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Listen v4.38 Quotes

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Your Scars and Pains are Your Trophies Those Christians of the first magnitude, of whom the world was not worthy, “Had trials of cruel mockings and scourgings, they were sawn asunder, they were slain with the sword” (Hebrews 11:36-37). What! were all these during the time of their sufferings blessed? A carnal man would think, if this be to be blessed, God deliver him from it. But, however sense would give their vote, our Savior Christ pronounceth the godly man blessed; though a mourner, though a martyr, yet blessed. Job on the dunghill was a blessed Job. The Saints are blessed when they are cursed. The Saints though they are bruised, they are blessed. Quote by Thomas Watson from The Treasury of David by Charles H. Spurgeon, abridged by David Otis Fuller, circa 1880, © 1968 by David Otis Fuller, Published by Kregel Publications
A New You Equals New Desires, New Agenda All who are truly Christ’s are separated from the world by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation” (2 Cor. 5:17). God gives him new desires. Once he desired what other men do: praise of men, a name, power, money, pleasures. These were the chief objects set before him. Now these have lost their power over him. To him, the world has become crucified. Now he desires more nearness to God, more complete change of heart. He desires to spread the knowledge of Jesus over the world. Robert Murray McCheyne – The Best of Robert Murray McCheyne circa 1840, © 2006 Cook Communications Ministries
The Perfecting Work of Suffering To suffer without making excuses is a habit of great perfection. Teresa of Avila – The Way Of Perfection, circa 1575
It Depends on What you Put in the Clay Pot Human affairs are hardly worth considering in earnest, and yet we must be in earnest about them a sad necessity constrains us, says Plato in a mood of melancholy. He apologizes later for his low opinion of mankind which, he explains, emerged from comparing men with the gods. Let us grant, if you wish, that the human race is not to be despised, but is worthy of some consideration. Abraham Joshua Heschel – The Prophets © 1962 by Abraham Joshua Heschel, published by Hendrickson Publishers
Every Cost is Worthy Of Gaining Him When you love God, it will not matter to you what you must suffer on His behalf. The cross will make you over in the image of your beloved. Here is real consolation a true bond of love. Fenelon – The Seeking Heart, circa 1690, copyright Christian Books Publishing House
Know Your Audience True prayer must ever realize the nearness and greatness of God. A. B. Simpson – The Life of Prayer – circa 1890, © 2007 Bridge-Logos
He is Seated At Center Stage A radiator is a body that emits rays of light and heat. We have used a purely mechanical term in order to picture what the heart is, viz., the centre that emits rays of light and heat in the physical frame, in the soul, and in the spirit. The heart physically is the centre of the body; the heart sentimentally is the centre of the soul; and the heart spiritually is the centre of the spirit. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Different Values in Different Economies Indeed, unless we look at the unseen powers behind the material things we may readily be deceived. In 1 Peter 3 … the apostle sets “the outward adorning (Cosmos) of plating the hair, and of wearing jewels of gold, and of putting on apparel” in deliberate contrast with “the incorruptible apparel of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.” By inference therefore, the former are corrupt and worthless to God…. Here is what he is implying. In the background behind these matters of wearing apparel and jewelry and makeup, there is a power at work for its own ends. Do not let that power grip you. Watchman Nee – Love Not The World, © 1968 CLC Publications
In or Out? No Other Options Remember, this repentance, this willingness to submission, to humiliation and a kind of death, is not something God demands of you before He will take you back in which He could let you off if He chose: it is simply a description of what going back to Him is like. If you ask God to take you back without it, you are really asking Him to let you go back without going back. It cannot happen. C. S. Lewis – Mere Christianity, copyright 1952, C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd.
Why Do You Want to Know? There are only two men in the whole wide world who can ask questions effectively. There is the man who does not know, and wants to learn; and there is the man who does know, and wants to teach. F. W. Boreham – The Luggage of Life, 1912, published by Kregel Publications
I AM … This apparently unfinished name, therefore, is the most comforting name the heart of man could devise, because it allows us to add to it, without any limitation, whatever we feel the need of, and even “exceeding abundantly” beyond all that we can ask or think. Hannah Whitall Smith – The God of All Comfort, circa 1890 – 1956 Edition Moody Publishers
The Distance Between God and Sin You can never overestimate the depravity of man’s heart for you can never overestimate the love and mercy of God and therefore you can never overestimate the glory of God and love due Him. His Glory is the distance between His loving kindness and our depravity. Give praise to our God, his love endures forever. Tom Van Hoogen

Listen v4.27 Quotes

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Looking Past the Words to the Motives A man with whom I was boarding in a season of revival, being greatly troubled about his own spiritual state, said to me, What would you think of a man who prays for the Spirit of God week after week, but never gets it?

