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Listen v5.8 – Quotes

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Living Waters Run Deep Continuously renewed immediacy, not receding memory of the Divine Touch, lies at the base of religious living. Let us explore together the secret of a deeper devotion, a more subterranean sanctuary of the soul, where the Light Within never fades, but Burns, a perpetual Flame; where the wells of living water of divine revelation rise up continuously, day by day and hour by hour, steady and transfiguring. Thomas Kelly – Becoming a Holy Sanctuary of Adoration, circa 1930; excerpted from Devotional Classics by Foster and Smith © 2005
Repenting of Me, Turning to Him This is how a person should prepare himself for true prayer. This is what St. Peter calls being of one spirit that the heart and mind are attached completely to God alone, and that a person have the focus of his ground and spirit completely turned to God as present, and have a tender, benevolent attachment to God.

Children, everything we have, after all, we have from God. And how could it ever be otherwise that we offer back completely everything that we have ever received from him with our interior focus and spirit, undivided and simple, turned toward him. And then one should engage all one s faculties, interior and exterior, and should carry them up entirely into God.

John Tauler – Sermon 39, circa 1340; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
Progress – A Beggining, A Journey, A Destination This is why Solomon says that he has described the sacred teaching in a threefold way because of its threefold spiritual understanding, namely, the moral, the allegorical, and the anagogical. This triple understanding corresponds to the triple hierarchical activity, that is, purgation, illumination, and perfection. Purgation leads to peace, illumination to truth, perfection to charity. When these three have been obtained in perfection, the soul is made blessed, and according to the manner in which it busies itself with them, the soul receives an increase in merit. The knowledge of the whole of sacred Scripture depends on knowing these three things, just as does the merit of eternal life. Therefore you should also recognize that there is a threefold way of exerting oneself in this threefold path, namely, by reading and meditating, by praying, and by contemplating. Bonaventure – The Threefold Way; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
Keeping the Goal in Mind Remembrance of him is the well spring of virtue; forgetfulness of him, the fountain of vice. George Horne, D.D. Charles H. Spurgeon – The Treasury of David abridged by David Otis Fuller, circa 1880, © 1968 by David Otis Fuller, Published by Kregel Publications
Excusing Obedience We dare not say that our Lord s words are not true. Yet somehow or other few Christians really seem to believe them. What holds us back? What seals our lips? What keeps us from making much of prayer? Do we doubt His love? Never! He gave His life for us and to us. Do we doubt the Father s love? No. The Father himself loveth you, said Jesus when urging His disciples to pray. Do we doubt His power? Not for a moment. Hath He not said, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye… and lo, I am with you alway… ? Do we mistrust His choice for us? Not for a moment. And yet so very few of His followers consider prayer really worth while. Of course, they would deny this but actions speak louder than words. Unknown Christian – The Kneeling Christian, circa 1890, © 2007 Bidge-Logos.
The Self-Life is the Source of Your Pain I willingly apply to myself the same advice that I give to others, for I am convinced that I must seek my own peace in the same direction. Even now my soul is suffering, but I am aware that it is the life of self which causes us pain; that which is dead does not suffer. If we were really dead, and our life hid with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3), we would no longer struggle with those pains in spirit that now afflict us. Fenelon – Let Go, circa 1690, copyright 1973 Whitaker House
Resurrection Comes After Death Power ought to be obtained on resurrection ground. Resurrection is living beyond death. What we need is not greater power but deeper death. We must resist all natural powers. Whoever has not lost his soul life knows nothing of power. But the one who has passed through death is in possession of life. Watchman Nee – The Latent Power of the Soul, circa 1939, copyright 1972 by Christian Fellowship Publishers, Inc.
Make No Graven Image for Your Self But strangely enough, while it is easy for us when we are happy and do not need any comforting, to believe that our God is the “God of all comfort,” but as soon as we are in trouble and need it, it seems impossible to believe that there can be any comfort for us anywhere. It would almost seem as if, in our reading of the Bible, we had reversed its meaning, and made it say, not “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted,” but “Blessed are they that rejoice, for they, and they only, shall be comforted.” It is very strange how often in our secret hearts we almost unconsciously alter the Bible words a little, and so make the meaning exactly opposite of what it actually is; or else we put in so many “ifs” and “buts” as to take the whole point out of what is said. Hannah Whitall Smith – The God of All Comfort, circa 1890 – 1956 Edition Moody Publishers
Are You a Light-Lover or a Dark-Lover? No man is held responsible by God for having an heredity of sin: what God holds a man responsible for is refusing to let Jesus Christ deliver him from it when he sees that that is what He came to do (see John 3:19 ). Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers

Listen v5.3 – Quotes:

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The Only Way Back to Purpose There are things in life which are irreparable; there is no road back to yesterday.

