Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Eph. 1:3a).
One's growth is gauged by one's gaze.
"The first impression on my heart when converted was, Enoch walked with God.' That was my start. Now then, I said, I will walk with God. Beautiful as far as it went; but I very soon found, as Luther said to Philip Melancthon, You will find old Melancthon stronger than young Philip!
"I came to my wit's end, for I wanted to find whence to draw so as to live it out. You are unable to live out of resources in yourself - you must not act as though your life is separate; the Lord Jesus must be the fountain. It is all very well to get the heavenly side of truth; but let me remind you that this alone will not do, for nothing will compensate for lack of walking in fellowship with the Father and the Son." -G.V.W.
"It is one thing to drop off or renounce certain things, and quite another to be engrossed with the right thing. Monks renounce much, but they are not engrossed with the Lord Jesus Christ. It must be not only forgetting those things which are behind,' but also reaching out unto the things that are above. It is that which you give yourself to, not what you have abandoned, that colors you and which imparts character to you." -J.B.S.
"Look at the Lord Jesus firmly and fixedly, never letting your gaze wander elsewhere; and whatever temporal objects come between you and your Lord, look right through them, as through a mist, and fix your eyes and heart upon Him and Him alone. Whatever condition you find yourself in, do not let either earth or heaven hide Him." -J.H.
"Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ" (Eph. 1:3b).
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