Tag Archive: C. S. Lewis


Listen v5.11 – Quotes

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Getting the Inside Scoop on Man There is one thing, and only one, in the whole universe which we know more about than we could learn from external observation. That one thing is Man. We do not merely observe men, we are men. In this case we have, so to speak, inside information; we are in the know. And because of that, we know that men find themselves under a moral law, which they did not make, and cannot quite forget even when they try, and which they know they ought to obey. Notice the following point. Anyone studying Man from the outside as we study electricity or cabbages, not knowing our language and consequently not able to get any inside knowledge from us, but merely observing what we did, would never get the slightest evidence that we had this moral law. How could he? For his observations would only show what we did, and the moral law is about what we ought to do. C. S. Lewis – Mere Christianity, copyright 1952, C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd.
Credit Where Credit is Due This is a typical instance of the fact that God gives us credit, not for our impulses, but for the designs of our hearts. God may never allow the design to be carried out, but He credits us with it. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Revealing the Stuff You are Made Of And God formed man from the dust of the earth… Each of us is made of earth stuff — rocks. It is amazing what can come from rocks given enough heat, pressure, and time. Yet nothing comes forth which was not inherently there at the first. With heat and time some reveal precious stones, able to capture and hold light within itself or to dazzle with amazing color and luster given from the light without. Others have a strength or a usefulness that is meted out as metal. This too is revealed by heat and more heat. Metal also reflects some light when shone upon. But the true darling of the earth is the diamond, formed from external pressures, and extreme heat applied over a long time. When cut and polished properly all light that comes to it is reflected in a multiplied manner. Then there are always just rocks. He made some for noble purposes and some for ignoble purposes. Tom Van Hoogen
All of Creation Testifies of Him, All All I had hitherto heard of Christian theology had alienated me from it. I was a pagan at the age of twelve, and a complete agnostic by the age of sixteen; and I cannot understand anyone passing the age of seventeen without having asked himself so simple a question. I did, indeed, retain cloudy reverence for a cosmic deity and a great historical interest in the Founder of Christianity. But I certainly regarded Him as a man; though perhaps I thought that, even in that point, He had an advantage over some of His modern critics. I read the scientific and skeptical literature of my time — all of it, at least that I could find written in English and lying about; and I read nothing else; I mean I read nothing else on any other note of philosophy…. I never read a line of Christian apologetics. I read as little as I can of them now. It was Huxley and Herbert Spencer and Bradlaugh who brought me back to orthodox theology. They sowed in my mind my first wild doubts of doubt. G. K. Chesterton – Orthodoxy, copyright 1908 by Dodd, Mead and Company
Dangerous, Very Dangerous Grace Judged by the standard of Luther s doctrine, that of his followers was unassailable, and yet their orthodoxy spelt the end and destruction of the Reformation as the revelation on earth of the costly grace of God. The justification of the sinner in the world degenerated into the justification of sin and the world. Costly grace was turned into cheap grace without discipleship. Dietrich Bonhoeffer – The Cost of Discipleship, circa 1945, copyright 1959 by SCM Press Ltd.
Wisdom Speaks to Those Who Call Out to Her Of all visible things, the universe is the greatest; of all invisible realities, the greatest is God. That the world exists we can see; we believe in the existence of God. But there is no one we can more safely trust than God Himself in regard to the fact that it was He who made the world. Where has He told us so? Nowhere more distinctly in the Holy Scriptures where His Prophet said: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Well, but was the Prophet present when God made heaven and earth? No; but the Wisdom of God by whom all things were made was there. And this Wisdom, entering into holy souls, makes of them the friends and prophets of God and reveals to them, silently and interiorly, what God has done. St. Augustine – The City of God, circa 400, copyright 1950 by Fathers of the Church
Sacrifice Beyond All that I Can Think or Imagine He wills that we see that His pains and His being made nothing so far surpass all that we can suffer that it can’t really be imagined. Dame Julian of Norwich – The Revelation of Divine Love circa 1343; © 1994 by M. L. del Mastro
On Being the Bride of Christ The Church must examine herself constantly to see if she be in the faith; she must engage in severe self-criticism with a cheerful readiness to make amends; she must live in a state of perpetual penitence, seeking God with her whole heart; she must constantly check her life and conduct against the Holy Scriptures and bring her life into line with the will of God. — Of God and Men A. W. Tozer – The Pursuit of God
Where Can I Run But to Thee, O Lord? The psalmist says, “They that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.” And again he says, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous runneth into it and is safe.” “They that know thy name will put their trust in thee.” They cannot do anything else, because in knowing His name they know His character and His nature, that He is a God whom it is safe to trust to the uttermost. And there can be no doubt that a large part of the unrest and discomfort in so many Christian hearts comes simply from the fact that they do not yet know His name. Hannah Whitall Smith – The God of All Comfort, circa 1890 – 1956 Edition Moody Publishers
The Desire, Ability and Power to Pray Prayer is the work of the triune God: the Father, who wakens the desire and will give all we need; the Son, who through His intercession teaches us to pray in His name; and the Holy Spirit, who in secret will strengthen our feeble desires. Andrew Murray – Andrew Murray 365 Day Devotional, © 2006 Whitaker House.
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Listen v4.52 – Quotes

