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Listen v4.50 Quotes

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Spiritual Things Must Be Discerned Spiritually Each word of the Scriptures must be read with the same spirit in which it was written. Thomas aKempis – The Imitation of Christ circa. 1420 © 1999 Bridge-Logos Publishers
Run For the Roses, As Fast As You Can Run in such a way as to get the prize. (1 Corinthians 9:24) Entering the race does not make you a winner only a contestant “to all who received him, to those who believed in His name (e.g. contestants), he gave the right to become children of God (i.e. winners)” Every aspect of your life: physical, soulical, and spiritual has its battle. The physical battle will determine if a man is healthy or diseased. The soulical battle determines whether a man is moral (e.g. rigtheous) or immoral (e.g. unrighteous). The spiritual battle will prove those who are holy and those who are unholy and the prize is none other than eternal life. From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forcerful men lay hold of it. Make no mistake you are at war. Tom Van Hoogen
Worldly Attitudes vs. Beattitudes This world has its own idea of blessedness. Blessed is the man who is always right. Blessed is the man who is satisfied with himself. Blessed is the man who is strong. Blessed is the man who rules. Blessed is the man who is rich. Blessed is the man who is popular. Blessed is the man who enjoys life. These are the beatitudes of sight and this present world. It comes with a shock and opens a new realm of thought that not one of these men entered Jesus’ mind when he treated of blessedness.
— Ian Maclaren
F. W. Boreham – The Heavenly Octave: A Study of the Beatitudes, Copyright 1936 by F. W. Boreham
Walking the Thin Line of Christianity Therefore, St. Paul, in this letter, teaches us in order to comfort us and to confirm us in the perfect knowledge of this most Christian and excellent righteousness, for once we lose our belief in justification, all true Christian doctrine is lost. There is no middle ground between righteousness of the law and Christian righteousness. Anyone who strays from Christian righteousness must fall into the righteousness of the law; in other words, when people lose Christ, they slip back into reliance on their own works. Martin Luther – Commentary on Galatians – circa 1520; Crossway Publishing © 1998 by Watermark
Beauty, A Reflection Of Grace All lovely sights tend to keep the soul pure, to lift the heart up to God. The senses filled with the delights and splendor of creation reveal to us hints of His majesty, goodness, and love. What ever is beautiful is of God, and it is only ignorance or a low condition of heart and soul that does not prize what is beautiful. George MacDonald – The Best of George MacDonald © 2006 Cook Communications Ministries.
Vengeance Grows in the Dark While You Sleep Vengeance is the most deeply rooted passion in the human soul, and the impersonation of it is the devil. The devil has an absolute detestation of God, an immortal hatred of God. Satan s sin is at the summit of all sins; our sin is at the base of all sins. If sin has not reached its awful height in us, it may do so unless we let God alter the springs of our heart. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
He’s Everywhere, He’s Everywhere The carnal mind sees God in nothing, not even in spiritual things, His Word and ordinances. The spiritual mind sees Him in everything, even in natural things, in looking on the heavens and the earth and all the creatures. — Robert Leighton Charles H. Spurgeon – The Treasury of David abridged by David Otis Fuller, circa 1880, © 1968 by David Otis Fuller, Published by Kregel Publications
Fighting Will Only Make it Worse A cross which comes from God ought to be welcomed without any concern for self. And when you accept your cross this way, even though it is painful, you’ll find that you can bear it in peace. But when you receive your cross unwillingly, you will find it to be doubly severe. The resistance within his harder to bear than the cross itself! But if you recognize the hand of God, and make no opposition to His Will, you will have peace in the midst of affliction. Happy indeed are they who can bear their sufferings with this simple peace and perfect submission to the will of God! Nothing so shortens and soothes suffering as the spirit of non-resistance. Fenelon – Let Go, circa 1690, copyright 1973 Whitaker House
The Word, Divides Soul and Spirit We may say that it is quite customary in the church today to work by psychic means. How often psychological methods are used in ministry meetings to attract people! How psychic ways are engaged in believers meetings to stimulate the audience. By observing the methods used, one can judge what kind of work is being done. Let me say frankly that many sermons can only help people’s souls, but not their spirits. Such messages are merely spoken out of the soul, hence they can only reach man’s soul and afford him a little more mental knowledge. We ought not labor this way, because such work never penetrates into man’s spirit. Watchman Nee – The Latent Power of the Soul, circa 1939, copyright 1972 by Christian Fellowship Publishers, Inc.
Get Your Daily Bread Bread must be eaten daily, and the same is true of God’s Word. This psalmist wrote, “Blessed is the man… [whose] delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night” (Psalm 1:1-2); “O how love I thy law! It is my meditation all the day” (Psalm 119:97). To secure a strong and powerful spiritual life, an intake of God’s Word every day is indispensable. Andrew Murray – Andrew Murray 365 Day Devotional, © 2006 Whitaker House.