My reply was, I should think the man prayed selfishly. I presume that is all the trouble. The devil might pray for spiritual joy in the very same way. His only planned objective being his own spiritual enjoyment. The Psalmist did not pray so. He did indeed pray that God would restore to him the lost joys of his salvation; but his motives in it were not selfish, for he adds, Then will I teach transgressors thy ways, and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

Charles G. Finney – Power, Passion and Prayer, circa 1860, copyright 2004 Bridge-Logos Publishers
Truthful, Not Optimistic We and the prophet have no language in common. To us the moral state of society, for all its stains and spots, seems fair and trim; to the prophet it is dreadful. So many deeds of charity are done, so much decency radiates day and night; yet to the prophet satiety of the conscience is prudery and flight from responsibility. Our standards are modest; our sense of injustice tolerable, timid; our moral indignation impermanent; yet human violence is interminable, unbearable, permanent. To us life is often serene, in the prophet s eye the world reels in confusion. The prophet makes no concession to man s capacity. Exhibiting little understanding for human weakness, he seems unable to extenuate the culpability of man. Abraham Joshua Heschel – The Prophets © 1962 by Abraham Joshua Heschel, published by Hendrickson Publishers
He Makes All Things Beautiful In His Time Christ leaves no emptiness within you. You will be led to do things which you will find enjoyable, and you will like them better than doing all the things which led you astray. How happy you will be when you do not possess anything of your own but give yourself completely to your Lord. Bride of Jesus, how beautiful you are when you no longer have anything of your own, but seek only His beauty. You will then be the delight of your Bridegroom, and He will be all your beauty! He will love you without measure. He will put His own life in you. Fenelon – The Seeking Heart, circa 1690, copyright Christian Books Publishing House
The Pride of Life Blinds You Many a gross Pharisee is a mighty moralist and he believes himself sincere with it. The deadliest Pharisaism is not hypocrisy, it is the unconscious Pharisaism of unreality. Dr. Forsyth Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
To Keep It you Must Give It Third, pass on to others what you have found. The third habit is the habit of passing onto others what has been given to us in the reading of the Word and prayer. It is a law of the mind that that which is not expressed dies. If you don’t share it, you won’t have it. E. Stanley Jones – The Habit of Reading the Bible Daily – circa 1930; excerpted from Devotional Classics by Foster and Smith © 2005
Glorious Work to Be Done! As one comes to see the worth in the glory of the work to be done — as one believes in the possibility of his, too, being able to do that work well — as one learns to trust the very power and the very Spirit of God working in him, “he will, in the fullest sense, become conscious of a new life, with an infinity of unsuspecting glory in the midst of which we go about our daily task, and become Lord of an endless kingdom full of light and pleasure and power.” Andrew Murray – God’s Plans for You, circa 1890, © 1983 by Whitaker House
Selfish Pride, the Obstacle to His Will His will is the very most blessed thing that can come to us under any circumstances. I do not understand how it is that the eyes of so many Christians have been blinded to this fact. But it really would seem as if God’s own children were more afraid of His will than of anything else in life — His lovely, lovable will, which only means loving-kindnesses and tender mercies and blessings unspeakable to their souls! I wish I could only show to everyone the unfathomable sweetness of the will of God. Heaven is a place of infinite bliss because His will is perfectly done there. Hannah Whitall Smith – The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life, 1875 © 1998 Barbour Publishing, Inc.
Surgery Under a Really Bright Light You see, if you try to be the one who does the examining, there is a very good chance that you will deceive yourself…. Ah, not so when you come to your Lord. He can be so thorough, so exacting, and so demanding! There, before Him, you are in full exposure before the Sun of Righteousness. His divine beams make even your smallest faults visible. The proper way to deal with sin become so evident. You must abandon yourself into the hands of God, both in self-examination and in the confession of your sins. Jeanne Guyon – Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ, circa 1680
The More You Know Him, the More You Love Him If it comes to attractive exterior’s and enticing advertisements, theology cannot hold a candle to theatricals, nor prayer-meetings to picture-shows. But they have most radiant outlooks for all that. And have we not somewhere read of One who is spoken of by those who are happy enough to know Him as the fairest among ten thousand and altogether lovely? Yet, when first they saw Him, he was to them as a root out of a dry ground, having no beauty that they should desire Him! F. W. Boreham – The Luggage of Life, 1912, published by Kregel Publications
The Deception of the Worlds Gifts “Earth’s entertainments are like those of Jael: her left-hand brings me milk, her right, a nail.” — Thomas Fuller Charles H. Spurgeon – The Treasury of David abridged by David Otis Fuller, circa 1880, © 1968 by David Otis Fuller, Published by Kregel Publications
Issues with God If you have issues with authority, then you have issues with Love. Tom Van Hoogen

