Archive for October 16, 2010

Listen v4.10 Quotes

Quote Title Quotation Source
My Job Discription My one work is to obey God. Andrew Murray – The Two Convenants, 1898, copyright 2005 CLC Ministries International
Send the Light, O Lord, Send the Light Not understood. We move along asunder;
Our paths grow wider as the seasons creep
Along in years; we marvel and we wonder
Why life is life, and then we fall asleep —
Not understood. 

Not understood. How many breasts are aching
For lack of sympathy. Ah, day by day,
How many cheerless, lonely hearts are breaking,
How many noble spirits pass away —
Not understood.

O God! That men would see a little clearer,
Or judge less harshly when they cannot see!
O God! That men would draw a little nearer
To one another! — they’d be nearer Thee,
And understood.

F. W. Boreham – The Luggage of Life, 1912, published by Kregel Publications
Not Knowing You Know Not It is possible to grow up in the church learn the catechism and have everything done to us that they do to us, within reason. But after we have done all that, we may not know God at all, because God isn’t known by those external things. We are blind and we can’t see, because the things of God no man knows but by the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit said through the apostle Paul, “even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God” (1Corinthians 2:11). God knows Himself, and the Holy Spirit knows God because the Holy Spirit is God, and no man can know except by the Holy Spirit. For any man to disregard this truth is to entirely shut out spiritual things from his understanding. A. W. Tozer – The Counselor, circa 1955, copyright 1993 by Christian Publications
All Exits and Detours are Blocked I see that every natural means of help is shut off. God intends to accomplish His work in you by cutting off every human resource. He is a jealous God. He wants you to see that what He is going to do within you can only be done by Himself alone. Fenelon – The Seeking Heart, circa 1690, copyright Christian Books Publishing House
What Have You to Lose? Tell me, what possible risk do you take in depending solely upon God? What risk do you run by abandoning yourself completely to Him? The Lord will not deceive you (that is, unless it is to bestow on you more abundance than you ever imagined).
However, those who expect all of these things from the Lord by self-effort will hear the Lord s rebuke: You have wearied yourselves in the multiplicity of your ways, and have not said, Let us rest in peace. (Isa. 57:10).
Jeanne Guyon – Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ, circa 1680
The Right Righteousness The church is founded on, and consists in, this doctrine alone. So if we want to teach and lead other people, we need to pay careful attention to these matters and to note well this distinction between the righteousness of the law and the righteousness of Christ… So I warn you, especially those of you who will become teachers and guides of consciences, to exercise yourselves continually by study, reading, meditation on the Word, and prayer, so that in time of temptation you may be able to instruct and strengthen both your own conscience and that of other people, and to bring them from the law to grace, from active and working righteousness to passive and received righteousness, from Moses to Christ. Martin Luther – Commentary on Galatians – circa 1520; Crossway Publishing © 1998 by Watermark
Given a New Name! At last he burst out as he had done earlier, crying, Oh wretched man that I am! What shall I do to be saved? And, as before, so now again, there was no reply. I saw also that he cast hungry eyes this way to the left, and that way to the right, seeking some place to flee for his escape. Yet he continued to stand, trembling, out in the midst of the field, because, as I perceived, he could not tell which way to go. Then, from the right, I saw a man named Evangelist approaching, who addressed him thus, Good day, Christian. Good day, moaned the man woefully. But, pray tell, sir. Why did you address me as Christian? Because if you continue to read from that little book in your hand, a Christian is what you must surely become, said Evangelist with joyful assurance. Hmm. Even though my name is now Graceless ? asked the man doubtfully. Aye, said Evangelist earnestly. Though your name should be called death itself, yet would the reading of that Word give you life! John Bunyan – The New Amplified Pilgrims Progress, circa 1660; Adapted by Jim Pappas, Jr. © 1999 Orion s Gate
The Pride of Unteachableness That is the danger of putting theology first; it leads a man to tell a lie in order to be consistent with his point of view. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Receptivity and Productivity This passage gives the double-sidedness of conversion. As therefore you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so live in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith (Col. 2:6-7, rsv). Note, received receptivity; so live activity. It appears again, rooted receptivity; built up in him activity. The rooted means we take from God as the roots take from the soil; the
built up means we build up as one builds a house, a character and life by disciplined effort.
E. Stanley Jones – The Habit of Reading the Bible Daily – circa 1930; excerpted from Devotional Classics by Foster and Smith © 2005
The Trap of Reason Never succumb to the reasonability of common sense — for God’s wisdom is always uncommon and unreasonable, it requires faith in what is not seen. God’s ways are higher than our ways. Tom Van Hoogen

