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Cumulative Daily Decisions – Randy Alcorn

I was challenged by a chapter by Randy Alcorn entitle “Cumulative Daily Decisions, Courage in a Cause, and a Life of Endurance.” Some highlights:

  • Endurance requires patience, because reward for today’s right choices will come, but it may be months or years from now, or not until we leave this world.
  • Sin has become so common, so expected, that holy believers are either elevated as heroes or dismissed as legalists.
  • If you’re going to endure, you must have a passion for Jesus that’s bigger than your passion for the cause.
  • Don’t be a single-issue Christian.
  • If you are not willing to be misunderstood and vilified, you won’t endure in any worthwhile cause.
  • One of the greatest enemies of a long obedience in the same direction is the desire to be popular, whether with the world or the church. If your eyes are on anyone but Jesus, you’re not going to have the stamina to put up with criticism.
  • It’s easier to raise a hand today than to make the kinds of choices day after day after day that result in a long obedience in the same direction.
  • “You are going to be what you are now becoming” – Dawson Trotman
  • Endurance requires a good plan, with clear and tangible steps that are taken one after the other.
  • Don’t just let your life happen, choose what to do with it, or in the end you’ll wonder where it went.
  • We are in serious danger of losing coming generations to shallowness, immorality, and heresy because they are not digging deep into Scripture and great books grounded in Scripture.
  • Any gospel that is truer in California than in China is not the true gospel.
  • What you keep will not satisfy you; what you give will loosen Money’s hold on you and help you experience the grip of Christ’s grace.
  • Why not ask God to empower you to spend the rest of your life closing the gap between what you’ll wish you would have done and what you really have done?
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December 12, 2008 - Posted by | Theology

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