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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 v5.2 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 v4.52 – 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 v4.50 Quotes

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Spiritual Things Must Be Discerned Spiritually Each word of the Scriptures must be read with the same spirit in which it was written. Thomas aKempis – The Imitation of Christ circa. 1420 © 1999 Bridge-Logos Publishers
Run For the Roses, As Fast As You Can Run in such a way as to get the prize. (1 Corinthians 9:24) Entering the race does not make you a winner only a contestant “to all who received him, to those who believed in His name (e.g. contestants), he gave the right to become children of God (i.e. winners)” Every aspect of your life: physical, soulical, and spiritual has its battle. The physical battle will determine if a man is healthy or diseased. The soulical battle determines whether a man is moral (e.g. rigtheous) or immoral (e.g. unrighteous). The spiritual battle will prove those who are holy and those who are unholy and the prize is none other than eternal life. From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forcerful men lay hold of it. Make no mistake you are at war. Tom Van Hoogen
Worldly Attitudes vs. Beattitudes This world has its own idea of blessedness. Blessed is the man who is always right. Blessed is the man who is satisfied with himself. Blessed is the man who is strong. Blessed is the man who rules. Blessed is the man who is rich. Blessed is the man who is popular. Blessed is the man who enjoys life. These are the beatitudes of sight and this present world. It comes with a shock and opens a new realm of thought that not one of these men entered Jesus’ mind when he treated of blessedness.
— Ian Maclaren
F. W. Boreham – The Heavenly Octave: A Study of the Beatitudes, Copyright 1936 by F. W. Boreham
Walking the Thin Line of Christianity Therefore, St. Paul, in this letter, teaches us in order to comfort us and to confirm us in the perfect knowledge of this most Christian and excellent righteousness, for once we lose our belief in justification, all true Christian doctrine is lost. There is no middle ground between righteousness of the law and Christian righteousness. Anyone who strays from Christian righteousness must fall into the righteousness of the law; in other words, when people lose Christ, they slip back into reliance on their own works. Martin Luther – Commentary on Galatians – circa 1520; Crossway Publishing © 1998 by Watermark
Beauty, A Reflection Of Grace All lovely sights tend to keep the soul pure, to lift the heart up to God. The senses filled with the delights and splendor of creation reveal to us hints of His majesty, goodness, and love. What ever is beautiful is of God, and it is only ignorance or a low condition of heart and soul that does not prize what is beautiful. George MacDonald – The Best of George MacDonald © 2006 Cook Communications Ministries.
Vengeance Grows in the Dark While You Sleep Vengeance is the most deeply rooted passion in the human soul, and the impersonation of it is the devil. The devil has an absolute detestation of God, an immortal hatred of God. Satan s sin is at the summit of all sins; our sin is at the base of all sins. If sin has not reached its awful height in us, it may do so unless we let God alter the springs of our heart. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
He’s Everywhere, He’s Everywhere The carnal mind sees God in nothing, not even in spiritual things, His Word and ordinances. The spiritual mind sees Him in everything, even in natural things, in looking on the heavens and the earth and all the creatures. — Robert Leighton Charles H. Spurgeon – The Treasury of David abridged by David Otis Fuller, circa 1880, © 1968 by David Otis Fuller, Published by Kregel Publications
Fighting Will Only Make it Worse A cross which comes from God ought to be welcomed without any concern for self. And when you accept your cross this way, even though it is painful, you’ll find that you can bear it in peace. But when you receive your cross unwillingly, you will find it to be doubly severe. The resistance within his harder to bear than the cross itself! But if you recognize the hand of God, and make no opposition to His Will, you will have peace in the midst of affliction. Happy indeed are they who can bear their sufferings with this simple peace and perfect submission to the will of God! Nothing so shortens and soothes suffering as the spirit of non-resistance. Fenelon – Let Go, circa 1690, copyright 1973 Whitaker House
The Word, Divides Soul and Spirit We may say that it is quite customary in the church today to work by psychic means. How often psychological methods are used in ministry meetings to attract people! How psychic ways are engaged in believers meetings to stimulate the audience. By observing the methods used, one can judge what kind of work is being done. Let me say frankly that many sermons can only help people’s souls, but not their spirits. Such messages are merely spoken out of the soul, hence they can only reach man’s soul and afford him a little more mental knowledge. We ought not labor this way, because such work never penetrates into man’s spirit. Watchman Nee – The Latent Power of the Soul, circa 1939, copyright 1972 by Christian Fellowship Publishers, Inc.
Get Your Daily Bread Bread must be eaten daily, and the same is true of God’s Word. This psalmist wrote, “Blessed is the man… [whose] delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night” (Psalm 1:1-2); “O how love I thy law! It is my meditation all the day” (Psalm 119:97). To secure a strong and powerful spiritual life, an intake of God’s Word every day is indispensable. Andrew Murray – Andrew Murray 365 Day Devotional, © 2006 Whitaker House.

