Quote Title Quotation Source
The Subtleties of Seeking Him Don t be angry about what people say. Just follow God and let them talk. As far as people are concerned, you will never be able to satisfy them. Silence, peace, and union with God should comfort you from all that people speak against you. You need to be determined to do right in your present situation but at the same time your quick temper requires checks and balances. Come to God often just to sit in His presence and renew yourself. Nothing is as important as lowliness of heart, and detachment from your own opinion and will. Stiffness and harshness is not the spirit of Jesus Christ. Fenelon – The Seeking Heart, circa 1690, copyright Christian Books Publishing House
Coming Into Conformity “This then, is the goal of the solitary, and this must be his whole intention — to deserve to possess the image of future blessedness in this life and glory in this vessel. This, I say, is the end of all perfection — that the mind purged of every carnal desire may daily be elevated to spiritual things, until one’s whole way of life and all the yearnings of one’s heart become a single and continuous prayer.” John Cassian – Conferences 9 and 10 circa 400; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
Digging Deeper With the Spirit of Revelation There are deep things of God, mysteries, hidden things, of which the apostle Paul often speaks. The eyes of the natural man cannot discern, nor his ear detect, nor his heart conceive of them. Higher than the vast heights above us or the fathomless lakes beneath, they defy the wise and prudent of this world. But they are revealed to babes not in the land of light and glory, but here and now, through the grace of the Holy Spirit. God has revealed them to us by the Spirit (see Eph. 3:5). Jesus promised that when the Spirit of Truth came, He would lead us into all the truth and reveal the things of Christ to us.

Let us be apt pupils of so transcendent a teacher. Be willing and eager to receive what the Spirit reveals and accept the mystery of that which He does not.

F. B. Meyer – The Best of F. B. Meyer, circa 1910, © 2006 Cook Communications Ministries
Grace is Not an Excuser But an Enabler All that was needed was a subtle and almost imperceptible change of emphasis, and the damage was done. Luther had taught that man cannot stand before God, however religious his works and ways may be, because at the bottom he is always seeking his own interests. In the depth of his misery, Luther had grasped by faith the free and unconditional forgiveness of all his sins. That experience taught him that this grace had cost him his very life, and must continue to cost him the same price day by day. So far from dispensing him from discipleship, this grace only made him a more earnest disciple. Dietrich Bonhoeffer – The Cost of Discipleship, circa 1945, copyright 1959 by SCM Press Ltd.
God Is the Missing Part of the Explanation There is always one fact more that science cannot explain, and the best thing to do is not to deny it in order to preserve your sanity, but to say, as Job did, No, the one fact more which you cannot explain means that God must step in just there, or there is no explanation to be had. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Only one who has had eternal life is able to deny himself, take up the cross, and follow the Lord. For a sinner who has not yet possessed eternal life, what he needs to do is not to try to follow the Lord but to believe in the Lord. Watchman Nee – The Salvation of the Soul, © 1978 Christian Fellowship Publishers, Inc.
Why do you seek me? Millions, perhaps billions claim to be seeking Christ and Jesus these days. But with what motive? “Howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come… He shall glorify Me.” We lose the power of the Holy Spirit because we see Him as the power to do the works of Christ. No, He is come to glorify Me! Christ never insists on being honored and that makes it exceptionally easy to dishonor Him. The Holy Spirit is the one who honors Jesus. The human spirit, apart from the Holy Spirit only honors Jesus when He does things. Religious man throughout history seek this honor and glory that is His alone and try to mimic Him with Christ-like garb and gab. The Holy Spirit will not honor Christ-likeness in men because Christ-likeness can be imitated. He glorifies Christ. It is impossible to imitate Jesus Christ. Tom Van Hoogen
Now the Shoe is on the Other Foot A Christian lady who had this feeling was once expressing to a friend how impossible she found it to say, “Thy will be done,” and how afraid she should be to do it. She was the mother of a lonely little boy, who was the heir of a great fortune and the idol of her heart. After she had stated her difficulties fully, her friend said, “Suppose your little Charlie should come running to you tomorrow and say, ‘Mother, I have made up my mind to let you have your own way with me from this time forward. I am always going to obey you, and I want you to do just whatever you think best with me. I will trust your love.’ How would you feel toward him? Would you say to yourself, ‘Ah, now I shall have a chance to make Charlie miserable. I will take away all his pleasures and fill his life with every hard and disagreeable thing that I can find. I will compel him to do just the things that are the most difficult for him to do and will give him all sorts of impossible commands.'” “Oh, no, no, no!” Exclaimed the indignant mother. “You know I would not. You know I would hug him to my heart and cover him with kisses and would hasten to fill his life with all that was sweetest and best.” “And are you more tender and more loving than God?” Asked her friend. “Ah, no!” Was the reply. “I see my mistake. Of course I must not be any more afraid of saying, ‘Thy will be done,’ to my heavenly Father, than I would want Charlie to be of saying it to me.” Hannah Whitall Smith – The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life, 1875 © 1998 Barbour Publishing, Inc.
God s Beholding is Life-Giving Life eternal, says Nicholas, is “nought other than that blessed regard wherewith Thou never ceasest to behold me, yea, even the secret places of my soul. With Thee, to behold is to give life; ’tis unceasingly to impart sweetest love of Thee; ’tis to inflame me to love of Thee by love’s imparting, and to feed me by inflaming, and by feeding to kindle my yearning, and by kindling to make me drink of the dew of gladness, and by drinking to infuse in me a fountain of life, and by infusing to make it increase and endure.” A. W. Tozer – The Pursuit of God
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