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Listen v5.7 – Quotes

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Leavening the Whole Lump The Spirit of God has this property — it increases good by adding to it more good. St. John of the Cross – Dark Night of the Soul, circa 1560, copyright 2007 Bridge-Logos Publishers
Nothing to Talk About More recently the English philosopher and theologian John Baillie wrote, “Our knowledge of God rests on the revelation of his personal presence… Of such a presence it must be true that to those who have never been confronted with it argument is useless, while to those who have, it is superfluous.” Dallas Willard – Hearing God ©1984 InterVarsity Press
Love Trumps Every Other Card It would seem natural that those who exercise authority over others would be most fit to rule in God’s kingdom. Not so. He who is least shall be greatest in the kingdom of God. Submission is an act of respect and reverence; willing submission is an act of pure love — your will above my will. Therefore only those who humbly submit to others love well. Those in positions of authority find it difficult to love and respect others. Tom Van Hoogen
Behold Your God Stooping to Serve You In the sublime and twofold consciousness, we see Him unexpectedly rising up from supper; and for what purpose? To appear in His dignity? To display the splendor of His divine glory? To constrain His disciples to bow the knee in the dust before Him? One might imagine so; but no, He has something very different in view. Look, what means that? He lays aside His upper garments, takes a towel and girds Himself with it; pours water into a basin, bends down to the feet of the disciples, and begins to wash them in their turn, then to wipe them with the towel. What a spectacle!… They are to Him the spiritual bride, clothed with the sun; for they stand before Him arrayed in the royal robe of His righteousness.

O great and significant symbol! O powerful exposition of the words, I came not to be ministered unto, but to minister! O important testimony to that which is of value in His kingdom, and to that which is not! O impressive condemnation of all selfishness and self-exaltation in the children of men! O deeply affecting commendation of humility and self-denial, as the characteristics of His children, and amiable and ennobling instance of that love, which ought to animate us!

F. W. Krummacher – The Suffering Saviour, Meditations on the Last Days of Christ, Wipf and Stock Publishers
Constructing the Intangible with the Tangible? Theology is the science of religion, an intellectual attempt to systematise the consciousness of God. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Beware of Right Desires with Wrong Motives If you desire any good, however spiritual it may be, let it be desired in such a manner that you be not disquieted if it is not granted you. Michael Molinos – The Spiritual Guide – circa 1675, copyright 1982 by Seed Sowers
Jesus, The Key that Unlocks All Mysteries When once one believes in a creed, one is proud of its complexity, as scientists are proud of the complexity of science. It shows how rich it is in discoveries. If it is right at all, it is a compliment to say that it is elaborately right. A stick might fit a hole or a stone a hollow by accident. But a key and a lock are both complex. And it a key fits a lock, you know it is the right key. G. K. Chesterton – Orthodoxy, copyright 1908 by Dodd, Mead and Company
Revealing Signs of the Times “In the morning of our fathers,” says Bishop Burnett, “when a person came early to the door of his neighbor, and desired to speak with the master of the house, it was as common a thing for the servants to tell him with freedom — “My master is at prayer,” as it is now to say, “My master is not up.” Charles H. Spurgeon – The Treasury of David abridged by David Otis Fuller, circa 1880, © 1968 by David Otis Fuller, Published by Kregel Publications
Peering Into the Tabernacle for Glimpses And while you are before the Lord, hold your heart in his presence. How? This you also do by faith. Yes, by faith you can hold your heart in the Lord’s presence. Now, waiting before him, turn all your attention toward your spirit. Do not allow your mind to wander. If your mind begins to wander, just turn your attention back again to the inward parts of your being. You will be free from wandering — free from any outward distractions — and you will be brought near to God. The Lord is found only within your spirit, and the recesses of your being, in the Holy of Holies; this is where he dwells. Jeanne Guyon – Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ – circa 16800; excerpted from Devotional Classics by Foster and Smith © 2005
He is the Standard, Not We We are right when, and only when, we stand in the right position relative to God, and we are wrong so far and so long as we stand in any other position. Much of our difficulty as seeking Christians stems from our unwillingness to take God as He is and adjust our lives accordingly. We insist upon trying to modify Him and to bring Him nearer to our own image. A. W. Tozer – The Pursuit of God
The Misplaced Pride of Death There was once a man who did not believe in resurrection. He was a very important person among a circle of atheists. After he died, the epitaph on his tombstone read: “Unbreakable tomb”. The tomb had been built with marble. Most surprisingly, that huge marble sarcophagus was one day split open. It so happened that an acorn had fallen into the crevice of the stones during construction. It gradually grew into a big oak tree, and eventually burst the tomb wide open. A tree has life, hence it can burst open a place of death. Life alone can conquer death. This is regeneration, this is resurrection. Watchman Nee – The Latent Power of the Soul, circa 1939, copyright 1972 by Christian Fellowship Publishers, Inc.

