Recently Andrew got this book, Life Wide Open: Unleashing the Power of a Passionate Life, by David Jeremiah from the library and I started reading it. It has many good things in it. Nothing particularly new, but things I seem to constantly need to hear - and live!
"The great message of the Word of God: The issue is not our ability but God's. ... He can fill you with godly passion and use you to triumph over incredible odds ... and God is willing and able to transform you and fill you with passion for life and service to Him."
Why does God choose the nobodies or the "lowly underdogs" to accomplish great things for Him? "God knows that when we win against all probabilities, against insurmountable obstacles, and against overwhelming opposition despite any spectacular abilities or gifts of our own, then there can only be once conclusion: God is powerful."
"Never again say the words, 'I can't,' when talking about the work of God. You would be right, as long as you finish the phrase with, "but God can." (quotes from pages 108-110)
I really love this passage from I Corinthians 1.
19For it is written:
"I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate."c]">
20Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? . . .
To God be the glory. Great things HE has done!