As I Have Loved You

God’s commandments are God’s enablings. God has commanded us to love one another as He has loved us. Immediately we must turn away in disappointment, “But I am not God that I can love like Him.” Who does He think I am God? Yes, actually He does. He has made every one whom He has redeemed to be like Him, to be found in the fullness of the likeness of the Son.

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” John 1:12.

“For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” Col. 2:9. When you are operating in the spirit, when you are depending upon Him, when you have died to Self and this world and its lure and lusts, then you remain in Him. Then you abide, then you are like Him.

God, here through the disciple and Apostle John, tells us how we can love like that. “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” John 13:34-35. The secret is in remembering and recalling how He has loved us.

How has God loved you? Magnanimously, joyously, profusely, unceasingly, sacrificially, prayerfully, specifically,personally, hopingly, self-denyingly, everlastingly, Fatherly, Motherly, Brotherly, Husbandly, Wifely, Neighborly, even as His enemy has He loved you.

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Rom. 5:8. We were and are and remian by no means loveable. If we had to rely on our own worthiness and lovliness, then we are to be among all men most pitied. We, you, I am not worthy. Never will be. Neither will your husband, wife, neighbor, boss, friend or enemy.

That is not how Jesus loved us. He loved us “while we were yet sinners”. How does that work? “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1 John 4:10. That’s how it works. God’s love for us has nothing at all to do with our loveliness or worthiness. That is how He loved us. That is how we are to love one another.

But, you say, “That is impossible.” “And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.” Mark 10:27. With God, but with God with us — Emmanuel — “I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me”. Phil. 4:13.

So God teaches how we are to love, but that is not all. He also gives us another powerful clue as to how we can love others. “And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Matt. 22:39. You may say and think, “But I do not always love myself.” But oh, you do. You always forgive yourself. Think of all the ways you express mercy to yourself.

You are always forgiving yourself, always justifying yourself. You use many methods to make you OK with you. You find another to blame for your action or the way you are, You find a way to make it OK that you are that way and said that thing that you should not have. No, you always find ways to forgive and grant to yourself the mercy you must have.

Of course there are those who have become immune to their conscience and or that grieve the Holy Spirit’s promptings by their pride. They do not allow themselves to accept that they are wrong and thereby never experience a broken and contrite heart. They just gloss over their own wrong-doing. Oh, but they do love themselves. They love themselves immensely.

So that is how you are to love others — as yourself — as Christ loved you. But, you rebuttal, “They are mean and despicable, hurtful and knowingly wrong.” And the point is? Are not you mean, despicable, hurtful and knowingly wrong? You forgive you right? Forgive them also.

“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:… For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Matt. 6:12-15.

But you say, “who can forgive sins but God only?” Mark 2:7. Exactly. Paul knew this and said,

“To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ.” 2 Cor. 2:10.

When you forgive yourself and grant yourself mercy and not judgment, then you are like God, forgiving sins. We know that you know how to do this. Now, go and be like God to your neighbors, forgiving them also.

“To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” 2 Cor. 5:19.

God has granted to us this ministry of reconciliation. He has granted to us that we be like Him, not holding men’s sins against them but forgiving them, as we have also been forgiven in Christ.

And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.” Luke 10:37

As I have loved you, so love one another.

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