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Listen v5.1 – Quotes

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Garden Variety Theology History therefore is a garden in which we may recognize three divisions. Within its ambit we find the creation, the reconciliation, and the renewal of heaven and earth. Creation is symbolized in the sowing or planting of the garden; reconciliation by the germination of what is sown or planted. For in due course, while the heavens showered from above and the skies rained down the Just one (Isaiah 45:8), the earth opened for a Savior to spring up, and heaven and earth were reconciled. “For he is the peace between us, and has made the two into one” (Colossians 1:20), making peace by his blood between all things in heaven and on earth. Renewal however is to take place at the end of the world. Then there will be “a new heaven and a new earth” (Revelation 21:1), and the good will be gathered from the midst of the wicked like fruit from a garden, to be set at rest in the storehouse of God. 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.
Imposter in the Wild But Disrobed at Home? There cannot be a secret Christian. Grace is like an ointment hidden in the hand; it betrays itself. A lively Christian cannot keep silent. If you truly feel the sweetness of the cross of Christ, you will be constrained to confess Christ before other people. Do you confess Christ in your family? Do you make it known there that you are His? Remember, you must make your position clear in your own house. It is the mark of a hypocrite to be a Christian everywhere except at home. Robert Murray McCheyne – The Best of Robert Murray McCheyne circa 1840, © 2006 Cook Communications Ministries
The Spirit is Working His Way Out Biblical regeneration is birth by which the innermost part of man s being, the deeply hidden spirit, is renewed and indwelt by the Spirit of God. It requires time for the power of this new life to reach the outside: that is, to be extended from the center to the circumference. Watchman Nee – The Spiritual Man, circa 1920, copyright 1968 Christian Fellowship Publishers, Inc.
The Unction of Religious Presumption If Eliphaz had been wise he would have seen what Job was getting at Job is facing something I do not see; I don t understand his problem, but I will treat him with respect. Instead of that he said, According to my traditional belief, you are a hypocrite, Job. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Religion, Just Like the Law, is Powerless The subject of religion is valuable in its place, but it’s place is limited. The only Cross you can preach to the whole world is a theological one. It is not the fact of the Cross, it is the interpretation of the Cross, the prime theology of the Cross, what God meant by the Cross, that is everything. That is what the New Testament came to give. That is the only kind of Cross that can make or keep a Church. P. T. Forsyth – The Work of Christ, Wipf & Stock, 1910
Binding and Loosing Prayer grasps the power of heaven, and fasting loosens the hold on earthly pleasure. Andrew Murray – Andrew Murray 365 Day Devotional, © 2006 Whitaker House.
Actions Reveal Intentions of the Heart It was this general intention that made the primitive Christians such eminent instances of piety and made the goodly fellowship of the saints and all the glorious army of martyrs and confessors. And if you will here stop and ask yourselves why you are not as pious as the primitive Christians were, your own heart will tell you that it is neither through ignorance nor inability, but purely because you never thoroughly intended it. You observe the same Sunday worship that they did, and you are strict in it because it is your full intention to be so. And when you fully intend to be like them in their ordinary common life, when you intend to please God in all your actions, you will find it as possible as to be strictly exact in the service of the Church. And when you have this intention to please God in all your actions, as the happiest and best thing in the world, you will find in you as great an aversion to everything that is vain and impertinent in common life, whether of business or pleasure, as you now have to anything that is profane. William Law – A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life, circa 1728; Random House Inc. © 2002
Taking Up the Shield of Faith You must take your stand on His trustworthiness. You must say to yourself, and to your friends if need be, “I am going to believe what Christ says about God. No matter what the seemings may be, nor what my own thoughts and feelings are, nor what anybody else may say, I know that what Christ says about God must be true, for He knew, as nobody else does, and I am going to believe Him right straight through, come what may. Hannah Whitall Smith – The God of All Comfort, circa 1890 – 1956 Edition Moody Publishers
Ticket for the Homecoming Party The essence of love is others-centered. So many are busy about loving themselves and making themselves happy. Now joy is another matter altogether. Perhaps that is why God s word tells us, He who gains his life (i.e. spends himself for himself) will lose it, while he who loses his life (i.e. gives himself to God and his neighbors) will gain it in the next. Love is the ticket to this life and the next. Tom Van Hoogen
Marvelous – Astonishing, Wonderful This is a marvelous thing, that God thinks upon men and remembers them continually. — John Calvin Charles H. Spurgeon – The Treasury of David abridged by David Otis Fuller, circa 1880, © 1968 by David Otis Fuller, Published by Kregel Publications
The Law Leads us to Christ Paul sets before us a demand: to bring about a newness of life by changing of habits. For when the fornicator becomes chaste, when the covetous person becomes merciful, when the harsh become subdued, a resurrection has taken place, a prelude to the final resurrection which is to come. How is it a resurrection? Is a resurrection because sin has been mortified, and righteousness has risen in its place; the old life has passed away, and new, angelic life is now being lived. 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.

