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While I am - yet again - resisting the roaring lion, I am trying to replace some bad habits with some that are more edifying in the hope that they will help me draw nearer to God in love and obedience. So, this morning I've picked up Calvin's Institutes again and gone back to the beginning.
This quote from Book 1, Chapter II, section 1, caught my attention:
... until men feel that they owe everything to God, that they are cherished by his paternal care, and that he is the author of all their blessings, so that nought is to be looked for away from him, they will never submit to him in voluntary obedience; nay, unless they place their entire happiness in him, they will never yield up their whole selves to him in truth and sincerity.
I pray that God will work in me so that this awareness of His love and goodness and provision increases daily so that I may yield myself up to Him and His will. I know that He is conforming His children into the image of His Son, working in us by His power to make us more holy day by day. I know that He will accomplish His work in me...
I just want to stop fighting it so much! "Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!"