Listen v4.49 Quotes

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Wrong Tools for the Job He tells us that our strength and our fruitfulness depend upon our prayers. He reminds us that the fullness of our joy depends upon answered prayer (John 16:24). And yet we allow the devil to persuade us to neglect prayer. He makes us believe that we can do more by our own efforts than by prayers, our intercourse with people than by our intercession with God. It passes one s comprehension that so little heed should be given to our Lord s sevenfold invitation – command – promise. How dare we work for Christ without being much on our knees? Unknown Christian – The Kneeling Christian, circa 1890, © 2007 Bidge-Logos.
Pray Determinedly, Not Impulsively Determination means to fix the form of our choice, and God demands that we use this power when we pray. The majority of us waste our time on mere impulses in prayer. There are many verses in God s Book which refer to this power in the heart to choose voluntarily. Impulse is not choice; impulse is very similar to instinct in an animal. It is the characteristic of immaturity and ought not to characterize men and women. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
God of Extremes It is the glory of the Christian faith that it is immense enough to be able to contain within itself aspects and elements that at first sight seem strangely conflicting. I heard a preacher exulting in the tenderness and beauty of God’s infinite love. The very same day I heard another speak of the severity and exactness of God’s infinite justice. Surely he was speaking of a different God! But no; it is the same God, but such a God! There is no conflict or confusion. We are simply gazing at a sea of glass, mingled with fire. He is a “just God and the Savior.” And those who know Him and worship Him are like unto him. F. W. Boreham – The Luggage of Life, 1912, published by Kregel Publications
Unknown Except Through the Mind of Christ We may, and we do, have all sorts of thoughts of God, we may conjecture this or imagine that, but we are wasting our energies in it all. We simply cannot know, no man can, except through the revelation of Christ. Hannah Whitall Smith – The God of All Comfort, circa 1890 – 1956 Edition Moody Publishers
It is a strange phenomenon how many come out of the woodwork and into the pews when the message concerns end times and God’s wrath and judgment on the unrighteous. Yet when the messages are concerning God’s commands for righteousness, dying to self, loving your enemies, submission to authority and the like, the same brood are nowhere to be found. Perhaps they are hiding back in the woodwork. They will not come to Him out of love and devotion but because of fear for Self they come. Who told you, you brood of vipers to flee the wrath of God? Repent and be saved! Tom Van Hoogen
Fence Sitting is Painful Business The well-defined spiritual life is not only the highest life, but it is also the most easily lived. The whole cross is more easily carried than the half. It is a man who tries to make the best of both worlds who makes nothing of either. — Henry Drummond A. W. Tozer – The Pursuit of God
The Beginning Is Merely a Start Since, then, the conduct of these beginners upon the way of God is ignoble, [61] and has much to do with their love of self and their own inclinations, as has been explained above, God desires to lead them farther. He seeks to bring them out of that ignoble kind of love to a higher degree of love for Him, to free them from the ignoble exercises of sense and meditation (wherewith, as we have said, they go seeking God so unworthily and in so many ways that are unbefitting), and to lead them to a kind of spiritual exercise wherein they can commune with Him more abundantly and are freed more completely from imperfections. St. John of the Cross – Dark Night of the Soul, circa 1560
Rejoice!, Again I Say, Rejoice! I am amazed at the power that comes to us through suffering; we are worth nothing without the cross. Of course, I tremble and agonize while it lasts, and all my words about the beneficial effects of suffering vanquish under the torture. But when it is all over, I look back on the experience with deep appreciation, and am ashamed that I bore it with so much bitterness. I am learning a great deal from my own foolishness! Fenelon – Let Go, circa 1690, copyright 1973 Whitaker House
Peace Of, With and Through God Those who know their God have great contentment in God. There is no peace like the peace of those whose minds are possessed with full assurance that they have known God, and God has known them, and that this relationship guarantees God’s favor to them in life, through death and forever. This is the peace of which Paul speaks in Romans 5:1 — “since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”– and those whose substance he analyzes in full in Romans 8. “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus… the Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children… heirs of God… We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him… Those he justified, he also glorified… if God is for us, who can be against us?… Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen?… Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?… I am convinced that neither death nor life… neither the present nor the future… will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” J. I. Packer – Knowing God, © 1973 InterVarsity Press
Same Family, Same Love Pray that you will love your fellow believers with the same love with which Christ loves you. If we abide in Christ’s love and let that love fills our hearts, supernatural power will be given to us to love all God’s children. As the bond of love between the Father and the Son, and between Christ and His followers, is close, so must the bond of love be between all God’s children. Andrew Murray – Andrew Murray 365 Day Devotional, © 2006 Whitaker House.

