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Listen v4.38 Quotes

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Your Scars and Pains are Your Trophies Those Christians of the first magnitude, of whom the world was not worthy, “Had trials of cruel mockings and scourgings, they were sawn asunder, they were slain with the sword” (Hebrews 11:36-37). What! were all these during the time of their sufferings blessed? A carnal man would think, if this be to be blessed, God deliver him from it. But, however sense would give their vote, our Savior Christ pronounceth the godly man blessed; though a mourner, though a martyr, yet blessed. Job on the dunghill was a blessed Job. The Saints are blessed when they are cursed. The Saints though they are bruised, they are blessed. Quote by Thomas Watson from The Treasury of David by Charles H. Spurgeon, abridged by David Otis Fuller, circa 1880, © 1968 by David Otis Fuller, Published by Kregel Publications
A New You Equals New Desires, New Agenda All who are truly Christ’s are separated from the world by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation” (2 Cor. 5:17). God gives him new desires. Once he desired what other men do: praise of men, a name, power, money, pleasures. These were the chief objects set before him. Now these have lost their power over him. To him, the world has become crucified. Now he desires more nearness to God, more complete change of heart. He desires to spread the knowledge of Jesus over the world. Robert Murray McCheyne – The Best of Robert Murray McCheyne circa 1840, © 2006 Cook Communications Ministries
The Perfecting Work of Suffering To suffer without making excuses is a habit of great perfection. Teresa of Avila – The Way Of Perfection, circa 1575
It Depends on What you Put in the Clay Pot Human affairs are hardly worth considering in earnest, and yet we must be in earnest about them a sad necessity constrains us, says Plato in a mood of melancholy. He apologizes later for his low opinion of mankind which, he explains, emerged from comparing men with the gods. Let us grant, if you wish, that the human race is not to be despised, but is worthy of some consideration. Abraham Joshua Heschel – The Prophets © 1962 by Abraham Joshua Heschel, published by Hendrickson Publishers
Every Cost is Worthy Of Gaining Him When you love God, it will not matter to you what you must suffer on His behalf. The cross will make you over in the image of your beloved. Here is real consolation a true bond of love. Fenelon – The Seeking Heart, circa 1690, copyright Christian Books Publishing House
Know Your Audience True prayer must ever realize the nearness and greatness of God. A. B. Simpson – The Life of Prayer – circa 1890, © 2007 Bridge-Logos
He is Seated At Center Stage A radiator is a body that emits rays of light and heat. We have used a purely mechanical term in order to picture what the heart is, viz., the centre that emits rays of light and heat in the physical frame, in the soul, and in the spirit. The heart physically is the centre of the body; the heart sentimentally is the centre of the soul; and the heart spiritually is the centre of the spirit. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Different Values in Different Economies Indeed, unless we look at the unseen powers behind the material things we may readily be deceived. In 1 Peter 3 … the apostle sets “the outward adorning (Cosmos) of plating the hair, and of wearing jewels of gold, and of putting on apparel” in deliberate contrast with “the incorruptible apparel of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.” By inference therefore, the former are corrupt and worthless to God…. Here is what he is implying. In the background behind these matters of wearing apparel and jewelry and makeup, there is a power at work for its own ends. Do not let that power grip you. Watchman Nee – Love Not The World, © 1968 CLC Publications
In or Out? No Other Options Remember, this repentance, this willingness to submission, to humiliation and a kind of death, is not something God demands of you before He will take you back in which He could let you off if He chose: it is simply a description of what going back to Him is like. If you ask God to take you back without it, you are really asking Him to let you go back without going back. It cannot happen. C. S. Lewis – Mere Christianity, copyright 1952, C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd.
Why Do You Want to Know? There are only two men in the whole wide world who can ask questions effectively. There is the man who does not know, and wants to learn; and there is the man who does know, and wants to teach. F. W. Boreham – The Luggage of Life, 1912, published by Kregel Publications
I AM … This apparently unfinished name, therefore, is the most comforting name the heart of man could devise, because it allows us to add to it, without any limitation, whatever we feel the need of, and even “exceeding abundantly” beyond all that we can ask or think. Hannah Whitall Smith – The God of All Comfort, circa 1890 – 1956 Edition Moody Publishers
The Distance Between God and Sin You can never overestimate the depravity of man’s heart for you can never overestimate the love and mercy of God and therefore you can never overestimate the glory of God and love due Him. His Glory is the distance between His loving kindness and our depravity. Give praise to our God, his love endures forever. Tom Van Hoogen
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Listen v4.21 Quotes

