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Some excellent quotes from this post by Tullian Tchividjian,  “The Smaller You Get, the Freer You Will Be.”

Tullian reflecting on this past year, the hardest of his life:

God's Spirit and God's truth afflicted me in my comfort and comforted me in my affliction. As a result of this hard year, however, God and his gospel became more real and relevant to me than ever before. I've never felt so dependent on him. He's never been so big; I've never been so small. The idea that Jesus plus nothing equals everything ceased being simply a cognitive truth for me--it became my functional lifeline.

From G.K. Chesterton:

How much larger your life would be if your self could become smaller in it.

From D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones:

Our supreme need, our only need, is to know God, the living God, and the power of his might. We need nothing else. It is just that, the power of the living God, to know that the living God is among us and that nothing else matters. . . . I say, forget everything else. Forget everything else. We need to realize the presence of the living God amongst us. Let everything else be silent. This is no time for minor differences. We all need to know the touch of the power of the living God.

You can read the whole post here.

HT: Josh Harris

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3 thoughts on “He: Increase // Me: Decrease”

  1. Kim says:

    A lovely echo of John the Baptist’s words, “”He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3:30

  2. bob says:

    What is a change agent and why do some Calvinist church pastors ask them to enter their ministries? Check it out at

  3. I can attribute every failure in my life to the times when I want to promote and elevate myself.

    And every success can be when I take a step aside and let God work.

    David R.
    Red Letter Believers blog
    “Salt and Light”

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