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Unfinished Life is an Abortion 1 Corinthians 3:1 divides Christians into two classifications. They are the spiritual and the carnal. A spiritual Christian is one in whom the Holy Spirit dwells in his spirit and controls his entire being. What is meant then by being carnal? The Bible employs the word “flesh” to describe the life and value of an un-regenerated man. It comprises everything which issues from his sinful soul and body. A carnal Christian, therefore, is one who’s spirit has been quickened, but who still follows his soul and body into sin. If a Christian remains in a carnal condition long after experiencing new birth, he hinders God’s salvation from realizing its full potential and manifestation. Watchman Nee – The Spiritual Man, circa 1920, copyright 1968 Christian Fellowship Publishers, Inc.
A Life of Blazing Glory How seldom Christians recognize the glory of a life of complete consecration to be spent always in fellowship with God! Andrew Murray – The Blood of Christ © 1935
The Power of Loving Obedience The two trees in the Garden of Eden present choices. Man (Adam) chose The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and thus entered sin. Had he not chosen that tree there would not be sin and the need for the Cross and Redemption. Yet not disobeying is not the same as obedience. We must choose the Tree of Life (i.e. Christ). Being without sin only makes us children of God. Obedience makes us sons, representatives of Him. Tom Van Hoogen
Your Just Desserts? The people are never exonerated for having bad rulers; the reason they have bad rulers is that they are bad people. Those who rule the people do not autocratically crush them, the people are their inspirers; they are the rulers the people deserve. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
The Shoe On the Other Foot Reality is to be sought not in division but in unity, for we are members one of another. The man who lives in division is not a person but only an individual.
I have what you have not. I am what you are not. I have taken what you have failed to take and I have seized what you could never get. Therefore you suffer and I am happy, you are despised and I am praised, you die and I live; you are nothing and I am something, and I am all the more something because you are nothing. And thus I spend my life admiring the distance between you and me; at times this even helps me to forget the other men who have what I have not and who have taken what I was too slow to take and who have seized what was beyond my reach, who are praised as I cannot be praised and who live on my death… The man who lives in division is living in death. He cannot find himself because he is lost; he has ceased to be a reality.
Thomas Merton – New Seeds of Contemplation, ©1961 by the Abbey of Gethsemani, Inc.
Approach Quietly and Patiently The interior life, that is, the inward life of the spirit, is not a place that is taken by storm or violence. That inward kingdom, that realm within you, is a place of peace. It can only be gained by love. Jeanne Guyon – Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ, circa 1680
Band of Brothers And that also clarifies the goal of all Christian community: they meet one another as bringers of the message of salvation. As such, God permits them to meet together and gives them community. Their fellowship is founded solely upon Jesus Christ and this alien righteousness. Dietrich Bonhoeffer – Life Together, circa 1940; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
Watching Over the Souls of Loved Ones Now, thoroughly convinced that their husband and father was indeed going quite mad, they sought to drive his affliction away by treating him with the utmost hardness and disrespect. Sometimes they would scold him, sometimes mock and mimic him. At other times they would totally ignore him. But, as you well know, this it no way to treat a soul in distress. Not only did it fail to help him, it actually added to his burden because he now began to fear all the more for his family s salvation. This added burden of worry drove him more often than ever to his chamber where he would pray for their souls as well as his own. At other times he would walk all alone in the fields, sometimes reading from his book, and sometimes praying. And thus for many a day did he spend his time. John Bunyan – The New Amplified Pilgrims Progress, circa 1660; Adapted by Jim Pappas, Jr. © 1999 Orion s Gate
The Short Cuts Will Cost You I know you want to see the road ahead rather than trusting God. If you continue this way, the road will get longer and your spiritual progress will slow down. Fenelon – The Seeking Heart, circa 1690, copyright Christian Books Publishing House
Prayer Just Do It! This is the only way we can ever learn to pray, by just beginning to do it. Prayer will teach us how to pray, and the more we pray, the more we will learn the mysteries of the heights and depths of prayer. A. B. Simpson – The Life of Prayer – circa 1890, © 2007 Bridge-Logos
Money Worship, the Cruel Task Master Notice the peril of the Christian who is falling under the sway of covetousness, which the apostle Paul calls idolatry (see Colossians 3:5 and Ephesians 5:5). At the end of the process, be it longer or shorter, he will renounce entirely the service of God and become the slave of moneymaking. The slightest acquaintance with commercial circles gives evidence of the tyranny mammon, which compels its slaves to toil day and night; demands the sacrifice of love and health, of home enjoyments and natural pleasure; insists that every interest shall be subordinate to its all-consuming service; and at the end of life casts it devoted, bankrupt, and penniless upon the shores of eternity. Let us not take this choice lightly, for we face it nearly every day. And the choice we make will have repercussions through eternity. F. B. Meyer – The Best of F. B. Meyer, circa 1910, © 2006 Cook Communications Ministries
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