The term “Christianity” can evoke many different emotions in our world right now. It seems like there are constantly new attacks against the faith, a lot of them actually coming from within. I’m sure you’ve heard about one new monstrosity or another happening inside the church walls. It’s easy to become discouraged to the state of despair over the condition of the church that is supposed to bring hope to this fallen world.
However, Jesus predicted that these terrible things would happen, and we must take heart. God is still seeking and saving the lost with overwhelming and unending love. He is drawing people to Himself and raising up righteous leaders from amongst His people. The redemptive work of God isn’t finished. He is in control. It is not the time to turn our back on the faith, but rather, to take a look at what it really means to be a Christian.
Good Quotes about the Christian faith
Christianity is the word describing the faith in which people believe and follow Jesus. The Greek word for Christian is translated to mean “follower of Christ.” It does not describe a person with only a general belief in God or who was baptized as a baby, but is attributed to true believers who have been saved and are sustained by the Lord.
Christianity is not a man-made religion. It is the result of the redemptive work of God on our behalf.
Because the Lord of all creation loved us so much, He sent His Son Jesus to die in our place so that by grace through faith we would be saved from sin and put into right relationship with God. This sacrifice is the cornerstone of the faith, and all else in the Christian life flows from it.
1. “How wonderful to know that Christianity is more than a padded pew or a dim cathedral, but that it is a real, living, daily experience which goes on from grace to grace.” Jim Elliot
2. “A Christian is not a person who believes in his head the teachings of the Bible. Satan believes in his head the teachings of the Bible! A Christian is a person who has died with Christ, whose stiff neck has been broken, whose brazen forehead has been shattered, whose stony heart has been crushed, whose pride has been slain, and whose life is now mastered by Jesus Christ.” John Piper
3. “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” ― C.S. Lewis
4. “The gospel is the good news that the everlasting and ever-increasing joy of the never-boring, ever-satisfying Christ is ours freely and eternally by faith in the sin-forgiving death and hope-giving resurrection of Jesus Christ.” — John Piper
5. “A lot of people think that Christianity is you doing all the righteous things you hate and avoiding all the wicked things you love in order to go to Heaven. No, that’s a lost man with religion. A Christian is a person whose heart has been changed; they have new affections.” Paul Washer
6. “To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.” ― C.S. Lewis
7. “The resurrection is not merely important to the historic Christian faith; without it, there would be no Christianity.” Adrian Rogers
8. “Christianity is in its very essence a resurrection religion. The concept of resurrection lies at its heart. If you remove it, Christianity is destroyed.”
9. “Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.” – C. S. Lewis
10. “The church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.” ― Abigail VanBuren
11. “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.”
12. “Our faith will always have flaws in this life, but God saves us based on Jesus’ perfection, not our own.” – John Piper.
13. “If our Lord’s bearing our sin for us is not the gospel, I have no gospel to preach. Brethren, I have befooled you these thirty-five years if this is not the gospel. I am a lost man, if this is not the gospel, for I have no hope beneath the canopy of heaven, neither in time nor in eternity, save only in this belief—that Jesus Christ, in my place, bore both my punishment and sin.” Charles Spurgeon
14. “Faith begins with a backward look at the cross, but it lives with a forward look at the promises.” John Piper
15. “My sin in the past: forgiven. My current struggles: covered. My future failures: paid in full all by the marvelous, infinite, matchless grace found in the atoning work of the cross of Jesus Christ.” Matt Chandler
16. “Christ will always accept the faith the puts its trust in Him.” Andrew Murray
Jesus is both more simple and far better than we could ever imagine. He holds up the cosmos, yet came to earth as a babe. We could never comprehend all that Jesus is, and words can often fail us when we want to describe Him. Here are some verses that help me understand who He is.
“In the beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
(John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”)For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.” -John 1:1-18
“He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.” -Colossians 1:15-20
Jesus is majestic and humble; powerful and kind. Here are some important theological points about who Jesus is and how He interacts with His creation:
- Jesus is fully God. He is not a created being; He has existed from the beginning with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. He is divine in nature and deserves all of our worship and praise.
- Jesus is fully man. He came to earth as a baby, born to the virgin Mary. He lived a perfect life on earth, experiencing the same temptations that we experience.
