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When Things Begin Clicking and Falling into Place I had found this hole in the world: the fact that one must somehow find a way of loving the world without trusting it; somehow one must love the world without being worldly. I found this projecting feature of Christian theology like a sort of hard spike, the dogmatic insistence that God was personal, and had made a world separate from Himself. The spike of dogma fitted exactly into the hole in the world it had evidently been made to go there and then the strange thing began to happen. When once these two parts of the two machines had come together, one after another, all the other parts fitted and fell in with an eerie exactitude. I could hear bolt after bolt over all the machinery falling into its place with a kind of click of relief. Having got one part right, all the other parts were repeating that rectitude, as clock after clock strikes noon. Instinct after instinct was answered by doctrine after doctrine. Or, to vary the metaphor, I was like one who had advanced into a hostile country to take one high fortress. And when that fort had fallen the whole country surrendered and turned solid behind me. The whole land was lit up. as it were, back to the first fields of my childhood. All those blind fancies of boyhood which in the fourth chapter I have tried in vain to trace on the darkness, became suddenly transparent and sane. I was right when I felt that roses were red by some sort of choice: it was the divine choice. I was right when I felt that I would almost rather say that grass was the wrong color than say it must by necessity have been that color: it might verily have been any other. My sense that happiness hung on the crazy thread of a condition did mean something when all was said: it meant the whole doctrine of the Fall. Even those dim and shapeless monsters of notions which I have not been able to describe, much less defend, stepped quietly into their places like colossal caryatides of the creed. The fancy that the cosmos was not vast and void, but small and cozy, had a fulfilled significance now, for anything that is a work of art must be small in the sight of the artist; to God the stars might be only small and dear, like diamonds. And my haunting instinct that somehow good was not merely a tool to be used, but a relic to be guarded, like the goods from Crusoe s ship even that had been the wild whisper of something originally wise, for, according to Christianity, we were indeed the survivors of a wreck, the crew of a golden ship that had gone down before the beginning of the world.
But the important matter was this, that it entirely reversed the reason for optimism. And the instant the reversal was made it felt like the abrupt ease when a bone is put back in the socket. I had often called myself an optimist, to avoid the too evident blasphemy of pessimism. But all the optimism of the age had been false and disheartening for this reason, that it had always been trying to prove that we fit into the world. The Christian optimism is based on the fact that we do not fit into the world. I had tried to be happy by telling myself that man is an animal, like any other which sought its meat from God. But now I really was happy, for I had learnt that man is a monstrosity. I had been right in feeling things as odd, for I myself was at once worse and better than all things. The optimist s pleasure was prosaic, for it dwelt on the naturalness of everything; the Christian pleasure was poetic, for it dwelt on the unnaturalness of everyting in the light of the supernatural. G. K. Chesterton – Orthodoxy, copyright 1908 by Dodd, Mead and Company
You Must Be Led By Christ, Not Men Moreover if we are firmly gripped by a true picture of life with Jesus and are moving by experience deeper and deeper into its reality, we will be able, strongly but calmly, to resist the mistakes and abuses of religious authority. From the local congregation up to the highest levels of national and international influence, we hear people and groups claiming that they have been divinely guided as to what we are to do. Dallas Willard – Hearing God ©1984 InterVarsity Press
When Abiding, You Get What You Ask For We enter the sacred chamber on our knees. We still our thoughts and words, and say, Lord, teach us to pray. Give us thy holy desires, and let our prayer be the very echo of thy will. Give us thy Spirit as our advocate within. Open our eyes to see our great high priest and advocate above, and help us so to abide in Him, and to have His Word so abiding in us, that we shall ask what we will, and it shall be done unto us. A. B. Simpson – The Life of Prayer – circa 1890, © 2007 Bridge-Logos
The Kiss of Life The friend who cleaves to his friend in the spirit of Christ is made one heart and soul with him (Acts 4:32). Ascending to the friendship of Christ through the stages of love, he is made one spirit with him (1 Cor. 6:17) in a single kiss. The holy soul sighs for that kiss, saying, “Let him kiss me with the kiss of his mouth” (Song 1:1). Alfred of Rievaulx, From Spiritual Friendship circa 1150; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
