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Listen v5.10 – Quotes

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If You Fake It, You Won’t Make It A certain type of religious hypocrisy makes men hide what they feel, but Job has come to the place where he cannot hide it. “I cannot pretend that I am comforted of God,” he says. If only Job could have taken on the pose that he had the comfort of God, his friends would not have challenged him, but he says, “I have no comfort; I do not see God, neither can I talk to Him; all I know is that my creed and former belief must be wrong. I do not know what to accept, but I am certain God will prove that He is just and true and right, and I refuse to tell a lie in order to help Him out.”… It does not follow because a man has lost belief in his beliefs that therefore he has lost faith in God. Many a man has been led to the frontiers of despair by being told he has backslidden, whereas what he has gone through has revealed that his belief in his beliefs is not God. Men have found God by going through hell, and it is the men who have been face to face with these things who can understand what Job went through. Chambers, Oswald: Baffled to Fight Better: Talks on the Book of Job. c1931
ALL-Ways May I be always thanking, always praising, always encouraging, always helping, always giving, always serving, always praying, always interceding, always seeking, always resting, always waiting, always following, always trusting, always depending, always yielding, always surrendering, always sacrificing, always suffering, always dying, always loving that I may be in all ways Christ-like always. Tom Van Hoogen
Help! I’m Fallen and I Can’t Get Up Let me remind you now that modern orthodoxy has made a great blunder in the erroneous assumption that spiritual truths can be intellectually perceived. There have been far-reaching conditions resulting from this concept – and they are showing in our preaching, our praying, our singing, our activity and our thinking. A. W. Tozer – The Counselor, circa 1955, copyright 1993 by Christian Publications
When the Law Came, Sin Abounded It is very strange to the world to teach Christians to learn to be ignorant of the law and to live before God as if there were no law. Yet unless you are ignorant of the law and convinced in your heart that there is now no law nor wrath of God, but altogether grace and mercy for Christ s sake, you cannot be saved, for knowledge of sin comes through the law. Martin Luther – Commentary on Galatians – circa 1520; Crossway Publishing © 1998 by Watermark
A Good Builder Hides His Flaws Well The real trouble with this world of ours is not that it is an unreasonable world, nor that it is a reasonable one. The commonest kind of trouble is that it is nearly reasonable, but not quite. Life is not an illogicality; yet it is a trap for logicians. It looks just a little more mathematical and regular than it is; its exactitude is obvious, but its inexactitude is hidden; it wildness lies in wait. G. K. Chesterton – Orthodoxy, copyright 1908 by Dodd, Mead and Company
Salvation (Our Faith) That Overcomes the World We know that every good gift that God offers to us is given to meet and counter a contrasting evil. He gives us justification because there is condemnation. He gives us eternal life because there is death. He offers us forgiveness because there are sins. He brings us salvation — because of what? Justification is in terms of condemnation, heaven is in terms of health, forgiveness is in relation to sins. Then to what is salvation related? Salvation, we shall see, is related to the kosmos, the world. Watchman Nee – Love Not The World, © 1968 CLC Publications
Examine Yourself In the Way All who are sons of the daylight (1 Thessalonians 5:5) ought always to investigate in the light of the present day what is lacking to them, where they have come from, how far they have progressed, and the degree of progress that they estimate they have gained in each day and hour. William of Saint-Thierry – The Golden Letter; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
A Strong Penchant for Life As some insects with their antennae feel their surroundings and distinguish between hurtful and useful things, so spiritual people, through their inner senses, avoid dangerous and destructive influences and enjoy God’s sweet and life-giving presence; they are constrained by their blissful experience to bear witness to God. As Tertullian has said: “Whenever the soul comes to itself and attains something of its natural soundness, it speaks of God.” Sadhu Sundar Singh – With and Without Christ – circa 1925; excerpted from Devotional Classics by Foster and Smith © 2005
Self-Powered Tools Won’t Do In order for a soul to be made into a vessel unto God’s honor, “sanctified, and meet for the master to use, and prepared unto every good work,” it must be utterly abandoned to Him, and must lie passive and His hands. Hannah Whitall Smith – The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life, 1875 © 1998 Barbour Publishing, Inc.
If You’ve Got It, Flaunt It (Humbly) When Christ and His love take possession of our hearts, He gives us this love so that we might bring others to Him. In this way, Christ’s kingdom is extended. Everyone who has the love of Christ and his heart is commissioned to tell others. Andrew Murray – Andrew Murray 365 Day Devotional, © 2006 Whitaker House.
When Self-satisfaction Equals Self-destruction The climax of spiritual tragedy is reached when the prodigal settles happily down in the far country, perfectly at home with his swine and perfectly satisfied with his husks. F. W. Boreham – The Heavenly Octave: A Study of the Beatitudes, Copyright 1936 by F. W. Boreham

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 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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