Job’s sense of the irreparable brought him face to face with the thing God was face to face with, and when a man gets there he begins to see the meaning of the Redemption. The basis of things is not rational, common sense tells him it is not; the basis of things is tragic, and the Bible reveals that the only way out is through the Redemption.

Chambers, Oswald: Baffled to Fight Better: Talks on the Book of Job. c1931
Who Makes the Decisions in Your House? Bad counsel brings about a bad end. When most people are faced with a choice they take counsel with Self to see what they should do, never comprehending that Self is often the enemy of God and His purposes. Even if I want to do the will of God the outcome of these conferences always decide against God. I am outnumbered every time for Me and Myself always take sides against God. I have a better idea, subject yourself onto God, give all decisions over to the holy Trinity. With the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit as counsel you will never fail to perform God’s purpose. Go ahead and fire your present counsel and get things back on track with God’s will which is always acceptable and good. Tom Van Hoogen
Possessed by Possessions When the truth begins to dawn on him that those fetters were a horror and a disgrace, then will man begin to understand that having never was, never could be well-being; that it is not by possessing we live, but by life we possess. George MacDonald – The Best of George MacDonald © 2006 Cook Communications Ministries.
The Wounds of Love I turn to the works of violent charity and I discover what the vehemence of perfect zeal may be. Behold, I see some people wounded, some bound, some languishing, some fading away — and all from charity. Charity wounds, Charity binds, charity makes ill, and charity brings about cessation. Which of these is not powerful? Which is not violent? These are the four degrees of burning charity that we are totally intent upon investigating in what follows. Hold steadfast in soul, brethren, and pay heed to her whom you desire so much; hear and pay attention to her whom you so greatly desire. Do you want to hear about wounding charity? — “You have wounded my heart, my sister, spouse, with one of your eyes and one hair of your neck” (Songs 4:9). Do you want to hear about binding charity? — “I will draw them with the chords of Adam, with the bounds of charity” (Hosea 11:4). Do you want to hear about languishing charity? — “Daughters of Jerusalem, if you find my Beloved, tell him I am light wishing with love” (Songs 5:8). Do you want to hear about charity fading away in bringing cessation? — He says, “My soul faded away in your salvation and I have hoped beyond hope in your word” (Psalms 118:81). Charity has its chains; charity makes its wounds… 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.
Monitoring God s Radar Once you have established such a relationship with your Lord, you will soon discover that no fault in you escapes the reproof of God. For instance, as soon as you commit a sin, you are immediately rebuked by an inward sense. It will be a kind of deep, inward burning… a tender confusion. You see, all things are exposed under the piercing glance of your Lord. He will not allow any sin to be hidden or concealed. Jeanne Guyon – Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ, circa 1680
Duty-led or Spirit-led? Here’s how the file card works when it gets into the Christian life and begins to create mental habits: It divides the Bible into sections fitted to the days of the year and compels a Christian to read according to rule. No matter what the Holy Spirit may be trying to say to a man, still he goes on reading where the card tells him, dutifully checking it off each day. Every spirit-led saint knows that there are times when he is held by an inward pressure to one chapter, or even one verse, for days at a time while he wrestles with God till some truth does its work within him. To leave that present passage to follow a pre-arranged reading schedule is for him wholly impossible. He is in the land of the free Spirit, and reality is appearing before him to break and humble and lift and liberate and cheer. But only the free soul can know the glory of this. To this the hard bound by system will be for ever a stranger. — Of God and Men A. W. Tozer – The Pursuit of God
Got Life? The difference in effect between the operations of the spirit and the soul is clearly given right here. The soul is itself alive and has life in itself. The spirit, however, is able to give life to others and cause them to live. The soul is itself living, yet it cannot make others live. But the spirit is not only living in itself, it can also make others live. Only the spirit is capable of quickening people into life. The soul, no matter how strong it is, cannot impart life to others. “It is the spirit,” says the Lord, “that giveth life; the flesh profiteth nothing” (John 6:63). Watchman Nee – The Latent Power of the Soul, circa 1939, copyright 1972 by Christian Fellowship Publishers, Inc.
The Backdrop Sets the Scene The eyes, cleansed by weeping, have obtained a clearer vision of life’s profound mystery and beneficent discipline. That is precisely the Master’s meaning. We love the cloudless hours; yet we love still more the days when snowy clouds fleck the skies… we love the exquisite rapture of spring, yet, but for wintertime, we should never know the beauty of the crocus. F. W. Boreham – The Heavenly Octave: A Study of the Beatitudes, Copyright 1936 by F. W. Boreham
For Lovers Only Therefore I am setting forth the following insights to those who have been prepared by divine grace, to the humble and faithful, to those with compunction and devotion, to those anointed “with the oil of gladness” (Psalm 44:8), to the lovers of divine wisdom who are inflamed with its desire, to those wanting to be free to magnify the Lord, to be in awe of Him, and even to taste Him. Bonaventure, From Prologue and Chapters 1 and 7, 1259; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.