Discerning Between Soul and Spirit When you go to prayer, you should deliver yourself wholly up into the hands of God with perfect resignation, making an act of faith, believing that you are in the divine presence, afterwards remaining in that holy repose with quietness, silence, and tranquility, and endeavoring for a whole day, a whole year, and your whole life to continue that first act of contemplation by faith and love… by this you will be undeceived and know what is the perfect and spiritual manner of prayer, and be advised what is to be done in internal recollection. You will know that to the end that love may be made perfect and pure, it is expedient to curtail the multiplication of sensible and fervent acts, the soul continuing quiet and resting in that inward silence. Because tenderness, delight, and sweet sentiments, which the soul experiences in the will, are not purely spiritual, but are acts blended with the sensibility of nature. Nor is it perfect love, but sensible pleasure, which distracts and hurts the soul. Miguel De Molinos – The Spiritual Guide, 1675 – excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
Who Are You in Relationship With? Sin is not a creation, it is a relationship. The essential nature of sin is my claim to my right to myself. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
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The Blessedness of Beholding Him I have already said something of the general blessings of God, which, in the natural course of things, come to the good and the bad alike. However, beyond this bounty, He has reserved for the good a special sign of His great love. We can never sufficiently thank Him for the gifts of nature: that we exist in our lives, that we can enjoy the sight of earth and sky, that we have a reasoning mind by which we can seek Him who has made all these things. Yet, for the greater gifts of grace there are not hearts enough nor tongues enough in all the world even to try to thank Him. For, when we were burdened and broken by our sins, and our minds were turned from His light and blinded by the love of the darkness of iniquity, He did not leave us to ourselves, but sent to us His Word, who is His only Son, so that, by His birth and passion in the flesh He assumed for our salvation, we might learn how highly God esteemed our human nature, and that we might be cleansed from all our sins by His unique Sacrifice and, by His Spirit, have Love poured into our hearts, so that, with all our warring over, we might come to everlasting rest in the supreme blessedness of gazing on His face. St. Augustine – The City of God, circa 400, copyright 1950 by Fathers of the Church
Yours For the Taking This verse sums up what has been said before this is a cross!… The Lord has not said that he who does not take up his burden and follow after Him is not worthy of Him. No, He says that whoever does not take up his cross and follow after Him is not worthy of him. A burden is not a cross. Burden is something inescapable; the cross, however, is subject to personal choice and can therefore be avoided. What the first cross in history was, so the countless smaller crosses will be which shall follow afterwards; just as the original cross was chosen by the Lord, so the crosses for today must also be chosen by us…. All the crosses one takes up must be chosen by oneself…. We should take the cross, not make it. Watchman Nee – The Salvation of the Soul, © 1978 Christian Fellowship Publishers, Inc.
All Ye Who Will, Enter In When once you have defeated the enemies of God (i.e. sin, pride, self-isms) you will enter the land (operate in the Spirit) in open places (in Christ). Once you are in Christ all the worldly activities (e.g. eating meat) are unrestricted and unlimited. You may enjoy yourself in Christ. There is now therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ. Take eat. Do not call unclean what God has cleaned. Tom Van Hoogen
The Precious Price of Progress The majority of us prefer to get up and ride rather than to get out and shove. It is only the people who get out and shove who really make things go. The men who are up against things just now and who are determined to get at Reality at all costs, and will not accept a thing on the religious line unless that line states Reality these are the men who are paying the price for the next generation. The reason we are here in the natural world is because our mothers struggled for our existence, and the more unhindered the birth pangs the stronger and healthier the child. A thing is worth just what it costs. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
God-Man, The Intersection of Extremes And now I began to find that this duplex passion was the Christian key to ethics everywhere. Everywhere the Creed made a moderation out of the still crash of two impetuous emotions. Take, for instance, the matter of modesty, of the balance between mere pride and mere prostration…. It separated the two ideas and then exaggerated them both. In one way Man was to be heartier than he had ever been before; in another way he was to be humbler than he had ever been before. In so far as I am Man I am the chief of creatures. In so far as I am a man I am the chief of sinners. G. K. Chesterton – Orthodoxy, copyright 1908 by Dodd, Mead and Company
No Spectators Allowed The law of the kingdom is this: every believer is to live wholly for God’s service and work. Andrew Murray – God’s Plans for You, circa 1890, © 1983 by Whitaker House
The Disallusionment of Knowing I remember, I remember,
the fir-trees dark and high;
I used to think of their slender tops
were close against the sky;
it was a childish ignorance,
but now tis little joy
to know I’m farther off from heaven
then when I was a boy.