Listen v4.42 Quotes

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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

Listen v4.41 Quotes

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Are You Following God Now? One of the cardinal rules of the spiritual life is this we are to live exclusively in the present moment, without casting a look beyond this moment. You remember that the Israelites in the desert followed the pillar of fire, or of cloud, without knowing where it was leading them. They had a supply of manna but only for one day anything more than that became useless. Fenelon – Christian Counsel, circa 1690, copyright 2002 Bridge-Logos Publishers
We Are Either Libels or Bibles God cannot be honored when a child of His bears a burden with downcast and dejected countenance. As men of the world look upon the faces of those who profess to be God’s children, and see them dark with the same shadows as are flung across their own, they may well wonder what sort of Father He is. Whatever a man’s professions, we cannot help but judge him by the faces of his children. And if God is judged by the unconscious report made of Him by some of the His children, the hardest things ever said against Him by His foes are not far off the truth. Under such circumstances, the unbeliever may fitly argue, “Either there is no God, He is powerless to help, He does not really love, or He is careless of the needs of His children. Of what good will religion be to me?” We are either libels or Bibles; warning signals or harbor lights; repellent or magnetic. Which we are very much depends on how we treat our burdens. The one cure for burden bearing is to cast all burdens on the Lord. Whatever burden the Lord has given you, give it back to Him. Treat the burden of care as you once treated the burden of sin; kneel down and deliberately hand it over to Jesus. Say to Him, “I entrust this to You. I cannot carry them, but I commit them all to You to manage, adjust, and arrange. You have taken my sins; now take my sorrows.” As we find peace amidst hardship, others will know that God is faithful and trustworthy. F. B. Meyer – The Best of F. B. Meyer, circa 1910, © 2006 Cook Communications Ministries
We Are Actively Hostile to God Until … The death of Christ had to do with our sin and not with our sluggishness. It had to deal with our active hostility, and not simply with the passive dullness of our hearts. Our hostility that is what the easy-going people cannot be brought to recognize. That is what the shallow optimists, who think we can now dispense with emphasis on the death of Christ, feel themselves able to do to ignore the fact that the human heart is enmity against God, against a God who makes demands upon it; who goes so far as to make demands for the whole, the absolute obedience of self. P. T. Forsyth – The Work of Christ, Wipf & Stock, 1910
A Time to Weep and A Time to Laugh Happiness is the characteristic of a child, and God condemns us for taking happiness out of a child s life; but as men and women we should have done with happiness long ago, we should be facing the stern issues of life, knowing that the grace of God is sufficient for every problem the devil can present. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Upping the Ante It was not the justification of sin, but the justification of the sinner that drove Luther from the cloister back into the world. The grace he had received was costly grace. It was grace, for it was like water on parched ground, comfort in tribulation, freedom from the bondage of a self-chosen way, and forgiveness of all his sins. And it was costly, for, so far from dispensing him from good works, it meant that he must take the call to discipleship more seriously than ever before. It was grace because it cost so much, and it cost so much because it was grace. That was the secret of the gospel of the Reformation justification of the sinner. Dietrich Bonhoeffer – The Cost of Discipleship, circa 1945, copyright 1959 by SCM Press Ltd.
Know God, Know Peace The true ground for peace and comfort is only to be found in the sort of God we have. Therefore, we need first of all to find out what is His name, or, in other words, what is His character in short, what sort of a God He is. Hannah Whitall Smith – The God of All Comfort, circa 1890 – 1956 Edition Moody Publishers
The Persecution of the Persecutors O persecutors, there is a time coming, when God will make a strict enquiry after the blood of Hooper, Bradford, Latimer, Taylor, Ridley, etc. There is a time coming, wherein God will enquire who silenced and suspended such and such ministers, and who stopped the mouths of such and such, and who imprisoned, confined, and banished such and such, who were once burning and shining lights, and who were willing to spend and be spent that sinners might be saved, and that Christ might be glorified. There is a time when the Lord will make a very narrow enquiry into all the actions and practices of ecclesiastical courts, high commissions, committees, assizes, etc., and deal with persecutors as they have dealt with his people. Thomas Brooks Charles H. Spurgeon – The Treasury of David abridged by David Otis Fuller, circa 1880, © 1968 by David Otis Fuller, Published by Kregel Publications
The Value of Dependence Upon God The greedy man scoffs at the poor and exults himself with the pride of his material possessions yet the poor man understands dependence on God and fears Him, while the rich man is here bankrupt. Humility, dependence upon God and fear of Him are the currency of the gates of Heaven. Tom Van Hoogen
The Only Qualified Teacher on Spiritual Matters God then began to show me that the Word of God alone is to be our standard of judgment in spiritual things; that it can only be explained by the Holy Spirit, and that in our day, as well as in former times, He is the Teacher of His people. The office of the Holy Spirit I had not experimentally understood before that time. I had not before seen that the Holy Spirit alone can teach us about our state by nature, show us our need of a Saviour, enable us to believe in Christ, explain to us the Scriptures, help us in preaching, etc. Andrew Murray – The Two Convenants, 1898, copyright 2005

