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Children are Dependents In entering into covenant with us, God’s one object is to draw us to Himself, to render us entirely dependent upon Himself, and to bring us into the right position and disposition in which He can fill us with Himself, His love, and His blessedness. Andrew Murray – The Two Convenants, 1898, copyright 2005 CLC Ministries International
Taking the Easy Way Out See God’s hand in the circumstances of your life. Do you want to experience true happiness? Submit yourself peacefully and simply to the will of God, and bear your sufferings without struggle. Nothing so shortens and soothes your pain as the spirit of non-resistance to your Lord. Fenelon – The Seeking Heart, circa 1690, copyright Christian Books Publishing House
The Real McCoy If contempt of the world and heavenly affection is a necessary temper of Christians, it is necessary that this temper appear in the whole course of their lives, in their manner of using the world, because it can have no place anywhere else. If self-denial be a condition of salvation, all that would be saved must make it a part their ordinary life. If humility be a Christian duty, then the common life of a Christian is to be a constant course of humility in all its kinds. If poverty of spirit be necessary, it must be the spirit and temper of every day of our lives. If we are to relieve the naked, the sick, and the prisoner, it must be the common charity of our lives as far as we can render ourselves able to perform it. If we are to love our enemies, we must make our common life a visible exercise and demonstration of that love. If contentment and thankfulness, if the patient bearing of evil be duties to God, they are the duties of every day and in every circumstance of our life. If we are to be wise and holy as the newborn sons of God, we can no otherwise be so but by renouncing everything that is foolish and vain in every part of our common life. If we are to be in Christ new creatures, we must show that we are so by having new ways of living in the world. If we are to follow Christ, it must be in our common way of spending every day. William Law – A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life, circa 1728; Random House Inc. © 2002
If the Truth be Told Is He the Lord from heaven? Is He the King of Israel? No! is the response of an apostatizing world; and, alas! the lamentable condition of His Church on earth seems only to confirm this negative assertion. F. W. Krummacher – The Suffering Saviour, Meditations on the Last Days of Christ, Wipf and Stock Publishers
Conversion, The Journey of a Lifetime Conversion is a gift and an achievement. It is the act of moment and the work of a lifetime. You cannot attain salvation by disciplines it is the gift of God. But you cannot retain it without disciplines. E. Stanley Jones – The Habit of Reading the Bible Daily – circa 1930; excerpted from Devotional Classics by Foster and Smith © 2005
The Knowledge of a Better Place The expression City of God , which I have been using is justified by that Scripture whose divine authority puts it above the literature of all other people and brings under its sway every type of human genius and that, not by some casual intellectual reaction, but by a disposition of Divine Providence. For, in this Scripture, we read: Glorious things are said of thee, O city of God ; and in another Psalm: Great is the Lord, and exceedingly to be praised in the city of our God, in His holy mountain, increasing the joy of the whole earth ; and, a little later in the same Psalm: As we have heard, so have we seen, in the city of the Lord of hosts, in the city of our God: God hath founded it for ever ; and in another text: The stream of the river maketh the city of God joyful: the most High hath sanctified his own tabernacle. God is in the midst thereof, it shall not be moved. Through these and similar passages too numerous to quote, we learn of the existence of a City of God whose Founder has inspired us with a love and longing to become its citizens. St. Augustine – The City of God, circa 400, copyright 1950 by Fathers of the Church
We Know Not What We Ask Whether we like it or not, God will burn us in His fire until we are as pure as He is, and it is during the process that we cry, as Job did, I wish You would leave me alone. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Big Daddy Equals Big Requests If we should do much for God, we must ask much of God: we must be people of prayer. Unknown Christian – The Kneeling Christian, circa 1890, © 2007 Bidge-Logos.
The Annunciation Now at these words his family was put into a state of shock. Not that they believed that what he had told them was true, mind you. Oh no! Certainly not! But rather because they conceived that he had gone stark raving mad! John Bunyan – The New Amplified Pilgrims Progress, circa 1660; Adapted by Jim Pappas, Jr. © 1999 Orion s Gate
Leaving a Living Legacy The heaviest obligation lying upon the Christian Church today is to purify and elevate her concept of God until it is once more worthy of Him and of her. In all her prayers and labors this should have first place. We do the greatest service to the next generation of Christians by passing on to them undimmed and undiminished that noble concept of God which we received from our Hebrew and Christian fathers of generations past. This will prove of greater value to them than anything that art or science can devise. A. W. Tozer – The Knowledge of the Holy, © 1961 Aiden Wilson Tozer
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