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Ever Hungry, Ever Thirsty, Ever Desiring Yet through the burden, so to speak, of our infirmity, we sink back to our usual level and relapse to our ordinary state. And just as there we found cause for rejoicing, so here there will not be lacking an occasion for sorrow. For that deer that “made its tears its bread day and night,” carried along “by longing for the water-brooks” (that is, to the spiritual delights of God), “pouring forth his soul above himself” that he might attain to what is above his own soul, walking toward “the place of the wonderful tabernacle even unto the house of God,” and led on by the sweetness of that inward spiritual sound to feel contempt for outward things and be ravished by interior things, is still just a mortal man. He is still groaning here, still bearing about the frailty of the flesh, still in danger in the midst of the offenses of this world. He therefore looks back at himself, as if he were coming from the other world, and says to himself, now placed in the midst of the sorrows, comparing these with the things to see which he had entered in there, and after seeing which he had come out of there, says, “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why do you disturb me?” (Psalm 41:6). See, we have just now been gladdened by certain inward delights; with the mind’s eye we have been able to behold, even though with only a momentary glance, something not susceptible to change. Why do you still disturb me, why are you still cast down? For you do not doubt your God. For now you are not without something to say to yourself in answer to those who say, “Where is your God?” I have now had the perception of something that is unchangeable, so why do you still disturb me? “Hope in God”. Just as if his soul was silently replying to him, “I disturb me because I am not yet there where that delight is to which I was rapt as it were in passing. Augistine of Hippo – Sermon on Psalm 41 – circa 390; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
There is Deception, Not Safety, In Numbers Many of the religious phases of to-day do not touch reality, but only the Pharisaic insistence on a certain form of sound doctrine, and the man who is up against things finds nothing but chaff. Every denominationalist is certain that the crowd who does not agree with what we call our sound principles must be wrong; he never imagines that the Job type of man can be right with God. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Faith with Obedience Penetrates the Veil It is only in nature that we meet with God under a veil, while in His revelation, all veils and coverings are removed. Only seclude your selves for time, for the purpose of biblical study, and send up repeated and heartfelt aspirations for divine enlightenment, and you will unceasingly observe infallible traces of Jehovah, and there will be no end to the discoveries you will make of all that is wonderful and glorious. F. W. Krummacher – The Suffering Saviour, Meditations on the Last Days of Christ, Wipf and Stock Publishers
Self Contented, Self Deceived He has not been anything like long enough with the Enemy to have any real humility yet. What he says, even on his knees, about his own sinfulness is all parrot talk. At bottom, he still believes he has run up a very favorable credit-balance in the Enemy’s ledger by allowing himself to be converted, and thinks that he is showing great humility and condescension in going to church with these “smug”, commonplace neighbors. Keep him in that state of mind as long as you can — Screwtape. C. S. Lewis – The Screwtape Letters, copyright 1942, C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd.
Why Grope In Darkness When There is Light David, in order to pray aright, reposes himself on the Word and promise of God; and the import of his exercise is this: Lord, I am not led by ambition or foolish, headstrong passion, or depraved desire, inconsiderately to ask from Thee whatever is pleasing to my flesh; but it is the clear light of Thy Word which directs me, and upon it I securely depend. –John Calvin Charles H. Spurgeon – The Treasury of David abridged by David Otis Fuller, circa 1880, © 1968 by David Otis Fuller, Published by Kregel Publications
Only Trust Him, Trust Him Only If you are an uncomfortable Christian, then the only thing to give you a thoroughly comfortable religious life is to know God. The psalmist says that they that know God’s name will put their trust in Him, and it is, I am convinced, impossible for anyone really to know Him and not to trust Him. A trustworthy person commands trust; not in the sense of ordering people to trust him, but by irresistibly winning their trust by his trustworthiness. Hannah Whitall Smith – The God of All Comfort, circa 1890 – 1956 Edition Moody Publishers
Be Doers, Not Hearers Only To paraphrase Thomas a Kempis, “I had rather exercise faith than know the definition thereof.” A. W. Tozer – The Pursuit of God
Identity Crisis Your outcome in eternity is squarely dependent upon the exercise of free will in the face of crises, the greatest and most critical of which is believing the truth about yourself as revealed in God’s Word. Tom Van Hoogen
The Glory of Wormliness False humility belong to those who avoid esteems and who avoid all honor so that they may be taken as being humble. They go out of their way to speak often of just how very evil they are. (They do this so that they may be thought of as good.) Inside, they really do know their own misery yet they utterly despise the thought that anyone else would know. This is feigned humility; this is secret and hidden pride, nothing more. Michael Molinos – The Spiritual Guide – circa 1675, copyright 1982 by Seed Sowers
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