- Jesus is the perfect sacrifice for all time. Jesus gave His life so that whoever turns from their sins and believes in Him would be saved and in right relationship with God. The blood that He shed on the cross allows us to have peace with God and is the only way to have peace with God.
- No one can be saved except through Jesus.
- Jesus loves and sustains His disciples for all time.
- Jesus is preparing a place in heaven for His followers to dwell with Him forever.
The most essential thing for us to grasp concerning Jesus is the gospel. Jesus came to save sinners! How wonderful! Here are some key verses to help us understand why Jesus came and how we should respond.
“He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.” -Isaiah 53:5
“Through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is justified from everything you could not be justified from by the Law of Moses.” -Acts 13:38-39
“But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” – Titus 3:4-7
“But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.” -Romans 3:21-26
17. “He who does not long to know more of Christ, knows nothing of Him yet.” – Charles Spurgeon.
18. “We must show our Christian colors if we are to be true to Jesus Christ.” – C. S. Lewis
19. “Christ literally walked in our shoes and entered into our affliction. Those who will not help others until they are destitute reveal that Christ’s love has not yet turned them into the sympathetic persons the Gospel should make them.” Tim Keller
20. “Jesus was God and man in one person, that God and man might be happy together again.” George Whitefield
21. “In Jesus Christ on the Cross there is refuge; there is safety; there is shelter; and all the power of sin upon our track cannot reach us when we have taken shelter under the Cross that atones for our sins.” A.C. Dixon
22. “The Christian life is a life that consists of following Jesus.” A.W. Pink
23. “If Jesus Christ isn’t strong enough to motivate you to live biblically, you don’t know Him at all.” – Paul Washer
24. “No one else holds or has held the place in the heart of the world which Jesus holds. Other gods have been as devoutly worshipped; no other man has been so devoutly loved.” John Knox
25. “Start with Jesus. Stay with Jesus. End with Jesus.”
26. “We meet God through entering into a relationship both of dependance on Jesus as our Saviour and Friend and of discipleship to Him as our Lord and Master.” J. I. Packer
27. “The dearest friend on earth is a mere shadow compared to Jesus Christ.” Oswald Chambers
28. “The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not anti-intellectual. It demands the use of [the] mind, but the mind is affected by sin.” – Billy Graham
29. “The gospel of Jesus Christ is that penetrating light which shines through the darkness of our lives.” — Thomas S. Monson
30. “Through the person and work of Jesus Christ, God fully accomplishes salvation for us, rescuing us from judgment for sin into fellowship with him, and then restores the creation in which we can enjoy our new life together with him forever.” Timothy Keller
The love of God quotes that will inspire your faith as a Christian
The whole reason God sent His Son to this earth is because He loves us. Sometimes it’s easy to think that God feels apathetic towards us. Other times, we may even fear that He is angry with us or doesn’t like us. Those who don’t know Jesus still have the wrath of God on them on account of their sins, but those who are saved can enjoy peace with God forever. While the wrath of God is on unbelievers, we were all once in that position.
Because of God’s great love, He sent His Son to drink the cup of His wrath for us. Friend, if you are a Christian, you never have to wonder if God loves you. In fact, according to Ephesians 3:19, you could never even comprehend the love He has for you! One of the main aims of the Christian life should be to enjoy the love of God. You’ll never come to the end of it. Enjoy the complete acceptance and forgiveness of God. Rest in His care for you.
Romans 5:6-11 puts it this way:
“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”
31. “The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.” ― C.S. Lewis
32. “Christianity is a love relationship between a child of God and his Maker through the Son Jesus Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit.” Adrian Rogers
33. “God is love. He didn’t need us. But he wanted us. And that is the most amazing thing.” Rick Warren
34. “God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, ‘I love you.’” Billy Graham
35. “There is no pit so deep, that God’s love is not deeper still.” Corrie Ten Boom
36. “Though we are incomplete, God loves us completely. Though we are imperfect, He loves us perfectly. Though we may feel lost and without compass, God’s love encompasses us completely. … He loves every one of us, even those who are flawed, rejected, awkward, sorrowful, or broken.” Dieter F. Uchtdorf
37. “The shape of true love isn’t a diamond. It’s a cross.”
38. “The nature of God’s love is unchangeable. Ours alternates all too readily. If it is our habit to love God with our own affection we shall turn cold towards Him whenever we are unhappy.” – Watchman Nee
39. “The power of faith to ease our suffering is God’s love.”
