Quotes by Oswald Chambers

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Doubt is not always a sign that a man is wrong; it may be a sign that he is thinking. more...

The golden rule for understanding spiritually is not intellect, but obedience. If a man wants scientific knowledge, intellectual curiosity is his guide; but if he wants insight into what Jesus Christ teaches, he can only get it by obedience. more...

At times God puts us through the discipline of darkness to teach us to heed Him. Song birds are taught to sing in the dark, and we are put into the shadow of God's hand until we learn to hear Him...Watch where God puts you into darkness, and when you are there keep your mouth shut. Are you in the dark just now in your circumstances, or in your life with God? Then remain quiet...When you are in the dark, listen, and God will give you a very precious message for someone else when you get into the light. more...

The moment we recognize our complete weakness and our dependence upon Him will be the very moment that the Spirit of God will exhibit His power. more...

Every element of our own self-reliance must be put to death by the power of God. more...

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 means that we are telling God that there is something which He has not yet taken into account. more...

We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there's nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all. Most of us would prefer, however, to spend our time doing something that will get immediate results. We don't want to wait for God to resolve matters in His good time because His idea of 'good time' is seldom in sync with ours. more...

There is always one fact more in every man's case about which we know nothing. more...

God's will is hard only when it comes up against our stubbornness, then it is as cruel as a ploughshare and as devastating as an earthquake. more...

in the will of God" is not a matter of intellectual discernment, but a state of heart... It's motto is -" My Father can do what he likes with me, He may bless me to death, or give me a bitter cup; I delight to do His will. more...

God can never make us wine if we object to the fingers He uses to crush us with. more...

The teaching of the Sermon on the Mount is not-Do your duty, but-Do what is not your duty. It is not your duty to go the second mile, to turn the other cheek, but Jesus says if we are His disciples we shall always do these things. There will be no spirit of-"Oh, well, I cannot do any more, I have been so misrepresented and misunderstood". . . Never look for right in the other man, but never cease to be right yourself. We are always looking for justice; the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount is-Never look for justice, but never cease to live it. more...

One of the greatest strains in life is the strain of waiting for God. more...

When you are in the dark, listen, and God will give you a very precious message. more...

Naturally, we are inclined to be so mathematical and calculating that we look upon uncertainty as a bad thing...Certainty is the mark of the common-sense life. To be certain of God means that we are uncertain in all our ways, we do not know what a day may bring forth. This is generally said with a sigh of sadness; it should rather be an expression of breathless expectation. more...

Beware of being obsessed with consistency to your own convictions instead of being devoted to God. The important consistency in a saint is not to a principle but to the divine life. It is easier to be an excessive fanatic than it is to be consistently faithful, because God causes an amazing humbling of our religious conceit when we are faithful to Him. more...

We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties. more...

The dearest friend on earth is a mere shadow compared to Jesus Christ. more...

When it is a question of God's almighty Spirit, never say, 'I can't.' more...

Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time. more...

The whole point of getting things done is knowing what to leave undone. more...

If in preaching the gospel you substitute your knowledge of the way of salvation for confidence in the power of the gospel, you hinder people from getting to reality. more...

I have learnt that I am me, that I can do the things that, as one might put it, me can do, but I cannot do the things that me would like to do. more...

Books are the blessed chloroform of the mind. more...

You will never cease to be the most amazed person on earth at what God has done for you on the inside. more...

We look upon the enemy of our souls as a conquered foe, so he is, but only to God, not to us. more...

It is the unseen and the spiritual in people that determines the outward and the actual. more...

Character in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested. more...

When a man is at his wits' end it is not a cowardly thing to pray, it is the only way he can get in touch with Reality. more...

Holiness, not happiness, is the chief end of man. more...

A good book, in the language of the book-sellers, is a salable one; in that of the curious, a scarce one; in that of men of sense, a useful and instructive one. more...

When we become advocates of a creed, something dies; we do not believe God, we only believe our belief about Him. more...

Our work is not to save souls, but to disciple them. Salvation and sanctification are the work of God's sovereign grace, and our work as His disciples is to disciple others' lives until they are totally yielded to God. One life totally devoted to God is of more value to Him than one hundred lives which have been simply awakened by His Spirit. As workers for God, we must reproduce our own kind spiritually, and those lives will be God's testimony to us as His workers. God brings us up to a standard of life through His grace, and we are responsible for reproducing that same standard in others. more...

Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading. more...

We are built for the valley, for the ordinary stuff we are in, and that is where we have to prove our mettle. more...

Have you been asking God what He is going to do? He will never tell you. God does not tell you what He is going to do; He reveals to you Who He is. more...

If we have never had the experience of taking our commonplace religious shoes off our commonplace religious feet, and getting rid of all the undue familiarity with which we approach God, it is questionable whether we have ever stood in his presence. more...

God nowhere tells us to give up things for the sake of giving them up. He tells us to give them up for the sake of the only thing worth having-viz., life with Himself. It is a question of loosening the bonds that hinder the life... more...

Patience is more than endurance. A saint's life is in the hands of God like a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer. God is aiming at something the saint cannot see, and He stretches and strains, and every now and again the saint says-'I cannot stand anymore.' God does not heed, He goes on stretching till His purpose is in sight, then He lets fly. Trust yourself in God's hands. Maintain your relationship to Jesus Christ by the patience of faith. 'Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him. more...

