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Listen v4.39 Quotes

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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
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Listen v4.39 Quotes

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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

Listen v4.25 Quotes

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Separation From Life Culminates in Death … sin has destroyed the spirit’s keen intuitive knowledge of God and rendered man spiritually dead. He may be religious, moral, learned, capable, strong and wise, but he is dead to God. He may even talk about God, reason about God and preach God, but he is still dead to Him. Man is not able to hear or sense the voice of God’s Spirit. Consequently in the New Testament God often refers to those who are living in the flesh as dead. The death which began in our forefathers spirit gradually spread until it reached his body. Though he lived on for many years after his spirit was dead, death nevertheless worked incessantly in him until his spirit, soul and body were all dead. Watchman Nee – The Spiritual Man, circa 1920, copyright 1968 Christian Fellowship Publishers, Inc.
Finally, Someone to Trust Unfaithfulness is one of the most outstanding sins of these evil days. In the business world, a man’s word is, with exceedingly rare exceptions, no longer his bond. In the social world, marital infidelity abounds on every hand, the sacred bonds of wedlock being broken with as little regard as the discarding of an old garment. In the ecclesiastical realm, thousands who have solemnly covenanted to preach the truth make no scruple to attack and deny it. Nor can reader or writer claim complete immunity from this fearful sin: in how many ways have we been unfaithful to Christ, and to the light and privileges which God has entrusted to us! How refreshing, then, unspeakably blessed, to lift our eyes above the scene of ruin, and behold one who is faithful, faithful in all things, faithful at all times. “Know therefore that the Lord thy God, He is God, the faithful God” (Deut. 7:9) Arthur W. Pink – The Attributes of God, circa 1940, copyright 1975 Baker Books
Self-Incarceration A man or woman who claims to be a Christian but does not actively seek a relationship with God through Christ is by default a slave to the Law. But those who seek and love the Lord their God with all their heart, all their mind, all their strength and all their soul find Freedom in Christ. There are no other options. Tom Van Hoogen
Heaven Is Knocking On Your Door To live God’s way is to love. “Anyone who does not love remains in death” (1 John 3:14). God is so eager for us to love him, issuing an open invitation to the general public is not enough. He makes house calls, going from door to door. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will go in and eat with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20). Notice that this divine lover at the door is not content merely to knock. He stands there knocking. He calls out to the soul, “Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, and come with me” (Song 2:10). He rattles the doorknob. Francis de Sales – Treatise on the Love of God – circa 1616; edited by Bernard Bangley © 2003
All Things, ALL Things Work Together Patiently endure the ups and downs of everyday life. Behind every annoying circumstance, learn to see God governing all things. See that He trains you through troubling situations as well as through pleasant ones. The intrusions that God sends you will no doubt upset your plans and oppose all that you want.But they will also chase you toward God. Sit still before Him and yield your will to Him. Your unbending will shall begin to learn flexibility. Fenelon – The Seeking Heart, circa 1690, copyright Christian Books Publishing House
Make for Yourselves No Graven Thing When we try to imagine what God is like we must of necessity use that-which-is-not-God as the raw material for our minds to work on; hence whatever we visualize God to be, He is not, for we have constructed our image out of that which He has made and what He has made is not God. If we insist upon trying to imagine Him, we end with an idol, made not with hands but with thoughts; and an idol of the mind is as offensive to God as an idol of the hand. A. W. Tozer – The Knowledge of the Holy, © 1961 Aiden Wilson Tozer
Modern Day Pharisees with New Causes There is a great amount of Pharisaism abroad to-day, and it is based on devotee-ness to principles. Devotion to a cause is the great mark of our day, and in religion it means being devoted to the application of religious principles. A disciple of Jesus Christ is devoted to a Person, not to principles. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Father Knows Best Each man has worth in God’s sight. Life and action, thought and intent are sacred. And what an end that lies before us — to have a consciousness of our own ideal being flashed into us from the thought of God. Surely, for this may well give way to our paltry self-consciousnesses, self-admirations, and self-worships. Surely, to know what He thinks about us will push out of our souls all our thoughts about ourselves. We may well hold them loosely now, and be ready to let them go. Toward this result St. Paul had already drawn near, when he who had begun the race with a bitter cry for deliverance from the body of his death was able to say that he judged his own self no longer. George MacDonald – The Best of George MacDonald © 2006 Cook Communications Ministries.
Being Left in the Dust The material body cannot keep company forever with the spirit. After fulfilling its purpose for some time as the instrument of the soul for its work in the world, the body begins to refuse, through weakness and old age, to go along with the spirit any further. This is because the body cannot keep pace with the eternally growing soul. Sadhu Sundar Singh – With and Without Christ – circa 1925; excerpted from Devotional Classics by Foster and Smith © 2005

