These are bite-size thoughts from Larry Fox’s work you might find interesting.
A covenant is a loving, enduring relationship in which each partner focuses on the other’s well-being, needs, interests and desires. Marriage is a covenant, as is our relationship with God. Self-centeredness violates covenant relationship.
Are we willing to wait until we receive an answer, or must God act within the time we allow?
Death to my sinful attitudes and ways!
Failure can be another step toward success, if you don’t let it stop you. “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised” (Heb 10:36).
Faith makes everything possible, but combined with perseverance, it activates what God’s grace provides.
Father, I invite you into my domain, which includes me, my family, work and property. May your kingdom come and your will be done in my family and everything we do as it is in heaven.
Firm conviction, frequent repetition and general consensus do not constitute truth. For example, the earth is neither flat nor the center of the universe, although for centuries people believed it was, assured each other it was, and even persecuted those who disagreed. Today, the topics have changed, but the problem continues. We can’t assume what someone else believes is true. Each of us is responsible for what we believe.
God always does what’s best for us – what develops and prepares us, makes us stronger and motivates us to purify ourselves. Maturity pursues the goal; immaturity gives up.
God chooses to tell us his will, then wait for us to declare it in our domains before he acts.
God created you to be unique for a reason, so don’t try to be someone else.
God doesn’t assign busywork. He has a purpose for everything he gives us. He’s never frivolous or arbitrary.
God honored us by having us live in this period, so we will see, experience and participate in the most powerful spiritual events in human history. Our greatest days are still ahead.
God is Almighty, we are not. It’s his kingdom, not ours. His will is the solution, ours may be part of the problem.
God put us in this time and place for a reason. He’s given us specific roles in life which will meet people’s needs and be more fulfilling than we could imagine.
God works everything together for our good, compounding the benefits and achieving an eternal glory for us according to his will, which is for us to become like Jesus. Therefore, we can choose to be thankful in all circumstances and allow God to use them to purify us of everything that’s not like him.
God’s kingdom and righteousness must be our top priorities, because it’s not possible to do what he’s called us to do with divided affection or commitment.
I don’t believe in retirement. As long as God leaves me on earth, he has something really worthwhile for me to do.
I’m aware of the evil growing in our nation but I will not be afraid of evil or shaken by it. My faith and confidence focus on God, not myself or the government.
It’s time for American Christians to reject the “great American dream” and embrace God’s kingdom reality, to exchange materialism and self-indulgence for spiritual maturity and glory.
Lord Jesus, thank you for using today’s problems to make me more like you and more effective in your kingdom.
Our primary goal must be personal transformation rather than achievement, because our spiritual condition affects what God can do through us. His results are extraordinary; ours are only human.
People with non-biblical values will prevail in American politics as long as we Christians think like the world or remain passive. We can make a difference by supporting candidates for office most likely to support biblical values. If we don’t vote, we can’t complain about who’s in office.
The champions of the faith were ordinary people, but how they responded to their trials is what makes them our heroes. Remember this when you face your own trials, because how you respond will impact other people.
This life is not about this life. It’s about preparing for our eternal destiny, which is to look and be like God, delight in who he is, share in all he has and participate in all he does. We’re apprentices being prepared for our ultimate duties. Understanding our eternal destiny is vital to living a God-pleasing life.
We are primarily spiritual beings, so the spiritual realm is our native realm.
We can do anything God empowers us to do. We have a cooperative, interdependent relationship with him and he will produce valuable results through us. We can choose to see everything from his perspective, trust his sovereignty and glory in his power and our weakness. We can look forward to the successes we’ll enjoy with him.
We have a mandate from the King of kings and no one can stop us until we’ve completed everything he prepared for us to do. That mandate authorizes us to use the kingdom resources we need.
We need to focus on our relationship with God, not just his laws and principles, and recognize when he speaks to us and what he’s doing. Otherwise, we may be informed about laws and principles, but not recognize what he’s doing and even try to oppose it.
We need to say “yes” so completely to our purpose that everything else is “no” by comparison. We can’t let anything distract us. We must embrace what God gives us and emphatically reject everything else.
