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Here’s a great quote written by Andrew Rivet which was quoted in Archibald Alexander’s book Thoughts on Religious Experience, which was quoted in John Piper’s sermon The Death of a Spirit-Filled Man, which was quoted in Nancy Guthrie’s book O Love That Will Not Let Me Go, which I read and am quoting here.

Andrew was a French Theologian who fell severely ill after preaching a sermon on Christmas day 1650 when he was 77 years old. Before he died just two weeks later on January 7, he wrote this quote of quotes.

The sense of divine favour increases in me every moment. My pains are tolerable, and my joys inestimable. I am no more vexed with earthly cares. I remember when any new book came out, how earnestly I have longed after it – but now all that is dust. You are my all, O Lord; my good is to approach to you. O what a library I have in God, in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge! You are the teacher of spirits – I have learned more divinity in these ten days that you have come to visit me, than I did in fifty years before.

What a perspective shifting saint. I would love to grow like this man, not just reading about God but knowing God.

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