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Listen v5.2 Quotes

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Favored of Men vs. Favored of God It is not uncommon to notice men or women who are favored of men. Their lives are blessed by the things that this world applauds and hold in high esteem beauty, fame, money, power, health, material possessions. Better to be favored of God and blessed with peace, contentment, humility, grace, wisdom, faith, integrity and love toward God and others. Tom Van Hoogen
God Helps the Needy Coming before God, the most forcible argument that ye can use is your necessity, poverty, tears, misery, unworthiness, and confessing them to Him, it shall be an open door to furnish you with all the things that He hath. The beggars lay open their sores to the view of the world, that the more they may move men to pity them. So let us deplore our miseries to God, that He, with the pitiful Samaritan, at the sight of our wounds, may help us in due time. Charles H. Spurgeon – The Treasury of David abridged by David Otis Fuller, circa 1880, © 1968 by David Otis Fuller, Published by Kregel Publications
True Love Acts Consistent With The Talk You are clearly convinced now that perfect love consists not in loving acts nor tender ejaculations, nor yet in the internal acts in which you tell God that you have an infinite love for him and you love him more than yourself. It may be that at the time you seek yourself more, and the love of yourself, than the true love of God, because love consists in works and not in fair speeches. Miguel De Molinos – The Spiritual Guide, 1675 – excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
Hearing Without Perception is Noise Perception means the power to discern what we hear and see and read; the power to discern the history of the nation to which we belong, the power to discern in our personal lives. This power is also in the heart. How many of us have the power to hear with our ears ? Jesus said, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. We must have the power of perception in order to interpret what we hear. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Tend the Garden First, cultivate the new life by daily disciplines. Commissioner Brendel of the salvation army, a center of great spiritual power, suggest three things to keep the fire burning: “Keep the draught open; clean the ashes out; keep putting in fuel.” Second, keep honest at any cost…. third, keep confessing your sins after conversion… fourth, pray for those who have wronged you…. fifth, constantly enlarge the area of your conversion. Make your conversion take in more and more areas of your life. E. Stanley Jones – The Habit of Reading the Bible Daily – circa 1930; excerpted from Devotional Classics by Foster and Smith © 2005
As We Behold Him We Are Changed It is not enough to be turned inwardly to your Lord an hour or two each day. There is little value in being turned within to the Lord unless the end result is an anointing and the spirit of prayer which continues with you during the whole day. Jeanne Guyon – Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ, circa 1680
A Guide is a Comforter I remember vividly the comfort it used to be to me, when I was young, to have a sister who always knew what was the right and proper thing to do, and who, when we went out together, always kept me in order. I never felt any anxiety or responsibility about myself if she was by, for I knew she would keep a strict watch over me, and nudge me or whisper to me if I was making any mistakes. I was always made comfortable, and not uncomfortable, by her presence. But when it chanced that I went anywhere alone, then I would indeed feel uncomfortable, for then there was no one near to keep me straight. Hannah Whitall Smith – The God of All Comfort, circa 1890 – 1956 Edition Moody Publishers
Seek and You Shall Find A spiritual kingdom lies all about us, enclosing us, embracing us, altogether within reach of our inner selves, waiting for us to recognize it. God Himself is here waiting our response to His Presence. This eternal world will come alive to us the moment we begin to reckon upon its reality. A. W. Tozer – The Pursuit of God
The Inconvenience of the Kingdom These persons likewise find it irksome when they are commanded to do that wherein they take no pleasure. Because they aim at spiritual sweetness and consolation, they are too weak to have the fortitude and bear the trials of perfection. [56] They resemble those who are softly nurtured and who run fretfully away from everything that is hard, and take offense at the Cross, wherein consist the delights of the spirit. The more spiritual a thing is, the more irksome they find it, for, as they seek to go about spiritual matters with complete freedom and according to the inclination of their will, it causes them great sorrow and repugnance to enter upon the narrow way, which, says Christ, is the way of life. St. John of the Cross – Dark Night of the Soul, circa 1560
Keep the Inside Looking Out When we are careful to instantly let go of all needless worries and restless thoughts (that is, self-centered thoughts, rather than loving, outgoing ones), then we shall find ourselves on plateaus of peace even in the midst of the straight and narrow. We shall find ourselves walking in the freedom and innocent peace of the children of God, not lacking wholesome relationships either toward God or man. Fenelon – Let Go, circa 1690, copyright 1973 Whitaker House