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Faulty Thinking is Often the Cause of the Crisis Job persists in stating that the basis of things is not clear or easy to understand. …that God punishes the evil man and looks after the good, there is so much perversity at the basis of things that that explanation won’t do. Job says, “I held the same creed as you do until I came to my great trouble.” Their creed was based on sound principles, but what is needed is a sound relationship at the basis of things. …Job’s contention is that when a man is face to face with things as they are, easy explanations won’t do, for things are not easy; there is a perverseness all through. If Job is not right in his contention, then the Redemption is “much ado about nothing.” Chambers, Oswald: Baffled to Fight Better: Talks on the Book of Job. c1931
Self-Death is the Key to Spirit-Life There are only three things which I will explain at some length and which are taken from our Constitution itself. It is essential that we should understand how very important they are to us in helping us to preserve that peace, both inward and outward, which the Lord so earnestly recommended to us. One of these is love for each other; the second, detachment from all created things; the third, true humility, which, although I put it last, is the most important of the three and embraces all the rest. Teresa of Avila – The Way Of Perfection, circa 1575
Led Astray by My Self God tempts no one, neither can He be tempted. Temptation is not possible unless there pre-exists an inclination to sin. Man was not preprogrammed to sin but by virtue of his free will and the faculty of reason he chooses sin. Sin is fundamentally a disposition to autonomy, to exert the right to choose over everything and everyone including God. This disposition is revealed and unleashed by Self. Self-realization is bound up in sight. Coveting comes by sight and knowledge. If we had not seen nor known of a thing we could not covet it. The perversion of all time is that we desire to gain pleasure from the gifts of God rather than from God Himself. May God alone be my Portion. Tom Van Hoogen
What Can I Say?, No More Excuses So great is the importance of prayer that God has taken care to anticipate all the excuses or objections we may be likely to make. People plead their weakness or infirmity or they declare they do not know how to pray. God foresaw this inability long ages ago. Did he not inspire the apostle Paul to say: likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints to the will of God (Romans 8:26-27). Unknown Christian – The Kneeling Christian, circa 1890, © 2007 Bidge-Logos.
How High Is Your Standard Held? The average standard of holiness and devotion can be no higher at home or in the church than it is in individual believers. Andrew Murray – God’s Plans for You, circa 1890, © 1983 by Whitaker House
If You Can t Dazzle Them With Brilliance… Within the church there are unmistakable signs that she has been blinded and caught by Satan s dazzling glare. The church is being seriously affected by the material progress of the age. We have heard so much about prosperity and gazed on it for so long that spiritual views no longer appeal to us. Everything must take on the rich quality, luxuriant growth, and magnificent appearance of the material, or else it seems beggarly. This is the most perilous condition the church has to face. It happens when the meek and lowly fruits of holiness are discounted by the showy and worldly charms with which material success crowds the church.

We must not yield to the flood. We must not for a moment, not with the hundredth part of an inch, give place to the world. Holiness and devotion to God must be stressed in every way and at every point. The church must be made to see this delusion and snare. This transference of strength from God to the world, this rejection of the Holy Spirit s endowment of might and power, must be recognized as yielding to Satan. The church more and more, is inclined not only to disregard, but also to despise, the elements of spiritual strength and to set them aside for more impressive, worldly ideas.

E. M. Bounds – Guide to Spiritual Warfare, circa 1880, copyright 1984 by Whitaker House
Allow Him to Work in Silence God will eventually test you in all of your life, but He will not let your trials become greater than you can bear. Let God use trials to help you grow. Do not try to measure your progress, your strength, or what God is doing. His work is not less efficient because what He is doing is invisible. Fenelon – The Seeking Heart, circa 1690, copyright Christian Books Publishing House
I Stand in My Own Way of Progress When humility delivers a man from attachment to his own works and his own reputation, he discovers that perfect joy is possible only when we have completely forgotten ourselves. And it is only when we pay no more attention to our own deeds and our own reputation and our own excellence that we are at last completely free to serve God in perfection for His own sake alone. Thomas Merton – New Seeds of Contemplation, ©1961 by the Abbey of Gethsemani, Inc.
All Accomplices Are Charged the Same Yoke-fellows in sin are yoke-fellows in pain; the soul is punished for informing, the body for performing, and as both the informer and performer, the cause and the instrument, so shall the stirrer up of sin and the executor of it be punished. Charles H. Spurgeon – The Treasury of David abridged by David Otis Fuller, circa 1880, © 1968 by David Otis Fuller, Published by Kregel Publications
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