Listen v5.5 – Quotes

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Where The Honeymoon Never Ends Oh place so truly quiet, so aptly called a bedroom where God is not encountered in angry guise nor distracted as it were by cares, but where his will is proved good and desirable and perfect (Romans 12:2). This is a vision that charms rather than terrifies; that does not arouse an inquisitive restlessness, but restrains it: that calms rather than wearies the senses. Here one may indeed be at rest. Bernard of Clairvaux – Sermon on the Song of Songs 23 – circa 1135; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
Choosing Him Always Has, Always Will Require Faith We are created beings and as such we were never to be as God only like Him. But God gave us an opportunity by our free will to be like Him by taking or partaking in Him (i.e. the Tree of the Life). The Tree of Life is Christ. By partaking (e.g. eating) the spirit would become flesh. But we made the wrong choice. We never understood how much God loved us and were thus easily deceived. Now fast-forward. God gives testimony of His love for us in the person of Christ. This testimony has been proclaimed throughout all time so that we might understand His Love against the backdrop of our sin (expressing itself as a self-realization). The choice is still the same but now we have His-story as a context to choose. He has balanced the revelation of His Love (e.g. Christ) against temptation of the flesh so that it requires Faith. Tom Van Hoogen
Which Life are You Living? Yours or His? Sin interrupted the normal development of man, and it required another Man to take up the story where it was broken off and complete it, without the sin. Ye have not [this] life in yourselves, said Jesus ( John 6:53 rv). What life? His life He had, the life that is at the true Source. Eternal Life means the life Jesus lived. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son ( 1 John 5:11 ). Eternal life is the life Jesus lived; the life of God in a mortal being, transformed by God s regenerating power into harmony with Himself. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Revelations of Me The manner of self-examination is dictated by the level of your Christian experience…. Lay your entire soul open before God. You can be certain that the Lord will not fail to enlighten you concerning your sin. Your Lord will shine as a light in you; and through His shining, He will allow you to see the nature of all your faults. Jeanne Guyon – Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ, circa 1680
He is a Shelter for the Needy and Hungry For the believer who comes this far there is the discovery that the Lord converses and communicates with the believer in his inward parts. It is in that place the Lord fills the believer with Himself… but fills him only because that person is empty; He clothes him with light and with love because he is naked, lifts him up because he is lonely, and unites him with God and transforms him, because he is alone. Michael Molinos – The Spiritual Guide – circa 1675, copyright 1982 by Seed Sowers
Our Call Too St. Francis called Brother Masseo into the woods. And there he knelt down before Brother Maseo, and barring his head and crossing his arms, St. Francis asked him: “What does my Lord Christ order me to do?” Brother Masseo replied that Christ had answered both Brother Sylvester and Sister Claire and her companion and revealed that “He wants you to go about the world preaching, because God did not call you for your self alone but also for the salvation of others.” And then the hand of the Lord came over St. Francis. As soon as he heard this answer and thereby do the will of Christ, he got to his feet all a flame with divine power and said to Brother Masseo with great fervor: “So let’s go — in the name of the Lord!” St. Francis of Assisi – The Little Flowers of St. Francis – circa 1200; excerpted from Devotional Classics by Foster and Smith © 2005
The Musings of a Man of God March 20 – Leaning on a staff of my own devising, it betrayed me, and broke under me. It was not thy staff. Resolving to be a god, Thou showedst me that I was but a man. But my own staff being broken, why may I not lay hold of thine? Read part of the Life of Jonathan Edwards. How feeble does my spark of Christianity appear beside such a sun! But even his was a borrowed light, and the same source is still open to enlighten me. Robert Murray McCheyne – Memoir and Remains of the Rev. Robert Murray Miocene, 1894 Edinburgh and London.
Its Not Given till You Take Hold of It How then can we become acquainted with God? There are two things necessary: first, God must reveal Himself; and second, we must accept His revelation and believe what He reveals. Hannah Whitall Smith – The God of All Comfort, circa 1890 – 1956 Edition Moody Publishers
If We Want to Believe, He Helps Us The example of Gideon in Old Testament days is sufficient to show us that God honors our faith even when that faith is faltering. He allows us to “prove Him” even after a definite promise from Himself. This is a very great comfort to us. Unknown Christian – The Kneeling Christian, circa 1890, © 2007 Bidge-Logos.
Homeward Bound Through Enemy Lines The moment we make up our minds that we are going on with this determination to exalt God over all, we step out of the world’s parade. We shall find ourselves out of adjustment to the ways of the world, and increasingly so as we make progress in the holy way. A. W. Tozer – The Pursuit of God
Family Time with Dad The value of a genuine prayer meeting is enormous. There, God’s children meet together, not as in church, to listen to one speaker, but instead to lift their hearts in unison to God. By this means, Christians are drawn closer to each other. Those who are weak are strengthened and encouraged by the testimony of the older and more experienced members, and even young Christians have the opportunity to tell of the joy of the Lord. Andrew Murray – Andrew Murray 365 Day Devotional, © 2006 Whitaker House.

