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Listen v4.42 Quotes

Quote Title Quotation Source
How Do You Measure Up? We may judge our advancement in humility by the delight we have in humiliation and contempt. Fenelon – Christian Counsel, circa 1690, copyright 2002 Bridge-Logos Publishers
One Track Mind and Will The Devil goes about as fierce, as resolute, and as strong as a lion, intent only on destroying. He is restrained by no sentiments that soften and move human or divine hearts. He has no pity and no sympathy. He is great, but he is only great in evil. He has a great intellect, but he is driven and inspired by a vicious and cruel heart. E. M. Bounds – Guide to Spiritual Warfare, circa 1880, copyright 1984 by Whitaker House
Please No. Anything But The Light! His silence only seemed to add to his sorrows, he decided to open his heart to his loved ones. And this is what he said: Oh, my dear wife, and you, my tender children! I, your poor father, am all lost and undone. And why all lost and undone, do you ask? Tis because of this huge burden strapped tightly to my back. Then said his dubious wife, Christiana, Uh, burden? What burden, my dear? … I have been reading words from this my little book. At this his family exchanged one of those knowing glances that shouted silently, Oh no! We were afraid something like this was going to happen. John Bunyan – The New Amplified Pilgrims Progress, circa 1660; Adapted by Jim Pappas, Jr. © 1999 Orion s Gate
You Need a Bigger Dose of Jesus I was once talking on the subject of religion with an intelligent agnostic, whom I very much wished to influence, and after listening to me politely for a little while, he said, “Well, madam, all I have to say is this. If you Christians want to make us agnostics inclined to look into your religion, you must try to be more comfortable in the possession of it yourselves. The Christians I am aware of seem to be the very most uncomfortable people anywhere around. They seem to carry their religion as a man carries a headache. He does not want to get rid of his head, but at the same time it is very uncomfortable to have it. And I for one do not care to have that sort of religion.” But when the early glow of my conversion had passed, and I had come down to the dullness of everyday duties and responsibilities, I soon found from my own experience, and also from the similar experiences of most other Christians around me, that there was far too much truth in his assertion, and that the religious life of most of us was full of discomfort and unrest. In fact, it seemed, as one of my Christian friends said to me one day when we were comparing our experiences, “as if we had just enough religion to make us miserable.” Hannah Whitall Smith – The God of All Comfort, circa 1890 – 1956 Edition Moody Publishers
The Secrets of Happiness Notice how Mr. [George] Muller tells us this, that the two secrets of his great happiness were, his great love for God’s Word, and his ever maintaining a good conscience, not knowingly doing anything against the will of God. Andrew Murray – The Two Convenants, 1898, copyright 2005
Truth With Arms and Legs Doctrine and life are really two sides of one Christianity; and they are equally indispensable, because Christianity is living truth. It is not merely truth; it is not simply life. It is living truth. P. T. Forsyth – The Work of Christ, Wipf & Stock, 1910
The Seed that Must Lead My unassisted heart is barren clay,
That of its native self can nothing feed:
Of good and pious works Thou art the seed,
That quickens only where Thou sayest it may:
Unless Thou show to us Thine own true way
No man can find it: Father! Thou must lead.
A. W. Tozer – The Pursuit of God
One Good Turn Deserves Another Christianity can be distilled to this one simple thought, “God loves me and desires that I love Him in the same way” He consciously chose to give up His human life, that soulish life consisting of what He wants, what He thinks, what He feels and desires for, in order that you might live. Will you do that for Him? This is love. Tom Van Hoogen
The Real McCoy There is also true humility. True humility never thinks of humility. Those who have it act with patience and live and die in God. They care not for themselves nor anything created. They suffer molestation with joy and desire nothing from it other than to walk in the footsteps of their despised Lord. They do not care to be thought of well by the world and are content with what God gives him. They are convicted of their own faults with calm shame! Michael Molinos – The Spiritual Guide – circa 1675, copyright 1982 by Seed Sowers
Value is In The Eye of the Beholder As we lift up our soul in prayer to the living God, we gain the beauty of holiness as surely as a flower becomes beautiful by living in the sunlight. Was not our Lord Himself transfigured when He prayed? And the “very fashion” of our countenance will change, and we shall have our Mount of Transfiguration when prayer has its rightful place in our lives. And men will see in our faces “the outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace.” Our value to God and to man is in exact proportion to the extent in which we reveal the glory of God to others. Unknown Christian – The Kneeling Christian, circa 1890, © 2007 Bidge-Logos.
Giants are Rare, Not Extinct We must get hold of the great souls, the men who have been hard hit and have gone to the basis of things, and whose experiences have been preserved for us by God, that we may know where we stand. One of the reasons for the futility of pseudo-evangelism is that it bases its doctrine on the shallow weak things it has saved. Thank God, Christianity does save the shallow weak things, but they are not the ones to diagnose Christianity, they are the expression of the last reach of Christianity. Paul said . . . not many mighty, not many noble, are called he did not say not any mighty, not any noble. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
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Listen v4.10 Quotes

Quote Title Quotation Source
My Job Discription My one work is to obey God. Andrew Murray – The Two Convenants, 1898, copyright 2005 CLC Ministries International
Send the Light, O Lord, Send the Light Not understood. We move along asunder;
Our paths grow wider as the seasons creep
Along in years; we marvel and we wonder
Why life is life, and then we fall asleep —
Not understood. 

