… And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. … – 1 John 4:13-19 (NIV)

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After turning to this prophetic life, we begin to see events in our own lives as anything but coincidence. When we seek and obey God’s life-giving voice, the “peace that passes all understanding” will reign within us. We discover that nothing is too small for his concern, that he is never too busy to hear our request. If we allow ourselves to think he is too busy or unconcerned to help us in the smallest details of our daily lives, before long we may risk losing the ability to hear his mediator. If we are truly his children, and not the children of the enemy, then we need to pause and turn silently inward. He will give the answers we need in both great and small things. How often we find there is another way than the one of conformity. In our trials, we find – as Friends have insisted – Way opens.

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For Scriptures themselves exalt Christ and the Spirit above themselves: So that it is not in any Slight or Disrespect they have to those Holy Writings, wherefore they do not call them the Word, and the Rule of Faith and Life; but as they have declared, ’tis from that reverend Regard they owe and ought to bear to Christ Jesus the great and eminent Word of God, to whose Spirit, all Scripture Directions, in Matters of Salvation, refer us, as to an infallible Rule and Guide, direct us thereunto, that we may not live in them, but in him, who is the Author and Dispenser of them. (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1655?-1685)


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