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 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 v4.43 Quotes

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By Faith and In Love we Come to Know Him Again The yearning to know What cannot be known, to comprehend the Incomprehensible, to touch and taste the Unapproachable, arises from the image of God in the nature of man. Deep calleth unto deep, and though polluted and landlocked by the mighty disaster theologians call the Fall, the soul senses its origin and longs to return to its Source. How can this be realized? The answer of the Bible is simply through Jesus Christ our Lord. In Christ and by Christ, God effects complete self-disclosure, although He shows Himself not to reason but to faith and love. Faith is an organ of knowledge, and love an organ of experience. God came to us in the incarnation; in atonement He reconciled us to Himself, and by faith and love we enter and lay hold on Him. A. W. Tozer – The Knowledge of the Holy, © 1961 Aiden Wilson Tozer
How the Word Comes to Life “If anyone would ask me how he may read the Scriptures most profitably, I would answer him: —
1. Above all he must seek to have it settled in his own mind that God alone, by the Holy spirit, can teach him, and that, therefore, as God will be inquired for all blessings, it becomes him to seek for God’sblessing previous to reading, and also while reading.
2. He should also have it settled in his mind that though the Holy spirit is the best and sufficient Teacher, yet that He does not always teach immediately when we desire it, and that, therefore, we may have to entreat Him again and again for the explanation of certain passages; but that He will surely teach us at last, if we will seek for light prayerfully, patiently, and for the glory of God.”
Andrew Murray – The Two Convenants, 1898, copyright 2005
The Artist Behind the Work Nature by herself may be growing more blue; that is, a process so simple that it might be impersonal. But Nature cannot be making a careful picture made of many picked colors, unless Nature is personal. If the end of the world were mere darkness or mere light it might come as slowly and inevitably as dusk or dawn. But if the end of the world is to be a piece of elaborate and artistic chiaroscuro, then there must be design in it, either human or divine. The world, through mere time, might grow black like an old picture, or white like an old coat; but if it is turned into a particular piece of black and white art — then there is an artist. G. K. Chesterton – Orthodoxy, copyright 1908 by Dodd, Mead and Company
You Will Never Hear Until You Listen Consider the act of hearing. Listening is a passive sense. If you ever want to hear anything, you must yield a passive ear. Jesus Christ is the Eternal Word. He, and He alone, is the source of new life to you. For you to have new life, He must be communicated to you. He can speak. He can communicate. He can impart new life. And when He desires to speak to you, He demands the most intense attention to His voice. Now you can see why the Scripture so frequently urges you to listen, to be attentive to the voice of God. Jeanne Guyon – Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ, circa 1680
