“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him” –John Piper
“God never said that the journey would be easy, but He did say that the arrival would be worthwhile.”–Max Lucado
“The greater your knowledge of the goodness and grace of God on your life, the more likely you are to praise Him in the storm.” –Matt Chandler
“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.” –Chuck Swindoll
"Relying on God has to start all over everyday, as if nothing has yet been done." –C. S. Lewis
“If God called us to a task, He will then qualify us for the job.”–Jack Hyles
“God has a purpose behind every problem. He uses circumstances to develop our character. In fact, he depends more on circumstances to make us like Jesus than he depends on our reading the Bible.” –Rick Warren
“This is our time on the history line of God. This is it. What will we do with the one deep exhale of God on this earth? For we are but a vapor and we have to make it count. We’re on. Direct us, Lord, and get us on our feet.” –Beth Moore
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose." –Jim Elliot
“Remember who you are. Don’t compromise for anyone, for any reason. You are a child of the Almighty God. Live that truth.” –Lysa Terkeurst
“If you can’t fly, then run, if you can’t run, then walk, if you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
“Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” –Francis Chan
"If God is your partner, make your plans BIG!" –D.L. Moody
“You are the only Bible some unbelievers will ever read.” –John MacArthur
“We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face...we must do that which we think we cannot." –Eleanor Roosevelt
“He who lays up treasures on earth spends his life backing away from his treasures. To him, death is loss. He who lays up treasures in heaven looks forward to eternity; he’s moving daily toward his treasures. To him, death is gain.” –Randy Alcorn
“Life is wasted if we do not grasp the glory of the cross, cherish it for the treasure that it is, and cleave to it as the highest price of every pleasure and the deepest comfort in every pain. What was once foolishness to us—a crucified God—must become our wisdom and our power and our only boast in this world.” –John Piper
“God loves each of us as if there were only one of us”– Augustine
“God never said that the journey would be easy, but He did say that the arrival would be worthwhile” – Max Lucado
“I’m not afraid of the devil. The devil can handle me – he’s got judo I never heard of. But he can’t handle the One to whom I’m joined; he can’t handle the One to whom I’m united; he can’t handle the One whose nature dwells in my nature.” –A.W. Tozer
Resources: Crosswalk Editorial Staff, Christian Quotes
God has paid for our sin
Sometimes, we can feel overwhelmed when we realize how much sin and wrong we have done in our lives. We think of the time when we rejected what God wanted us to do. It’s in times like these that we have to remind ourselves that “where sin multiplied, grace multiplied even more” (Romans 5:20). Only God has been able to make payment for our sin. Only God has been able to eliminate the need for us to pay for our own sins. Only God has been able to put us in a right relationship with Him. God did this through the death of His Son Jesus on the cross.
God is our Source of joy
Ultimately, God deserves praise because He is our Source. He provides for spiritual needs (Psalm 65:1-5). He also provides for physical needs (Psalm 65:6-13). He has provided in the past, present, and will continue to do so in future. He is our Reason for being. He will be our Reason for eternity. Ultimately, we owe our life to Him. Yet, we should not praise Him with hesitation. Between spiritual needs (Psalm 65:1-4), and physical needs (Psalm 65:9-13), God provides for emotional needs (Psalm 65:8). God is the source of joy. Because God is the source of joy, He ultimately will receive praise, and deservedly so.
He hears and answers prayer
People come to God and pray to Him. The reason we do that is because we know that God listens and answers prayer. Knowing that God answers prayer we should give me the reason to shout to Him in praise.
God has proven to be our Hope
God deserves praise because He hears prayers, has paid for our sin, wants to spend time with us, and He is our Hope. God has already shown how He has provided to His people. He sent the plagues to Egypt to deliver His people out of slavery. He parted the Red Sea to provide a way to safety. These are just two of the numerous ways in which God has shown how He has manipulated circumstances to provide His people. But God is the Hope for everyone – “the hope of all the ends of the earth.” There are ways in which God has showed each person who trusts in Him a way out of difficulty. He has provided paths of safety for people who have encountered dangers and toils. He does works of might and miracle to provide a way for His people.