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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

Listen v4.17 Quotes

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Are You In or Out? There are three possible lives: one entirely under law; one entirely under grace; one a mixed life, partly law and partly grace. It is this last against which Paul warns in Romans. It is this which is so common and works such ruin among Christians. Let us ask ourselves if this is not our position and the cause of our low state. Andrew Murray – The Two Convenants, 1898, copyright 2005 CLC Ministries International
The Enemy Has A Bag Full of Tricks You may be a hard sell, and I pray God you are; but do not think for a moment that Satan will be easily turned away. If you do not like his box of temptations, then he will reach into his sack of accusations and display them so cleverly you will think he brings them at God’s request! William Gurnall – The Christian in Complete Armour – Volume 1 of 3, circa 1655, copyright 1986 by World Challenge, Inc.
Accountability Defined The more you know, the better you understand, the more severely you will be judged, unless your life is also holy. Thomas aKempis – The Imitation of Christ circa. 1420 © 1999 Bridge-Logos Publishers
Balancing Humility and Pride at the Summit The distance between true love and horrific pride is virtually infintesimal. True love seeks, with sincerity of heart, zeal and unselfish desire to please or benefit another. Its sole intent is outward toward others without thought of self or personal welfare. This is how we can be “like God”. This is the reason Christ will say to us, “well done… ” Right now, right here, at the apex of spiritual experience is our Temptation. Now the Accuser comes and whispers, “Yes, you did good didn’t you? Yes, you did because you are so good.” This is the place where we must say “get thee behind me”, for if we do not, we fall from that mountain and are dashed on the rocks below. Safer to not get up on a mountain and to chain our soul to the level ground of Humility. Tom Van Hoogen
Entering the Prayer Zone How, then, should one pray? How should one dispose oneself and act? That is what I now intend to discuss a bit. Every good person, when he intends to pray, should gather together to himself his external senses and look into his heart and mind to see that they are well focused on God. A person can do this in the highest, lowest, or intermediate manner. And to this end it is good for a person to examine very carefully what is most suitable and what most moves him to proper, true devotion; and let him then make use of this manner of work. But you should realize that whatever good person wants to engage in true, proper prayer, so that his prayer will truly be heard, must have already turned his back on all temporal and external things and on whatever is not divine, whether it be friend or foe, and on all vanity, whether it be clothes or jewels or anything of which God is not the true source. And he must separate his words and actions from all disorder, internal or external. John Tauler – Sermon 39, circa 1340; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
Words From a Higher Source The prophet is human, yet he employs notes one octave too high for our ears. He experiences moments that defy our understanding. He is neither a singing saint nor a moralizing poet , but an assaulter of the mind. Often his words begin to burn where conscience ends. Abraham Joshua Heschel – The Prophets © 1962 by Abraham Joshua Heschel, published by Hendrickson Publishers
Unseen Results Porphyry lived at a time when this universal way for the liberation of the soul which is none other than the Christian religion was, by divine permission, attacked by idolaters, demon worshippers, and earthly rulers in order that the number of martyrs might be completed and consecrated and by martyrs I mean witnesses of the truth whose mission it was to show that all bodily sufferings must be endured when it is a question of remaining faithful to religion and of offering testimony to the truth… He did not understand that these persecutions, which impressed him and which he feared to suffer if he chose this way, tended rather to establish this religion more solidly and to commend it to others. St. Augustine – The City of God, circa 400, copyright 1950 by Fathers of the Church
God Is Not Far Off, As Some Consider Far Everything that comes from God s hand produces good fruit. Sometimes the annoyances that make you long for solitude are better for producing humility than the most complete solitude could be. Use the circumstances of each moment to the fullest. Sometimes an exciting book, or an inspiring devotional time, or a deep conversation about spiritual matters will make you feel extremely satisfied with yourself. You will believe that you are farther along than you really are. Talking about the cross is not at all the same as experiencing it. So remember this: Do not seek God as if He were far off in an ivory castle. He is found in the middle of the events of our everyday life. Look past the obstacles and find Him. Fenelon – The Seeking Heart, circa 1690, copyright Christian Books Publishing House
Put Up or Shut Up The friends charge Job with a lack of seeing the obvious, and Job replies, I am facing things you have not begun to dream about; why don t you either plunge into the deeps with me, or else keep silent, if you cannot tell me what to do? Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Shaken, Not Stirred The nearer the Cross came to you, the deeper it entered into you, were you the more disposed to admire yourself? There is no harm in your feeling pleased with yourself because you were able to thrill to these human heroisms; but if the impression Christ makes upon you is to leave you more satisfied with yourself, more proud of yourself for being able to respond, He has to get a great deal nearer to you yet. You need to be I will use the Scottish phrase which old ministers used to apply to a young minister when he had preached a thoughtful and interesting discourse you need to be well shaken over the mouth of the pit. P. T. Forsyth – The Work of Christ, Wipf & Stock, 1910

