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I have only one passion, and that is Jesus!

J.R. Millerby J.R. Miller

“Son of man, these men have set up idols in their hearts!” Ezekiel 14:3

“Their heart went after their idols!” Ezekiel 20:16

We need to watch our heart-life, for it is in our thoughts, feelings, moods, tempers and affections–that departure from Christ begins.

We need to watch our inner spiritual state. The world may see no limit to our external zeal, our religious activity, our earnest promoting of the truth–and yet there may be not enough inner prayerfulness, love for Christ, tenderness of conscience, hunger for righteousness, or desire for holiness in our heart.

Is Christ more to you now, than He ever was before? Does His love draw you with an overwhelming sway? Can you say, with Zinzendorf, “I have only one passion, and that is Jesus!

Is your heart right?

“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind!” Luke 10:27

“My son, give me your heart!” Proverbs 23:26

“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life!” Proverbs 4:23

by J.R. Miller

Nothing in this world is more beautiful

J.R. Millerby J.R. Miller

A ship is made to go in the water, and no matter how deep the sea nor how wild the tempest–all goes well as long as the water does not get into the ship. The problem of managing a ship, is not to keep the ship out of the water–but to keep the water out of the ship!

In this sinful world, we cannot avoid all cares and trials and temptations. The goal of of true Christian living is to keep these cares and trials and temptations from getting into our souls. Some people let all their frets and worries at once into their hearts–and they soon live out their lives in sourness, irritability, and discontent. They become thus miserable themselves–and they make all around them miserable. They cast, not cooling, healthful, refreshing shade on others–but melancholy, darksome, chilling shadows.

Learn to keep your cares in your hands–and out of your hearts. Nothing in this world is more beautiful than a Christian life with many trials and cares–yet remaining ever peaceful and joyous amid them all. This is the real goal of noble Christian living.

by J.R. Miller