Listen v4.36 Quotes

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The Fear of God is the Beginning of Wisdom Are we being true to the Cross in our preaching, putting first the holiness of God that makes men know that they are sinners? When we preach the love of God there is a danger in overlooking that the Bible reveals not first the love of God but the intense, blazing holiness of God, with His love as the center of that holiness. When the holiness of God is preached, men are convicted of sin, it is not the love of God that first appeals but His holiness. The awful nature of the conviction of sin that the Holy Spirit brings makes us realize that God cannot, dare not, must not forgive sin unpunished; if God forgave sin without satisfying His justice our sense of justice would be greater than His. Tom Van Hoogen
Spiritual Prayer, Not Superficial Prayer Now it sometimes happens that a lot of serious external prayer for some cause or other is imposed on a community. How should an interior person react to this, for whom prayer spoken aloud hinders his interior prayer because of his exteriority? He should perform and omit both. But how? He should recollect himself and turn to his interior ground with upraised heart and mind and with his faculties ready, with an interior gaze focused on God present, and with an interior desire, especially for the dearest will of God, in a sinking away of one s own self from people and all creatures and a sinking deeper and deeper into the transfigured will of God. And then a person should with devotion draw in all things that were entrusted to him and should desire that God bring about his own honor and praise for the advantage and consolation of those people that are entrusted to him. Child, then you have prayed much better than if you had prayed with a thousand mouths. This prayer, which takes place in the spirit, surpasses immeasurably all external prayer. For the Father desires that one pray to him in this way, and all other kinds of prayer serve this kind; and if they don t, simply let them go. Everything should serve this kind of prayer. John Tauler – Sermon 39, circa 1340; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
The Need of Nakedness Paul tells you that you desire to be clothed, but it is necessary that you be stripped before you can put on Christ. Allow Him to strip your self-love of every covering so that you might receive the white robe washed in the blood of the Lamb. You need only His purity. Fenelon – The Seeking Heart, circa 1690, copyright Christian Books Publishing House
Show Me, Don t Tell Me The perfection of the soul consists not in speaking or in thinking a great deal about God but in loving him sufficiently. This love is attained to by means of perfect resignation and internal silence; it all consists in works: a love of God has but few words. Thus St. John the Evangelist confirms and inculcates it: “My little children, let us not love in word, nor in tongue, but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18). Miguel De Molinos – The Spiritual Guide, 1675 – excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
Vengeance, Deep Pride-roots The deepest-rooted passion in the human soul is vengeance. Drunkenness, sensuality, and covetousness go deep, but not so deep as vengeance. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Duplicity – Saying One Thing While Doing Another A little girl was kneeling on her father’s lap and was telling him how much she loved him, but she was looking over her father’s shoulder and making faces at her little brother. The mother saw it and said: “You little hypocrite, you telling your father you love him and then making faces and sticking out your tongue at your little brother.” Christians who hold race prejudices do just that. They tell God the Father they love him and then look over his shoulder and tell his other children they despise them. How can we love God whom we have not seen unless we love his children whom we do see? E. Stanley Jones – The Habit of Reading the Bible Daily – circa 1930; excerpted from Devotional Classics by Foster and Smith © 2005
Guided But Not Carried The Enemy takes this risk because He has a curious fantasy of making all these disgusting little human vermin what He calls His “free” lovers and servants “sons” is the word He uses, with His inveterate love of degrading the whole spiritual world by unnatural liaisons with the two-legged animals. Desiring their freedom, He therefore refuses to carry them, by their mere affections and habits, to any of the goals which He sets before them: He leaves them to “do it on their own”. And there lies our opportunity. But also, remember, there lies our danger. If once they get through this initial dryness successfully, they become much less dependent on emotion and therefore much harder to tempt. C. S. Lewis – The Screwtape Letters, copyright 1942, C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd.
Love Has No Loopholes If we would really hearken to God, which means not only hearing Him, but believing what we hear, we could not fail to know that, just because He is God, He cannot do other than care for us as He cares for the apple of His eye; and that all that tender love and divine wisdom can do for our welfare, must be and will be unfailingly done. Not a single loophole for worry or fear is left to the soul that knows God. Hannah Whitall Smith – The God of All Comfort, circa 1890 – 1956 Edition Moody Publishers
The Visible Blocks the View of the Invisible The world of sense intrudes upon our attention day and night for the whole of our lifetime. It is clamorous, insistent and self-demonstrating. It does not appeal to our faith; it is here, assaulting our five senses, demanding to be accepted as real and final. But sin has so clouded the lenses of our hearts that we cannot see that other reality, the City of God, shining around us. The world of sense triumphs. The visible becomes the enemy of the invisible; the temporal, of the eternal. That is the curse inherited by every member of Adam’s tragic race. A. W. Tozer – The Pursuit of God