Christianity quotes from the Bible
The Bible, in its original form, is the perfect Word of God. It is trustworthy and true. Believers need the Bible to survive. (Of course, God sustains those believers with no access to the Bible, but our attitude towards the Word of God should be that of absolute necessity.) The Bible has so many wonderful purposes in our lives; how beautiful it is that the God of all creation would want to speak to us so intimately through this love-letter to the world! Here are some verses about what the Bible does in our hearts and lives.
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” -Hebrews 4:12
“But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” -Matthew 4:4
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” -Psalm 119:105
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” -2 Timothy 3:16-17
“Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” -John 17:17
“Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.” -Proverbs 30:5
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” -Colossians 3:16
Scripture can be used to comfort, guide, teach, convict, shape, and grow us. God speaks to us through His written word and reveals things to us through His Holy Spirit as we grow in our faith. The Bible is how we get to know God better. When you open His Word, it’s like sitting down to a meal with the greatest, most faithful friend. We need the Bible to sustain and sanctify us. It feeds our souls and helps us to look more like Christ. As you grow in the knowledge of God, you will understand more and more the love of God that is beyond understanding. You will never come to the end of it. The believer who clings to their Bible from early life until death will always have more to learn from this living and active document.
The Bible is an essential piece of every Christian’s life. The amount and way that they interact with it can vary from person to person, and God will help each believer as they dive into the many mysteries of His word. If the Bible isn’t already a part of your weekly routine, I highly encourage you to sit down and formulate a plan of action. Doing so will change your heart, mind, and life forever.
40. 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
41. Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
42. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
43. John 3:18 “Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”
44. John 3:36 “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life. Whoever rejects the Son will not see life. Instead, the wrath of God remains on him.”
45. Matthew 24:14 “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.”
46. Philippians 1:27 “Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.”
47. Romans 5:1 “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
48. Romans 4:25 “He who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification.”
49. Romans 10:9 “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
50. 1 John 5:4 “for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.”
Here are awesome quote that help teach the steps to becoming a Christian
Salvation is the work of God; it is by grace alone through faith alone. A person becomes a true Christian when God draws them to Himself through the gospel. So what is the gospel?
God created humanity to be in perfect relationship with Him and each other. The first humans, Adam and Eve, brought sin into the world by disobeying God. This sin and every sin to follow severed the perfect relationships that God had established. The wrath of God was on sin, and it had to be punished and destroyed.
In God’s great mercy and sovereign foresight, He had a plan from the very beginning to destroy sin without destroying us. God put on flesh and came to earth through Jesus Christ. Jesus lived a perfect life; He never sinned once. Because He had no debt to pay of His own, He could pay the debt of the sins of the world on our behalf. Jesus took the wrath of God on Himself by dying on the cross. Three days later, He rose from the dead.
Jesus crushed sin and death. By trusting in this finished work of Jesus, we are justified, and the punishment that was on us is lifted. We receive this free gift of forgiveness and eternal life by believing. We believe that Jesus is God and He died on our behalf. This belief is expressed by a desire to obey Jesus and turn away from all sin, with the help of God.
The true believer lives for Christ. This is not a legalistic idea. Rather, it shows that our belief is genuine. The natural outpouring of believing that Jesus is God is obeying and following Him. The miraculous and wonderful thing is, however, that we are not judged by how well we can do this. When you believed in Jesus, His obedience was transferred to you, and God only sees you through the obedience of Jesus now, not your own. The Christian life is one of “already, but not yet.” We are already perfected because of what Jesus did for us, but it is also our life’s work to grow to look more and more like Him.
So, to become a Christian, one must:
- Hear the gospel
- Respond to the gospel with faith in Jesus
- Turn from sin and live for God
This is not an easy concept to grasp! I understand if you are still confused. I am praying for you as you grapple with this, and I encourage you to continue researching, talking with Christians, and opening the Bible to learn more. The gospel is simple enough for us to understand and believe, but so complex that we can always continue in our understanding of it. God will help you to understand whatever is necessary.
