"When Christ calls a man, he bids him come
"God has to deal with us on the death side as well as on the life side. It is all very well to know in theory that there are things we must not trust in, but another thing to know it in fact. When God deals with us on the death side He puts the sentence of death on everything we should not trust in, and we have a miserable time until we learn never any more to trust in it, never any more to look anywhere else than to God. It sometimes happens that hardly a day passes without God saying, 'Don't trust there, that is dead." [Oswald Chambers]
"Those who live on the level of our lower nature have their outlook formed by it, and that spells death; but those who live on the level of the spirit have the spiritual outlook, and that is life and peace. For the outlook of the lower nature is enmity with God; it is not subject to the law of God; indeed it cannot be: those who live on such a level cannot possibly please God.
"But that is not how you live. You are on the spiritual level, if only God's Spirit dwells within you; and if a man does not possess the Spirit of Christ, he is no Christian.
"It follows, my friends, that our lower nature has no claim upon us; we are not obliged to live on that level. If you do so, you must die. But if by the Spirit you put to death all the base pursuits of the body, then you will live." Romans 8:5-13, NEB
"If weak in prayer, we are weak everywhere." "A sinning man stops praying, a praying man
stops sinning." -Leonard Ravenhill
"It seems to me that there are but few who really live with a passion for God - especially a passion just to be with Him. Today there is such a noise coming up before the throne of the Most High - the clamor of so-called praise, singing, and joyful shouting. But I wonder if the same people who love to sing and shout, loudly exclaiming the praises of God, really have such an intense glory in their secret life with the Lord. When the meeting's over and there's no one there to listen except the only One who matters, do you still have that same passionate joy in your spirit, just to be alone with the Living God?" - Keith Green
"Oh, how few find time for prayer! There
is time for everything else, time to sleep and
time to eat, time to read the newspaper and
the novel, time to visit friends, time for
everything else under the sun, but - no time
for prayer, the most important of all things,
the one great essential!" Oswald Smith
You may as well quit reading and hearing the Word of God, and give it to the devil, if you do not desire to live according to it." Martin Luther
Could a mariner sit idle if he heard the drowning cry?
Could a doctor sit in comfort and just let his patients die?
Could a fireman sit idle, let men burn, and give no hand?
Can you sit at ease in Zion with the world around you damned?
- Leonard Ravenhill
"Are the things you are living for worth Christ dying for?" Leonard Ravenhill
Less of self and more of Jesus, More and more each day like Thee;Just to live in full surrender
For my Lord who ransomed me.- Wonder
"If a commission by an earthly king is considered an honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?" David Livingstone
The writer has met many people who profess to be Christians, but whose daily lives differ in nothing from thousands of non-professors all around them. They are rarely, if ever, found at the prayer-meeting, they have no Family Worship, they seldom read the Scriptures, they will not talk with you about the things of God, their walk is thoroughly worldly; and yet they are quite sure they are bound for heaven! Inquire into the ground of their confidence, and they will tell you that so many years ago they accepted Christ as their Savior, and "once saved always saved" is now their comfort. There are thousands of such people on earth today, who are nevertheless, on the Broad Road, that leadeth to destruction, treading it with a false peace in their hearts and a vain profession on their lips. - A.W. Pink
Clean Wash ("Anybody Guilty?")
A young couple moves into a new neighborhood. The next morning while they are eating breakfast, the young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside. "That laundry is not very clean," she said. "She doesn't know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap." Her husband looked on, but remained silent. Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry, the young woman would make the same comments. About one month later, the woman was surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband: "Look, she has learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this?" The husband said, "I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows." And so it is with life.
What we see when watching others depends on the purity of the window through which we look.
Some wish to live within the sound; Of Church or Chapel Bell. I want to run a rescue shop; within a yard of Hell.
--C. T. Studd
"Let me learn by paradox
that the way down is the way up,
that to be low is to be high,
that the broken heart is the healed heart,
that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit,
that the repenting soul is the victorious soul,
that to have nothing is to possess all,
that to bear the cross is to wear the crown,
that to give is to receive,
that the valley is the place of vision."
-Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions.
"If Jesus ever commanded us to do something that He was unable to equip us to accomplish, He would be a liar. And if we make our own inability a stumbling block or an excuse not to be obedient, it mean sthat we are telling God that there is something which He has not yet taken into account." - Oswald Chambers
"Let us think often that our only business in this life is to please God. Perhaps all besides is but folly and vanity." Brother Lawrence
“I thank you, Lord God, for all my pains; if it please you, Lord, increase them a hundredfold and I shall thankfully accept whatever You give, not sparing me; for in the fulfillment of Your will I find my greatest solace.” St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226)
The devil isn't afraid of the Bible that has dust on it.
When you reach the end of your rope,
You will find the hem of His garment.
"If your faith won't get you to church, it won't get you to heaven."
The Lordship of Jesus is not quite forgotten among Christians, but it has been relegated to the hymnal where all responsibility toward it may be comfortably discharged in a glow of pleasant religious emotion. Or if it is taught as a theory in the classroom it is rarely applied to practical living. The idea that the Man Christ Jesus has absolute and final authority over the whole church, and over all its members, in every detail of their lives is (sadly) simply not now accepted as true by the rank and file of evangelical Christians. (A. W. Tozer)
“Character gets you out of bed; commitment moves you to action. Faith, hope and discipline enable you to follow through to completion.” Zig Ziglar
"The temptation to make our relation to God judicial instead of personal is very strong. Believing for salvation has these days been reduced to a once-done act that requires no further attention. The young believer becomes aware of an act performed rather than of a living Saviour to be followed and adored." (A. W. Tozer)
I find it interesting that we define revival by attendance at a meeting or by certain specific actions. I am convinced that there is revival occurring but many people miss it because they are looking for something big in a humanistic sense.
The kingdom of God is like yeast hidden in a measure of dough...the kingdom of God is like a small seed hidden in the ground...
The day Jesus was dedicated at the temple, Simeon saw the Messiah...almost everyone else saw an insignificant baby. I fear that many seekers of revival may miss the real thing because of their inability to see the significance in the insignificant. Yeast is rather nondescript. Seeds are rather boring to watch...
I fear that many may miss the real thing because of their preoccupation with a humanistic definition of revival. Do not look here or there for the kingdom of God for the kingdom of God is within you. Do not look here or there for revival for revival starts within you. Until we quit looking for revival "out there somewhere", we will never be able to see that for which we are look. - unknown
No strength of our own, nor goodness we claim;
Our trust is all thrown on Jesus’ name:
In this our strong tower for safety we hide;
The Lord is our power, “The Lord will provide.” — John Newton
"God Who delivers us from the guilt of sin through faith in Jesus Christ, is able to deliver the believer from the power of sin as well." - J. Edwin Orr
Thousands are deceived into supposing that they have “accepted Christ” as their “personal Saviour,” who have not first received Him as their Lord. The Son of God did not come here to save His people in their sin, but “from their sins” (Matt. 1:21). To be saved from sins, is to be saved from ignoring and despising the authority of God, it is to abandon the course of self-will and self-pleasing, it is to “forsake our way” (Isa. 55:7). It is to surrender to God’s authority, to yield to His dominion, to give ourselves over to be ruled by Him. - A.W. Pink
All radical Christianity is, is just true Christianity - Paul Washer
"Safety is not the absence of danger, but the presence of God" -unknown
"We talk of the Second Coming; half the world has never heard of the first." Oswald J. Smith