Listen v4.34 Quotes

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How Oft I Would, But You Would Not He is not afaid of your presumptuous approach to Him. It is you who are afraid to come near Him. He is not watching over His dignity. It is you who fear to be sent away as the disciples would have sent away the little children. George MacDonald – The Best of George MacDonald © 2006 Cook Communications Ministries.
Growing Together By contrast, devout conversation about spiritual things greatly promotes our spiritual growth, especially when persons of one mind and spirit are gathered together in God. Thomas aKempis – The Imitation of Christ circa. 1420 © 1999 Bridge-Logos Publishers
There is Much Work to Be Done When we are first saved (if we are truly saved) there is at once a strong desire and passion to share with others — to be witnesses unto Jesus Christ. And then the “religion” gets hold of us and places us into its program of attending church functions, fellowshipping, singing songs together, enjoying our new life in Christ. Witnessing unto Christ is something we only do periodically according to scheduled times and an established program. The joy we first had diminishes and we seek once again to have a sense of God’s will. We become so caught up in doing religious things that we lose sight of His will. Thank God, when He saved us, He does give us something to do. Go, make witnesses unto me. We are debtors to every man because of the Redemption of Jesus Christ. Tom Van Hoogen
The Rest Is Up to Him The Christian life from start to finish is based upon this principle of utter dependence upon the Lord Jesus. There is no limit to the grace God is willing to bestow upon us. He will give us everything, but we can receive none of it except as we rest in him. Watchman Nee – Sit, Walk, Stand, copyright 1957 by Angus I. Kinnear
We Are Not Home Yet Once grief touches a man he is full of reaction, he says spiteful things because he is hurt, but in the end grief leads a man to the right point of view, viz. that the basis of things is tragic. As long as I am happy and things go well, I say what a famous philosopher said This is the best of all possible worlds. It plainly is not, and the Bible reveals why it is not. The world as God originally designed it, was the best of all possible worlds, but it has now become the worst of all possible worlds; Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Forcing the Pieces of the God-Puzzle Left to ourselves we tend immediately to reduce God to manageable terms. We want to get Him where we can use Him, or at least know where He is when we need Him. We want a God we can in some measure control. We need the feeling of security that comes from knowing what God is like, and what He is like is of course a composite of all the religious pictures we have seen, all the best people we have known or heard about, and all the sublime ideas we have entertained. A. W. Tozer – The Knowledge of the Holy, © 1961 Aiden Wilson Tozer
The Fire of Trials is a Purifier There must come a holocaust of your own values and judgments and will. Michael Molinos – The Spiritual Guide – circa 1675, copyright 1982 by Seed Sowers
Moving is Not Necessarily Getting On The larva, that is to say, were in advance of the mature animal which developed from them. The unseen constabulary of the universe can move us on; but it is not in their power to see that the movement shall be progress. They move us on as the wind moves the ships: it is for us to trim our sails to suit our destinies. For there are two great principles involved in getting on. There is the principle of the propeller, and there is the principle of the rudder. The propeller may make the pace, but only so far as it is checked and directed and controlled by the rudder can we be sure of “getting there.” It is so fatally easy to move on. F. W. Boreham – The Luggage of Life, 1912, published by Kregel Publications
The Nature of Grace To do evil for good is human corruption; to do good for good is civil retribution; but to do good for evil is Christian perfection. Though this be not the grace of nature, yet it is the nature of grace. — William Secker Charles H. Spurgeon – The Treasury of David abridged by David Otis Fuller, circa 1880, © 1968 by David Otis Fuller, Published by Kregel Publications
Coming Into His Presence So that you can see him more clearly, let me describe the way in which you come to the Lord by the simple act of beholding him and waiting upon him. You begin by setting aside a time to be with the Lord. When you do come to him, come quietly. Turn your heart to the presence of God. How is this done? This, too, is quite simple. You turn to him by faith. By faith you believe you have come into the presence of God. Next while you are before the Lord, begin to read some portion of Scripture. As you read, pause. The pause should be quite gentle. You have paused so that you may set your mind on the Spirit. You have set your mind inwardly on Christ. You should always remember that you are not doing this to gain some understanding of what you have read; rather, you are reading in order to turn your mind from outward things to the deep parts of your being. You are not there to learn or to read, but you’re there to experience the presence of their Lord! Jeanne Guyon – Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ – circa 16800; excerpted from Devotional Classics by Foster and Smith © 2005
He is For the Weak and Lowly I have always been thankful that the feeble-minded are especially mentioned by Paul in his exhortations to the Thessalonian Christians, when he is urging them to comfort one another. In effect he says, Do not scold the feeble-minded, but comfort them. The very ones who need comfort most are the ones that our God, who is like a mother, wants to comfort not the strong-minded ones, but the feeble-minded. Hannah Whitall Smith – The God of All Comfort, circa 1890 – 1956 Edition Moody Publishers

