Rejoice in hope…be constant in prayer.

When the world seems to be closing in around you, remember that we are a hopeful people. Both hope and prayer are constants in the life of every believer.

When our primary motive becomes trusting God, however, we suddenly discover there is nothing in the world that pleases Him more! Until you trust God, nothing you do will please God.

Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol, John Lynch
The Cure (San Clemente: CrossSection, 2011), 21

There’s an incredible phrase in Hebrews: “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” This statement shows us the path we must take. Only by trusting can we truly please God! If our primary motive is pleasing God, we’ll never please Him enough and we’ll never learn trust…If all we bring to God is our moral striving, we’re back at the same lie that put us in need of salvation. We’re stuck with our independent talents, longings, and resolve to make it happen. This self-sufficient effort to assuage a distant diety–it nauseates God.

Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol, John Lynch
The Cure (San Clemente: CrossSection, 2011), 21