We should expect our life purpose to continue unfolding, because as we take each step, we gain perspective to see the next one and the strength and experience to perform it. What we see now is incomplete, so be willing to follow God one step at a time.
What I focus my attention on has great influence over me, because it affects how I think, which then governs how I behave and what I do.
What we do today can influence people now and for eternity.
I study to learn. I teach to change lives.
I want others to learn more easily what I paid a great price to learn, yet the depth of one’s learning experience affects the value or impact of the lesson. So as a teacher, I need to actively engage students in the learning process then offer them the benefits of my own.
If all I’m doing as a teacher is passing along information, I consider myself a failure. Jesus is my example and his teaching radically changed people’s lives and relationships with God.
The person who learns the most in the classroom is the teacher, because of all the effort needed to research and develop the lesson material. Therefore, to increase the students’ learning potential, I engage them in the process.
“Another Great Awakening is beginning now in ordinary people scattered across our nation and around the world, and it will grow into a major spiritual movement. Expect it to be greater in size and impact than previous awakenings and even the great movements of the twentieth century, because this will be the last ‘big push’ before the Lord returns.” — A quote from the article, “Wake Up and Get Ready.”
“As each of us turns to the Lord and becomes increasingly like him, the Christian community again will be a positive influence in our nation, and many of our national problems will be resolved. I also believe we’ll see God’s power on earth like never before.” — A quote from the article, “It’s Time for Christian Activism in America.”
“God blesses me by giving me peace to guard my heart and mind. He lavishes his grace, wisdom and understanding on me. He gives me every good and perfect gift, and sends his angels to serve me.” — A quote from the article, “Scriptural Confession.”
“God placed you in this nation at this time for a reason. He has a specific purpose for you to fulfill right here, right now. You can’t do it by yourself, but he’s waiting for you to do what you can and trust him to produce the results.” — A quote from the article, “Responding to a Changing Culture.”
“I’m a child of God, a citizen of his kingdom, and an alien to this world system. Because I’m dead to this corrupt and decaying world, its basic principles no longer control me and I’ll keep myself from being polluted by it.” — A quote from the article, “Scriptural Confession.”
“It’s time for a radical realignment; not in the political system, but in us [Christians]. We are citizens of God’s kingdom who happen to be Americans. Our relationship with God supersedes everything else in life and must govern everything we think and do.” — A quote from the article, “Biblical Values in the Political Realm.”
“Please join me in prayer, not just for our nation, but primarily for the American church. There is hope for our nation — there always is when God’s involved — but the change must begin with us.” — A quote from the article, “It’s Us, Not Them.”
“There is nothing passive about God’s kingdom and passivity isn’t a valued trait. Scripture refers to the ‘zeal of the Lord’ because he’s intensely passionate about righteousness and restoring his people.” — A quote from the article, “Wake Up and Get Ready.”
“As Christians, we can be more than ordinary people having occasional experiences with God. We don’t need to consider Him our last resort and turn to Him only after everything else has failed.” – A quote from the book, Royal Partners
“As we learn to work cooperatively with God, we’ll radically alter our work habits because we’ll learn to rely on Him for the desired results.” – A quote from the book, Royal Partners
“As we focus on defeating our sinful attitudes and behavior (which is our responsibility, with his help) God is free to govern everything else that affects us, which is his responsibility.” – A quote from the book, A Biblical Perspective of Self-Defense and Civil Disobedience
“Because secular society will not and indeed cannot address sinful human nature, all attempts – and I repeat, all attempts – to reduce crime by eliminating weapons will fail.” – A quote from the book, A Biblical Perspective of Self-Defense and Civil Disobedience
“Because the predominant characteristic of human nature is self-centeredness, the biggest change we must make in our thinking involves honoring and serving others.” – A quote from the book, Making the Transition
“Christianity isn’t a supplement to normal life; you can’t add it to everything else you do, like a hobby…. Christianity permeates everything you do and influences every attitude and action.” – A quote from the book, Transforming Your Mind
“Civil disobedience that honors God involves disobeying without rebelling, and refusing to comply while continuing to submit.” – A quote from the book, A Biblical Perspective of Self-Defense and Civil Disobedience