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It s Not What, But Who You Know The intellect knoweth that it is ignorant of Thee, said Nicholas of Cusa, because it knoweth Thou canst not be known, unless the unknowable could be known, and the invisible beheld, and the inaccessible attained. A. W. Tozer – The Knowledge of the Holy, © 1961 Aiden Wilson Tozer
Holiness is Specialness, Chosenness The first and simplest meaning of the word sanctification is “separation.” That which is taken out of its surroundings by God’s command and is set aside or separated as His own possession and for His service is holy. This does not mean separation from sin only but from all that is in the world, even from what may be permissible. Thus God sanctified the seventh day. The other days were not unclean… but the seventh day alone was holy, which God had taken possession of by His own special act. Andrew Murray – The Blood of Christ © 1935
My Sheep Hear and Follow When the Reformation came, the providence of God raised Martin Luther to restore the gospel of pure, costly grace. Luther passed through the cloister; he was a monk, and all this was part of the divine plan. Luther had left all to follow Christ on the path of absolute obedience. He had renounced the world in order to live the Christian life. He had learnt obedience to Christ and to his church, because only he who is obedient can believe. The call to a cloister demanded of Luther a complete surrender of his life. But God shattered all his hopes. He showed him through the Scriptures that the following of Christ is not the achievement or merit of a select few, but the divine command to all Christians without distinction. Dietrich Bonhoeffer – The Cost of Discipleship, circa 1945, copyright 1959 by SCM Press Ltd.
Fresh Wind, Fresh Rain! And O, how do we feel ourselves again united to the Lord, and strengthened anew to fight against Satan, the world, and our own flesh; and how does the joyful confidence bloom afresh in our minds, that we really possess a Savior, after such a renewed experience of his faithfulness! F. W. Krummacher – The Suffering Saviour, Meditations on the Last Days of Christ, Wipf and Stock Publishers
Hard-headed vs. Air-headed The difference between an obstinate man and a strong-minded man lies just here: an obstinate man refuses to use his intelligence when a matter is in dispute, while a strong-minded man makes his decision after having deliberately looked at it from all standpoints, and when opposed, he is willing to give reasons for his decision. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Proof-Texting the Church Remember, the Church was not reformed from the outside, but from the inside. It was the Church reforming the Church. It was the Church s faith that arose, under the Holy Spirit, and reformed the Church. So it is with the Bible. Whatever renovation we find in connection with the Bible I do not mean renovation of ourselves, but the renovation of our way of understanding the Book arises out of the Bible itself. P. T. Forsyth – The Work of Christ, Wipf & Stock, 1910
