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The Blessedness of Beholding Him I have already said something of the general blessings of God, which, in the natural course of things, come to the good and the bad alike. However, beyond this bounty, He has reserved for the good a special sign of His great love. We can never sufficiently thank Him for the gifts of nature: that we exist in our lives, that we can enjoy the sight of earth and sky, that we have a reasoning mind by which we can seek Him who has made all these things. Yet, for the greater gifts of grace there are not hearts enough nor tongues enough in all the world even to try to thank Him. For, when we were burdened and broken by our sins, and our minds were turned from His light and blinded by the love of the darkness of iniquity, He did not leave us to ourselves, but sent to us His Word, who is His only Son, so that, by His birth and passion in the flesh He assumed for our salvation, we might learn how highly God esteemed our human nature, and that we might be cleansed from all our sins by His unique Sacrifice and, by His Spirit, have Love poured into our hearts, so that, with all our warring over, we might come to everlasting rest in the supreme blessedness of gazing on His face. St. Augustine – The City of God, circa 400, copyright 1950 by Fathers of the Church
Yours For the Taking This verse sums up what has been said before this is a cross!… The Lord has not said that he who does not take up his burden and follow after Him is not worthy of Him. No, He says that whoever does not take up his cross and follow after Him is not worthy of him. A burden is not a cross. Burden is something inescapable; the cross, however, is subject to personal choice and can therefore be avoided. What the first cross in history was, so the countless smaller crosses will be which shall follow afterwards; just as the original cross was chosen by the Lord, so the crosses for today must also be chosen by us…. All the crosses one takes up must be chosen by oneself…. We should take the cross, not make it. Watchman Nee – The Salvation of the Soul, © 1978 Christian Fellowship Publishers, Inc.
All Ye Who Will, Enter In When once you have defeated the enemies of God (i.e. sin, pride, self-isms) you will enter the land (operate in the Spirit) in open places (in Christ). Once you are in Christ all the worldly activities (e.g. eating meat) are unrestricted and unlimited. You may enjoy yourself in Christ. There is now therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ. Take eat. Do not call unclean what God has cleaned. Tom Van Hoogen
The Precious Price of Progress The majority of us prefer to get up and ride rather than to get out and shove. It is only the people who get out and shove who really make things go. The men who are up against things just now and who are determined to get at Reality at all costs, and will not accept a thing on the religious line unless that line states Reality these are the men who are paying the price for the next generation. The reason we are here in the natural world is because our mothers struggled for our existence, and the more unhindered the birth pangs the stronger and healthier the child. A thing is worth just what it costs. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
God-Man, The Intersection of Extremes And now I began to find that this duplex passion was the Christian key to ethics everywhere. Everywhere the Creed made a moderation out of the still crash of two impetuous emotions. Take, for instance, the matter of modesty, of the balance between mere pride and mere prostration…. It separated the two ideas and then exaggerated them both. In one way Man was to be heartier than he had ever been before; in another way he was to be humbler than he had ever been before. In so far as I am Man I am the chief of creatures. In so far as I am a man I am the chief of sinners. G. K. Chesterton – Orthodoxy, copyright 1908 by Dodd, Mead and Company
No Spectators Allowed The law of the kingdom is this: every believer is to live wholly for God’s service and work. Andrew Murray – God’s Plans for You, circa 1890, © 1983 by Whitaker House
The Disallusionment of Knowing I remember, I remember,
the fir-trees dark and high;
I used to think of their slender tops
were close against the sky;
it was a childish ignorance,
but now tis little joy
to know I’m farther off from heaven
then when I was a boy.
F. W. Boreham – The Luggage of Life, 1912, published by Kregel Publications
Man s Capacity for Love vs Angel s Incapacity It is a mysterious thing, and one to which we scarcely dare allude, that there has arisen a Redeemer of fallen man, but not the fallen angels. We would build no theory on so awful and inscrutable a truth; but it is too much to say that the interference on the behalf of man and the non-interference on the behalf of angels, gives ground for the persuasion, that men occupy at least not a lower place than Angels in the love and the solicitude of their Maker? Charles H. Spurgeon – The Treasury of David abridged by David Otis Fuller, circa 1880, © 1968 by David Otis Fuller, Published by Kregel Publications
God, The Infinite Measure of Perfections Every attribute of God, every revelation of His character, every proof of His undying love, every declaration of His watchful care, every assertion of His purposes of tender mercy, every manifestation of His loving kindness all are the filling out of this unfinished “I am.” Hannah Whitall Smith – The God of All Comfort, circa 1890 – 1956 Edition Moody Publishers
A Promise with a Punch What God in His sovereignty may yet do on a world-scale I do not claim to know: but what He will do for the plain man or woman who seeks His face I believe I do know and can tell others. Let any man turn to God in earnest, let him begin to exercise himself unto godliness, let him seek to develop his powers of spiritual receptivity by trust and obedience and humility, and the results will exceed anything he may have hoped in his leaner and weaker days. A. W. Tozer – The Pursuit of God