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Listen – v5.9 Quotes

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Fate Frozen in Fear There was one moment indeed, when the song first started and everyone was startled into silence, when she might have called to him to come and help her. She did not realize that the Fearings were holding their breath lest she did call, and had she done so, they would have fled helter-skelter through the door. However, she was too stunned with fear to seize the opportunity, and then it was too late. The next moment she felt Coward s heavy hand laid tightly over her mouth, then other hands gripped her firmly and held her in her chair. So the Shepherd slowly passed the cottage, showing himself at the window, and singing the signal song, but receiving no response of any kind. Hannah Hurnard – Hinds Feet on High Places, circa 1950, © American version 1975 by Tyndale House Publishers.
Whose Mind is Stayed On Thee – 2 Cor.13:11 No one can have the consciousness of God and not be content. George MacDonald – The Best of George MacDonald © 2006 Cook Communications Ministries.
Righteous Anger Is For Another, Not Self Our estimate of honour measures our growth in grace. What we stand up for proves what our character is like. If we stand up for our reputation it is a sign it needs standing up for! God never stands up for His saints, they do not need it. The devil tells lies about men, but no slander on earth can alter a man s character. Once let God s honour be slandered, and instantly there is something else to deal with in your meek saint. You cannot arouse him on his own account, but once begin to slander God and a new sense of honour is awakened, a new estimate has been put in. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
As Goes the Life, So Goes the Work What is true of God is true of men. Life is action and reveals itself in what it accomplishes. The bodily life, the intellectual, the moral, the spiritual life — individual, social, national life — each of these is judged by its work. The character and quality of the work depend on the life — as the life, so the work. And, on the other hand, the life depends on the work. Without this there can be no full development and manifestation and perfecting of the life — as the work, so the life. Andrew Murray – God’s Plans for You, circa 1890, © 1983 by Whitaker House
Deceived by a Treacherous “Friend” The wages that sin bargains with the sinner are life, pleasure, and profit; but the wages it pays him with are death, torment, and destruction. He that would understand the falsehood and deceit of sin, must compare its promises and its payment together. Robert South, D.D., 1633-1716 Charles H. Spurgeon – The Treasury of David abridged by David Otis Fuller, circa 1880, © 1968 by David Otis Fuller, Published by Kregel Publications
Follow His Gleam Not of the sunlight,
Not of the moonlight.
Not of the starlight!
O young Mariner,
Down to the haven,
Call your companions,
Launch your vessel,
And crowd your canvas,
And, ere it vanishes
Over the margin,
After it, follow it,
Follow the Gleam
Tennyson
Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Can Two Walk Together, Lest Agreed? Lord, You have commanded me, “Make straight paths!”, yet I am yoked to another who is deaf to your command, whose heart strays and will submit to no one. The plow has drawn a crooked and perverse line in the earth, yet Lord, You can make even the crooked tree straight. I cannot contend with this yoke fellow. You must release me lest we stray together. Tom Van Hoogen
Going Home One Step at a Time And how am I to go back again? Start back by avoiding vice, going no farther into it, and you have come home. When a person who is sick does not get any worse it is a sign that he is getting better, and so is the case with vice. Go no further and your deeds of wickedness will have an end. If you do so for two days, you will keep off on the third more easily; and after three days he will then add 10, then 20, then 100, then your whole life. For the further you journey back the easier it will be to see how you should be, and the more you will begin to see of your great rewards.
So it was with the prodigal who, when he returned, was greeted with flutes and harps and dancing and feasts. His father who might have chided him for his ill-timed extravagance did nothing of the sort. He did not even mention it, but rather, looked at him as without stain, throwing himself upon him and kissing him.
John Chrysostom – Sermon on Dying to Sin – circa 400; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
Blessings Come From Deep, Not Shallow, Roots Christ’s word “Blessed” is an infinitely lovelier word than our word “happy.” Our “happy” stands related to “hap” “luck,” “chance.”: it is a gamblers paradise. But the “Blessed” of the Beatitudes is suggestive of natural fruitfulness; it stands related to the roses round my lawn, to the corn in yonder valley’s and to the autumnal harvest of the orchard. It has to do with the joys that arise spontaneously and inevitably from certain fixed conditions. It is the word “Macaria,” a name that was once given to the island of Cyprus because that island was said to be so fertile as to be able to produce upon its own shores every thing that its inhabitants could either require or desire. F. W. Boreham – The Heavenly Octave: A Study of the Beatitudes, Copyright 1936 by F. W. Boreham
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Listen v5.3 – Quotes:

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

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

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

Listen v4.50 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 v4.44 Quotes

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Everything Points to Him We rest not on the atonement, but on Him who made it; not on the death, but on Him who died; not on the resurrection, but on Him who rose from the dead; not in statements about him but in Him of whom they are made. All faith that turns toward Jesus is the right faith. F. B. Meyer – The Best of F. B. Meyer, circa 1910, © 2006 Cook Communications Ministries
We Need to Enlarge our Understanding of Pride God alters our estimates, and we shall find that God gives us a deeper horror of carnality than ever we had of immorality; a deeper horror of the pride which lives clean amongst men but lifts itself against God, than of any other thing. Pride is the central citadel of independence of God. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
The Father is What Pours Out of Him Because we easily imagine ourselves in need, we imagine that God is ready to forsake us. The miracles of Jesus were the ordinary works of His Father, wrought small and swift that we might take them in. The lesson of them was that help is always within God’s reach when His children want it. The mission undertaken by the Son was not to show Himself as having all powers in heaven and earth, but to reveal His Father, that men may know Him, and knowing, trust Him. George MacDonald – The Best of George MacDonald © 2006 Cook Communications Ministries.
He s Watching our Back For what sort of creatures should we be if we had no divine Teacher always at hand to show us our faults and awaken in us a desire to get rid of them? If I am walking along the street with a very disfiguring hole in the back of my dress, of which I am in ignorance, it is certainly a very great comfort to me to have a kind friend who will tell me of it. And similarly it is indeed a comfort to know that there is always abiding with me a divine, all-seeing Comforter, who will reprove me for all my faults, and will not let me go on in a fatal unconsciousness of them. Hannah Whitall Smith – The God of All Comfort, circa 1890 – 1956 Edition Moody Publishers
The Comings and Goings of the Soul Therefore, in the first degree God enters into the intellectual soul and the intellectual soul comes back into herself. In the second degree she ascends above herself and is lifted up to God. In the third degree, lifted up to God, the soul passes into him. In the fourth degree the soul goes forth on God’s behalf and ascends below herself. In the first degree the intellectual soul enters into herself; in the second she passes beyond herself. In the first she proceeds into herself; and the third she proceeds into her God. In the first she enters for her own sake; in the fourth she goes out for her neighbors take. In the first she enters by meditation; in the second she ascends by contemplation; and the third she is brought in by jubilation; in the fourth she goes forth from compassion. Richard of St. Victor – The Four Degrees of Violent Charity; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
Diet for Recovery In all but few exceptions, the local church has outgrown its robe of righteousness, purity and holiness, being filled with a self-love and self-righteousness that puff it up. The white robe that is prepared for it is a one-size-fits-all — extra small. The only frame that is small enough to fit it is the trim Body of Christ. 1 ounce of Pharisaical fat and it all unravels at the seams. If the local church would fit the robe of holiness she must enter into a rigorous regimen beginning with daily treatments of strong doses of repentance and sustained through large doses of humility with prayer and fasting of religious activity. However there is all you want to eat of the Bread of Life and the Water that washes you clean — the Word. Tom Van Hoogen
Getting Closer and Closer A friend of Horace Bushnell was present when that man of God prayed. There came over him a wonderful sense of God’s nearness. He says: “When Horace Bushnell buried his face in his hands and prayed, I was afraid to stretch out my hand in the darkness, lest I should touch God.” Unknown Christian – The Kneeling Christian, circa 1890, © 2007 Bidge-Logos.
The Book of books is Foremost Reading “I fell into the snare into which so many young believers fall, the reading of religious books as preferred to the Scriptures. Now the scriptural way of reasoning would have been: God Himself has condescended to become an author, and I am ignorant of that precious Book which His Holy Spirit has caused to be written; therefore I ought to read again this Book of books most earnestly, most prayerfully, and with much meditation. Instead of acting thus, and being led by my ignorance of the Word to study it more, my difficulty of understanding it made me careless of reading it, and then, like many believers, I practically preferred for the first four years of my Christian life, the works of uninspired men to the oracles of the Living God. The consequence was that I remained a babe, both in knowledge and grace. In knowledge, I say, for all true knowledge must be derived by the Spirit from the Word. This lack of knowledge most sadly kept me back from walking steadily in the ways of God. Andrew Murray – The Two Convenants, 1898, copyright 2005
Filling the Joy-Vacuum Again, spiritual joy often abounds when all other sources of joy are dried up. By this, I do not mean that joy in God precludes all enjoyment of the world and its pleasures; for this is very far from being true. My meaning is that when worldly sources of pleasure are cut off from us or are dried up, then God comes in to fill the void with richer spiritual joys. Charles G. Finney – Power, Passion and Prayer, circa 1860, copyright 2004 Bridge-Logos Publishers

