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Separation From Life Culminates in Death … sin has destroyed the spirit’s keen intuitive knowledge of God and rendered man spiritually dead. He may be religious, moral, learned, capable, strong and wise, but he is dead to God. He may even talk about God, reason about God and preach God, but he is still dead to Him. Man is not able to hear or sense the voice of God’s Spirit. Consequently in the New Testament God often refers to those who are living in the flesh as dead. The death which began in our forefathers spirit gradually spread until it reached his body. Though he lived on for many years after his spirit was dead, death nevertheless worked incessantly in him until his spirit, soul and body were all dead. Watchman Nee – The Spiritual Man, circa 1920, copyright 1968 Christian Fellowship Publishers, Inc.
Finally, Someone to Trust Unfaithfulness is one of the most outstanding sins of these evil days. In the business world, a man’s word is, with exceedingly rare exceptions, no longer his bond. In the social world, marital infidelity abounds on every hand, the sacred bonds of wedlock being broken with as little regard as the discarding of an old garment. In the ecclesiastical realm, thousands who have solemnly covenanted to preach the truth make no scruple to attack and deny it. Nor can reader or writer claim complete immunity from this fearful sin: in how many ways have we been unfaithful to Christ, and to the light and privileges which God has entrusted to us! How refreshing, then, unspeakably blessed, to lift our eyes above the scene of ruin, and behold one who is faithful, faithful in all things, faithful at all times. “Know therefore that the Lord thy God, He is God, the faithful God” (Deut. 7:9) Arthur W. Pink – The Attributes of God, circa 1940, copyright 1975 Baker Books
Self-Incarceration A man or woman who claims to be a Christian but does not actively seek a relationship with God through Christ is by default a slave to the Law. But those who seek and love the Lord their God with all their heart, all their mind, all their strength and all their soul find Freedom in Christ. There are no other options. Tom Van Hoogen
Heaven Is Knocking On Your Door To live God’s way is to love. “Anyone who does not love remains in death” (1 John 3:14). God is so eager for us to love him, issuing an open invitation to the general public is not enough. He makes house calls, going from door to door. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will go in and eat with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20). Notice that this divine lover at the door is not content merely to knock. He stands there knocking. He calls out to the soul, “Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, and come with me” (Song 2:10). He rattles the doorknob. Francis de Sales – Treatise on the Love of God – circa 1616; edited by Bernard Bangley © 2003
All Things, ALL Things Work Together Patiently endure the ups and downs of everyday life. Behind every annoying circumstance, learn to see God governing all things. See that He trains you through troubling situations as well as through pleasant ones. The intrusions that God sends you will no doubt upset your plans and oppose all that you want.But they will also chase you toward God. Sit still before Him and yield your will to Him. Your unbending will shall begin to learn flexibility. Fenelon – The Seeking Heart, circa 1690, copyright Christian Books Publishing House
Make for Yourselves No Graven Thing When we try to imagine what God is like we must of necessity use that-which-is-not-God as the raw material for our minds to work on; hence whatever we visualize God to be, He is not, for we have constructed our image out of that which He has made and what He has made is not God. If we insist upon trying to imagine Him, we end with an idol, made not with hands but with thoughts; and an idol of the mind is as offensive to God as an idol of the hand. A. W. Tozer – The Knowledge of the Holy, © 1961 Aiden Wilson Tozer
Modern Day Pharisees with New Causes There is a great amount of Pharisaism abroad to-day, and it is based on devotee-ness to principles. Devotion to a cause is the great mark of our day, and in religion it means being devoted to the application of religious principles. A disciple of Jesus Christ is devoted to a Person, not to principles. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Father Knows Best Each man has worth in God’s sight. Life and action, thought and intent are sacred. And what an end that lies before us — to have a consciousness of our own ideal being flashed into us from the thought of God. Surely, for this may well give way to our paltry self-consciousnesses, self-admirations, and self-worships. Surely, to know what He thinks about us will push out of our souls all our thoughts about ourselves. We may well hold them loosely now, and be ready to let them go. Toward this result St. Paul had already drawn near, when he who had begun the race with a bitter cry for deliverance from the body of his death was able to say that he judged his own self no longer. George MacDonald – The Best of George MacDonald © 2006 Cook Communications Ministries.
Being Left in the Dust The material body cannot keep company forever with the spirit. After fulfilling its purpose for some time as the instrument of the soul for its work in the world, the body begins to refuse, through weakness and old age, to go along with the spirit any further. This is because the body cannot keep pace with the eternally growing soul. Sadhu Sundar Singh – With and Without Christ – circa 1925; excerpted from Devotional Classics by Foster and Smith © 2005