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Faulty Thinking is Often the Cause of the Crisis Job persists in stating that the basis of things is not clear or easy to understand. …that God punishes the evil man and looks after the good, there is so much perversity at the basis of things that that explanation won’t do. Job says, “I held the same creed as you do until I came to my great trouble.” Their creed was based on sound principles, but what is needed is a sound relationship at the basis of things. …Job’s contention is that when a man is face to face with things as they are, easy explanations won’t do, for things are not easy; there is a perverseness all through. If Job is not right in his contention, then the Redemption is “much ado about nothing.” Chambers, Oswald: Baffled to Fight Better: Talks on the Book of Job. c1931
Self-Death is the Key to Spirit-Life There are only three things which I will explain at some length and which are taken from our Constitution itself. It is essential that we should understand how very important they are to us in helping us to preserve that peace, both inward and outward, which the Lord so earnestly recommended to us. One of these is love for each other; the second, detachment from all created things; the third, true humility, which, although I put it last, is the most important of the three and embraces all the rest. Teresa of Avila – The Way Of Perfection, circa 1575
Led Astray by My Self God tempts no one, neither can He be tempted. Temptation is not possible unless there pre-exists an inclination to sin. Man was not preprogrammed to sin but by virtue of his free will and the faculty of reason he chooses sin. Sin is fundamentally a disposition to autonomy, to exert the right to choose over everything and everyone including God. This disposition is revealed and unleashed by Self. Self-realization is bound up in sight. Coveting comes by sight and knowledge. If we had not seen nor known of a thing we could not covet it. The perversion of all time is that we desire to gain pleasure from the gifts of God rather than from God Himself. May God alone be my Portion. Tom Van Hoogen
What Can I Say?, No More Excuses So great is the importance of prayer that God has taken care to anticipate all the excuses or objections we may be likely to make. People plead their weakness or infirmity or they declare they do not know how to pray. God foresaw this inability long ages ago. Did he not inspire the apostle Paul to say: likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints to the will of God (Romans 8:26-27). Unknown Christian – The Kneeling Christian, circa 1890, © 2007 Bidge-Logos.
How High Is Your Standard Held? The average standard of holiness and devotion can be no higher at home or in the church than it is in individual believers. Andrew Murray – God’s Plans for You, circa 1890, © 1983 by Whitaker House
If You Can t Dazzle Them With Brilliance… Within the church there are unmistakable signs that she has been blinded and caught by Satan s dazzling glare. The church is being seriously affected by the material progress of the age. We have heard so much about prosperity and gazed on it for so long that spiritual views no longer appeal to us. Everything must take on the rich quality, luxuriant growth, and magnificent appearance of the material, or else it seems beggarly. This is the most perilous condition the church has to face. It happens when the meek and lowly fruits of holiness are discounted by the showy and worldly charms with which material success crowds the church.

We must not yield to the flood. We must not for a moment, not with the hundredth part of an inch, give place to the world. Holiness and devotion to God must be stressed in every way and at every point. The church must be made to see this delusion and snare. This transference of strength from God to the world, this rejection of the Holy Spirit s endowment of might and power, must be recognized as yielding to Satan. The church more and more, is inclined not only to disregard, but also to despise, the elements of spiritual strength and to set them aside for more impressive, worldly ideas.

E. M. Bounds – Guide to Spiritual Warfare, circa 1880, copyright 1984 by Whitaker House
Allow Him to Work in Silence God will eventually test you in all of your life, but He will not let your trials become greater than you can bear. Let God use trials to help you grow. Do not try to measure your progress, your strength, or what God is doing. His work is not less efficient because what He is doing is invisible. Fenelon – The Seeking Heart, circa 1690, copyright Christian Books Publishing House
I Stand in My Own Way of Progress When humility delivers a man from attachment to his own works and his own reputation, he discovers that perfect joy is possible only when we have completely forgotten ourselves. And it is only when we pay no more attention to our own deeds and our own reputation and our own excellence that we are at last completely free to serve God in perfection for His own sake alone. Thomas Merton – New Seeds of Contemplation, ©1961 by the Abbey of Gethsemani, Inc.
All Accomplices Are Charged the Same Yoke-fellows in sin are yoke-fellows in pain; the soul is punished for informing, the body for performing, and as both the informer and performer, the cause and the instrument, so shall the stirrer up of sin and the executor of it be punished. Charles H. Spurgeon – The Treasury of David abridged by David Otis Fuller, circa 1880, © 1968 by David Otis Fuller, Published by Kregel Publications