Quote Title Quotation Source
We Must Work While It is Yet Day In this sense God made all creatures working like himself the heavens, the sun, the stars, and then far above all things, the angels and men, each according to its kind. Nowhere is there a flower so small, or a leaf, or a sprout of grass, the expanse of the heavens, the stars, the sun and moon in these things there is continuously work, and especially God working with himself. Should not man, then, noble and formed with dignity according to God s image, should he not work, formed in his faculties like God and in God and like him in his being? John Tauler – Sermon 39, circa 1340; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
Strongholds Stand Against Truth The tendency is to deny that a fact has any existence because it cannot be fitted into any explanation as yet. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
What We re All Praying and Waiting For Thy kingdom come teaches us that we are to pray for the establishment of God s kingdom more than for our own temporal or even spiritual needs. This implies that the real remedy for all that needs prayer is the restoration of the kingdom of God. The true cause of all human trouble is that humanity is out of the divine order and the world is in rebellion against its sovereign God. Not until God s kingdom is reestablished in every heart and in all the world can the blessings that prayer desires be realized. A. B. Simpson – The Life of Prayer – circa 1890, © 2007 Bridge-Logos
The Subtlety of Slip Sliding Away Every one of us having been in bondage to sin, we readily believe that sinful things are satanic; but do we believe equally that the things of the world are satanic? Most of us, I think, are still of two minds about this. Yet how clearly Scripture affirms that “the whole world lieth in the evil one” ( 1 John 5:19). Satan well knows that, generally speaking, to try to ensnare real Christians through things that are positively sinful is vain and futile. They will usually sense the danger and elude him. So he has contrived instead an enticing network, the mesh of which is so skillfully woven as to attract the most innocent of men. We flee sinful lust, and with good reason, but when it comes to such seemingly innocuous things as science and art and education, how readily do we lose our sense of values and fall a prey to his enticements! Watchman Nee – Love Not The World, © 1968 CLC Publications
Conviction is Not Offensive He refused even to condemn the woman who was taken in the very act of sin, but said to the scribes and Pharisees who had brought her before Him, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her”; and when, convicted by their own consciences, they all went out one by one without condemning her, He said to her, “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” Always and everywhere He was on the side of sinners. That was what He was for. He came to save sinners. He had no other mission. Hannah Whitall Smith – The God of All Comfort, circa 1890 – 1956 Edition Moody Publishers
Thought Management I have been writing hitherto on the assumption that the people in the next pew afford no rational ground for disappointment. Of course if they do if the patient knows that the woman with the absurd hat is a fanatical bridge-player or the man with squeaky boots a miser and an extortioner then your task is so much the easier. All you then have to do is to keep out of his mind the question “If I, being what I am, can consider that I am in some sense a Christian, then why should the different devices of those people in the next pew prove that their religion is mere hypocrisy and convention?” You may ask whether it is possible to keep such an obvious thought from occurring even to a human mind. It is, Wormwood, it is! Handle him properly and it simply won’t come to his head. C. S. Lewis – The Screwtape Letters, copyright 1942, C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd.
Stable Those Thoughts so They Don t Run Away “Have your beliefs,” says an old writer, “and have your doubts. Believe your beliefs, and doubt your doubts. Never doubt your beliefs, and never believe your doubts.” F. W. Boreham – The Luggage of Life, 1912, published by Kregel Publications
Your Not In the Place, You Are the Place Religion is such a beguiling evil. It comes to you as your friend, your best friend and gains your trust. It helps you see and understand what you must do to be a “good” Christian. It shows you what you must do and look like to fit in the church-world and this is a huge desire of yours because you know you do not fit there but want to. So you study other church-goers and learn the ropes of what to do. But, alas these are the ropes that will choke the life of Christ out of you. The higher you climb the ladder of religion the further you drop when the trap doors open. Whereas religion tells you about God and what you must do to fit in, true Christianity reveals by the Spirit who God is in Christ and invites you to meet Him there – in Christ. Christianity is not about Christ, it is Christ. Tom Van Hoogen
Growing Produces Weird Sensations in Us God now sees that they have grown a little, and are becoming strong enough to lay aside their swaddling clothes and be taken from the gentle breast; so He sets them down from His arms and teaches them to walk on their own feet; which they feel to be very strange, for everything seems to be going wrong with them. St. John of the Cross – Dark Night of the Soul, circa 1560
Realities Not Possibilities When we read of “the love of God shed abroad in the heart by the Holy Spirit,” of “Christ dwelling in the heart,” of “a clean heart,” of “loving each other with a clean heart fervently,” of “God establishing our heart unblamable in holiness,” we must; with the eye of faith, regard these spiritual realities as actually and in very deed existing within us. Andrew Murray – The Two Convenants, 1898, copyright 2005
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