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Each One Fitted Together in Him Faith is the instrument the Holy Spirit uses to organize us into Christ. Tom Van Hoogen
As Filthy Rags I say this so that no one should think we reject or forbid good works. Those who know nothing but the righteousness of the law may still judge this doctrine that is far above the law; yet it is impossible for unspiritual people to be able to judge it. Of course such people take offense, for they can see no higher than the law. But imagine two worlds, the one heavenly and the other earthly. In these there are two kinds of righteousness, quite separate from each other. The righteousness of the law is earthly and has to do with earthly things, and by it we do good works. But as the earth can only produce fruit if it is first watered and made fertile from above, so by the righteousness of the law, in doing many things we do nothing, and in fulfilling the law we do not fulfill it unless we are first made righteous without any merit or work of ours, by Christian righteousness, which has nothing to do with the righteousness of the law or with the earthly and active righteousness. This righteousness is heavenly we receive it from heaven, we do not have it of ourselves; it is worked in us by grace and apprehended by faith, and by it we rise above all laws and works. Martin Luther – Commentary on Galatians – circa 1520; Crossway Publishing © 1998 by Watermark
Let The Internal Judge Bring the Final Verdict Meditation is an intense spiritual activity, it means bringing every bit of the mind into harness and concentrating its powers; it includes both deliberation and reflection. Deliberation means being able to weigh well what we think, conscious all the time that we are deliberating and meditating. My heart consulted in me ( Nehemiah 5:7 , mg) that is exactly the meaning of meditation; also But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart ( Luke 2:19 , rv mg). Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
It s Not the Earthly but Heavenly that Counts “Every man,” the doctor says, “as he grows into life, finds he must employ such an economy of his own account. He is pressed to occupy positions or to engage in work which will prevent him from achieving the purpose for which nature has fitted him. He is offered promotion which seems attractive and has its advantages; but he declines it, because it would divert him from his chosen aim. Continually men spoil their life by want of concentration. They are greatly tempted to do so, for the public foolishly concludes that, because a man does one thing well, he can do everything well; and he who has written a good history is straightway asked to sit in Parliament, or the man whose scholarship and piety have been conspicuous is offered preferment which calls for the exercise of wholly different qualities.”
And Jesus meets such men on their own ground. He offers a new life. “Ye must be born again”! He says. And the birth within me of the man He means me to be necessarily implies the burial within me of the man I have actually been. The vocabulary of the death-bed and the grave-side was constantly on the lips of Paul. Again and again he told the Christians of Europe and of Asia the story of his own death and burial. Almost all his autobiographical references are obituary notices. He had been crucified with Christ, he would say, and he implored his hearers to reckon themselves as dead and buried too.
F. W. Boreham – The Luggage of Life, 1912, published by Kregel Publications
Knowing Him vs. Knowing About Him Your trouble is that you have got a wrong idea of what knowing God is… the plain matter-of-fact knowledge of God’s nature and character that comes to us by believing what is revealed to us in the Bible concerning Him. The apostle John at the close of his Gospel says, regarding the things he had been recording: “And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of His disciples which are not written in this book: but these are written that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that, believing, ye might have life through his name.” It is believing the thing that is written, not the thing that is inwardly revealed, that is to give life; and the kind of knowing I mean is the knowing that comes from believing the things that are written. Hannah Whitall Smith – The God of All Comfort, circa 1890 – 1956 Edition Moody Publishers
Good and Bad Masters The sinner prides himself on his independence, completely overlooking the fact that he is the weak slave of the sins that rule his members. The man who surrenders to Christ exchanges a cruel slave driver for a kind and gentle Master whose yoke is easy and whose burden is light. A. W. Tozer – The Pursuit of God
The Cavalry from Calvary Who will trust us with the true wealth if we cannot be trusted even with the wealth that perishes? Who will trust me with a spiritual body if I cannot control even an earthly body? These small and perishable bodies we now have were given to us as ponies are given to schoolboys. We must learn to manage: not that we may some day be free of horses altogether but that someday we may ride bareback, confident and rejoicing, those greater mounts, those winged, shining and the world-shaking horses which perhaps even now expect us with impatience, pawing and snorting in the King’s stables. Not that the gallop would be of any value unless it were a gallop with the King; but how else — since He has retained His own charger — should we accompany him? C. S. Lewis – Miracles, copyright 1947, C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd.will one
How Many Times Have You Taken that Class? But usually we want to drive a bargain with God. We would at least like to suggest some limits that we can add to our sufferings. We don’t realize how we are thwarting the purposes of God when we take this attitude. Because the stubborn clinging to life which makes the cross necessary in the first place, also tends us to reject that cross — at least in part. So we have to go over the same ground again and again. Fenelon – Let Go, circa 1690, copyright 1973 Whitaker House
No One Comes to the Father But by the Son When He was on the earth, the Lord Jesus learned, loved, and obeyed the Word of the Father. If you seek fellowship with Him, you will find Him in his Word. Christ will teach you to commune with the Father through the Word, just as He did on earth. You will learn, like Him, to live solely for the glory of God and the fulfillment of His Word. Andrew Murray – Andrew Murray 365 Day Devotional, © 2006 Whitaker House.