Listen v4.17 Quotes

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Are You In or Out? There are three possible lives: one entirely under law; one entirely under grace; one a mixed life, partly law and partly grace. It is this last against which Paul warns in Romans. It is this which is so common and works such ruin among Christians. Let us ask ourselves if this is not our position and the cause of our low state. Andrew Murray – The Two Convenants, 1898, copyright 2005 CLC Ministries International
The Enemy Has A Bag Full of Tricks You may be a hard sell, and I pray God you are; but do not think for a moment that Satan will be easily turned away. If you do not like his box of temptations, then he will reach into his sack of accusations and display them so cleverly you will think he brings them at God’s request! William Gurnall – The Christian in Complete Armour – Volume 1 of 3, circa 1655, copyright 1986 by World Challenge, Inc.
Accountability Defined The more you know, the better you understand, the more severely you will be judged, unless your life is also holy. Thomas aKempis – The Imitation of Christ circa. 1420 © 1999 Bridge-Logos Publishers
Balancing Humility and Pride at the Summit The distance between true love and horrific pride is virtually infintesimal. True love seeks, with sincerity of heart, zeal and unselfish desire to please or benefit another. Its sole intent is outward toward others without thought of self or personal welfare. This is how we can be “like God”. This is the reason Christ will say to us, “well done… ” Right now, right here, at the apex of spiritual experience is our Temptation. Now the Accuser comes and whispers, “Yes, you did good didn’t you? Yes, you did because you are so good.” This is the place where we must say “get thee behind me”, for if we do not, we fall from that mountain and are dashed on the rocks below. Safer to not get up on a mountain and to chain our soul to the level ground of Humility. Tom Van Hoogen
Entering the Prayer Zone How, then, should one pray? How should one dispose oneself and act? That is what I now intend to discuss a bit. Every good person, when he intends to pray, should gather together to himself his external senses and look into his heart and mind to see that they are well focused on God. A person can do this in the highest, lowest, or intermediate manner. And to this end it is good for a person to examine very carefully what is most suitable and what most moves him to proper, true devotion; and let him then make use of this manner of work. But you should realize that whatever good person wants to engage in true, proper prayer, so that his prayer will truly be heard, must have already turned his back on all temporal and external things and on whatever is not divine, whether it be friend or foe, and on all vanity, whether it be clothes or jewels or anything of which God is not the true source. And he must separate his words and actions from all disorder, internal or external. John Tauler – Sermon 39, circa 1340; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
Words From a Higher Source The prophet is human, yet he employs notes one octave too high for our ears. He experiences moments that defy our understanding. He is neither a singing saint nor a moralizing poet , but an assaulter of the mind. Often his words begin to burn where conscience ends. Abraham Joshua Heschel – The Prophets © 1962 by Abraham Joshua Heschel, published by Hendrickson Publishers
Unseen Results Porphyry lived at a time when this universal way for the liberation of the soul which is none other than the Christian religion was, by divine permission, attacked by idolaters, demon worshippers, and earthly rulers in order that the number of martyrs might be completed and consecrated and by martyrs I mean witnesses of the truth whose mission it was to show that all bodily sufferings must be endured when it is a question of remaining faithful to religion and of offering testimony to the truth… He did not understand that these persecutions, which impressed him and which he feared to suffer if he chose this way, tended rather to establish this religion more solidly and to commend it to others. St. Augustine – The City of God, circa 400, copyright 1950 by Fathers of the Church
God Is Not Far Off, As Some Consider Far Everything that comes from God s hand produces good fruit. Sometimes the annoyances that make you long for solitude are better for producing humility than the most complete solitude could be. Use the circumstances of each moment to the fullest. Sometimes an exciting book, or an inspiring devotional time, or a deep conversation about spiritual matters will make you feel extremely satisfied with yourself. You will believe that you are farther along than you really are. Talking about the cross is not at all the same as experiencing it. So remember this: Do not seek God as if He were far off in an ivory castle. He is found in the middle of the events of our everyday life. Look past the obstacles and find Him. Fenelon – The Seeking Heart, circa 1690, copyright Christian Books Publishing House
Put Up or Shut Up The friends charge Job with a lack of seeing the obvious, and Job replies, I am facing things you have not begun to dream about; why don t you either plunge into the deeps with me, or else keep silent, if you cannot tell me what to do? Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Shaken, Not Stirred The nearer the Cross came to you, the deeper it entered into you, were you the more disposed to admire yourself? There is no harm in your feeling pleased with yourself because you were able to thrill to these human heroisms; but if the impression Christ makes upon you is to leave you more satisfied with yourself, more proud of yourself for being able to respond, He has to get a great deal nearer to you yet. You need to be I will use the Scottish phrase which old ministers used to apply to a young minister when he had preached a thoughtful and interesting discourse you need to be well shaken over the mouth of the pit. P. T. Forsyth – The Work of Christ, Wipf & Stock, 1910

