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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.
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Listen v4.26 Quotes

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Difficult to Swallow but True St. Francis began to preach, first ordering the swallows who were quivering to keep quiet until he had finished preaching. And the swallows obeyed him. He preached there so fervently that all the men and women of that village, as a result of his sermon and the miracle of the swallows, and their great devotion wanted to follow him and abandon the village. But St. Francis did not let them, saying to them: “Don’t be in a hurry and don’t leave, for I will arrange what you should do for the salvation of your souls.” St. Francis of Assisi – The Little Flowers of St. Francis – circa 1200; excerpted from Devotional Classics by Foster and Smith © 2005
Seeking Him In the Inner Man A brother named John came from the coast to Father Philimon and, clasping his feet, said to him: What shall I do to be saved? For my intellect vacillates to and fro and strays after all the wrong things. After a pause, the father replied: This is one of the outer passions and it stays with you because you still have not acquired a perfect longing for God. The warmth of this longing and of the knowledge of God has not yet come to you. The brother said to him: What shall I do, father? Abba Philimon replied: Meditate inwardly for a while, deep in your heart; for this can cleanse your intellect of these things. The brother, not understanding what was said, asked the Elder: What is inward meditation, father? The Elder replied: Keep watch in your heart; and with watchfulness say in your mind with awe and trembling: Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me. Symeon The New Theologian – The Ethical Discourses – circa 1000; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
Tools of the Trade Embrace the difficult circumstances you find yourself in even when you feel they will overwhelm you. Allow God to mold you through the events He allows to enter your life. This will make you flexible toward the will of God. The events of life are like a furnace for the heart. All your impurities are melted and your old ways are lost. Fenelon – The Seeking Heart, circa 1690, copyright Christian Books Publishing House
Blessed Teamwork There is no blessing so great as that which comes when our hearts are lifted out of self and become one with Christ in intercession for others and for His cause. There is no joy so pure as that of taking the burden of our Master s cause on our hearts and bearing it with Him every day in ceaseless prayer doing it as though its success wholly depended upon the uplifting of our hands and the exercise of our faith. A. B. Simpson – The Life of Prayer – circa 1890, © 2007 Bridge-Logos
God s Specialties Charity is a paradox, like modesty and courage. Stated baldly, charity certainly means one of two things — pardoning unpardonable acts, or loving unlovable people. G. K. Chesterton – Orthodoxy, copyright 1908 by Dodd, Mead and Company
Not a Hand Puppet, A Body Puppet And let me make it quite clear that when Christians say the Christ-life is in them, they do not mean simply something mental or moral. When they speak of being “in Christ” or of Christ being “in them”, this is not simply a way of saying that they are thinking about Christ or copying Him. They mean that Christ is actually operating through them; but the whole mass of Christians are the physical organism through which Christ acts — that we are His fingers and muscles, the cells of His body. C. S. Lewis – Mere Christianity, copyright 1952, C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd.
I Live, Yet Not I God created Adam to have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth ( Genesis 1:28 ); the one thing Adam was not to have dominion over was himself. God was to have dominion over him, and Adam had to partake in his own development by obeying God s rule over him, not his own wisdom. The source of life in Adam was his obedience to God. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
God In Hot Pursuit A wild young fellow, who was brought to the Lord at a mission meeting, and who became a rejoicing Christian and lived an exemplary life afterward, was asked by someone what he did to get converted. “Oh,” he said, “I did my part, and the Lord did His.” “But what was your part,” asked the inquirer, “and what was the Lord’s part?” “My part,” was the prompt reply, “was to run away, and the Lord’s part was to run after me until He caught me.” Hannah Whitall Smith – The God of All Comfort, circa 1890 – 1956 Edition Moody Publishers
The Heart is Lifted By a Merry Melody Songs are the fitting expressions of inward thankfulness, and it were well if we indulged ourselves and honored our Lord with more of them. Mr. B. P. Power has well said, “The sailors give a cheery cry as they weigh anchor, the plowman whistles in the morning as he drives his team; the milkmaid sings her rustic song as she sets about her early task; when the soldiers are leaving friends behind them, they do not march out to the tune of the “Dead March of Saul,” but to the quick notes of some lively air. A praising spirit would do for us all that their songs and music do for them; and if only we could determine to praise the Lord, we should surmount many a difficulty which our low spirits never would have been equal to, and we should do double the work which can be done if the heart be languid in its beating, if we be crushed and trodden down in soul. Charles H. Spurgeon – The Treasury of David abridged by David Otis Fuller, circa 1880, © 1968 by David Otis Fuller, Published by Kregel Publications
Arrested By A Messenger from God It has never occurred to many religious leaders that they are going in the wrong direction. They persistently and blindly continue down a dangerous road to their own peril never considering that God would send an ass to reveal His Word and will and save their soul. Tom Van Hoogen
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