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Listen v5.6 – Quotes

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Identification With Others Produces Mercy The truly humble person will not only look admirably at the strengths of others, but will also look with great forgiveness upon the weaknesses of others. The truly humble person will try to see how the sinful deeds done by others were committed because the person was unenlightened or misled, concluding that if the person had the same benefits and helps that he had, they would not have committed any such evil, but rather, would have done much good. 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.
Satan – Head Hunter When the apostle Paul says that sin entered into the world through one man, he did not mean a man like ourselves; he was speaking of the Federal Head of the human race, the noble being that God created. The third chapter of Genesis reveals how sin was introduced into the world. Watch the subtlety of Satan s reasoning: And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said . . . ? The one thing he was aiming at was the dominion of God over man. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
3 Part Harmony The beginning of good in the animal life is perfect obedience; its advance is subjugating the body and reducing it to servitude; it’s perfection is when habitual doing good has become a pleasure. The beginning of the rational life is to understand what is presented to it in the teaching of faith; its advance is to prepare things that fit that teaching; it’s perfection is when reason’s judgment passes over into loving affection of mind. The perfection of the rational life is the beginning of the spiritual life; its advance is “to behold God’s glory with unveiled face”; its perfection is “to be transformed into the same image, from glory to glory, as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18). William of Saint-Thierry – The Golden Letter; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
If You Really Know Him, You Trust Him Could we but for one moment get a glimpse into the mighty depths of His love, our hearts would spring out to meet His will and embrace it as our richest treasure; and we would abandon ourselves to it with an enthusiasm of gratitude and joy, that such a wondrous privilege could be ours. A great many Christians seem practically to think that all their Father in heaven wants is a chance to make them miserable and to take away all their blessings; and they imagine, poor souls, that if they hold onto things in their own will, they can hinder Him from doing this. I am ashamed to write the words, yet we must face the fact which is making wretched hundreds of lives. Hannah Whitall Smith – The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life, 1875 © 1998 Barbour Publishing, Inc.
If any man lack wisdom, let him ask God “He is the wisest man,” says Plato, “who knows himself to be very ill qualified for the attainment of wisdom.” F. W. Boreham – The Heavenly Octave: A Study of the Beatitudes, Copyright 1936 by F. W. Boreham
The Consecration of Spiritual Concentration Retire from the world each day to some private spot, even if it be only the bedroom (for a while I retreated to the furnace room for want of a better place). Stay in the secret place till surrounding noises begin to fade out of your heart and a sense of God’s presence envelops you. Deliberately tune out the unpleasant sounds and come out of your closet determined not to hear them. Listen for the inward Voice till you learn to recognize it. Stop trying to compete with others. Give yourself to God and then be what and who you are without regard to what others think. Reduce your interests to a few. Don’t try to know what will be of no service to you. Avoid the digest type of mind — short bits of unrelated facts, cute stories and bright sayings. Learn to pray inwardly every moment. After a while you can do this even while you work. Practice candor, childlike honesty, humility. Pray for a single eye. Read less, but read more of what is important to your inner life. Never let your mind remain scattered for very long. Call home you’re roving thoughts. Gaze on Christ with the eyes of your soul. Practice spiritual concentration. — Of God and Men A. W. Tozer – The Pursuit of God
The Objects of Our Affections These four degrees of love are related in one way in divine attractions; they are totally different in the case of spiritual desires and in carnal desires. In spiritual desires, the greater, the better; in carnal desires, the greater, the worse. In divine attractions the highest is also the best. In human attractions the highest is the worst. Surely in human attractions the first degree can be good, the second without doubt is bad, while the third is worse and the fourth the worst of all. 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.
Opening the Lines of Communication When we lift up our souls to God in prayer it gives God an opportunity to do what He will in us and with us. It is putting ourselves at God’s disposal. Unknown Christian – The Kneeling Christian, circa 1890, © 2007 Bidge-Logos.
A Hangover Of Faith from Being Love Drunk Great love will beget great faith — faith in His love for us, faith in the powerful revelations of His love in our hearts, faith that He through His love will work all His good pleasure in us. The wings of faith and love will lift us up to heaven, and we will be filled with “joy unspeakable.” The joy of the Christian is an indispensable witness to the world of the power of Christ to change hearts and to fill them with heavenly love and gladness. Oh, you who love the Lord Jesus, take time daily in the inner chamber with Him to drink in a fresh supply of His heavenly love. It will make you strong in faith, and your joy will be full. Love, joy, faith — these will fill your life each day through the grace of the Lord Jesus. 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 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