A Guiding, helping hand
God’s presence in our lives can become evident, when time is taken to evaluate his influence over the course of our lives – both when helping us to make right choices in life and then by assisting us after we make decisions that are based on that guidance. "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you." [Psalm 32:8] This guidance from God will be applied towards all important elements of our lives: spiritual path, family life, personal relationships, education, career and daily work, helping others, even issues like acquiring important family assets etc. God provides guidance through a number of methods, these are all recognizable and can also prove to be very helpful during our journey through life.
Opening and closing doors
God knows the abilities we each possess and what we really need in life. In other words he knows our personalities, our natural gifts and where we should be headed.God has a plan in mind for each and every one of us. "In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps." [Proverbs 16:9]
As Christians, we should know to look for obvious warnings from God. He invariably piles up ‘warning signs’ or omens in front of bad choices in life. Clearly not all areas of God’s plans for our lives are so ‘set in concrete’, as it were. Probably most are not. Simply, we are normally left to just get on with our lives to the best of our ability. But even so, God does know the ideal way for us and he just shepherds us with hints one way or another as he sees fit, but leaves us with our free will to make final decisions. He is simply providing directions through the events unfolding in our lives, quietly suggesting we follow his will.His hints within day to day life are most definitely recognizable, particularly when we ‘twig’ to his presence there. And when acted upon appropriately, these hints can make life a lot more ‘stress free’ as a result."For this God is our God for ever and ever; He will be our guide even to the end." [Psalm 48:14]
Trusting Him with your life
The verse applies equally here. It clearly indicates that he wants to be involved in all areas of our lives AND he will assist if he is invited in! "In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight."[Proverbs 3:6] The more that we trust him, the stronger the results that flow from his care will be. And as we move along in this way, our relationship with him ever strengthens: our faith becomes more effective; our love towards him grows. And he assists us in life ever more lovingly as a result. He can certainly become so very real; concrete there within our lives.
A godly marriage requires a godly man and a godly woman. What are the essential traits a woman should look for in a man she would consider dating or marrying?
Does he get angry easily and frequently?
How he handles frustration or difficult situations. Does he have a temper? It is difficult to overestimate the damage caused when we lose our temper. Feelings can be hurt, relationships destroyed, property damaged—all due to uncontrolled temper. Solomon warned, “Make no friendship with an angry man, and with a furious man do not go” (Proverbs 22:24). A godly man works to maintain control of his emotions and applies the wisdom written by James: “So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath” (James 1:19).
Is he humble?
Sometimes, humility is (incorrectly) viewed as a mind-set of weakness and self-loathing. But that is neither a biblical nor a healthy frame of mind. True humility is a strength, not a weakness (Philippians 2:3-4).Proper humility is an important element in the heart of a man who will build and nurture strong and positive relationships. It means he’s willing to listen and not arrogantly step on the feelings of others. Peter admonishes us to “be clothed with humility, for ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble’” (1 Peter 5:5).You see, a humble man will be a good husband because he will forgive more easily, will be more patient and will work toward being a peacemaker.
Is he generous?
Generosity is not necessarily tied to how wealthy someone is. Some of the most generous people I’ve known have been those who have the least, but who willingly share what they have with others. I once knew a widow who didn’t have a great deal, but she always told visitors if there was anything she had that they needed, just say so and it was theirs. Her offer was genuine!But generosity is far more than just money and possessions. A godly man needs to be generous with his time as well as with his praise and encouragement. Is he willing to give the time and effort to help where there is a need?
What does his communication say about his character?
Is he careful with the type of language he uses? Profanity and taking God’s name in vain are all too common today. Rather than allow dirty language to infiltrate his own speech, a godly man will be careful with his words and follow the biblical advice to “let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth” (Ephesians 4:29). A rather easy measure of a man’s words is to take note of how he speaks to his mother, to children or to someone he doesn’t even know (like a waiter or waitress at a restaurant). Solomon noted that a soft answer can turn away wrath (Proverbs 15:1), and also that the right words at the right time are like valuable artwork of silver and gold (Proverbs 25:11). Does he show appreciation, or is he sharp and critical, viewing other people as existing only to serve him?
Whom does he follow?
An important consideration is to look at those who have influenced his life. Is Jesus Christ the primary influencer in his life? A godly man will make it his highest priority to follow the example of Christ (John 10:27; 1 Corinthians 11:1). Whether he does so will become evident as you observe his daily conduct. No matter his cultural background, his level of education or his depth of experiences—if he follows Jesus Christ first, you will recognize it.