Listen v4.23 Quotes

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A Time To Speak If there is an opportune and appropriate time for you to speak, say something that will instruct and encourage. Thomas aKempis – The Imitation of Christ circa. 1420 © 1999 Bridge-Logos Publishers
To Him Whom Much is Given … If God has chosen you and favored you to be His child there is no slack cut for disobedience, in fact there is a greater judgment for disobedient sons. Tom Van Hoogen
Where Do You Sit On This Subject? When we sit down our entire weight rests upon the chair or couch on which we sit. We grow weary when we walk or stand, but we feel rested when we have sat down for awhile… So also in the spiritual realm, to sit down is simply to rest our whole weight our load, ourselves, our future, everything upon the Lord. We let him bear the responsibility and cease to carry it ourselves. Watchman Nee – Sit, Walk, Stand, copyright 1957 by Angus I. Kinnear
To Each His Own, Keep It to Yourself Beware of schism, of making a tear in the Church of Christ. Ceasing to have reciprocal love for one another (1 Cor. 12:25), is inner disunity which is at the very root of all outward separation. Beware of everything which leads to this separation. Beware of a dividing spirit.

Therefore, do not say, I am of Paul, or I am of Apollos. This is the very thing which caused the schism at Corinth. Do not say, This is my preacher, the best preacher in England. Give me him and you can have all the rest. All this tends to breed division, to disunite those who God has joined.

John Wesley – Loving One Another from Christian Perfection, circa 1750; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
By Grace Through Faith Unto Expression When he spoke of grace, Luther always implied as a corollary that it cost him his own life, the life which was now for the first time subjected to the absolute obedience of Christ. Only so could he speak of grace. Luther had said that grace alone can save; his followers took up his doctrine and repeated it word for word. But they left out its invariable corollary, the obligation of discipleship. There was no need for Luther always to mention that corollary explicitly for he always spoke as one who had been led by grace to the strictest following of Christ. Dietrich Bonhoeffer – The Cost of Discipleship, circa 1945, copyright 1959 by SCM Press Ltd.
Self Talk You will be tempted to speak out in a humble tone of voice to tell others of your problems. Watch out for this! A humility that is still talkative does not run very deep. When you talk too much your self-love relieves its sense of shame a little. Fenelon – The Seeking Heart, circa 1690, copyright Christian Books Publishing House
Side Issues We start out with the notion that God is an almighty piece of ourselves, but God can never be on the side of any individual; the question to ask is Am I on God s side? Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Growing Up In God s House It is not the cry of nature to an unknown God, but the intelligent conversation of a child with his heavenly Father. It presupposes that the one praying has become a child of God, and it assumes that the meditation of the Son has preceded the revelation of the Father. No one, therefore, can truly pray until he has accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour and received through Him the child-heart in regeneration, and then been led into the realization of sonship in the family of God. A. B. Simpson – The Life of Prayer – circa 1890, © 2007 Bridge-Logos
Are You Led by Senses, Knowledge or the Light? The animal types are those who on their own are not led by reason or drawn by attraction, but they are nevertheless pushed by authority, or inspired by teaching, or moved by example to approve the good where they find it. Like blind men, led by the hand, they follow along, that is, they imitate. The rational types are those who through the judgment of reason and the discernment of natural knowledge have both knowledge and desire for the good. But they do not yet have loving attraction. The perfect are those who are led by the Spirit, who are more fully a illuminated by the Holy Spirit, they are called wise because they taste the good that draws them on. The Holy Spirit puts them on my clothes, just as he once put on Gideon (Judges 6:34), and as the vesture of the Holy Spirit they are called spirituals. William of Saint-Thierry – The Golden Letter; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
Journeying Into Heavenly Places After speaking of how we ought to work toward wisdom through meditation and prayer, now let us briefly touch on how by contemplating we come to true wisdom. Through contemplation our mind journeys into the heavenly Jerusalem, according to whose model the church has been formed, as in the text in Exodus: “Look and make it according to the model that was shown you on the mountain” (Exodus 25:40). As far as possible, it is necessary that the Church militant be conformed to the Church triumphant, and our merits to our rewards, and those still in this life to the blessed in heaven. Bonaventure – The Threefold Way; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
Interconnectedness is a Clue The true Christian is one who knows God’s power working in himself, and finds it his true joy to have the very life of God flowing into him, through him, and out from him to those around. Andrew Murray – God’s Plans for You, circa 1890, © 1983 by Whitaker House