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One Lord, One Faith, One Sacrifice Christ Jesus, Himself man, is the true Mediator, for, inasmuch as He took the “form of a slave,” He became the “Mediator between God and men.” In His character as God, He receives sacrifices in union with the Father, with whom He is one God; yet He chose, in His character as a slave, to be Himself the Sacrifice rather than to receive it, lest any one might take occasion to think that sacrifice could be rendered to a creature. Thus it is that He is both the Priest who offers and the Oblation that is offered. And it was His will that as a sacrament of this reality there should be daily sacrifice of the Church, which, being the Body of Him, her Head, learns to offer itself through Him. This is the true sacrifice of which the ancient sacrifices of the saints were many and manifold symbols. This one sacrifice was prefigured, in a variety of ways, as though one idea were being expressed in many words to drive in the truth without boring the reader. It is the supreme and true sacrifice to which all false sacrifices have given place. St. Augustine – The City of God, circa 400, copyright 1950 by Fathers of the Church
Feeling No Pain Nurture a love to do good things in secret, concealed from the eyes of others, and therefore not highly esteemed because of them. Be content to go without praise, never being troubled when someone has slighted or undervalued you. Remember, no one can undervalue you if you know you are unworthy. Once you know that, no amount of contempt from another person will be able to hurt you. Jeremy Taylor – The Rule and Exercises of Holy Living, circa 1650; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
He Set the Example When we received forgiveness instead of judgment, we, too, were made ready to forgive our brethren. What God did to us, we then owed to others. The more we received, the more we were able to give; and the more meager our brotherly love, the less were we living by God s mercy and love. Thus God himself taught us to meet one another as God has met us in Christ. Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God (Rom. 15:7) Dietrich Bonhoeffer – Life Together, circa 1940; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
Be Not Hearers Only, But Doers What I am going to say is not directly unto edification, but indirectly it is so most certainly. Directly it is rather for that instruction which is a need in our Christian life as essential as edification. We cannot do without either. On the one hand instructions with no idea of edification at all becomes mere academical discourse. It may begin anywhere and it may end anywhere. On the other hand, edification without instruction very soon becomes a feeble and ineffective thing. I think a great many of us would be agreed that part of the poverty and weakness of the Church at present moment is due to the fact that edification has been pursued to the neglect of instruction. We have been a little too prone to dwell upon the simple side of the gospel. P. T. Forsyth – The Work of Christ, Wipf & Stock, 1910
Grazing on the Gaze of God Faith is the gaze of a soul upon a saving God. A. W. Tozer – The Pursuit of God
The Paradox of Truthfulness Over and over again a man is said to be a disbeliever when he is simply outgrowing his creed. It is a most painful thing for a man to find that his stated views of God are not adequate. Never tell a lie for the honour of God; it is an easy thing to do. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Whose Side Are You On? How watchful we need to be lest that at any time we be found helping Satan and the construction of that ill-fated kingdom. When we are faced with alternatives and a choice of ways confront us, the question is not: Is this good or evil? Is this helpful or hurtful? No, the question we must ask ourselves is: Is it of this world, or of God? For since there is only this one conflict in the universe, then whenever two conflicting courses lie open to us, the choice at issue is never a lesser one than: God… or Satan? Watchman Nee – Love Not The World, © 1968 CLC Publications
Unbecoming Motives The origin of our trouble is that we love ourselves with a blind passion that amounts to idolatry. If we love anything beyond ourselves, it is only for our own sakes. We must be undeceived concerning all those generous friendships in which it appears as though we so far forgot ourselves as to think only of the interests of our friend. If the motive of our friendship is not low and gross, it is nevertheless still selfish. Fenelon – Christian Counsel, circa 1690, copyright 2002 Bridge-Logos Publishers
What the World Esteems Highly The quintessence of wisdom among those who are not among God s people is to know and earnestly follow the law and active righteousness. Martin Luther – Commentary on Galatians – circa 1520; Crossway Publishing © 1998 by Watermark
Let Them Go To Free Yourself He only is free whose love for another person is so strong that he can pardon the individuals sin. He alone can pray the prayer, “Forgive us our trespasses,” out of a full and genuine heart. Forgiveness is the only cure for wrong. And hand-in-hand with “sense-of-injury” always walks the weak sister-demon “self-pity,” so dear, so sweet to many. In short, forgiveness is freedom, forgiveness is liberation of the heart, mind, and soul. George MacDonald – The Best of George MacDonald © 2006 Cook Communications Ministries.
Isolated From Self, Not To Self The contemplative is not isolated in himself, but liberated from his external and egotistic self by humility and purity of heart therefore there is no longer any serious obstacle to simple and humble love of other men. The more we are alone with God the more we are with one another. Thomas Merton – New Seeds of Contemplation, ©1961 by the Abbey of Gethsemani, Inc.
Some Things are Better Left Alone When we begin to debate God instead of obey Him we force open a doorway to troubles that need never be opened. Tom Van Hoogen

