Quote for the Day

What is Difficult . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Al Batt

“It is easy to sit up and take notice. What is difficult is getting up and taking action.”

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12 thoughts on “Quote for the Day”

  1. That is true! The Lord told us to “note” (notice, mental notice) what He was done here or there. BUT then He advises us to “DO” something..like not only note the commandments, but KEEP them by positive action.
    It’s easy to say,”thou shalt not” but it’s historically proven not only in the BIBLE but in recorded history that people, yes, even God’s people, DO NOT DO THE DEEDS or take the action for right or against wrong!

  2. Yes, God definitely calls us to action. This reminds me of several verses involving our responsibility in taking action. 1 Peter 1:13 “Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.” And Philemon 6 “I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.” We are to prepare our minds so that we can be active in sharing our faith. We must be doers of the word, and not hearers only.
    One of my all-time favorite verses is “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” Colossians 3:23 Thank you for this quote that has encouraged me to continue serving the Lord enthusiastically and to show Him to others through my actions.

  3. These are great verses, Heather, to remind us action gets to work. Saying you have faith might give the appearance of ‘taking notice’ but James 2:17 reminds us that…. “faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. “

  4. Heather, I love the part of the scripture you quoted that says, “We are to prepare our minds so that we can be active in sharing our faith.” Preparing our minds for whatever situations and circumstances that arise to challenge us. Often when we least expect it, a test, trial, provocation or challenge to our faith looms blatantly before us and we have to make a decision right then. If our minds are prepared, as the Scripture advises, we will be better able to withstand the slings and arrows that are released in our direction.
    How do we prepare our minds and hearts for such things at these….these things that seem to come out of the blue and accost us? 2Cor. 10:5 says to set your heart upon the living God. TRAIN your MINDS to follow after Him. Take every thought captive, casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God and bring into captivity every thought to the obedience! obedience ! obedience! of CHRIST. This Scripture is a valuable tool in coming against the enemy of our souls….but in order for it to “work” we HAVE TO DO IT!!

  5. Heather, I am always so amazed how you being such a young lady and have been so willing to share your faith.

    I have heard so many times recently from others just how difficult it is today to share their faith at work, home or play. Would you have any ‘helps’ for us in sharing faith with the faithless and especially our family and friends and work? It is always helpful to know and understand what the new generations are doing and how they are doing it?

    I. being one of many, I am sure would like to share my faith with results. I think we are to be fervent disciple of our faith, burning, and glowing.

  6. after reading this quote I started to recall some of the things the Lord has said to us in His word….so many times He has said to us…”Come, take, do , set your mind, speak, say, share, all these are action words …Our Heavenly Father one of action and our Lord definately is action He is the Word…and He has and did get up….He rose and is risen and is expecting us to do just what Heather reminded us of…..Do as on to the Lord……in all things…dj

  7. FAITH = BELIEVING
    OBEDIENCE = ACTION
    FAITH + OBEDIENCE = GOD’S WILL FOR OUR LIVES
    FAITH
    James 2:20&26 20″How foolish!Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless?” “26 “Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.”
    OBEDIENCE
    2 Cor. 9:13″As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ.”
    According to God’s word, we don’t have time just to sit and watch. We have to have faith and do somthing with this faith. Take Action.
    Rev. 3:2-3 “Wake up! Strengthen what little remains, for even what is left is almost dead. I find that your actions do not meet the requirements of my God. 3 Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly. Repent and turn to me again. If you don’t wake up, I will come to you suddenly, as unexpected as a thief.” The only way you can get stronger is to exercise. So we need to excercise our faith by taking action with our obedience.

  8. Dear Heather,

    I love your all-time favorite verse “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” Colossians 3:23 After reading the above from each lily, I was reminded of the Parable of the ten maidens in Matthew 5: 14-16. Five were wise and five were foolish. All ten were given lamps (life to shine for Jesus). The five wise ones were diligent all the time preparing their lives (lamps) for the time of Christ return. In other words they worked hard, studied, and role modeled before others their diligence and obedience towards God. The five foolish ones were not diligent in seeking the Word of God, nor did they live as Jesus would have them live. They felt they had time on their hands. When Jesus or Bridegroom was said to be coming the five wise were ready while the five foolish tried to scramble at the last moment. There was no way they could have their lives altogether and shining before Jesus with no prep time. When the time came for testing, they received an F for failure to seek and find the way of Jesus which would have caused their light to shine before man. Five maidens shining brightly and five in total darkness.

  9. Chickenfarmer, your excersise regime above can be difficult. But it is worth it. I was reading in Hebrews 11 of many people who used your mathematical formula and obtained God’s will for their lives. Noah used his faith to believe God and sprang into action to build an ark. (vs7)Abraham added faith and obedience then moved when God said move and offered his son as a sacrifice when put to the test. (vs. 8, 17) There are many more accounts in this chapter and God said of them that He was…”not ashamed to be called their God.” (vs. 16)

  10. I thought on this quote again and to me it seems it depends on what the person is setting up and taking notice of as to whether or not the person finds it difficult in getting up and taking action on it……dj

  11. DJ, I think you hit the “nail on the head”! (We must not lose our focus.) We have to take notice….. that FAITH + OBEDIENCE = God’s will for our lives (see Chickenfarmer’s comment). If we know this, and want God’s will for our lives, then we have to get up and move; whether it is difficult or not. Thanks DJ!

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