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Jesus Over Everything: Uncomplicating the Daily Struggle to Put Jesus First

Lisa Whittle

Top 10 Best Quotes

“There is no one safer than Jesus. No worry of betrayal, no worry He will turn His back and walk away. He’s never told a thing I’ve told Him. He’s never been absent when I needed Him most.”

“Any of us who have become less than who God created us to be are not really who we are.”

“Too often the unfinished us is blind to what the Spirit-shaped us can be over time. Lies have felt true, damning, and permanent. We aren’t weak for falling for them. We are human. But we need to put the truth of Jesus over them now.”

“Until the desire for healing became greater than the fear of being honest, you weren't going anywhere.”

“•​He was beautifully honest. − He cried and was real before God: Who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. (Hebrews 5:7–8 NKJV)”

“You simply find a new way to serve that works now, and you do it with all your heart. There doesn’t have to be a massive heart breakdown about this and a big deal made over what was that no longer is. Mourn it if you need, then move on. Today is a beautiful day with a new opportunity to see what Jesus wants to use your life to do. Let Him surprise you with new joys that come from the age-old plan. Let God move you where He wants to use you now. If you hang on to where He used you before, you say no to the goodness of what lies ahead.”

“We spend more time figuring out how to hide our truth than we do how to heal it. The hiding may buy us some time from the momentary pain the truth brings, but it does a crazy amount of more damage.”

“We spend more time figuring out how to hide our hide our truth than we do how to heal it. The hiding may buy us some time the momentary pain the truth brings, but it does a crazy amount more damage.”

“We have nothing to do with God’s gift of salvation and everything to do with the acceptance of it and the ongoing process of growing our faith. And yet in that there is choice and free will. The promise of eternity does not waver based on our poor decisions after salvation, but the keeping of our minds, bodies, and souls is a choice-by-choice partnership with Christ. My pastor, Jay Stewart, recently spoke something powerful and profound over us one Sunday that crystallizes this point: “What’s better—to be able to say, ‘I am forgiven and saved’ or ‘I have become like Christ?’” We can get technical about this and argue about how salvation is the most important thing, and on the core premise, I will agree. Nothing matters if we don’t first choose to follow Christ. But to rest on our status of heaven-bound rather than pursue holiness and sanctification (the process of becoming like Christ) exposes our desire for a lazy faith. God’s plan is not for us to accept salvation and sit with it. It is for us to share its miracle with the world.”

“We aren’t Jesus, so the laying down of our lives would pale in comparison to the act of sacrifice on the cross, but we can sacrifice in our daily life. How? By standing against violence and racism (saying no to racist jokes and stereotypes). By defending widows and orphans in whatever way God leads (James 1:27). By refusing to allow gossip or division in our midst. By taking people in and by clothing and feeding them. Pray and use the imagination God gave you and think out of the box—the opportunities to “lay down our lives” for others are endless. If we are looking to love people, God will surely give us the chance.”

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Book Keywords:

hiding, truth, fear, hiding-truth

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