Listen v4.47 Quotes

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In Heaven the Shadows of Earth are Gone The person who has made all the objects of his work divine and heavenly, and turns his back completely on all temporal things such a person s work becomes divine. That noble dear soul of our Lord Jesus Christ in its highest powers was directed unceasingly toward the Godhead as its object, and it was as blessed and enjoyable as it now is… Those who are now following him most closely in being turned toward divine objects, where work and enjoyment become one, shall in the hereafter be most like him in the essential enjoyment eternally. John Tauler – Sermon 39, circa 1340; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
A Doctor in Diapers What are the characteristics of the fleshly? Foremost among them is remaining long as babes. The duration of babyhood should not exceed a few years. When one is born anew by believing that the Son of God atoned for his sins on the cross, he simultaneously ought to believe that he has been crucified with Christ in order that the Holy Spirit may release him from the power of the flesh. Ignorance of this naturally will keep him in the flesh for many years.
The second characteristic of the fleshly is that they are unfit to absorb spiritual teaching.
I fed you with milk, not solid food; for you were not ready. The Corinthian’s grossly prided themselves of their knowledge and wisdom. Of all the churches in that period, that at Corinth was probably the most informed one. Paul early in his letter thanked God for their rich knowledge (1.5). Should Paul deliver spiritual sermons to them they could understand every word; however, all their understandings were in the mind. Although they knew everything, these Corinthians did not have the power to express in life that which they knew. Most likely there are many fleshly believers today who grasp so much so well that they can even preach to others but who are themselves yet unspiritual. Genuine spiritual knowledge lies not in wonderful and mysterious thoughts but in actual spiritual experience through union of the believer s life with truth. Cleverness is useless here, while eagerness for truth is insufficient too; the sine qua non is a path of perfect obedience to the Holy Spirit Who alone truly teaches us. All else is merely the transmission of knowledge from one mind to another. Such data will not render a fleshly person spiritual; on the contrary, his carnal walk actually will turn all his spiritual knowledge into that which is fleshly. What he needs is not increased spiritual teaching but an obedient heart which is willing to yield his life to the Holy Spirit and go the way of the cross according to the Spirit s command. Increased spiritual teaching will only strengthen his carnality and serve to deceive him into conceiving himself as spiritual.
Watchman Nee – The Spiritual Man, circa 1920, copyright 1968 Christian Fellowship Publishers, Inc.
Talk is Cheap, Life is Priceless It is not what we say that tells, but what we are. It is easy enough to say a great many beautiful things about God being the God of all comfort; but unless we know what it is to be really and truly comforted ourselves, we might as well talk to the winds. Hannah Whitall Smith – The God of All Comfort, circa 1890 – 1956 Edition Moody Publishers
