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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