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Saving Power is Staying Power The spirit is saved through Christ bearing the cross for me; the soul is saved by my bearing a cross myself. The spirit is saved because Christ lays down His life for me; the soul is saved because I deny myself and follow the Lord. The spirit is saved on the basis of faith: once having believed, a matter is forever settled, never again to be shaken. The soul is saved on the basis of following: it is a lifelong matter, the course to be finished. Watchman Nee – The Salvation of the Soul, © 1978 Christian Fellowship Publishers, Inc.
Be Doers, Not Hearers Only Many take the promises and blessings of God very seriously meditating, memorizing, encouraging one another, claiming them as truth and a right from God. Many of these same people would do well to take his command “Be ye holy as I am holy” just as seriously. Tom Van Hoogen
Faith is Active when Prayer is Active Never let us forget that the greatest thing we can do for God or for humanity is to pray. For we can accomplish far more by our prayers than by our work. Prayer is omnipotent; it can do anything that God can do. When we pray God works. All fruitfulness in service is the outcome of prayer of the worker s prayers, or of those who are holding up holy hands on his behalf. We all know how to pray but perhaps many of us need to cry as the disciples of old did, Lord teach us to pray. Unknown Christian – The Kneeling Christian, circa 1890, © 2007 Bidge-Logos.
Silent through the Slaughter When God starts to deal with your old nature He heads straight for the center of all that you hold most dear. Allow Him to bring you the cross in the very center of who you are. Don t grumble and become agitated when the process starts: Silence and peace will help you much more than being upset. Fenelon – The Seeking Heart, circa 1690, copyright Christian Books Publishing House
The Stainlessness of Saintliness A sheet of white paper can be soiled, a sunbeam cannot be soiled, and God keeps His saints like light. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
The Failure of Work and the Work of Failure There may be a great deal of religious work that is the result of human will and effort. But there is little true worth and power, because the divine life is weak. When the believer does not know that Christ is living in him and does not know the Spirit and power of God working in him, there may be much sincerity and diligence, with little that lasts for eternity. On the contrary, there may be much external weakness and apparent failure, yet results prove that the life is indeed of God. Andrew Murray – God’s Plans for You, circa 1890, © 1983 by Whitaker House
Fightings Within Repentance that is sweet? Confession of sin that brings love and tranquility? If you have never been instructed in such matters, you will naturally want to resist this love. You will, instead, have a human inclination to try to produce a sorrowful, contrite attitude before God…. But consider this: Trying by your own effort to produce a contrite heart causes you to lose genuine repentance. What is genuine repentance? Have you ever had the experience of real, genuine repentance? Think back. Was it not a deep feeling of love working itself out within you? Jeanne Guyon – Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ, circa 1680
Onward and Still Onward Christian Soldier Commander Peary has taught us that the really successful man is a man who knows to keep on failing. Failure is lifes high art. He who knows how to fail well will sweep everything before him. Peary kept on failing until the silver crept into his hair; and then, when well over 50 years of age, on stepping-stone’s of his dead self, he climbed to higher things. Through what Disraeli would of called “the hell of failure” he entered the heaven of his triumph. It is ever so. The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the persistent take it by storm. The convert is, as Wellington said, the man who never knows when he is beaten. The dust of defeat stings the face of the Victor at every step of his onward march. F. W. Boreham – The Luggage of Life, 1912, published by Kregel Publications
Paradoxical Ponderings I confess that this was very disappointing, for I had expected something altogether different. It seemed to me exceedingly incongruous that a religion, whose fruits were declared in the Bible to be love, and joy, and peace should so often work out practically in an exactly opposite direction, and should develop the fruits of doubt, and fear, and unrest, and conflict, and discomforts of every kind; and the result is possible to find out what was the matter. Why, I asked myself, should the children of God lead such utterly uncomfortable religious lives when He has led us to believe that His yoke would be easy and His burden light? Why are we tormented with so many spiritual doubts, and such heavy spiritual anxieties? Why do we find it so hard to be sure that God really loves us, and why is it that we never seem able to believe long at a time in His kindness and His care? How is it that we can let ourselves suspect Him of forgetting us and forsaking us in times of need? We can trust our earthly friends, and can be comfortable in their companionship, and why is it then that we cannot trust our heavenly Friend, and that we seem unable to be comfortable in His service? Hannah Whitall Smith – The God of All Comfort, circa 1890 – 1956 Edition Moody Publishers
The Least is Greatest in the Kingdom We are told (Matthew 18:3), “Except ye be converted, and become as little children,” etc. As if he had said, you strive for preeminent and worldly greatness in My kingdom; I tell you My kingdom is a kingdom of babes, and containeth none but the humble and such as are little in their own eyes, and are contented to be small and despised in the eyes of others, and do not seek after great matters in the world. — Thomas Manton Charles H. Spurgeon – The Treasury of David abridged by David Otis Fuller, circa 1880, © 1968 by David Otis Fuller, Published by Kregel Publications