He is the Power to Will and To Act The birth of Jesus throws a striking light on our regeneration. Our new birth is the birth of the Son of God into our human nature, and our human nature has to be transfigured by the indwelling life of the Son of God. We have the power now to sacrifice the life of nature to the will of God, keeping our minds dependent on Jesus Christ as He was dependent on God. To-day the characteristic is spiritual insubordination; we will not bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Religion Has Done Away with the Law Whereas God had provided the Law to be a schoolmaster to teach us of our utter inability to keep the law and thus lead us to Christ. The church has now done away with the same Law by teaching us that anything we do for God, even our acts of obedience, are of works and therefore. we need not measure to any standard at all. In effect, Religion has nullified the Law. Even the coming of Christ could not do that. Even the passing of Time could not do that. But Religion has succeeded to do what Christ could not and would not do. Religious grace has provided nothing less than a means of increasing sin. God forbid! Tom Van Hoogen
Death (i.e Separation) By Neglect or Suicide Your natural life is derived from your parents; that does not mean it will stay there if you do nothing about it. You can lose it by neglect, or you can drive it away by committing suicide. You have to feed it and look after it: but always remember you are not making it, you are only keeping up a life you got from someone else. In the same way a Christian can lose the Christ-life which has been put into him, and he has to make efforts to keep it. But even the best Christian that ever lived is not acting on his own steam — he is only nourishing or protecting the life he could never have acquired by his own efforts. And that has practical consequences. As long as the natural life is in your body, it will do a lot towards repairing that body. Cut it, and up to a point it will heal, as a dead body would not. A live body is not one that never gets hurt, but one that can to some extent repair itself. In the same way a Christian is not a man who never goes wrong, but a man who is enabled to repent and pick himself up and begin over again after each stumble — because the Christ-life is inside him, repairing him all the time, enabling him to repeat (in some degree) the kind of voluntary death which Christ Himself carried out. C. S. Lewis – Mere Christianity, copyright 1952, C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd.
Cleaning Up Your Act(s) There are many Christians who know of no other nourishment for their inward life than the moldy bread of long past experience. But no true peace results from this. Inward religion does not consist in a life of morbid security, arising from the recollection of having once received the forgiveness of sins. Where a real spiritual life exists, there is also constant activity, unceasing striving against sin, repeated humiliation before God, and renewed experience of His favor. Were it otherwise, why should the Lord put into His children’s lips the daily petition, “Forgive us our trespasses!” He that is washed need not be again entirely washed, but only his feet, and that continually. F. W. Krummacher – The Suffering Saviour, Meditations on the Last Days of Christ, Wipf and Stock Publishers

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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

