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How Oft I Would, But You Would Not He is not afaid of your presumptuous approach to Him. It is you who are afraid to come near Him. He is not watching over His dignity. It is you who fear to be sent away as the disciples would have sent away the little children. George MacDonald – The Best of George MacDonald © 2006 Cook Communications Ministries.
Growing Together By contrast, devout conversation about spiritual things greatly promotes our spiritual growth, especially when persons of one mind and spirit are gathered together in God. Thomas aKempis – The Imitation of Christ circa. 1420 © 1999 Bridge-Logos Publishers
There is Much Work to Be Done When we are first saved (if we are truly saved) there is at once a strong desire and passion to share with others — to be witnesses unto Jesus Christ. And then the “religion” gets hold of us and places us into its program of attending church functions, fellowshipping, singing songs together, enjoying our new life in Christ. Witnessing unto Christ is something we only do periodically according to scheduled times and an established program. The joy we first had diminishes and we seek once again to have a sense of God’s will. We become so caught up in doing religious things that we lose sight of His will. Thank God, when He saved us, He does give us something to do. Go, make witnesses unto me. We are debtors to every man because of the Redemption of Jesus Christ. Tom Van Hoogen
The Rest Is Up to Him The Christian life from start to finish is based upon this principle of utter dependence upon the Lord Jesus. There is no limit to the grace God is willing to bestow upon us. He will give us everything, but we can receive none of it except as we rest in him. Watchman Nee – Sit, Walk, Stand, copyright 1957 by Angus I. Kinnear
We Are Not Home Yet Once grief touches a man he is full of reaction, he says spiteful things because he is hurt, but in the end grief leads a man to the right point of view, viz. that the basis of things is tragic. As long as I am happy and things go well, I say what a famous philosopher said This is the best of all possible worlds. It plainly is not, and the Bible reveals why it is not. The world as God originally designed it, was the best of all possible worlds, but it has now become the worst of all possible worlds; Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Forcing the Pieces of the God-Puzzle Left to ourselves we tend immediately to reduce God to manageable terms. We want to get Him where we can use Him, or at least know where He is when we need Him. We want a God we can in some measure control. We need the feeling of security that comes from knowing what God is like, and what He is like is of course a composite of all the religious pictures we have seen, all the best people we have known or heard about, and all the sublime ideas we have entertained. A. W. Tozer – The Knowledge of the Holy, © 1961 Aiden Wilson Tozer
The Fire of Trials is a Purifier There must come a holocaust of your own values and judgments and will. Michael Molinos – The Spiritual Guide – circa 1675, copyright 1982 by Seed Sowers
Moving is Not Necessarily Getting On The larva, that is to say, were in advance of the mature animal which developed from them. The unseen constabulary of the universe can move us on; but it is not in their power to see that the movement shall be progress. They move us on as the wind moves the ships: it is for us to trim our sails to suit our destinies. For there are two great principles involved in getting on. There is the principle of the propeller, and there is the principle of the rudder. The propeller may make the pace, but only so far as it is checked and directed and controlled by the rudder can we be sure of “getting there.” It is so fatally easy to move on. F. W. Boreham – The Luggage of Life, 1912, published by Kregel Publications
The Nature of Grace To do evil for good is human corruption; to do good for good is civil retribution; but to do good for evil is Christian perfection. Though this be not the grace of nature, yet it is the nature of grace. — William Secker Charles H. Spurgeon – The Treasury of David abridged by David Otis Fuller, circa 1880, © 1968 by David Otis Fuller, Published by Kregel Publications
Coming Into His Presence So that you can see him more clearly, let me describe the way in which you come to the Lord by the simple act of beholding him and waiting upon him. You begin by setting aside a time to be with the Lord. When you do come to him, come quietly. Turn your heart to the presence of God. How is this done? This, too, is quite simple. You turn to him by faith. By faith you believe you have come into the presence of God. Next while you are before the Lord, begin to read some portion of Scripture. As you read, pause. The pause should be quite gentle. You have paused so that you may set your mind on the Spirit. You have set your mind inwardly on Christ. You should always remember that you are not doing this to gain some understanding of what you have read; rather, you are reading in order to turn your mind from outward things to the deep parts of your being. You are not there to learn or to read, but you’re there to experience the presence of their Lord! Jeanne Guyon – Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ – circa 16800; excerpted from Devotional Classics by Foster and Smith © 2005
He is For the Weak and Lowly I have always been thankful that the feeble-minded are especially mentioned by Paul in his exhortations to the Thessalonian Christians, when he is urging them to comfort one another. In effect he says, Do not scold the feeble-minded, but comfort them. The very ones who need comfort most are the ones that our God, who is like a mother, wants to comfort not the strong-minded ones, but the feeble-minded. Hannah Whitall Smith – The God of All Comfort, circa 1890 – 1956 Edition Moody Publishers