I love it when I’m reading a good book and come across a sentence that makes me say, “Wow! That’s good stuff.” Even better is when the whole book is that way. Some writers and speakers have a way of condensing deep thoughts into a sentence or two that helps me in my spiritual growth or points to the Bible even more. Below are my favorite spiritual growth quotes that I think you’ll want to write down this week too.
Do you have a favorite Christian quote or favorite Christian author? If so, please let me know in the comments so I can check them out.
Below are a handful of my favorite quotes I keep returning to from my favorite authors: former missionary Elisabeth Elliot, A.W. Tozer, and C.S. Lewis. All three were clearly given a gift from God in teaching, writing, and expositing the Word. I cannot recommend their books enough. I’d also highly recommend Catherine Marshall but I didn’t have room for all the quotes I wanted to include. 😉
7 Spiritual Growth Quotes You’ll Want to Write Down
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1.) The fact that I am a woman does not make me a different kind of Christian, but the fact that I am a Christian makes me a different kind of woman.” ― Elisabeth Elliot, Let Me Be a Woman
I’m starting with one of my favorite quotes of all time. God created us all in the image of Himself. Being a woman doesn’t affect my faith or relationship with God compared to a man – good or bad. But being a Christ-follower DOES make me a different kind of woman.
How? To start, I don’t follow how the world tells me I should act, feel, or think like a woman. I follow what the Bible says. The world tells us we don’t have enough, we should be clawing our way to prove ourselves, we can have it all. How exhausting is that?
Instead, I go to the Bible and in prayer to ask God who I am in Him and how to make major decisions about career, family, etc. And can I tell ya, that brings a lot more peace than this “Wonder Woman” mentality the world wants us to achieve.
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2.) “The devil has made it his business to monopolize on three elements: noise, hurry, crowds. He will not allow quietness.” Elisabeth Elliot, Shadow of the Almighty.
Doesn’t it always seem like whenever you ask someone how they’ve been their first response is, “Busy!” I know I’ve been guilty of this but since coming across this quote I’ve tried to stop. Who is behind being busy, hurrying, rushing, and stress? Not God. If not God, then… Of course, noise and crowds aren’t always bad but the devil loves to use them to block out hearing from God.
Not only do I try to stop telling everyone how busy I am, but I also try to stop *being* so busy! This past couple of years I’ve been trying to cultivate a more simple, quiet life so I can focus less on the world and more on God.
3.) “If we really have too much to do, there are some items on the agenda which God did not put there. Let us submit the list to him and ask him to indicate which items we must delete. There is always time to do the will of God. If we are too busy to do that, we are too busy.” – Elisabeth Elliot
Similarly, I love this quote because it reemphasizes that God doesn’t create busyness. He’ll never give us a laundry list of things to “accomplish” each day that are impossible to finish or make us feel burnt out. Those kinds of to-do lists come from either the devil or quite frankly our pride of having to do so many things a day.
This is why in the morning I now pray, “Lord, help me to accomplish everything on Your list today and help me to forget about what is not part of your will. Amen.”
4.) “God never hurries. There are no deadlines against which he must work. Only to know this is to quiet our spirits and relax our nerves.” A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God: The Human Thirst for the Divine
I love this quote so much and I might even write it down and tape it to my mirror. Too often in life, we feel like we are not moving fast enough, not meeting our husbands soon enough, not accomplishing enough today. God does not work within the timeframe of “deadlines.” He is never hurried.
Everything that God gives us to accomplish in His will we will do in the right timing. How wonderful of a reminder is this spiritual growth quotes? I know I needed it today and maybe you do too.
5.) “Today is mine. Tomorrow is none of my business. If I peer anxiously into the fog of the future, I will strain my spiritual eyes so that I will not see clearly what is required of me now.” – Elisabeth Elliot, Keep a Quiet Heart
What a timely quote for 2020, right? It could be called the year of anxiety. God was not surprised by everything this year has brought us; He also knows how it will shake out. All that is required of us today is to live for Him right now. If we spend our days worrying about tomorrow we won’t have enough energy left for our business today.
What are you worrying about now that’s none of your business? What is God requiring of you today?
6.) “We must meet the uncertainties of this world with the certainty of the world to come. – A.W. Tozer
Ah, again another perfect quote for this year. We are all facing so many uncertainties! I won’t even list them because I’m sure you can think of a handful right away in your own life. While we might be uncertain about today, and certainly about tomorrow, we know how it all ends: With God and His Son on the throne. Let’s fight today’s uncertainties with this joyful truth.
7.) “Joy is the serious business of heaven.” C.S. Lewis, Letters to Malcom
I wanted to end with this quote because I’ll be reflecting on it for the rest of the day. Here on earth, we are consumed with making ourselves “happy.” But happiness is temporary. Joy is forever!
Think about that. Happiness is temporary. Joy is forever. And joy is what heaven is all about. What day we’ll get to experience that type of eternal joy that can’t be rocked by anything. And that’s pretty serious, guys.
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What’s your favorite spiritual growth quote? I’d love to know!