Listen v4.16 Quotes

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The Plumbline of Truth Because God is holy he hates all sin. He loves everything which is in conformity to his law, and loathes everything which is contrary to it. Arthur W. Pink – The Attributes of God, circa 1940, copyright 1975 Baker Books
A Total Wash and Blotting Out Not only shall they perish themselves, but their way shall perish, too. The righteous carves his name upon the rock, but the wicked writes his remembrance in the sand. Charles H. Spurgeon – The Treasury of David abridged by David Otis Fuller, circa 1880, © 1968 by David Otis Fuller, Published by Kregel Publications
The Humility and Joy of Bowing Low It is always so. Our choicest blessings invariably come to us by descending; our richest benefits come by going downward. We stoop to conquer. The farmer bows his face toward the earth both to sow the seed and to reap the harvest; the miner goes below for the precious things of the earth; the loveliest streams flow along the lowliest valleys; the sweetest flowers flourish in the shadiest dells. F. W. Boreham – The Heavenly Octave: A Study of the Beatitudes, Copyright 1936 by F. W. Boreham
For His Good Pleasure Again, let a tradesman but have this intention and it will make him a saint in his shop; his everyday business will be a course of wise and reasonable actions, made holy to God by being done in obedience to His will and pleasure. He will buy and sell and labor and travel, because by do doing he can do some good to himself and others. But then, as nothing can please God but what is wise and reasonable and holy, so he will neither buy nor sell or labor in any other manner, nor to any other end, but such as may be shown to be wise and reasonable and holy. He will therefore consider not what arts or methods or application will soonest make him richer and greater than his brethren or remove him from a shop to a life of state and pleasure; but he will consider what arts, what methods, what application can make worldly business most acceptable to God and make a life of trade a life of holiness, devotion, and piety. This will be the temper and spirit of every tradesman; he cannot stop short of these degrees of piety, whenever it is his intention to please God in all his actions, as the best and happiest thing in the world. And on the other hand, whoever is not of this spirit and temper in his trade and profession, and does not carry it on only so far as is best subservient to a wise and holy and heavenly life, it is certain that he has not this intention; and yet without it, who can be shown to be a follower of Jesus Christ? William Law – A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life, circa 1728; Random House Inc. © 2002
Working In Obscurity Much of God s work is done in secret because you would not die to yourself if He always visibly stretched out His hand to save you. God does not transform you on a bed of light, life and grace. His transformation is done on the cross in the darkness, poverty and death. Fenelon – The Seeking Heart, circa 1690, copyright Christian Books Publishing House
Other Gods Begin In The Mind The essence of idolatry is the entertainment of thoughts about God that are unworthy of Him. It begins in the mind and may be present where no overt act of worship has taken place. When they knew God, wrote Paul, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Then followed the worship of idols fashioned after the likeness of men and birds and creeping things. But this series of degrading acts began in the mind. Wrong ideas about God are not the only fountain from which the polluted waters of idolatry flow; they are themselves idolatrous. The idolater simply imagines things about God and acts as if they were true. A. W. Tozer – The Knowledge of the Holy, © 1961 Aiden Wilson Tozer
Prayers That Toss To and Fro on Your Lips Jesus Christ did not say, Ask what you like, and it shall be done unto you, but ask what you will, ask when your will is in the thing that is a real problem to you, and God has pledged His honour that you will get the answer every time. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
God Made A Way, Where There Was No Way In Jesus, every obstacle has been removed out of the way of your immediate forgiveness and acceptance. The dying Savior put away sin, bearing our offenses in His body on the tree, reconciling the world to Himself. You may not believe this, or feel the joy of it, but that does not alter the fact that it’s true. F. B. Meyer – The Best of F. B. Meyer, circa 1910, © 2006 Cook Communications Ministries
In The End, It is You and God After All Jesus himself, Lord and God, whose virtue could neither receive increase in the secret of the desert, nor be impeded in a public place, nevertheless, so that he might instruct us by an example, was proved by fasting and temptation in solitude before he preached and performed miracles (Matthew 4:1-11). Scripture also says of him that leaving behind the crowds of his disciples he went up the mountain alone to pray (Matthew 14:23). As the time of the passion already grew near, he left the apostles and went alone to pray (Matthew 26:39-44), showing us especially by this example how much solitude aids prayer, since even though the apostles were his companions, he did not wish to pray along with them. Guigo I – Carthusian Customs – circa 1120; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
Defiance is Indefensible It is not your ignorance, nor your deception, nor your foolishness that will not allow you to die to Self and submit to God but Pride in all its flaming glory that will not allow you to confess your dependence on others and God. Pride is the life-blood of Death. Tom Van Hoogen

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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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