Listen v4.42 Quotes

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How Do You Measure Up? We may judge our advancement in humility by the delight we have in humiliation and contempt. Fenelon – Christian Counsel, circa 1690, copyright 2002 Bridge-Logos Publishers
One Track Mind and Will The Devil goes about as fierce, as resolute, and as strong as a lion, intent only on destroying. He is restrained by no sentiments that soften and move human or divine hearts. He has no pity and no sympathy. He is great, but he is only great in evil. He has a great intellect, but he is driven and inspired by a vicious and cruel heart. E. M. Bounds – Guide to Spiritual Warfare, circa 1880, copyright 1984 by Whitaker House
Please No. Anything But The Light! His silence only seemed to add to his sorrows, he decided to open his heart to his loved ones. And this is what he said: Oh, my dear wife, and you, my tender children! I, your poor father, am all lost and undone. And why all lost and undone, do you ask? Tis because of this huge burden strapped tightly to my back. Then said his dubious wife, Christiana, Uh, burden? What burden, my dear? … I have been reading words from this my little book. At this his family exchanged one of those knowing glances that shouted silently, Oh no! We were afraid something like this was going to happen. John Bunyan – The New Amplified Pilgrims Progress, circa 1660; Adapted by Jim Pappas, Jr. © 1999 Orion s Gate
You Need a Bigger Dose of Jesus I was once talking on the subject of religion with an intelligent agnostic, whom I very much wished to influence, and after listening to me politely for a little while, he said, “Well, madam, all I have to say is this. If you Christians want to make us agnostics inclined to look into your religion, you must try to be more comfortable in the possession of it yourselves. The Christians I am aware of seem to be the very most uncomfortable people anywhere around. They seem to carry their religion as a man carries a headache. He does not want to get rid of his head, but at the same time it is very uncomfortable to have it. And I for one do not care to have that sort of religion.” But when the early glow of my conversion had passed, and I had come down to the dullness of everyday duties and responsibilities, I soon found from my own experience, and also from the similar experiences of most other Christians around me, that there was far too much truth in his assertion, and that the religious life of most of us was full of discomfort and unrest. In fact, it seemed, as one of my Christian friends said to me one day when we were comparing our experiences, “as if we had just enough religion to make us miserable.” Hannah Whitall Smith – The God of All Comfort, circa 1890 – 1956 Edition Moody Publishers
The Secrets of Happiness Notice how Mr. [George] Muller tells us this, that the two secrets of his great happiness were, his great love for God’s Word, and his ever maintaining a good conscience, not knowingly doing anything against the will of God. Andrew Murray – The Two Convenants, 1898, copyright 2005
Truth With Arms and Legs Doctrine and life are really two sides of one Christianity; and they are equally indispensable, because Christianity is living truth. It is not merely truth; it is not simply life. It is living truth. P. T. Forsyth – The Work of Christ, Wipf & Stock, 1910
The Seed that Must Lead My unassisted heart is barren clay,
That of its native self can nothing feed:
Of good and pious works Thou art the seed,
That quickens only where Thou sayest it may:
Unless Thou show to us Thine own true way
No man can find it: Father! Thou must lead.
A. W. Tozer – The Pursuit of God
One Good Turn Deserves Another Christianity can be distilled to this one simple thought, “God loves me and desires that I love Him in the same way” He consciously chose to give up His human life, that soulish life consisting of what He wants, what He thinks, what He feels and desires for, in order that you might live. Will you do that for Him? This is love. Tom Van Hoogen
The Real McCoy There is also true humility. True humility never thinks of humility. Those who have it act with patience and live and die in God. They care not for themselves nor anything created. They suffer molestation with joy and desire nothing from it other than to walk in the footsteps of their despised Lord. They do not care to be thought of well by the world and are content with what God gives him. They are convicted of their own faults with calm shame! Michael Molinos – The Spiritual Guide – circa 1675, copyright 1982 by Seed Sowers
Value is In The Eye of the Beholder As we lift up our soul in prayer to the living God, we gain the beauty of holiness as surely as a flower becomes beautiful by living in the sunlight. Was not our Lord Himself transfigured when He prayed? And the “very fashion” of our countenance will change, and we shall have our Mount of Transfiguration when prayer has its rightful place in our lives. And men will see in our faces “the outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace.” Our value to God and to man is in exact proportion to the extent in which we reveal the glory of God to others. Unknown Christian – The Kneeling Christian, circa 1890, © 2007 Bidge-Logos.
Giants are Rare, Not Extinct We must get hold of the great souls, the men who have been hard hit and have gone to the basis of things, and whose experiences have been preserved for us by God, that we may know where we stand. One of the reasons for the futility of pseudo-evangelism is that it bases its doctrine on the shallow weak things it has saved. Thank God, Christianity does save the shallow weak things, but they are not the ones to diagnose Christianity, they are the expression of the last reach of Christianity. Paul said . . . not many mighty, not many noble, are called he did not say not any mighty, not any noble. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
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