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 v4.19 Quotes

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The Meetings are Held at His House So it often happens that men want God to meet their selfishness; and when they find He does not, they have often a long struggle before they really humble themselves, so as to meet God on His own ground. Charles G. Finney – Power, Passion and Prayer, circa 1860, copyright 2004 Bridge-Logos Publishers
The Truth Hurts, Then Heals As for the humiliation you feel when you see your faults simply see how sensitive your self-love is. The pain you feel at your own imperfection is worse that the faults themselves. Your problem really is that you become so irritated by seeing your faults. Learn to live with yourself as you really are without being so upset. If you do this, you will soon have peace. Fenelon – The Seeking Heart, circa 1690, copyright Christian Books Publishing House
All is Subject to Error but Him Never be afraid if your circumstances dispute what you have been taught about God; be willing to examine what you have been taught, and never take the conception of a theologian as infallible; it is simply an attempt to state things. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Exercise Spiritually to Maintain Health The Bible vindicates itself because it is such excellent medicine. It has never failed to cure a single patient if only he took his prescription honestly. Take the prescription of the Word of God daily. No Christian is sound who is not scriptural. E. Stanley Jones – The Habit of Reading the Bible Daily – circa 1930; excerpted from Devotional Classics by Foster and Smith © 2005
A Feast for Sore Eyes The Lord’s Supper has not yet experienced its final fulfillment. It points prophetically to something further, and even greater and more glorious. A feast of the reconciled and redeemed is yet forthcoming, with which our present communion stands in proportion only like the copy of the original or like the foretaste to the full enjoyment. When this feast shall be celebrated, faith will have become sight, that which is in part have become that which is perfect, and strife and conflict have terminated in enduring triumph. This high festival, which shall never more be interrupted, will be held at the moment when the kingdom of God shall be accomplished and completed. Something new will then take the place of our present communion. Ask me not wherein it will consist. It is certain, however, that our Lord, in the words, “I will not anymore eat this Passover with you, until it be fulfilled,” does not merely intend to say, “till we shall rejoice together in a perfect glory of My kingdom, and with all the redeemed.” We are not entitled thus generally to explain His language. The expression He makes use of does not refer merely to something indefinitely spiritual; the addition, which the Lord afterward makes, is quite at variance with such a view. F. W. Krummacher – The Suffering Saviour, Meditations on the Last Days of Christ, Wipf and Stock Publishers
Nowhere to land? As my soul stands in the presence of God there is a flood of judgment waters that engulf me. The only safe place is the spirit of Christ in me which, as a dove rests in Him. Tom Van Hoogen
All The Eggs are in the Basket of Us Our Lord took His people into partnership with Himself and entrusted His work on earth entirely to their care. Their neglect would cause it to suffer. Their diligence would be His enrichment. Here we have the true basic principle of Christian service — Christ has made Himself dependent on the faithfulness of His people for the extension of His kingdom. Andrew Murray – God’s Plans for You, circa 1890, © 1983 by Whitaker House
He Knew All Along, Imagine That! This is what I have called guessing the hidden eccentricities of life. This is knowing that a man’s heart is to the left and not in the middle. This is knowing not only that the earth is round, but knowing exactly where it is flat. Christian doctrine detected the oddities of life. It not only discovered the law, but it foresaw the exceptions. Those underrate Christianity who say that it discovered mercy; anyone might discover mercy. In fact everyone did. But to discover a plan for being merciful and also severe — that was to anticipate a strange need of human nature. G. K. Chesterton – Orthodoxy, copyright 1908 by Dodd, Mead and Company
What You Will See When the Light is Left On And the faith by which we enter into this hidden life is just the same as the faith by which we were translated out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God’s dear Son, only it lays hold of a different thing. Then we believed that Jesus was our Savior from the guilt of sin, and according to our faith it was unto us; now we must believe that He is our Savior from the power of sin, and according to our faith it shall be unto us. Then we trusted Him for forgiveness, and it became ours; now we must trust Him for righteousness, and it shall become ours also. Then we took Him as a Savior in the future from the penalties of our sins; now we must take Him as a Savior in the present from the bondage of our sins. Then He was our Redeemer; now He is to be our Life. Hannah Whitall Smith – The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life, 1875 © 1998 Barbour Publishing, Inc.
Medicine is Often Bitter Going Down There is a higher experience of repentance, and there is a deeper experience of confession of sin than the feeling of regret. In fact, you will find those feelings of regret replaced by something else — replaced by a love and a tranquility. That love, that tranquility sweetly saturates your soul and, having saturated it thoroughly, takes full possession of it. Jeanne Guyon – Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ, circa 1680
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