Do Not Surmise Beyond Your Understanding All the impatience and irritation against the religious life, so called, is accounted for on the same line as Job s revolt against religious pose If they would only stop their pose and face facts as they are; be reverent with what they don t understand, and assist me in my faith in God. Job s friends were in the right place when they sat with him dumbfounded for seven days; they were much nearer God then than afterwards. Immediately they took up the cudgels for God, they took on a religious pose, lost touch with the reality of actual experience, and ended in being bombastic. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Fruit That Remains for Better or Worse Although the soul and body cannot live together forever, the fruits of the work which they have done together will remain forever. So it is necessary to weigh carefully the foundation of our eternal life. But the pity of it is that we, by the misuse of freedom, can lose it forever. Freedom means the capacity to do either good or bad deeds. By constantly choosing to do bad deeds, we become slaves of sin and destroy our freedom and life (John 8:21, 34). Sadhu Sundar Singh – With and Without Christ – circa 1925; excerpted from Devotional Classics by Foster and Smith © 2005
Desiring the Lesser and Rejecting the Greater These souls whom God is beginning to lead through these solitary places of the wilderness are like to the children of Israel, to whom in the wilderness God began to give food from Heaven, containing within itself all sweetness, and, as is there said, it turned to the savour which each one of them desired. But withal the children of Israel felt the lack of the pleasures and delights of the flesh and the onions which they had eaten aforetime in Egypt, the more so because their palate was accustomed to these and took delight in them, rather than in the delicate sweetness of the angelic manna; and they wept and sighed for the fleshpots even in the midst of the food of Heaven. [64] To such depths does the vileness of our desires descend that it makes us to long for our own wretched food [65] and to be nauseated by the indescribable [66] blessings of Heaven. St. John of the Cross – Dark Night of the Soul, circa 1560
Growing in Grace and The Knowledge of Him There is a pernicious propaganda that prevails in our day that is no more than a bald-faced lie. Under the guise of grace we have been told that we must not work. Yet Jesus said, we must work while it is yet day, for night cometh. Again we are told to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. What shame a son would bring to his father the king if he were not willing and diligent in his training and studies, just the mandating that his position and birth were sufficient to rule over so great a people. A man came to a great professor on behalf of his son and insisted that his son did not need to take the classes and that he should be expedited to his profession. The wise professor said, “It depends on what result you are looking for, do you want a mighty oak or a cabbage?” Jesus learned obedience by the things he suffered. Do you want to be like Christ or not? Tom Van Hoogen

