—not responsibility free, but care free. You’ll be free from care. You’ll instead be characterized by joy and peace.” –C. J. Mahaney, pp. 74-75 Humility

We love you guys much and are humbled that you would come to us with your questions. We are grateful you do, but humbled as well. It is all joy to serve you guys!!

Rick

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One of my current reads is a re-read of the Humility book by C. J. Mahaney. Here are some of the quotes worthy of underlining…

“At every step of our Christian development and in every sphere of our Christian discipleship, pride is the greatest enemy and humility our greatest friend.” –J. R. W. Stott

“Humility is honestly assessing ourselves in light of God’s holiness and our sinfulness.” –C. J. Mahaney

“It is evident that man never attains to a true self-knowledge until he has previously contemplated the face of God and come down after such contemplation to look into himself. –John Calvin

“Every time we look at the cross Christ seems to be saying to us, ’I am here because of you. It is your sin I am bearing , your curse I am suffering, your debt I am paying, your death I am dying.’ Nothing in history or in the universe cuts us down to size like the cross. All of us have inflated views of ourselves, especially in self-righteousness, until we have visited a place called Calvary. It is there, at the foot of the cross, that we shrink to our true size.” –J. R. W. Stott

“Fill your affections with the cross of Christ.” –John Owen

“We cannot free ourselves from pride and selfish ambition; a divine rescue is absolutely necessary.” –C. J. Mahaney