One of the books that I am using for my devotional reading this year is New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional by Paul Tripp. I’m really enjoying the book, and would like to share 25 of my favorite quotes through the first half of the year:
- God reminds us that this is not all there is, that we were created and re-created in Christ Jesus for eternity.
- Next time you face the unexpected, a moment of difficulty you really don’t want to go through, remember that such a moment doesn’t picture a God who has forgotten you, but one who is near to you and doing in you a very good thing.
- If you have been freed from needing success and acclaim to feel good about yourself, you know grace has visited you.
- Your hope is not to be found in your willingness and ability to endure, but in God’s unshakable, enduring commitment to never turn from his work of grace.
- Your hope of enduring is not to be found in your character or strength, but in your Lord’s.
- God will remain faithful even when you’re not, because his faithfulness rests on who he is, not on what you’re doing.
- Don’t be discouraged today. You can leave your “what-ifs” and “if-onlys” in the hands of the One who loves you and rules all things.
- There is no greater argument for our need for grace than the ease with which our hearts fall under the rule of things other than God.
- True lasting hope is never found horizontally. It’s only ever found vertically, at the feet of the Messiah, the One who is hope.
- Why tell yourself that you know what you need, when the One who created you knows better and has promised to deliver?
- All the glories of the created world together are meant to be one big finger that points you to the God of glory, who made each one of them and is alone able to give you life.
- You no longer have to hope and pray that someday you will measure up, because Jesus has measured up on your behalf. How could you hear better news than that?
- Sure, you’ll face difficulty. God is prying open your fingers so you’ll let go of your dreams, rest in his comforts, and take up his call.
- In grace, he leads you where you didn’t plan to go in order to produce in you what you couldn’t achieve on your own.
- God’s grace not only provides you with what you need, but also transforms you into what he in wisdom created you to be.
- Quit being paralyzed by your past. Grace offers you life in the present and a guarantee of a future.
- All of what I look back on and would like to redo has been fully covered by the blood of Jesus. I no longer need to carry the burden of the past on my shoulders, so I am free to fully give myself to what God has called me to in the here and now.
- He always gives freely what we need in order to do what he has called us to do.
- Prayer is abandoning my reliance on me and running toward the rest that can be found only when I rely on the power of God.
- Rest is only ever found in trusting the One who has everything figured out for your good and his glory.
- There aren’t two things in all of life more important than these—that grace has purchased for you a place in God’s family and that, because you are in his family, God rules over all things for your good.
- You and I will never find inner peace and rest by trying to figure it all out. Peace is found in resting in the wisdom and grace of the One who has it all figured out and rules it all for his glory and our good.
- When he calls, he goes with you. What he calls you to do, he empowers by his grace.
- We don’t obey to get his favor; we obey because his favor has fallen on us and transformed our hearts, giving us the willingness and power to obey.
- Only grace can cause you and me to abandon our confidence in our own performance and place our confidence in the perfectly acceptable righteousness of Jesus Christ.
If you are looking for a good devotional book, check out Paul Tripp’s New Morning Mercies: A Gospel Devotional.
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