F. W. Boreham – The Luggage of Life, 1912, published by Kregel Publications
Man s Capacity for Love vs Angel s Incapacity It is a mysterious thing, and one to which we scarcely dare allude, that there has arisen a Redeemer of fallen man, but not the fallen angels. We would build no theory on so awful and inscrutable a truth; but it is too much to say that the interference on the behalf of man and the non-interference on the behalf of angels, gives ground for the persuasion, that men occupy at least not a lower place than Angels in the love and the solicitude of their Maker? Charles H. Spurgeon – The Treasury of David abridged by David Otis Fuller, circa 1880, © 1968 by David Otis Fuller, Published by Kregel Publications
God, The Infinite Measure of Perfections Every attribute of God, every revelation of His character, every proof of His undying love, every declaration of His watchful care, every assertion of His purposes of tender mercy, every manifestation of His loving kindness all are the filling out of this unfinished “I am.” Hannah Whitall Smith – The God of All Comfort, circa 1890 – 1956 Edition Moody Publishers
A Promise with a Punch What God in His sovereignty may yet do on a world-scale I do not claim to know: but what He will do for the plain man or woman who seeks His face I believe I do know and can tell others. Let any man turn to God in earnest, let him begin to exercise himself unto godliness, let him seek to develop his powers of spiritual receptivity by trust and obedience and humility, and the results will exceed anything he may have hoped in his leaner and weaker days. A. W. Tozer – The Pursuit of God

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Difficult to Swallow but True St. Francis began to preach, first ordering the swallows who were quivering to keep quiet until he had finished preaching. And the swallows obeyed him. He preached there so fervently that all the men and women of that village, as a result of his sermon and the miracle of the swallows, and their great devotion wanted to follow him and abandon the village. But St. Francis did not let them, saying to them: “Don’t be in a hurry and don’t leave, for I will arrange what you should do for the salvation of your souls.” St. Francis of Assisi – The Little Flowers of St. Francis – circa 1200; excerpted from Devotional Classics by Foster and Smith © 2005
Seeking Him In the Inner Man A brother named John came from the coast to Father Philimon and, clasping his feet, said to him: What shall I do to be saved? For my intellect vacillates to and fro and strays after all the wrong things. After a pause, the father replied: This is one of the outer passions and it stays with you because you still have not acquired a perfect longing for God. The warmth of this longing and of the knowledge of God has not yet come to you. The brother said to him: What shall I do, father? Abba Philimon replied: Meditate inwardly for a while, deep in your heart; for this can cleanse your intellect of these things. The brother, not understanding what was said, asked the Elder: What is inward meditation, father? The Elder replied: Keep watch in your heart; and with watchfulness say in your mind with awe and trembling: Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me. Symeon The New Theologian – The Ethical Discourses – circa 1000; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
Tools of the Trade Embrace the difficult circumstances you find yourself in even when you feel they will overwhelm you. Allow God to mold you through the events He allows to enter your life. This will make you flexible toward the will of God. The events of life are like a furnace for the heart. All your impurities are melted and your old ways are lost. Fenelon – The Seeking Heart, circa 1690, copyright Christian Books Publishing House
Blessed Teamwork There is no blessing so great as that which comes when our hearts are lifted out of self and become one with Christ in intercession for others and for His cause. There is no joy so pure as that of taking the burden of our Master s cause on our hearts and bearing it with Him every day in ceaseless prayer doing it as though its success wholly depended upon the uplifting of our hands and the exercise of our faith. A. B. Simpson – The Life of Prayer – circa 1890, © 2007 Bridge-Logos
God s Specialties Charity is a paradox, like modesty and courage. Stated baldly, charity certainly means one of two things — pardoning unpardonable acts, or loving unlovable people. G. K. Chesterton – Orthodoxy, copyright 1908 by Dodd, Mead and Company
Not a Hand Puppet, A Body Puppet And let me make it quite clear that when Christians say the Christ-life is in them, they do not mean simply something mental or moral. When they speak of being “in Christ” or of Christ being “in them”, this is not simply a way of saying that they are thinking about Christ or copying Him. They mean that Christ is actually operating through them; but the whole mass of Christians are the physical organism through which Christ acts — that we are His fingers and muscles, the cells of His body. C. S. Lewis – Mere Christianity, copyright 1952, C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd.