Listen v4.11 Quotes

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Wait and See When you are tempted to doubt the faithfulness of God cry out, “Get thee hence, Satan.” Though you cannot now harmonize God’s mysterious dealings with the avowals of his love, wait on him for more light. In his own good time he will make it plain to you…. Blessed are all they that wait for him (Isaiah 30:18). Arthur W. Pink – The Attributes of God, circa 1940, copyright 1975 Baker Books
Waiting On the Prayers of His People It is to prayer that God has given the right to take hold of Him and His strength. It is on prayer that the promises wait for their fulfillment, the kingdom for its coming, the glory of God for its full revelation. And for this blessed work, how slothful and unfit we are. It is only the Spirit of God that can enable us to do it aright. How speedily we are deceived into a resting in the form, while the power is wanting. Andrew Murray – With Christ in the School of Prayer, circa 1880, © 2008 Wilder Publications
Drawn By Another Attraction Jesus said, “If I be lifted up I will draw all men to myself.” But, we have another plan. If we tell people what they want to believe and offer things they like to do then we will draw them too — albeit for the wrong reasons. Tom Van Hoogen
Quitting When the Going Gets Tough These persons have the same defect when it comes to the practice of prayer, for they think that prayer consists in experiencing sensual pleasure, which they strive to obtain by great effort. They weary and fatigue their faculties and their heads. When they do not find this pleasure, they become greatly discouraged, thinking that they have accomplished nothing. Through these efforts they lose true devotion and spirituality, which consists of perseverance, patience, humility, and distrust of themselves, that they may please God alone. St. John of the Cross – Dark Night of the Soul, circa 1560, copyright 2007 Bridge-Logos Publishers
Humility Grows Best in the Light You complain about your inward darkness and poverty of spirit. Jesus says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” It is good for you to see your weakness, but don’t excuse it. Remain simple and low before God and He will bring you peace, gentleness, longsuffering, and contentment even in your trouble. Fenelon – The Seeking Heart, circa 1690, copyright Christian Books Publishing House
Something Else in View The world s reality is contingent upon compatibility with God. While others are intoxicated with the here and now, the prophet has a vision of an end. Abraham Joshua Heschel – The Prophets © 1962 by Abraham Joshua Heschel, published by Hendrickson Publishers
By Grace Through Faith Unto Works It is a fatal misunderstanding Luther’s action to suppose that his rediscovery of the gospel of pure grace offered a general dispensation from obedience to the command of Jesus, or that it was the great discovery of the Reformation that God s forgiving grace automatically conferred upon the world both righteousness and holiness. On the contrary, for Luther the Christian s worldly calling is sanctified only on so far as that calling registers the final, radical protest against the world. Dietrich Bonhoeffer – The Cost of Discipleship, circa 1945, copyright 1959 by SCM Press Ltd.
Grab Your Sword and Go! The great need of the religious world today is a return to the Bible. That is necessary for two reasons, negative and positive. Negatively, because the most serious feature of the hour in the life of the Church is the neglect of the Bible for personal use and study by religious people. Positively, because we have today enormous advantages in connection with that return to the Bible… We have through the labours of more than a century of the finest scholarship in all the world, come to understand the Bible, in its original sense, as it were never understood before. P. T. Forsyth – The Work of Christ, Wipf & Stock, 1910
Stepping Out in Faith Often I have gone to God in dire need, aggravated by nervous depression and heart sickness, and said, “My faith is flickering out, and I am losing all hope. But You are faithful, and I am counting on You.” Do not trouble about your faith; count on God’s faithfulness. If He asks you to step out on the water, He knows that He can bring you safely back to the boat. F. B. Meyer – The Best of F. B. Meyer, circa 1910, © 2006 Cook Communications Ministries
Without A Care in the World How happy and how well disposed will your soul be, if retreating within itself, she there abide in her own nothingness, both in her center and superior part, without minding what she does: whether she recollects or not; without heeding, thinking, or minding any sensible thing. At that time the intellect believes with a pure act, and the will loves with perfect love, without any kind of impediment, imitating that pure and continued act of intuition and love which the Saints say the blessed in heaven have, with no other difference than that they see God himself there face to face, and the soul here sees only through the veil of an obscure faith. Miguel De Molinos – The Spiritual Guide, 1675 – excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
What Would You Give for Your Lord Would you sacrifice that which is the dearest to you, in order to be able to assure your selves that you belong to Christ? If you reply in the affirmative to these inquiries, I will declare to you, in the name of Him who “hears the cry of the needy, and will not despise their prayer,” that the woe pronounced upon Judas has no reference to you, and that the glad tidings that you may bless the hour in which you first saw the light of this world, are for you. F. W. Krummacher – The Suffering Saviour, Meditations on the Last Days of Christ, Wipf and Stock Publishers
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