Not understood. How many breasts are aching
For lack of sympathy. Ah, day by day,
How many cheerless, lonely hearts are breaking,
How many noble spirits pass away —
Not understood.

O God! That men would see a little clearer,
Or judge less harshly when they cannot see!
O God! That men would draw a little nearer
To one another! — they’d be nearer Thee,
And understood.

F. W. Boreham – The Luggage of Life, 1912, published by Kregel Publications
Not Knowing You Know Not It is possible to grow up in the church learn the catechism and have everything done to us that they do to us, within reason. But after we have done all that, we may not know God at all, because God isn’t known by those external things. We are blind and we can’t see, because the things of God no man knows but by the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit said through the apostle Paul, “even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God” (1Corinthians 2:11). God knows Himself, and the Holy Spirit knows God because the Holy Spirit is God, and no man can know except by the Holy Spirit. For any man to disregard this truth is to entirely shut out spiritual things from his understanding. A. W. Tozer – The Counselor, circa 1955, copyright 1993 by Christian Publications
All Exits and Detours are Blocked I see that every natural means of help is shut off. God intends to accomplish His work in you by cutting off every human resource. He is a jealous God. He wants you to see that what He is going to do within you can only be done by Himself alone. Fenelon – The Seeking Heart, circa 1690, copyright Christian Books Publishing House
What Have You to Lose? Tell me, what possible risk do you take in depending solely upon God? What risk do you run by abandoning yourself completely to Him? The Lord will not deceive you (that is, unless it is to bestow on you more abundance than you ever imagined).
However, those who expect all of these things from the Lord by self-effort will hear the Lord s rebuke: You have wearied yourselves in the multiplicity of your ways, and have not said, Let us rest in peace. (Isa. 57:10).
Jeanne Guyon – Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ, circa 1680
The Right Righteousness The church is founded on, and consists in, this doctrine alone. So if we want to teach and lead other people, we need to pay careful attention to these matters and to note well this distinction between the righteousness of the law and the righteousness of Christ… So I warn you, especially those of you who will become teachers and guides of consciences, to exercise yourselves continually by study, reading, meditation on the Word, and prayer, so that in time of temptation you may be able to instruct and strengthen both your own conscience and that of other people, and to bring them from the law to grace, from active and working righteousness to passive and received righteousness, from Moses to Christ. Martin Luther – Commentary on Galatians – circa 1520; Crossway Publishing © 1998 by Watermark
Given a New Name! At last he burst out as he had done earlier, crying, Oh wretched man that I am! What shall I do to be saved? And, as before, so now again, there was no reply. I saw also that he cast hungry eyes this way to the left, and that way to the right, seeking some place to flee for his escape. Yet he continued to stand, trembling, out in the midst of the field, because, as I perceived, he could not tell which way to go. Then, from the right, I saw a man named Evangelist approaching, who addressed him thus, Good day, Christian. Good day, moaned the man woefully. But, pray tell, sir. Why did you address me as Christian? Because if you continue to read from that little book in your hand, a Christian is what you must surely become, said Evangelist with joyful assurance. Hmm. Even though my name is now Graceless ? asked the man doubtfully. Aye, said Evangelist earnestly. Though your name should be called death itself, yet would the reading of that Word give you life! John Bunyan – The New Amplified Pilgrims Progress, circa 1660; Adapted by Jim Pappas, Jr. © 1999 Orion s Gate
The Pride of Unteachableness That is the danger of putting theology first; it leads a man to tell a lie in order to be consistent with his point of view. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Receptivity and Productivity This passage gives the double-sidedness of conversion. As therefore you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so live in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith (Col. 2:6-7, rsv). Note, received receptivity; so live activity. It appears again, rooted receptivity; built up in him activity. The rooted means we take from God as the roots take from the soil; the
built up means we build up as one builds a house, a character and life by disciplined effort.
E. Stanley Jones – The Habit of Reading the Bible Daily – circa 1930; excerpted from Devotional Classics by Foster and Smith © 2005
The Trap of Reason Never succumb to the reasonability of common sense — for God’s wisdom is always uncommon and unreasonable, it requires faith in what is not seen. God’s ways are higher than our ways. Tom Van Hoogen
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