I Live, Yet Not I God created Adam to have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth ( Genesis 1:28 ); the one thing Adam was not to have dominion over was himself. God was to have dominion over him, and Adam had to partake in his own development by obeying God s rule over him, not his own wisdom. The source of life in Adam was his obedience to God. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
God In Hot Pursuit A wild young fellow, who was brought to the Lord at a mission meeting, and who became a rejoicing Christian and lived an exemplary life afterward, was asked by someone what he did to get converted. “Oh,” he said, “I did my part, and the Lord did His.” “But what was your part,” asked the inquirer, “and what was the Lord’s part?” “My part,” was the prompt reply, “was to run away, and the Lord’s part was to run after me until He caught me.” Hannah Whitall Smith – The God of All Comfort, circa 1890 – 1956 Edition Moody Publishers
The Heart is Lifted By a Merry Melody Songs are the fitting expressions of inward thankfulness, and it were well if we indulged ourselves and honored our Lord with more of them. Mr. B. P. Power has well said, “The sailors give a cheery cry as they weigh anchor, the plowman whistles in the morning as he drives his team; the milkmaid sings her rustic song as she sets about her early task; when the soldiers are leaving friends behind them, they do not march out to the tune of the “Dead March of Saul,” but to the quick notes of some lively air. A praising spirit would do for us all that their songs and music do for them; and if only we could determine to praise the Lord, we should surmount many a difficulty which our low spirits never would have been equal to, and we should do double the work which can be done if the heart be languid in its beating, if we be crushed and trodden down in soul. Charles H. Spurgeon – The Treasury of David abridged by David Otis Fuller, circa 1880, © 1968 by David Otis Fuller, Published by Kregel Publications
Arrested By A Messenger from God It has never occurred to many religious leaders that they are going in the wrong direction. They persistently and blindly continue down a dangerous road to their own peril never considering that God would send an ass to reveal His Word and will and save their soul. Tom Van Hoogen

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The Word is Made Flesh But God has put this Word into the mouth of others in order that it may be communicated to us. When one person is struck by the Word, he speaks it to others. God has willed that we should seek and find his living Word in the witness of a brother, in the mouth of a man. Therefore, the Christian need is another Christian who speaks God s Word to him. He needs him again and again when he becomes uncertain and discouraged. Dietrich Bonhoeffer – Life Together, circa 1940; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
Reason vs. Revelation The seer in the cabin may decipher the language of the clouds more accurately than the bronzed and weather-beaten mariner on the quarter-deck. That was the mistake the centurion made. The centurion believed the master of the ship more than those things which were spoken by Paul. It is a purely nautical matter. The captain of the ship predicts fair weather and urges an early clearance. Paul, the prisoner and passenger, foretold angry seas, and advised remaining in shelter. The centurion believed the captain of the ship. But Paul was right; the captain was wrong; and the ship was lost. Sooner or later life resolves itself into a desperate struggle for human credence between Paul and the captain of the ship.
The point is that the captain of the ship is the man who might be supposed to know. He is a specialist. And Paul sets over against his nautical erudition the unsatisfying words, I perceive . It is a case of Reason on the one hand and Revelation on the other; and the centurion pins his faith to the vigilant captain rather that to the visionary Paul. That is the exact point at which the world has always missed its way.