51. “Only through repentance and faith in Christ can anyone be saved. No religious activity will be sufficient, only true faith in Jesus Christ alone.” Ravi Zacharias
52. “Justification by faith alone, is the hinge upon which the whole of Christianity turns.” Charles Simeon
53. “The evidence of justification by faith is the ongoing work of sanctification through the Holy Spirit.” Paul Washer
54. “Saving faith is an immediate relation to Christ, accepting, receiving, resting upon Him alone, for justification, sanctification, and eternal life by virtue of God’s grace.” Charles Spurgeon
55. “The assurance of Heaven is never given to the person. And that’s why at the core of the Christian faith is the grace of God. If there’s one word I would grab from all of that, it’s forgiveness – that you can be forgiven. I can be forgiven, and it is of the grace of God. But once you understand that, I think the ramifications are worldwide.” Ravi Zacharias
56. “If you’re thinking of becoming a Christian, I warn you, you’re embarking on something, which will take the whole of you.” ― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity.
57. “Becoming a Christian is the work of a moment; being a Christian is the work of a lifetime.” Billy Graham
58. “Past: Jesus saved us from the penalty of sin. Present: He saves us from the power of sin. Future: He will save us from the presence of sin.” Mark Driscoll
59. “I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone for salvation, and an assurance was given me that he had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death.” John Wesley
60. “In Christ alone God’s rich provision of salvation for sinners is treasured up: by Christ alone God’s abundant mercies come down from heaven to earth. Christ’s blood alone can cleanse us; Christ’s righteousness alone can cleanse us; Christ’s merit alone can give us a title to heaven. Jews and Gentiles, learned and unlearned, kings and poor men–all alike must either be saved by the Lord Jesus, or lost forever.” J. C. Ryle
Living for God quotes
The Christian life doesn’t end with salvation. It starts there! This is such great news. We don’t just get a God that wants to save us, but also love and be with us forever! There are two crucial aspects to living for God: obeying Him and enjoying Him. We could never perfectly obey all of God’s commands.
Thankfully, Jesus did this for us! However, as Christians, it is our life’s work to grow more and more like Christ each day. This looks like obeying His word, fighting sin, and asking for forgiveness when we fall short in these areas. God showed us infinite love in saving us; we were bought by the death of Jesus. We are not our own; our lives should be lived for Him.
However, this is not to be a cold, loveless duty to earn God’s love. We are already perfectly loved and accepted by God because of Jesus. The second part of living for God, enjoying Him, is something that we can often forget about. Neglecting this can reap harmful consequences as humans were made to be loved by God and know Him personally. In Ephesians 3:16-19, Paul’s prayer is my prayer for you:
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
We’ll never come to the end of God’s love for us. It is so vast that we can’t even comprehend it! God wants us to have a personal relationship with Him in which we come to know His great love for us more and more as we grow in Him. This means we get to enjoy His presence, forgiveness, comfort, provision, discipline, power, and blessings each and every day. In Psalm 16:11, King David declares of God, “In Your presence is fullness of joy.” As Christians, joy in the Lord should be a part of our daily living for God.
61. “Radical Christians are not people who wear Christian t-shirts. Radical Christians are those who bear fruit of the Holy Spirit…A little boy, Andrew, a Muslim shot him five times through the stomach and left him on a sidewalk simply because he said, ‘I am so afraid, but I can not deny Jesus Christ! Please don’t kill me! But I will not deny Him!’ He died in a pool of blood, and you talk about being a radical Christian because you wear a t-shirt!” Paul Washer
62. “We live in a time when Christians need to be told that they are supposed to live like Christ. That’s Weird.” Francis Chan
63. “Find the things that stir your affections for Christ and saturate your life in them. Find the things that rob you of that affection and walk away from them. That’s the Christian life as easy as I can explain it for you.”- Matt Chandler
64. “The healthy Christian is not necessarily the extrovert, ebullient Christian, but the Christian who has a sense of God’s presence stamped deep on his soul, who trembles at God’s word, who lets it dwell in him richly by constant meditation upon it, and who tests and reforms his life daily in response to it.” J. I. Packer
65. “Living for God’s glory is the greatest achievement we can accomplish with our lives.” Rick Warren
66. “The task of the church is to make the invisible Kingdom visible through faithful Christian living and witness-bearing.” J. I. Packer
67. “The key to Christian living is a thirst and hunger for God. And one of the main reasons people do not understand or experience the sovereignty of grace and the way it works through the awakening of sovereign joy is that their hunger and thirst for God is so small.” John Piper
68. “Living God’s way means putting away your self-centeredness and committing yourself to follow God’s Word in spite of any feelings to the contrary.” John C. Broger
69. “Religion says, ‘I obey; therefore I am accepted.’ Christianity says, ‘I’m accepted, therefore I obey.’”—Timothy Keller
70. “Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves. Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession…. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Quotes from influential Christians