Listen v4.39 Quotes

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Self-thoughts are the Modern Idol of Choice You will never be fully resigned to the will of God if you are troubled by human opinion of you, or if you make for yourself a little idol of what people say. Michael Molinos – The Spiritual Guide – circa 1675, copyright 1982 by Seed Sowers
God’s “Good” Housekeeping Seal of Approval Nor can the benevolence of God be justly called into question because there is suffering and sorrow in the world. If man sins against the goodness of God,… who is to blame but himself? Would God be “good” if he punished not those who ill use his blessings, abuse his benevolence, and trample his mercies beneath their feet? It will be no reflection upon God’s goodness, but rather the brightest exemplification of it, when he shall rid the earth of those who have broken his laws, defied his authority, mocked his messengers, scorned his Son, and persecuted those for whom he died. Arthur W. Pink – The Attributes of God, circa 1940, copyright 1975 Baker Books
Work It Out Sinner saved by grace means a soul who is set on the disposition of self (sinner) is set apart by the process of sanctification and made holy by the destruction of that disposition (saved) which is by the performance of God involving the will of man and working together through the whole lump. Tom Van Hoogen
Joyful Yes, Happy No The Bible talks plentifully about joy, but it nowhere speaks about a happy Christian. Happiness depends on what happens; joy does not. Remember, Jesus Christ had joy, and He prays that they might have My joy fulfilled in themselves. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Serving Self Makes You Numb to the Spirit For instance, a thief who is stealing and hoarding things as a means of happiness is not only missing his happiness, but by his acts of theft is destroying the very capacity for it. That capacity is deadend by his sinful conduct. And if he loses the sense of the sinfulness of theft and his conscience does not feel remorse, he has already committed spiritual suicide. He has not only killed the capacity but has killed the soul which had the capacity. Sadhu Sundar Singh – With and Without Christ – circa 1925; excerpted from Devotional Classics by Foster and Smith © 2005
Weeping is Seeping from a Stony Place Does weeping speak? In what language doth it utter its meaning? Weeping is the eloquence of sorrow. Let us learn to think of tears as liquid prayers and of weeping as a constant dropping of importunate intercession which will wear its way right surely into the very heart of Mercy, despite the stony difficulties which obstruct the way. Charles H. Spurgeon – The Treasury of David abridged by David Otis Fuller, circa 1880, © 1968 by David Otis Fuller, Published by Kregel Publications
The Medicine Hurts Too Sometimes As for you, when the Lord has firmly established this relationship, you will have the sense that He has so completely found you out that each time His light focuses on the sin in your life, you have only one course. All you can do is turn very simply to Him and there bare all the pain and correction which He inflicts. Jeanne Guyon – Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ, circa 1680
What We Seek is Beyond Us Now it is clear as clear can be that the hunger of our hearts for the hills is only part of the hunger of our hearts for the infinite. The instinct of the far horizon is indelibly engraved in our very nature. Go where you will, visit what city you like, and you will straightway be taken to some noble and commanding eminence to see the view. F. W. Boreham – The Luggage of Life, 1912, published by Kregel Publications
The Bible Put God s Love on the Map for Us A little boy, who had been studying at school about the discovery of America, said to his father one day, “Father, if I had been Columbus I would not have taken all that trouble to discover America.” “Why, what would you have done?” asked the father. “Oh,” replied the little boy, “I would have just gone to the map and found it.” This little boy did not understand that maps are only pictures of already known places, and that America did not exist because it was on the map, but it could not be on the map until it was already known to exist. And similarly with the Bible. It is, like the map, a simple statement of facts; so that when it tells us that God loves us, it is only telling us something that is a fact, and that would not be in the Bible if it had not been already known to be a fact. Hannah Whitall Smith – The God of All Comfort, circa 1890 – 1956 Edition Moody Publishers
The Proof is in the Practice If we love God we ought to pray, because He wants us to pray, and commands us to pray. If we believe God we shall pray because we cannot help doing so: we cannot get on without it. Fellow-Christian, you believe in God, and you believe on Him (John 3:16), but have you advanced far enough in the Christian life to believe Him; that is, to believe what He says and all He says? Does it not sound blasphemous to ask such a thing of a Christian man? Yet how few believers really believe God! God forgive us! Unknown Christian – The Kneeling Christian, circa 1890, © 2007 Bidge-Logos.
The Kingdom is Advancing, Keep Moving I feel that we could gain much from a little acquaintance with men of his spiritual flavor and the school of Christian thought which they represent. Christian literature, to be accepted and approved by the evangelical leaders of our times, must follow very closely the same train of thought, a kind of “party line” from which it is scarcely safe to depart. A half-century of this in America has made us smug and content. We imitate each other with slavish devotion and our most strenuous efforts are put forth to try to say the same thing that everyone around us is saying – and yet to find an excuse for saying it, some little safe variation on the approved theme or, if no more, at least a new illustration. A. W. Tozer – The Pursuit of God
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