F. W. Boreham – The Luggage of Life, 1912, published by Kregel Publications
You Really Should Ignore Your Self Listen to what I have to say. It is not easy to hear, but it will feed your spirit. Do not listen to the voice that suggests that you live for yourself. The voice of self-love is even more powerful than the voice of the serpent. Fenelon – The Seeking Heart, circa 1690, copyright Christian Books Publishing House
Spirit to Spirit Rarely and only with great effort does a mind, which has contemplated both the material and spiritual creation of the universe and discovered the mutability of all things, soar to the unchangeable substance of God and there learn that He is the sole Creator of every nature that is not divine. For, God does not speak with man through the medium of matter, with vibrations of air causing His voice to be heard by the ears of the body, nor does he use apparitions resembling bodies such as we see in dreams or in some such way for in this latter case the speaking is to seeming ears, through a seeming medium with a seeming material space of intervening, since such apparitions are very similar to material objects. But He speaks to that part of man which is most excellent and which has nothing superior to it except God Himself. St. Augustine – The City of God, circa 400, copyright 1950 by Fathers of the Church
Are You Above the Law? Jesus Wasn’t If you have the idea that your duty is to catch other people, it puts you on a superior platform at once and your whole attitude takes on the guise of a prig. This too often is the pose of the earnest religious person of to-day. Of all the different kind of men one meets the preacher takes the longest to get at, for this very reason; you can get at a doctor or any professional man much more quickly than you can a professionally religious man. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
A True Friend What can be said about friendship that is higher, or truer, or more useful, than that it ought and is proven to begin in Christ, advance according to Christ, and be brought to perfection by Christ? Alfred of Rievaulx, From Spiritual Friendship circa 1150; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
Rescue The Perishing Consider again what this means. All these dying millions have a right to come to the knowledge of Christ. Their salvation depends on their knowing Him. He could change their lives from sin and unhappiness to holy obedience and heavenly joy. Christ has a right to them. It would make His heart glad to have them come and be blessed in Him. Service to God is the connecting link. And yet, what His people do is nothing compared to what needs to be done, to what could be done, to what ought to be done. Andrew Murray – God’s Plans for You, circa 1890, © 1983 by Whitaker House
Teetering On The Brink of Collapse Christianity was like a huge and ragged and romantic rock, which, though it sways on its pedestal at a touch, yet, because it’s exaggerated excrescences exactly balance each other, is enthroned there for a thousand years. In a Gothic cathedral columns were all different, but they were all necessary. Every support seemed an accidental and fantastic support; every buttress was a flying buttress. So in Christiandom apparent accidents balance. G. K. Chesterton – Orthodoxy, copyright 1908 by Dodd, Mead and Company
Whatever is Not of Love is Sin It is not a matter of right and wrong. These only have to do with earthly things (i.e. morality). Morality is a corruption of Love. The only concern is whether or not someone is acting in Love or not. If they are, praise God. If they are not, pray God for they are acting in sin. Tom Van Hoogen
Re-Turning is Repentance You are to be completely occupied, inwardly, with God. Of course, this is impossible if, at the same time, you are outwardly busied with a thousand trifles. The Lord is at the center of your being; therefore, He must become the center of your being. What are you to do when you become drawn away from this God who is your center? No matter what it is that draws you away, whether weakness or lack of faith, you must immediately turn within once more. Be ready to turn within, again and again, no matter how often you are drawn away. Be ready to repeat this turning just as often as distractions occur. Jeanne Guyon – Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ, circa 1680

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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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Think About It The peril is that the human intellect is free to destroy itself. Just as one generation could prevent the very existence of the next generation, all by entering a monastery or jumping into the sea, so one set of thinkers can in some degree prevent further thinking by teaching the next generation that there is no validity in any human thought…. Reason is itself a matter of faith. It is an act of faith to assert that our thoughts have any relation to reality at all…. The young skeptic says, “I have a right to think for myself.” But the old skeptic, the complete skeptic, says, “I have no right to think for myself. I have no right to think at all.” There is a thought that stops thought. That is the only thought that ought to be stopped. G. K. Chesterton – Orthodoxy, copyright 1908 by Dodd, Mead and Company
