Quote Title Quotation Source
Self-thoughts are the Modern Idol of Choice You will never be fully resigned to the will of God if you are troubled by human opinion of you, or if you make for yourself a little idol of what people say. Michael Molinos – The Spiritual Guide – circa 1675, copyright 1982 by Seed Sowers
God’s “Good” Housekeeping Seal of Approval Nor can the benevolence of God be justly called into question because there is suffering and sorrow in the world. If man sins against the goodness of God,… who is to blame but himself? Would God be “good” if he punished not those who ill use his blessings, abuse his benevolence, and trample his mercies beneath their feet? It will be no reflection upon God’s goodness, but rather the brightest exemplification of it, when he shall rid the earth of those who have broken his laws, defied his authority, mocked his messengers, scorned his Son, and persecuted those for whom he died. Arthur W. Pink – The Attributes of God, circa 1940, copyright 1975 Baker Books
Work It Out Sinner saved by grace means a soul who is set on the disposition of self (sinner) is set apart by the process of sanctification and made holy by the destruction of that disposition (saved) which is by the performance of God involving the will of man and working together through the whole lump. Tom Van Hoogen
Joyful Yes, Happy No The Bible talks plentifully about joy, but it nowhere speaks about a happy Christian. Happiness depends on what happens; joy does not. Remember, Jesus Christ had joy, and He prays that they might have My joy fulfilled in themselves. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Serving Self Makes You Numb to the Spirit For instance, a thief who is stealing and hoarding things as a means of happiness is not only missing his happiness, but by his acts of theft is destroying the very capacity for it. That capacity is deadend by his sinful conduct. And if he loses the sense of the sinfulness of theft and his conscience does not feel remorse, he has already committed spiritual suicide. He has not only killed the capacity but has killed the soul which had the capacity. Sadhu Sundar Singh – With and Without Christ – circa 1925; excerpted from Devotional Classics by Foster and Smith © 2005
Weeping is Seeping from a Stony Place Does weeping speak? In what language doth it utter its meaning? Weeping is the eloquence of sorrow. Let us learn to think of tears as liquid prayers and of weeping as a constant dropping of importunate intercession which will wear its way right surely into the very heart of Mercy, despite the stony difficulties which obstruct the way. Charles H. Spurgeon – The Treasury of David abridged by David Otis Fuller, circa 1880, © 1968 by David Otis Fuller, Published by Kregel Publications
The Medicine Hurts Too Sometimes As for you, when the Lord has firmly established this relationship, you will have the sense that He has so completely found you out that each time His light focuses on the sin in your life, you have only one course. All you can do is turn very simply to Him and there bare all the pain and correction which He inflicts. Jeanne Guyon – Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ, circa 1680
What We Seek is Beyond Us Now it is clear as clear can be that the hunger of our hearts for the hills is only part of the hunger of our hearts for the infinite. The instinct of the far horizon is indelibly engraved in our very nature. Go where you will, visit what city you like, and you will straightway be taken to some noble and commanding eminence to see the view. F. W. Boreham – The Luggage of Life, 1912, published by Kregel Publications
The Bible Put God s Love on the Map for Us A little boy, who had been studying at school about the discovery of America, said to his father one day, “Father, if I had been Columbus I would not have taken all that trouble to discover America.” “Why, what would you have done?” asked the father. “Oh,” replied the little boy, “I would have just gone to the map and found it.” This little boy did not understand that maps are only pictures of already known places, and that America did not exist because it was on the map, but it could not be on the map until it was already known to exist. And similarly with the Bible. It is, like the map, a simple statement of facts; so that when it tells us that God loves us, it is only telling us something that is a fact, and that would not be in the Bible if it had not been already known to be a fact. Hannah Whitall Smith – The God of All Comfort, circa 1890 – 1956 Edition Moody Publishers
The Proof is in the Practice If we love God we ought to pray, because He wants us to pray, and commands us to pray. If we believe God we shall pray because we cannot help doing so: we cannot get on without it. Fellow-Christian, you believe in God, and you believe on Him (John 3:16), but have you advanced far enough in the Christian life to believe Him; that is, to believe what He says and all He says? Does it not sound blasphemous to ask such a thing of a Christian man? Yet how few believers really believe God! God forgive us! Unknown Christian – The Kneeling Christian, circa 1890, © 2007 Bidge-Logos.
The Kingdom is Advancing, Keep Moving I feel that we could gain much from a little acquaintance with men of his spiritual flavor and the school of Christian thought which they represent. Christian literature, to be accepted and approved by the evangelical leaders of our times, must follow very closely the same train of thought, a kind of “party line” from which it is scarcely safe to depart. A half-century of this in America has made us smug and content. We imitate each other with slavish devotion and our most strenuous efforts are put forth to try to say the same thing that everyone around us is saying – and yet to find an excuse for saying it, some little safe variation on the approved theme or, if no more, at least a new illustration. A. W. Tozer – The Pursuit of God