Tuesday, February 12, 2008

~tidbits & morsels ~

......"when a preacher puts God's people under pressure to performance to earn the blessing, you can call it whatever you want, but it is the Law. You may not call it the 10 commandments, but you can say it in a way that people think, you gotta earn the blessing by efforts, drivenness, and performance. This is deadly and you are bringing a curse on God's people. If you think you can balance grace and performance, you make grace invalid if you mix it with law. You can't balance grace by preaching balance. If you preach one part you must preach all parts, the law was meant to be kept as a whole. YOU CANNOT BALANCE GRACE WITH LAW." (Rob Rufus)

...." any change grace makes is without effort, but by the power of the Spirit of the LIVING GOD."(Rob Rufus)


......"JESUS + anything = nothing
        JESUS + nothing = all the blessing" (Rob Rufus)

......"Give up trying to be more HOLY
         Give up trying to be more adequate
           Give up trying to have more faith
             Give up and let the HOLY SPIRIT....."(Rob Rufus)

..."It's Christ in you, for the benefit of others........I couldn't make my life work without God, I failed at making it on my own....This is the key to successful Christianity.......You couldn't live without God, but you can't live for God either and the Awesome thing is....You don't have to, it's all been done.....I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I that lives, but Christ in me......God cannot, will not partner with self - sufficiency or self - righteousness......." (Paul Andersen Walsh) 

" Jesus primary ministry was to heal the broken-hearted and bind up their wounds...God's heart is to bind up broken hearts - he wants our wholeness, the only way is to abide in Him. If your heart feels condemnation you will not enter into His Presence." (Ryan Rufus)

"Our thoughts form our beliefs - Our beliefs form our convictions- our convictions form our attitudes - 
our attitudes form our perceptions, our perceptions form our behaviour"(Rob Rufus, from "How Wonderful is the Gospel")  
then he said, "if I was the devil I would put thoughts in your head - arguments, pretensions, mis-information.... 

3 comments:

Joel Brueseke said...

Wow... lots of great tidbits and morsels here! I love 'em all, and especially this one:

"If you preach one part you must preach all parts, the law was meant to be kept as a whole. YOU CANNOT BALANCE GRACE WITH LAW."

Amen, the law was meant to be kept as a whole. If someone keeps the whole thing, but stumbles in just one point, that person is guilty of the whole thing. If a Christian wants to take credit for his or her keeping of any given law or laws, then he or she must be careful to keep the whole thing.

Fortunately we are able to chuck aside the whole idea of trying to keep one law or all of them, as the righteous requirement of the law is "fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit." (Rom 8:4). And "you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you." (Rom 8:9).

And to echo another quote here... we need to give up, and stop trying... and let the Holy Spirit. :)

lydia joy said...

Yes fortunately!!!

Aida said...

Lydia, These are great! It's amazing that so much can be said with just a few words. Each statement is really more than a morsel. They're entire meals that we can chew on to receive His life and nourishment.

I think my favorite is Rob Rufus's quote to "......"Give up trying to be more HOLY
Give up trying to be more adequate
Give up trying to have more faith
Give up and let the HOLY SPIRIT....."

That really is the key. Just give up. What good advice.

Thanks for sharing these. I really want to check out some of that Rob Rufus material you've recommended. It all sounds good.

Aida