First Things First The outpouring of the blood of the Lamb of God had to take place before the outpouring of the Spirit could be bestowed. Only when all that the Old Testament taught about the blood was fulfilled could the dispensation of the Spirit begin. Andrew Murray – The Blood of Christ © 1935
The Time is Now. Now is the Time God is in this power as in the eternal now. If a man’s spirit were always united with God in this power, he would not age. For the now in which God made the first man and that now in which the last man shall cease to be, and that now I speak in, all are the same in God and there is but one now. Observe, this man dwells in one light with God, having no suffering and no sequence of time, but one equal eternity…. therefore nothing new comes to him from future things nor any accident, for he dwells in the now, ever new and without intermission. Such is the divine sovereignty dwelling in this power. Meister Eckhart – circa 1310; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
Achieving External and Internal Alignment It may seem strange, but being in the will of God is very far removed from just doing what God wants us to do — so far removed, in fact, that we can be solidly in the will of God, and be aware that we are, without knowing God’s preference with regard to various details of our lives. Dallas Willard – Hearing God ©1984 InterVarsity Press
Continue to Work Out Your Salvation Settle down on this one thing, that Jesus came to save you, now, in this life, from the power and dominion of sin and to make you more than conqueror’s through His power. If you doubt this, search a Bible, and collect together every announcement or declaration concerning the purposes and object of his death on the cross. You will be astonished to find how full they are. Everywhere and always, His work is said to be to deliver us from our sins, from our bondage, from our defilement; and not a hint is given, anywhere, that this deliverance was to be only a limited and partial one with which Christians so continually try to be satisfied. Hannah Whitall Smith – The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life, 1875 © 1998 Barbour Publishing, Inc.
Only Life, not Death, has Pain Your Father wastes no time by cutting into that which is already dead… He seeks to destroy your old nature. He can only accomplish this by cutting into that which is alive. Fenelon – The Seeking Heart, circa 1690, copyright Christian Books Publishing House
Death is a Power Struggle with Life There is no reality without struggling. If you are not called to wrestle, it is only because the wrestling is being done for you. Dr. Forsyth Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
The Work of the Word First, the habit of reading the Word of God daily, preferably in the morning. The New Testament is the inspired record of the Revelation the revelation is the person of Jesus Christ. He moves out of the pages of this Book and meets us with the impact of his person on our persons. That impact is cleansing. Now you are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. When you expose your all to his everything, then you submit yourself to a daily cleansing of the mind, of motive, of emotions. E. Stanley Jones – The Habit of Reading the Bible Daily – circa 1930; excerpted from Devotional Classics by Foster and Smith © 2005
The House of God on the Earth He is showing us the plan for a Christian church that is much more than an association of congenial friends to listen once a week to an intellectual discourse and musical entertainment and carry on by proxy a mechanism of Christian work; but rather a church that can be at once the mother and home of every form of help and blessing which Jesus came to give to lost and suffering men, the birthplace and the home of souls, the fountain of healing and cleansing, the sheltering home for the orphan and distressed, the school for the culture and training of God s children, the armory where they are equipped for the battle of the Lord and the army which fights those battles in His name. Such a center of population in this sad and sinful world! A. B. Simpson – The Life of Prayer – circa 1890, © 2007 Bridge-Logos
Religion is Strange Fire In the matter of worship and sacrifice there must be a divine order. Aaron was the high priest in the day of Moses and the tabernacle. Nadab and Abihu, his sons, had ambitions of their own. They did not move to worship and sacrifice under the authority and order of God by waiting on their designated authority, their father. Instead they wanted to strike out and establish themselves independent of their father. Such is the personality and program of the modern church built upon religion. It has no authority to act independent of its Head, Christ, yet has the audacity and arrogance to establish its own rules and methods and ways of worship. Daily religion offers up strange fire and God wonders at their confusion and irreverent and blasphemous gatherings. Tom Van Hoogen
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