Quote Title Quotation Source
The Plumbline of Truth Because God is holy he hates all sin. He loves everything which is in conformity to his law, and loathes everything which is contrary to it. Arthur W. Pink – The Attributes of God, circa 1940, copyright 1975 Baker Books
A Total Wash and Blotting Out Not only shall they perish themselves, but their way shall perish, too. The righteous carves his name upon the rock, but the wicked writes his remembrance in the sand. Charles H. Spurgeon – The Treasury of David abridged by David Otis Fuller, circa 1880, © 1968 by David Otis Fuller, Published by Kregel Publications
The Humility and Joy of Bowing Low It is always so. Our choicest blessings invariably come to us by descending; our richest benefits come by going downward. We stoop to conquer. The farmer bows his face toward the earth both to sow the seed and to reap the harvest; the miner goes below for the precious things of the earth; the loveliest streams flow along the lowliest valleys; the sweetest flowers flourish in the shadiest dells. F. W. Boreham – The Heavenly Octave: A Study of the Beatitudes, Copyright 1936 by F. W. Boreham
For His Good Pleasure Again, let a tradesman but have this intention and it will make him a saint in his shop; his everyday business will be a course of wise and reasonable actions, made holy to God by being done in obedience to His will and pleasure. He will buy and sell and labor and travel, because by do doing he can do some good to himself and others. But then, as nothing can please God but what is wise and reasonable and holy, so he will neither buy nor sell or labor in any other manner, nor to any other end, but such as may be shown to be wise and reasonable and holy. He will therefore consider not what arts or methods or application will soonest make him richer and greater than his brethren or remove him from a shop to a life of state and pleasure; but he will consider what arts, what methods, what application can make worldly business most acceptable to God and make a life of trade a life of holiness, devotion, and piety. This will be the temper and spirit of every tradesman; he cannot stop short of these degrees of piety, whenever it is his intention to please God in all his actions, as the best and happiest thing in the world. And on the other hand, whoever is not of this spirit and temper in his trade and profession, and does not carry it on only so far as is best subservient to a wise and holy and heavenly life, it is certain that he has not this intention; and yet without it, who can be shown to be a follower of Jesus Christ? William Law – A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life, circa 1728; Random House Inc. © 2002
Working In Obscurity Much of God s work is done in secret because you would not die to yourself if He always visibly stretched out His hand to save you. God does not transform you on a bed of light, life and grace. His transformation is done on the cross in the darkness, poverty and death. Fenelon – The Seeking Heart, circa 1690, copyright Christian Books Publishing House
Other Gods Begin In The Mind The essence of idolatry is the entertainment of thoughts about God that are unworthy of Him. It begins in the mind and may be present where no overt act of worship has taken place. When they knew God, wrote Paul, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Then followed the worship of idols fashioned after the likeness of men and birds and creeping things. But this series of degrading acts began in the mind. Wrong ideas about God are not the only fountain from which the polluted waters of idolatry flow; they are themselves idolatrous. The idolater simply imagines things about God and acts as if they were true. A. W. Tozer – The Knowledge of the Holy, © 1961 Aiden Wilson Tozer
Prayers That Toss To and Fro on Your Lips Jesus Christ did not say, Ask what you like, and it shall be done unto you, but ask what you will, ask when your will is in the thing that is a real problem to you, and God has pledged His honour that you will get the answer every time. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
God Made A Way, Where There Was No Way In Jesus, every obstacle has been removed out of the way of your immediate forgiveness and acceptance. The dying Savior put away sin, bearing our offenses in His body on the tree, reconciling the world to Himself. You may not believe this, or feel the joy of it, but that does not alter the fact that it’s true. F. B. Meyer – The Best of F. B. Meyer, circa 1910, © 2006 Cook Communications Ministries
In The End, It is You and God After All Jesus himself, Lord and God, whose virtue could neither receive increase in the secret of the desert, nor be impeded in a public place, nevertheless, so that he might instruct us by an example, was proved by fasting and temptation in solitude before he preached and performed miracles (Matthew 4:1-11). Scripture also says of him that leaving behind the crowds of his disciples he went up the mountain alone to pray (Matthew 14:23). As the time of the passion already grew near, he left the apostles and went alone to pray (Matthew 26:39-44), showing us especially by this example how much solitude aids prayer, since even though the apostles were his companions, he did not wish to pray along with them. Guigo I – Carthusian Customs – circa 1120; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
Defiance is Indefensible It is not your ignorance, nor your deception, nor your foolishness that will not allow you to die to Self and submit to God but Pride in all its flaming glory that will not allow you to confess your dependence on others and God. Pride is the life-blood of Death. Tom Van Hoogen