“Evaluating, judging and forming opinions are important parts of Christian living. The character God gave you affects how you do it and the conclusions you come to, so you can expect your judgment to be different from others’. It is equally important to consider other believers’ opinions, because their character allows them to see the same situation from a different perspective.” – A quote from the book, Transforming Your Mind
“Every human government will violate God’s law on some point, because all humans are imperfect, including those in leadership or government positions. God alone is perfect, so it’s foolish for Christians to pledge loyalty or unconditional obedience to their human authorities.” – A quote from the book, A Biblical Perspective of Self-Defense and Civil Disobedience
“Free will is our greatest asset if we choose to follow God, or it is our downfall if we choose to continue in our old ways. The choice is ours.” – A quote from the book, Royal Partners
“God blessed you with a perfect character that sin perverted, causing your greatest strengths to become your biggest problems. Since God’s plan of redemption is as comprehensive as the effects of sin, whatever sin has destroyed or perverted, He can save and restore.” – A quote from the book, Making the Transition
“God created us in His image and wants us to grow from spiritual infants to mature sons. That process includes actually becoming like God our Father.” – A quote from the book, Royal Partners
“God established all existing authorities, so submitting to them honors their divine commission to reward good and punish evil…. To rebel against legitimately exercised authority is to rebel against God.” – A quote from the book, A Biblical Perspective of Self-Defense and Civil Disobedience
“God has a purpose and His will is that everything support that purpose. He reveals His general will and purpose through the Bible, which we should consider an objective standard for all decisions and actions.” – A quote from the book, Transforming Your Mind
“God has legally transferred you to His kingdom and adopted you as His child. He has authorized you to operate under the laws of His kingdom and use His resources to conduct His business in His behalf. You are His child and legal representative on earth.” – A quote from the book, Transforming Your Mind
“God honored man by making him an image of Himself, and endowed him with qualities and attributes similar to His own…. He gave him a domain to rule over – all physical creation – parallel to His own domain. To say that God crowned or surrounded man with glory and honor may be an understatement.” – A quote from the book, Royal Partners
“God uses our suffering in trials to prove our faith genuine and bring us praise, glory and honor when Jesus returns. If we try to protect ourselves from experiencing trials, we abort this process.” – A quote from the book, A Biblical Perspective of Self-Defense and Civil Disobedience
“Human government is God’s system for administering justice, and therefore deserves our support. Among other things, this means we’re to respect and honor the person in the position of authority regardless of their personal righteousness.” – A quote from the book, A Biblical Perspective of Self-Defense and Civil Disobedience
“‘If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever’ (1 Tim. 5:8)…. To suggest this applies only to material needs such as food and clothing but not to something as fundamental as protection from danger seriously distorts the value the Bible places on human life.” – A quote from the book, A Biblical Perspective of Self-Defense and Civil Disobedience
“If unbelievers are comfortable around you because you think and act like they do, not because they are drawn by your godly nature, then you still live as if you belonged to the world.” – A quote from the book, Transforming Your Mind
“In most cases, the ultimate solution to your problem is not defeating the devil or receiving a greater blessing from God, but crucifying your sinful, ungodly attitudes and behavior.” – A quote from the book, Making the Transition
“Integrity motivates you to focus all your effort and use all your resources to adhere to a standard or achieve a goal. As a Christian, you will find your standards continuously changing to become more like God’s and your goals becoming increasingly like His. This is a natural result of becoming more like Him, but can only occur as you transform your mind (repent).” – A quote from the book, Transforming Your Mind
“It seems most Christians turn to God only when they need help of some kind, but otherwise take care of things themselves. This is equivalent to treating God Almighty as an assistant, a vending machine or a genie in a bottle. Like so much in the New Testament, doing things His way requires us to completely change the way we think.” – A quote from the book, Royal Partners
“It’s never God’s intent to make us independent of Him; in fact, the more we mature, the more we will depend on Him. Yet it is His goal to make us increasingly proficient at what He created us to do, to improve our skills and expand our abilities.” – A quote from the book, Royal Partners
“Learning to work cooperatively with God will be a lifelong experience, but you will become increasingly effective as you learn.” – A quote from the book, Royal Partners