Listen v4.40 Quotes

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We Must Work While It is Yet Day In this sense God made all creatures working like himself the heavens, the sun, the stars, and then far above all things, the angels and men, each according to its kind. Nowhere is there a flower so small, or a leaf, or a sprout of grass, the expanse of the heavens, the stars, the sun and moon in these things there is continuously work, and especially God working with himself. Should not man, then, noble and formed with dignity according to God s image, should he not work, formed in his faculties like God and in God and like him in his being? John Tauler – Sermon 39, circa 1340; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
Strongholds Stand Against Truth The tendency is to deny that a fact has any existence because it cannot be fitted into any explanation as yet. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
What We re All Praying and Waiting For Thy kingdom come teaches us that we are to pray for the establishment of God s kingdom more than for our own temporal or even spiritual needs. This implies that the real remedy for all that needs prayer is the restoration of the kingdom of God. The true cause of all human trouble is that humanity is out of the divine order and the world is in rebellion against its sovereign God. Not until God s kingdom is reestablished in every heart and in all the world can the blessings that prayer desires be realized. A. B. Simpson – The Life of Prayer – circa 1890, © 2007 Bridge-Logos
The Subtlety of Slip Sliding Away Every one of us having been in bondage to sin, we readily believe that sinful things are satanic; but do we believe equally that the things of the world are satanic? Most of us, I think, are still of two minds about this. Yet how clearly Scripture affirms that “the whole world lieth in the evil one” ( 1 John 5:19). Satan well knows that, generally speaking, to try to ensnare real Christians through things that are positively sinful is vain and futile. They will usually sense the danger and elude him. So he has contrived instead an enticing network, the mesh of which is so skillfully woven as to attract the most innocent of men. We flee sinful lust, and with good reason, but when it comes to such seemingly innocuous things as science and art and education, how readily do we lose our sense of values and fall a prey to his enticements! Watchman Nee – Love Not The World, © 1968 CLC Publications
Conviction is Not Offensive He refused even to condemn the woman who was taken in the very act of sin, but said to the scribes and Pharisees who had brought her before Him, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her”; and when, convicted by their own consciences, they all went out one by one without condemning her, He said to her, “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” Always and everywhere He was on the side of sinners. That was what He was for. He came to save sinners. He had no other mission. Hannah Whitall Smith – The God of All Comfort, circa 1890 – 1956 Edition Moody Publishers
Thought Management I have been writing hitherto on the assumption that the people in the next pew afford no rational ground for disappointment. Of course if they do if the patient knows that the woman with the absurd hat is a fanatical bridge-player or the man with squeaky boots a miser and an extortioner then your task is so much the easier. All you then have to do is to keep out of his mind the question “If I, being what I am, can consider that I am in some sense a Christian, then why should the different devices of those people in the next pew prove that their religion is mere hypocrisy and convention?” You may ask whether it is possible to keep such an obvious thought from occurring even to a human mind. It is, Wormwood, it is! Handle him properly and it simply won’t come to his head. C. S. Lewis – The Screwtape Letters, copyright 1942, C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd.
Stable Those Thoughts so They Don t Run Away “Have your beliefs,” says an old writer, “and have your doubts. Believe your beliefs, and doubt your doubts. Never doubt your beliefs, and never believe your doubts.” F. W. Boreham – The Luggage of Life, 1912, published by Kregel Publications
Your Not In the Place, You Are the Place Religion is such a beguiling evil. It comes to you as your friend, your best friend and gains your trust. It helps you see and understand what you must do to be a “good” Christian. It shows you what you must do and look like to fit in the church-world and this is a huge desire of yours because you know you do not fit there but want to. So you study other church-goers and learn the ropes of what to do. But, alas these are the ropes that will choke the life of Christ out of you. The higher you climb the ladder of religion the further you drop when the trap doors open. Whereas religion tells you about God and what you must do to fit in, true Christianity reveals by the Spirit who God is in Christ and invites you to meet Him there – in Christ. Christianity is not about Christ, it is Christ. Tom Van Hoogen
Growing Produces Weird Sensations in Us God now sees that they have grown a little, and are becoming strong enough to lay aside their swaddling clothes and be taken from the gentle breast; so He sets them down from His arms and teaches them to walk on their own feet; which they feel to be very strange, for everything seems to be going wrong with them. St. John of the Cross – Dark Night of the Soul, circa 1560
Realities Not Possibilities When we read of “the love of God shed abroad in the heart by the Holy Spirit,” of “Christ dwelling in the heart,” of “a clean heart,” of “loving each other with a clean heart fervently,” of “God establishing our heart unblamable in holiness,” we must; with the eye of faith, regard these spiritual realities as actually and in very deed existing within us. Andrew Murray – The Two Convenants, 1898, copyright 2005

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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
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