No More Excuses There is only one Bethlehem, one Calvary, one Pentecost. These are landmarks of Time and Eternity, everything and everyone is judged by them. Beware of thinking of Pentecost in the light of personal experience only. The descent of the Holy Ghost can never be experimental, it is historical. The reception of the Holy Ghost into our hearts is experimental. — Oswald Chambers.
God entered the world to convict the world of sin at Bethlehem. God stood as substitute for the sins of the world at Calvary and judged sin and death, making a spectacle of them both, then arose to His Glorification. At Pentecost God returned and released His Spirit upon all mankind. The Spirit of God has entered the world to testify of the works of Him. Anybody who will may sup with Him. He stands at the door and knocks (John 3:18-21). The Holy Spirit is the trump of God to announce his return. Just as John the Baptist stood in the Wilderness calling out, the Holy Spirit is roaming the earth calling for men to be saved. One day He will quit calling because the men who remain love darkness rather than light and Time will end and all who remain will be ushered into Eternity. Some to everlasting Life, some to everlasting Death. Look, the fields are white onto harvest! There are lighthouses strategically placed throughout the land, cities of refuge, houses of the holy, a light on a hill, shining and reflecting His Light that all who are weary may come and enjoy the rest. The light is come into the world but the darkness has not understood it. If then your eye is dark, how great is that darkness!
Tom Van Hoogen
What Are You Depending Upon? God or Works? We may work for Christ from morning until night. We may spend much time in Bible study. We may be most earnest and faithful and acceptable in our preaching and in our individual dealing. But none of these things can be truly effective unless we are much in prayer. We will only be full of good works, but not being fruitful in every good work (Col. 1:10). To be little with God in prayer is to be little with God in service. Much secret prayer means much public power. Yet is it not a fact that while our organizing is well near perfect, our agonizing in prayer in well near lost? Unknown Christian – The Kneeling Christian, circa 1890, © 2007 Bidge-Logos.
God vs. The World Behind all that is tangible we meet something intangible, we meet a planned system; and in this system there is a harmonious functioning, a perfect order. Concerning this system there are two things to be emphasized. First, since the day when Adam opened the door for evil to enter God’s creation, the world order has shown itself to be hostile to God. The world “knew not God” (first Corinthians 1:21), “hated” Christ (John 15:18) and “cannot receive” the Spirit of truth (14:17)…. secondly, there is a mind behind the system. John writes repeatedly of “the prince of this world”… “he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4) and matches against him the Spirit of truth who indwells believers…. he is the rebellious kosmokrator, world ruler — a word which, however, appears only once, used in the plural of his lieutenants, the “world rulers of this darkness” (Ephesians 6:12). There is, then, an ordered system, “the world,” which is governed from behind the scenes by a ruler, Satan. Watchman Nee – Love Not The World, © 1968 CLC Publications
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