“Learning to grieve over evidences of sin in yourself and the world around you is one of the results of seeing sin from God’s perspective.” – A quote from the book, Transforming Your Mind
“Learning to work with God instead of for Him is a lifelong process.” – A quote from the book, Royal Partners
“Many of us pray the Lord’s Prayer on a regular basis and feel very familiar with it but overlook the significance of one particular part of it: ‘Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’ Because the earth is our domain, I suggest this statement is an official invitation from one sovereign to another, us asking God to intervene in our domains and do His will here.” – A quote from the book, Royal Partners
“Once we learn to interact with God – to know what He’s saying to us personally at that moment and respond to Him – we will cherish that interaction and be satisfied with nothing less.” – A quote from the book, Royal Partners
“Our speech has the power to make things happen. Our words can impart life or kill, create or destroy. Not only must we learn to use our speech effectively, but also be aware of its potential for harm. – A quote from the book, Royal Partners
“Our works must be expressions or the result of our relationship with God; otherwise we might do all the right things for all the wrong reasons and our works would be considered dead.” – A quote from the book, Royal Partners
“Repentance literally is changing your mind – what you think – and includes your attitudes, perspective, values, priorities, and standards. It requires you to reprogram your mind to conform to the Bible.” – A quote from the book, Making the Transition
“Self-centeredness (the predominant trait of sinful human nature) makes us more concerned about our own thoughts, opinions, feelings and desires than those of other people. We easily ignore other people, automatically reject what they say or treat them disrespectfully because of this bias.” – A quote from the book, Making the Transition
“Self-centeredness is such a natural part of human existence that we have trouble identifying it as a problem, yet it is the biggest problem we have.” – A quote from the book, Making the Transition
“Self-centeredness is concern for personal well-being and agape is concern for the benefit of others that is willing to sacrifice self.” – A quote from the book, Making the Transition
“Sin perverts your character by making you self-centered, by taking your traits to extremes and by motivating you to use your abilities to gain control.” – A quote from the book, Making the Transition
“So a modern-day disciple must deal with death head-on and be ready to die with humility. With this frame of mind, risking one’s life to save someone else becomes easier.” – A quote from the book, A Biblical Perspective of Self-Defense and Civil Disobedience
“The issue of forgiveness is about how you respond to your own carnal attitudes.” – A quote from the book, Transforming Your Mind
“There is no distinction between spiritual and secular for us as Christians. Everything we do is spiritual in nature because we’re spiritual beings wherever we are and whatever we do.” – A quote from the book, Royal Partners
“To follow Jesus is to emulate Him, to behave as He would in your situation within the limits of your abilities.” – A quote from the book, Making the Transition
“We generally exclude God from our daily lives because we’re accustomed to doing everything ourselves – running our own lives, setting priorities and making decisions. The Bible would describe that as a worldly perspective, not the active, healthy relationship God wants.” – A quote from the book, Royal Partners
“We must recognize that lasting change takes place only by bringing resurrection life to fallen creatures. Our efforts to impose God’s righteousness on sinful society apart from regeneration will fail.” – A quote from the book, A Biblical Perspective of Self-Defense and Civil Disobedience
“When Jesus said you must deny yourself, He was referring to absolutely rejecting all self-centered motives.” – A quote from the book, Making the Transition
“When you understand that God works all events together so they have a compounded benefit for you, you can be thankful in everything.” – A quote from the book, Transforming Your Mind
“You cannot compromise with your sinful desires, and they will not demand less if you appease them occasionally. The only effective way to deal with your sinful desires, attitudes, and behavior is to totally reject them and embrace those situations that crucify them.” – A quote from the book, Making the Transition
“You decide what you will believe, so accepting God’s truths is a matter of choice.” – A quote from the book, Transforming Your Mind
“Your feelings and emotions coincide with what you think and believe. Therefore, you can expect the way you feel to change as you repent.” – A quote from the book, Transforming Your Mind
“Your redemption began with the rebirth of your spirit, is continuing now through the renewing of your mind, and will be finalized with physical salvation when the Lord gives you a new body.” – A quote from the book, Transforming Your Mind