Listen v4.22 Quotes

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You Can See the Father in His Sons If God Himself is both Truth and Love it would be logical to suppose that a deliberate refusal to recognize or harbor truth and love would result in an attitude that makes reconciliation with God impossible. Now if it is true that God is both Truth and Love it will readily be seen that the greatest sins will be unreality, hypocrisy, deceit, lying, or whatever else we choose to call sins against truth, and self-love, which makes fellowship with other people in their proper treatment impossible. J. B. Phillips – Your God is Too Small
The Cross, The Place of Substitution Salvation is of Christ and His Cross. The sacrifice of myself to Christ is not a revelation (supernatural knowledge of God) but an experience (the actual sacrifice of myself on the Cross). “You must remain in Me” (e.g. in Me on My Cross). Only when a man is dead does self-will cease to control him. The only place to have freedom from sin (e.g. Self) is on the Cross. Not near it, not close by it, admiring it, but on it becoming one with God’s will for you in Christ. You can never want God’s will until you stop wanting your own will. You will never stop wanting your own will until you are dead. This is the secret, “I am the resurrection, and the life — he that believeth in Me [e.g. faith that produces works, action] though he were dead, yet shall he live [e.g. Eternal Life]. Again, “I am crucified with Christ nevertheless…”. Tom Van Hoogen
Tears Can Speak Volumes It is not so much the weeping eye God respects as the broken heart; yet I would be loath to stop their tears who can weep. God stood looking on Hezekiah’s tears (Isaiah 38:5), “I have seen thy tears.” David’s tears made music in God’s ears. — T. Watson Charles H. Spurgeon – The Treasury of David abridged by David Otis Fuller, circa 1880, © 1968 by David Otis Fuller, Published by Kregel Publications
He is the Light That Reveals, Not You Depend upon your Lord, not on yourself, to expose your sin and to show you the extent of your sin. Please understand this fact: it is not your diligence, it is not your examination of yourself that will enlighten you concerning your sin. Instead, it is God who does all the revealing. Jeanne Guyon – Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ, circa 1680
The Dailyness of the Christlife There is one lesson that all young Christians should learn, and that is the absolute necessity of fellowship with Jesus every day. This lesson is not always taught at the beginning of the Christian life, nor does the new convert always understand it. He should realize that the grace he has received the forgiveness of his sins, his acceptance as God s child, his joy in the Holy Spirit can only be preserved by daily renewal in fellowship with Jesus Christ Himself. Andrew Murray – Andrew Murray 365 Day Devotional, © 2006 Whitaker House.
Jesus, a Mountain of a Man Hence, long after, when the Savior had taken flesh from the descendants of Abraham, He said of Himself; I am the way, and the truth, and the life. This is the universal way which had been prophesied a long time before; And in the last days the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be prepared on the top of mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills, and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go, and say: Come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob, and he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths; for the law shall come forth from Sion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
This way does not belong then, to one but to all the nation; and the Law and the Word of the Lord did not remain in Sion and Jerusalem, but went forth that it might spread throughout the world. For this reason, the Mediator Himself, after His resurrection, said to His alarmed disciples; All things must be fulfilled that are written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning me.This universal way for the liberation of souls is the one which the holy angels and holy prophets formerly disclosed to the few who, by the grace of God could understand.
St. Augustine – The City of God, circa 400, copyright 1950 by Fathers of the Church
The Love of God Conquers All! The marvellous, uncrushable characteristic of a saint is that he does discern God. You may put a saint in tribulation, amid an onslaught of principalities and powers, in peril, pestilence or under the sword, you may put a saint anywhere you like, and he is more than conqueror every time. Why? Because his heart being filled with the love of God, he has the power to perceive and understand that behind all these things is God making them work together for good. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Different Children, One Father It is a fact that a person who trusts Christ is born into God’s family and becomes a child. There is no doubt about this. You may not feel good, you may regret recent failure, you may be spending your days under a pall of dark depression. But if you have received Christ and truly trust in Him, you have been born again. You may be a prodigal or inconsistent child, but you are a child of a loving, welcoming Father. Enjoy the fruits of your rightful relationship: Take the child’s place at the Father’s table and enjoy His smile. F. B. Meyer – The Best of F. B. Meyer, circa 1910, © 2006 Cook Communications Ministries
The Invincibility of Love Let us consider then what is “that surpassing charity of Christ” (Ephesians 3:19) that conquers love of parents, love of offspring, transcends and even extinguishes affection for a wife, and finally moves the soul to despise itself. O vehemence of love! O violence of charity! O excellent and surpassing charity of Christ! This, brethren, is what we are considering, this is what we are speaking about — the vehemence of charity in the surpassing status of perfect zeal. You well know that it is one thing to talk about charity and another to talk about its consummation; one thing to talk about it, another to talk about its vehemence. 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.
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