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The Most Inspiring Elisabeth Elliot Quotes
June 17, 2015 Christian living

Elisabeth ElliotToday I want to honor Elisabeth Elliot, an incredibly inspiring Christian author and missionary, who entered the glory of God on the 15th of June 2015. Her life was an amazing adventure in Christ. Her first husband was a Christian martyr. Elisabeth was able to forgive the tribe that killed her husband and even lived with them for two years. You can read more of her story here and here.

Sing to God, sing praises to His name, cast up a highway for Him Who rides through the deserts—His name is the Lord—be in high spirits and glory before Him! A father of the fatherless and a judge and protector of the widows is God in His holy habitation. (Psalm 68:4-5; AMP)

This Bible verse reminds me of her. It’s like she would be saying “Praise God and be in high spirits and glory before Him no matter what happens in your life.” Elisabeth Elliot left quite a legacy.

Here are some of my favorite Elisabeth Elliot quotes. May they impact your journey with the Lord!

Does it make sense to pray for guidance about the future if we are not obeying in the thing that lies before us today? How many momentous events in Scripture depended on one person’s seemingly small act of obedience! Rest assured: Do what God tells you to do now, and, depend upon it, you will be shown what to do next.

The willingness to be and to have just what God wants us to be and have, nothing more, nothing less, and nothing else, would set our hearts at rest, and we would discover the simpler life,
the greater peace.
There is no ongoing spiritual life without this process of letting go. At the precise point where we refuse, growth stops. If we hold tightly to anything given to us, unwilling to let it go when the time comes to let it go or unwilling to allow it to be used as the Giver means it to be used, we stunt the growth of the soul. It is easy to make a mistake here, “If God gave it to me,” we say, “its mine. I can do what I want with it.” No. The truth is that it is ours to thank Him for and ours to offer back to Him, ours to relinquish, ours to lose, ours to let go of – if we want to find our true selves, if we want real life, if our hearts are set on glory.
The principles of gain through loss, of joy through sorrow, of getting by giving, of fulfillment by laying down, of life out of death is what the Bible teaches, and the people who have believed it enough to live it out in simple, humble, day-by-day practice are people who have found the gain, the joy, the getting, the fulfillment, the life.

The will of God is not something you add to your life. It’s a course you choose. You either line yourself up with the Son of God . . . or you capitulate to the principle which governs the rest of the world.

The will of God is never exactly what you expect it to be. It may seem to be much worse, but in the end it’s going to be a lot better and a lot bigger.

It is through the tender austerity of our troubles that the Son of Man comes knocking. In every event He seeks an entrance to my heart, yes, even in my most helpless, futile, fruitless moments. The very cracks and empty crannies of my life, my perplexities and hurts and botched-up jobs, He wants to fill with Himself, His joy, His life…He urges me to learn of Him: ‘I am gentle and humble in heart.

 

Gracious God,
We praise you for the saints gone before us.
We thank you for the life of Elisabeth Elliot.
Help us to live our lives as dedicated to you as she did.
Come and live in us.
Do whatever you want in and through us.
May nothing but your will happen in our lives
and may we bring glory to your holy name.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Who has inspired you on your Christian journey? What is your favorite of Elisabeth Elliot quotes?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you embrace God’s grace and press on towards heaven!

Image courtesy of elizabethelliot.org, design Mari-Anna Stålnacke.  Linking up today with Unite the Bloggersphere and #tellhisstory.

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