Listen v4.23 Quotes

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A Time To Speak If there is an opportune and appropriate time for you to speak, say something that will instruct and encourage. Thomas aKempis – The Imitation of Christ circa. 1420 © 1999 Bridge-Logos Publishers
To Him Whom Much is Given … If God has chosen you and favored you to be His child there is no slack cut for disobedience, in fact there is a greater judgment for disobedient sons. Tom Van Hoogen
Where Do You Sit On This Subject? When we sit down our entire weight rests upon the chair or couch on which we sit. We grow weary when we walk or stand, but we feel rested when we have sat down for awhile… So also in the spiritual realm, to sit down is simply to rest our whole weight our load, ourselves, our future, everything upon the Lord. We let him bear the responsibility and cease to carry it ourselves. Watchman Nee – Sit, Walk, Stand, copyright 1957 by Angus I. Kinnear
To Each His Own, Keep It to Yourself Beware of schism, of making a tear in the Church of Christ. Ceasing to have reciprocal love for one another (1 Cor. 12:25), is inner disunity which is at the very root of all outward separation. Beware of everything which leads to this separation. Beware of a dividing spirit.

Therefore, do not say, I am of Paul, or I am of Apollos. This is the very thing which caused the schism at Corinth. Do not say, This is my preacher, the best preacher in England. Give me him and you can have all the rest. All this tends to breed division, to disunite those who God has joined.

John Wesley – Loving One Another from Christian Perfection, circa 1750; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
By Grace Through Faith Unto Expression When he spoke of grace, Luther always implied as a corollary that it cost him his own life, the life which was now for the first time subjected to the absolute obedience of Christ. Only so could he speak of grace. Luther had said that grace alone can save; his followers took up his doctrine and repeated it word for word. But they left out its invariable corollary, the obligation of discipleship. There was no need for Luther always to mention that corollary explicitly for he always spoke as one who had been led by grace to the strictest following of Christ. Dietrich Bonhoeffer – The Cost of Discipleship, circa 1945, copyright 1959 by SCM Press Ltd.
Self Talk You will be tempted to speak out in a humble tone of voice to tell others of your problems. Watch out for this! A humility that is still talkative does not run very deep. When you talk too much your self-love relieves its sense of shame a little. Fenelon – The Seeking Heart, circa 1690, copyright Christian Books Publishing House
Side Issues We start out with the notion that God is an almighty piece of ourselves, but God can never be on the side of any individual; the question to ask is Am I on God s side? Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Growing Up In God s House It is not the cry of nature to an unknown God, but the intelligent conversation of a child with his heavenly Father. It presupposes that the one praying has become a child of God, and it assumes that the meditation of the Son has preceded the revelation of the Father. No one, therefore, can truly pray until he has accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour and received through Him the child-heart in regeneration, and then been led into the realization of sonship in the family of God. A. B. Simpson – The Life of Prayer – circa 1890, © 2007 Bridge-Logos
Are You Led by Senses, Knowledge or the Light? The animal types are those who on their own are not led by reason or drawn by attraction, but they are nevertheless pushed by authority, or inspired by teaching, or moved by example to approve the good where they find it. Like blind men, led by the hand, they follow along, that is, they imitate. The rational types are those who through the judgment of reason and the discernment of natural knowledge have both knowledge and desire for the good. But they do not yet have loving attraction. The perfect are those who are led by the Spirit, who are more fully a illuminated by the Holy Spirit, they are called wise because they taste the good that draws them on. The Holy Spirit puts them on my clothes, just as he once put on Gideon (Judges 6:34), and as the vesture of the Holy Spirit they are called spirituals. William of Saint-Thierry – The Golden Letter; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
Journeying Into Heavenly Places After speaking of how we ought to work toward wisdom through meditation and prayer, now let us briefly touch on how by contemplating we come to true wisdom. Through contemplation our mind journeys into the heavenly Jerusalem, according to whose model the church has been formed, as in the text in Exodus: “Look and make it according to the model that was shown you on the mountain” (Exodus 25:40). As far as possible, it is necessary that the Church militant be conformed to the Church triumphant, and our merits to our rewards, and those still in this life to the blessed in heaven. Bonaventure – The Threefold Way; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
Interconnectedness is a Clue The true Christian is one who knows God’s power working in himself, and finds it his true joy to have the very life of God flowing into him, through him, and out from him to those around. Andrew Murray – God’s Plans for You, circa 1890, © 1983 by Whitaker House
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