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How Oft I Would, But You Would Not He is not afaid of your presumptuous approach to Him. It is you who are afraid to come near Him. He is not watching over His dignity. It is you who fear to be sent away as the disciples would have sent away the little children. George MacDonald – The Best of George MacDonald © 2006 Cook Communications Ministries.
Growing Together By contrast, devout conversation about spiritual things greatly promotes our spiritual growth, especially when persons of one mind and spirit are gathered together in God. Thomas aKempis – The Imitation of Christ circa. 1420 © 1999 Bridge-Logos Publishers
There is Much Work to Be Done When we are first saved (if we are truly saved) there is at once a strong desire and passion to share with others — to be witnesses unto Jesus Christ. And then the “religion” gets hold of us and places us into its program of attending church functions, fellowshipping, singing songs together, enjoying our new life in Christ. Witnessing unto Christ is something we only do periodically according to scheduled times and an established program. The joy we first had diminishes and we seek once again to have a sense of God’s will. We become so caught up in doing religious things that we lose sight of His will. Thank God, when He saved us, He does give us something to do. Go, make witnesses unto me. We are debtors to every man because of the Redemption of Jesus Christ. Tom Van Hoogen
The Rest Is Up to Him The Christian life from start to finish is based upon this principle of utter dependence upon the Lord Jesus. There is no limit to the grace God is willing to bestow upon us. He will give us everything, but we can receive none of it except as we rest in him. Watchman Nee – Sit, Walk, Stand, copyright 1957 by Angus I. Kinnear
We Are Not Home Yet Once grief touches a man he is full of reaction, he says spiteful things because he is hurt, but in the end grief leads a man to the right point of view, viz. that the basis of things is tragic. As long as I am happy and things go well, I say what a famous philosopher said This is the best of all possible worlds. It plainly is not, and the Bible reveals why it is not. The world as God originally designed it, was the best of all possible worlds, but it has now become the worst of all possible worlds; Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Forcing the Pieces of the God-Puzzle Left to ourselves we tend immediately to reduce God to manageable terms. We want to get Him where we can use Him, or at least know where He is when we need Him. We want a God we can in some measure control. We need the feeling of security that comes from knowing what God is like, and what He is like is of course a composite of all the religious pictures we have seen, all the best people we have known or heard about, and all the sublime ideas we have entertained. A. W. Tozer – The Knowledge of the Holy, © 1961 Aiden Wilson Tozer
The Fire of Trials is a Purifier There must come a holocaust of your own values and judgments and will. Michael Molinos – The Spiritual Guide – circa 1675, copyright 1982 by Seed Sowers
Moving is Not Necessarily Getting On The larva, that is to say, were in advance of the mature animal which developed from them. The unseen constabulary of the universe can move us on; but it is not in their power to see that the movement shall be progress. They move us on as the wind moves the ships: it is for us to trim our sails to suit our destinies. For there are two great principles involved in getting on. There is the principle of the propeller, and there is the principle of the rudder. The propeller may make the pace, but only so far as it is checked and directed and controlled by the rudder can we be sure of “getting there.” It is so fatally easy to move on. F. W. Boreham – The Luggage of Life, 1912, published by Kregel Publications
The Nature of Grace To do evil for good is human corruption; to do good for good is civil retribution; but to do good for evil is Christian perfection. Though this be not the grace of nature, yet it is the nature of grace. — William Secker Charles H. Spurgeon – The Treasury of David abridged by David Otis Fuller, circa 1880, © 1968 by David Otis Fuller, Published by Kregel Publications
Coming Into His Presence So that you can see him more clearly, let me describe the way in which you come to the Lord by the simple act of beholding him and waiting upon him. You begin by setting aside a time to be with the Lord. When you do come to him, come quietly. Turn your heart to the presence of God. How is this done? This, too, is quite simple. You turn to him by faith. By faith you believe you have come into the presence of God. Next while you are before the Lord, begin to read some portion of Scripture. As you read, pause. The pause should be quite gentle. You have paused so that you may set your mind on the Spirit. You have set your mind inwardly on Christ. You should always remember that you are not doing this to gain some understanding of what you have read; rather, you are reading in order to turn your mind from outward things to the deep parts of your being. You are not there to learn or to read, but you’re there to experience the presence of their Lord! Jeanne Guyon – Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ – circa 16800; excerpted from Devotional Classics by Foster and Smith © 2005
He is For the Weak and Lowly I have always been thankful that the feeble-minded are especially mentioned by Paul in his exhortations to the Thessalonian Christians, when he is urging them to comfort one another. In effect he says, Do not scold the feeble-minded, but comfort them. The very ones who need comfort most are the ones that our God, who is like a mother, wants to comfort not the strong-minded ones, but the feeble-minded. Hannah Whitall Smith – The God of All Comfort, circa 1890 – 1956 Edition Moody Publishers
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