71. “Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.” -C.S. Lewis
72. “The reason why many are still troubled, still seeking, still making little forward progress is because they haven’t yet come to the end of themselves. We’re still trying to give orders, and interfering with God’s work within us.” -A.W. Tozer
73. “Christ did not die to forgive sinners who go on treasuring anything above seeing and savoring God. And people who would be happy in heaven if Christ were not there, will not be there. The gospel is not a way to get people to heaven; it is a way to get people to God. It’s a way of overcoming every obstacle to everlasting joy in God. If we don’t want God above all things, we have not been converted by the gospel.” -John Piper
74. “God sees us as we are, loves us as we are, and accepts us as we are. But by His grace, He does not leave us as we are.” -Timothy Keller
75. “But God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn’t come through.” ― Francis Chan
76. “The issue of faith is not so much whether we believe in God, but whether we believe the God we believe in.” – R.C. Sproul
77. “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.” John Piper
78. “God is looking for those with whom He can do the impossible — what a pity that we plan only the things that we can do by ourselves.”—AW Tozer
79. “My deepest awareness of myself is that I am deeply loved by Jesus Christ and I have done nothing to earn it or deserve it.” ― Brennan Manning
80. “Watch to see where God is working and join Him in His work.” Henry Blackaby
81. “If we function according to our ability alone, we get the glory; if we function according to the power of the Spirit within us, God gets the glory.” Henry Blackaby
Christian growth quotes
“Though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.” -Psalm 37:24
Spiritual growth is crucial in the Christian life! If you are feeling discouraged and wondering if you’ll ever be strong enough to grow in holiness and get rid of sin patterns, take heart! Did you know that when you became a Christian, the Holy Spirit made His home inside of you?
(John 14:23) It is not by your strength that you grow spiritually, but by this Spirit working in you. It is not a question of if you will grow spiritually as a Christian; it is inevitable! It is the plan and work of God to grow His children in holiness and understanding. This process is called sanctification, and God has never failed once to finish the work He started in His chosen people. (Philippians 1:6)
Even though our growth ultimately comes from God, it is our job to come alongside Him and work together with Him. We plant seeds in our faith by reading the Bible, praying, meeting with other believers, and partaking in other spiritual disciplines. God takes that seed and makes something beautiful grow. It is also our job to fight sin daily.
Once again, it is ultimately God who gives us the power to overcome temptation, but we should be eager to take up spiritual arms and fight sin by the strength and grace of God, knowing that His mercy is always there for us when we fail. Never stop seeking to grow spiritually in your understanding of God and battle against sin. The Lord is in you and around you, rallying you on every step of the way.
82. “Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.” Billy Graham
83. “Adversity is not simply a tool. It is God’s most effective tool for the advancement of our spiritual lives. The circumstances and events that we see as setbacks are oftentimes the very things that launch us into periods of intense spiritual growth. Once we begin to understand this, and accept it as a spiritual fact of life, adversity becomes easier to bear.” Charles Stanley
84. “A state of mind that sees God in everything is evidence of growth in grace and a thankful heart.” Charles Finney
85. “Conviction should actually grow throughout our Christian lives. In fact, one sign of spiritual growth is an increased awareness of our sinfulness.” Jerry Bridges
86. “As Christians grow in holy living, they sense their own inherent moral weakness and rejoice that whatever virtue they possess flourishes as the fruit of the Spirit.” D.A. Carson
87. “Christian growth doesn’t happen by first behaving better, but by believing better believing in bigger, deeper, brighter ways what Christ has already secured for sinners.” Tullian Tchividjian
88. “Progress in the Christian life is exactly equal to the growing knowledge we gain of the Triune God in personal experience.” Aiden Wilson Tozer
89. “There is nothing more important to learn about Christian growth than this: Growing in grace means becoming like Christ.” Sinclair B. Ferguson
90. “It is not the number of books you read, nor the variety of sermons you hear, nor the amount of religious conversation in which you mix, but it is the frequency and earnestness with which you meditate on these things till the truth in them becomes your own and part of your being, that ensures your growth.” Frederick W. Robertson
Encouraging Christian quotes
“And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” -Matthew 28:20
The thing I love most about being a Christian is that I’m never alone. No matter what happens, no matter what trials come, no matter how big of a mess I get myself into, God is right there with me. Becoming a Christian doesn’t mean that your life will be devoid of problems; Jesus even guarantees that in this world we will have trouble. (John 16:33) The difference between the Christian and the nonbeliever, however, is that when the person who knows Christ lays their head down at night with burdens and sorrows to spare, they have Someone they can talk to.
Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30) As a Christian, you have a constant friend in the Lord. You also have a perfect Father, Holy King, and guiding Shepherd. Friend, you are never alone in this life when you follow Christ. The God who has all the power in the Universe is on your side. Because of what Jesus did in your place, God is eternally for you. He loves you, He is with you, and you can come running to His open arms each and every day. Do not give up, friend. The one who upholds creation is the one who upholds your faith.
91. “God never said that the journey would be easy, but He did say that the arrival would be worthwhile.” Max Lucado
92. “Focus on giants – you stumble. Focus on God – Giants tumble.” – Max Lucado
93. “God does not give us everything we want, but He does fulfill His promises, leading us along the best and straightest paths to Himself.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
94. “There is not a single thing that Jesus cannot change, control, and conquer because he is the living Lord.” – Franklin Graham
95. “Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them.”
96. “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows; it empties today of its strength.”—Corrie Ten Boom
97. “Fill your mind with God’s word and you will have no room for Satan’s lies.”
98. “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” – Corrie Ten Boom
The importance of daily prayer on your walk with Christ.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” -1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
We know that the Lord of all creation is on our side and is there for us to talk to whenever we need. Actually putting this into practice, however, is far more difficult. Even so, it is crucial. I’ve heard it said that your prayer life is indicative of your dependence on God. Think about that for a moment. Survey your recent prayers. Would they show that you are living a life of utter dependence on the Lord? Or would it show that you are trying to sustain yourself alone? Now, don’t despair.
We can all grow in the area of prayer. However, we have such a unique opportunity to bring our every care to God. In no other religion is their god so personal to bend their ear to hear the cries of their people. In no other religion is the god so powerful as to answer every cry in sovereign wisdom. We mustn’t take our God for granted. He is never annoyed or bothered by our requests.
Prayer is essential in our daily walk with Christ because we would never make it in our faith without the help of God. The devil is always prowling around, seeking a victim to devour. Prayer keeps us close to Christ and strengthens our faith as we trust in the Lord to work on our behalf and sustain us. Prayer also moves mountains when it comes to ministry.
We should constantly be on our spiritual knees for nonbelievers and people who are enduring struggles in their lives. We get to play a part in the redemptive story of God by praying for people and concerns around us. If prayer is not already a part of your daily walk with God, I would encourage you to set aside time each day to talk to your Father.
99. “Prayer is designed to adjust you to God’s will, not to adjust God to your will.” Henry Blackaby
100. “Prayer is the spontaneous response of the believing heart to God. Those truly transformed by Jesus Christ find themselves lost in wonder and joy of communion with Him. Prayer is as natural for the Christian as breathing.” John F. MacArthur Jr.
101. “When life gets to hard to stand, kneel.”
102. “Prayer is the most essential way to cultivate intimacy with God.”
103. “Beware in your prayers, above everything else, of limiting God, not only by unbelief, but by fancying that you know what He can do. Expect unexpected things ‘above all that we ask or think.” – Andrew Murray
104. “The great tragedy of life is not unanswered prayer, but unoffered prayer.” – F. B. Meyer
105. “Prayer does not fit us for the greatest work. Prayer is the greatest work. Oswald Chambers.
God is in control. In these uncertain times, we can trust in the one who died to make Christianity possible. Jesus gave it all for us; we are loved with an everlasting love. If you are already a Christian, I encourage you to live as a true follower of Christ, loving the Lord with all of your heart and loving people like Jesus did. If you are not a Christian, I would encourage you to get alone with God and think these things over. I am praying for all of you!