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Identification With Others Produces Mercy The truly humble person will not only look admirably at the strengths of others, but will also look with great forgiveness upon the weaknesses of others. The truly humble person will try to see how the sinful deeds done by others were committed because the person was unenlightened or misled, concluding that if the person had the same benefits and helps that he had, they would not have committed any such evil, but rather, would have done much good. Jeremy Taylor – The Rule and Exercises of Holy Living, circa 1650; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
Satan – Head Hunter When the apostle Paul says that sin entered into the world through one man, he did not mean a man like ourselves; he was speaking of the Federal Head of the human race, the noble being that God created. The third chapter of Genesis reveals how sin was introduced into the world. Watch the subtlety of Satan s reasoning: And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said . . . ? The one thing he was aiming at was the dominion of God over man. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
3 Part Harmony The beginning of good in the animal life is perfect obedience; its advance is subjugating the body and reducing it to servitude; it’s perfection is when habitual doing good has become a pleasure. The beginning of the rational life is to understand what is presented to it in the teaching of faith; its advance is to prepare things that fit that teaching; it’s perfection is when reason’s judgment passes over into loving affection of mind. The perfection of the rational life is the beginning of the spiritual life; its advance is “to behold God’s glory with unveiled face”; its perfection is “to be transformed into the same image, from glory to glory, as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18). William of Saint-Thierry – The Golden Letter; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
If You Really Know Him, You Trust Him Could we but for one moment get a glimpse into the mighty depths of His love, our hearts would spring out to meet His will and embrace it as our richest treasure; and we would abandon ourselves to it with an enthusiasm of gratitude and joy, that such a wondrous privilege could be ours. A great many Christians seem practically to think that all their Father in heaven wants is a chance to make them miserable and to take away all their blessings; and they imagine, poor souls, that if they hold onto things in their own will, they can hinder Him from doing this. I am ashamed to write the words, yet we must face the fact which is making wretched hundreds of lives. Hannah Whitall Smith – The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life, 1875 © 1998 Barbour Publishing, Inc.
If any man lack wisdom, let him ask God “He is the wisest man,” says Plato, “who knows himself to be very ill qualified for the attainment of wisdom.” F. W. Boreham – The Heavenly Octave: A Study of the Beatitudes, Copyright 1936 by F. W. Boreham
The Consecration of Spiritual Concentration Retire from the world each day to some private spot, even if it be only the bedroom (for a while I retreated to the furnace room for want of a better place). Stay in the secret place till surrounding noises begin to fade out of your heart and a sense of God’s presence envelops you. Deliberately tune out the unpleasant sounds and come out of your closet determined not to hear them. Listen for the inward Voice till you learn to recognize it. Stop trying to compete with others. Give yourself to God and then be what and who you are without regard to what others think. Reduce your interests to a few. Don’t try to know what will be of no service to you. Avoid the digest type of mind — short bits of unrelated facts, cute stories and bright sayings. Learn to pray inwardly every moment. After a while you can do this even while you work. Practice candor, childlike honesty, humility. Pray for a single eye. Read less, but read more of what is important to your inner life. Never let your mind remain scattered for very long. Call home you’re roving thoughts. Gaze on Christ with the eyes of your soul. Practice spiritual concentration. — Of God and Men A. W. Tozer – The Pursuit of God
The Objects of Our Affections These four degrees of love are related in one way in divine attractions; they are totally different in the case of spiritual desires and in carnal desires. In spiritual desires, the greater, the better; in carnal desires, the greater, the worse. In divine attractions the highest is also the best. In human attractions the highest is the worst. Surely in human attractions the first degree can be good, the second without doubt is bad, while the third is worse and the fourth the worst of all. Richard of St. Victor – The Four Degrees of Violent Charity; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
Opening the Lines of Communication When we lift up our souls to God in prayer it gives God an opportunity to do what He will in us and with us. It is putting ourselves at God’s disposal. Unknown Christian – The Kneeling Christian, circa 1890, © 2007 Bidge-Logos.
A Hangover Of Faith from Being Love Drunk Great love will beget great faith — faith in His love for us, faith in the powerful revelations of His love in our hearts, faith that He through His love will work all His good pleasure in us. The wings of faith and love will lift us up to heaven, and we will be filled with “joy unspeakable.” The joy of the Christian is an indispensable witness to the world of the power of Christ to change hearts and to fill them with heavenly love and gladness. Oh, you who love the Lord Jesus, take time daily in the inner chamber with Him to drink in a fresh supply of His heavenly love. It will make you strong in faith, and your joy will be full. Love, joy, faith — these will fill your life each day through the grace of the Lord Jesus. Andrew Murray – Andrew Murray 365 Day Devotional, © 2006 Whitaker House.
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