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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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He Is My Great Reward At that time the Lord set apart the tribe of Levi to carry The Ark of the Covenant of the Lord, to stand before the Lord to minister and to pronounce blessings in His name, as they still do today. That is why the Levites have no share or inheritance among their brothers; the Lord is their inheritance, as the Lord your God told them. Deuteronomy 10:8-9. The Lord Himself is the one who initiates and calls from among the brethren those who will be set apart (sanctified, consecrated, made holy) for His special purpose which includes: ministering — serving (by the power of the Holy Spirit) the purposes of God; pronouncing blessings — sharing the Good News of salvation to all and the coming of our King. These are the bond-servants, the dulos, the under-rowers — the least in this world. They have no share in temporal blessings (e.g. the Promised Land) for the Lord Himself is their inheritance, their Portion, their Great Reward. Tom Van Hoogen
Projects Are Easier When Broken Down It is hard to lay aside those things to which we are accustomed, but it is harder to go against our own wills. But if we do not overcome small and easy things, how will we overcome harder things? Thomas aKempis – The Imitation of Christ circa. 1420 © 1999 Bridge-Logos Publishers
Faith Is Like a Warm Sunny Day Faith is the acceptance of the authority of the revelation. When we step into sunshine at noon, we immediately feel the heat in addition to perceiving the light. Faith’s illumination brings with it the heat of divine love. We simply know that God exists and that this good God can and will communicate with us. Such joy and pleasure! We are thrilled. “How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful: (Song 1:15). This spiritual union is the ultimate delight. The soul has at last found what it desired and can rest. Francis de Sales – Treatise on the Love of God – circa 1616; edited by Bernard Bangley © 2003
Let Them Say What They Will Oh, the unmitigated curse of controversy! Oh, the detestable passions that corrections and contradictions kindle up to fury in the proud heart of man! Eschew controversy, my brethren, as you would eschew the entrance to hell itself. Let them have it their way; let them talk; let them write; let them correct you; let them traduce you; let them judge and condemn you; let them slay you. Rather let the truth of God suffer itself, than that love suffer. You have not enough of the divine nature in you to be a controversialist. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is dumb, so He openeth not His mouth. Who when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not; . . . by whose stripes ye were healed. Heal me, prays Augustine, again and again, of this lust of mine of always vindicating myself.

Dr. Alexander Whyte

Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Order In the Court! “I will direct my prayer.” It is the word that is used for the laying in order of the wood and the pieces of the victim upon the altar, and it is used also for the putting of the shewbread upon the table. It means just this: “I will arrange my prayer before Thee”; I will lay it out upon the altar in the morning, just as the priest lays out the morning sacrifice. I will arrange my prayer; or, as old Master Trapp has it, “I will marshal up my prayers,” I will put them in order, call up all my powers, and bid them stand in their proper places, that I may pray with all my might, and pray acceptably. Charles H. Spurgeon – The Treasury of David abridged by David Otis Fuller, circa 1880, © 1968 by David Otis Fuller, Published by Kregel Publications
Friendship, A Doorway to Relationship Pay heed to a few things about how friendship is a step toward the love and knowledge of God. There is nothing dishonorable in friendship, “nothing feigned, nothing of pretense, and whatever it is, is holy, and voluntary, and true” (Cicero, On Friendship). This all belongs also to charity. Friendship shines forth beyond other things with the special prerogative that those who are joined together with the glue of friendship feel that everything is delightful, everything is safe, everything is charming, everything is sweet. Therefore, on the basis of the perfection of charity we love many people who are a burden and a pain to us. We are concerned about them in an honest, not a feigned or pretended way, but truly and voluntarily. But we do not admit them to the secrets of our friendship. So in friendship honesty and sweetness are joined, truth and delight, charm and will, attraction and action. All these things are begun by Christ, are advanced through Christ, and/or brought to perfection in Christ. Alfred of Rievaulx, From Spiritual Friendship circa 1150; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
Guiding Light for the Journey The great heresy of the church today is unbelief in the Holy Spirit. The majority of the church does not believe that the Spirit has a revelation for every person individually. The one use of the Bible is to make us look at Jesus, that through Him we might know His Father and our Father, His God and our God. Until we know Him, let’s hold the Bible dear as the moon of our darkness, by which we travel toward the east. George MacDonald – The Best of George MacDonald © 2006 Cook Communications Ministries.
Ante In with Death Even as nothing less than the death of Christ was needed to inaugurate the New Covenant and the resurrection life that empowers it, so there is no entrance into the New Covenant life other than by partaking of that death. Andrew Murray – The Two Convenants, 1898, copyright 2005 CLC Ministries International
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