Our natural virtues can never come anywhere near what Jesus Christ wants. more...

The one thing that remains is looking in the face of God for ourselves. more...

Suppose God wants to teach you to say, "I know how to be abased"-are you ready to be offered up like that? Are you ready to be not so much as a drop in a bucket-to be so hopelessly insignificant that you are never thought of again in connection with the life you served? Are you willing to spend and be spent; not seeking to be ministered unto, but to minister? more...

We imagine that whatever is unpleasant is our duty! Is that anything like the spirit of our Lord, "I *delight* to do Thy will, O My God. more...

The God who guides the stars, unhasting and unresting, will as assuredly fulfill what He has promised. more...

Speak, Lord"; make time to listen. Chastening is more than a means of discipline, it is meant to get me to the place of saying, "Speak, Lord." more...

Am I becoming more and more in love with God as a holy God, or with the conception of an amiable Being who says, "Oh well, sin doesn't matter much"? more...

God brings you to places, among people, and into certain conditions to accomplish a definite purpose through the intercession of the Spirit in you. Your part in intercessory prayer is not to agonize over how to intercede, but to use the everyday circumstances and people God puts around you by His providence to bring them before His throne, and to allow the Spirit in you the opportunity to intercede for them. In this way God is going to touch the whole world with His saints. more...

It is a life of FAITH, not of intellect and reason, but a life of knowing Who makes us "go. more...

If Jesus is a teacher only, then all He can do is to tantalize us by erecting a standard we cannot come anywhere near. But if by being born again from above we know Him first as Savior, we know that He did not come to teach us only. He came to make us what He teaches we should be. The Sermon on the Mount is a statement of the life we will live when the Holy Spirit is having His way with us. more...

God does not make us holy in the sense of character; He makes us holy in the sense of innocence, and we have to turn that innocence into holy character by a series of moral choices. more...

Happiness is not a sign that we are right with God; happiness is a sign of satisfaction, that is all, and the majority of us can be satisfied on too low a level. more...

Sanctification means being made one with Jesus so that the disposition that ruled Him will rule us. It will cost everything that is not of God in us. more...

What is the sign of a friend? Is it that he tells you his secret sorrows? No, it is that he tells you his secret joys. Many people will confide their secret sorrows to you, but the final mark of intimacy is when they share their secret joys with you. more...

We are not meant to be seen as God's perfect, bright-shining examples, but to be seen as the everyday essence of ordinary life exhibiting the miracle of His grace. more...

All Christians have the Spirit of Christ, but not all Christians have the mind of Christ. more...

If the Spirit of God detects anything in you that is wrong, He doesn't ask you to make it right; He only asks you to accept the light of truth, and then He will make it right. A child of the light will confess sin instantly and stand completely open before God. But a child of the darkness will say, "Oh, I can explain that. more...

Sometimes there is nothing to obey, the only thing to do is to maintain a vital connection with Jesus Christ, to see that nothing interferes with that. more...

Now is the time for us to stop seeking our own satisfaction and to pour out our lives before HIM. more...

My personal life may be crowded with small petty incidents, altogether unnoticeable and mean; but if I obey Jesus Christ in the haphazard circumstances, they become pinholes through which I see the face of God, and when I stand face to face with God I will discover that through my obedience thousands were blessed. When once God's Redemption comes to the point of obedience in a human soul, it always creates. If I obey Jesus Christ, the Redemption of God will rush through me to other lives, because behind the deed of obedience is the Reality of Almighty God. more...

At His Ascension our Lord entered Heaven, and He keeps the door open for humanity to enter. more...

When the truth is preached, the Spirit of God brings each person face to face with God Himself. more...

Intercession means that we deliberately substitute God's interests in others for our natural sympathy with them. more...

No man has ever gone through the crisis of deliberately making Jesus Lord and found Him to be a failure. more...

Realize that the Lord is here now, and the freedom you receive is immediate. more...

Never forget that our capacity and capability in spiritual matters is measured by, and based on, the promises of God. more...

Eternal life is not a gift from God; eternal life is the gift of God. The energy and the power which was so very evident in Jesus will be exhibited in us by an act of the absolute sovereign grace of God, once we have made that complete and effective decision about sin. We have to keep letting go, and slowly, but surely, the great full life of God will invade us, penetrating every part. more...

If you have become bitter and sour, it is because when God gave you a blessing you hoarded it. Yet if you had poured it out to Him, you would have been the sweetest person on earth. If you are always keeping blessings to yourself and never learning to pour out anything "to the Lord," other people will never have their vision of God expanded through you. more...

As soon as we abandon ourselves to God and do the task He has placed closest to us, He begins to fill our lives with surprises. more...

Never let the sense of failure corrupt your new action. more...

No power on earth or in hell can conquer the Spirit of God in a human spirit more...

Whenever you get a blessing from God, give it back to Him as a love gift. more...

If sin rules in me, God's life in me will be killed; if God rules in me, sin in me will be killed. more...

Be rightly related to God, find your joy there, and out of you will flow rivers of living water. more...

If we are going to live as disciples of Jesus, we have to remember that all noble things are difficult. more...

Tell God you are ready to be offered, and God will prove Himself to be all you ever dreamed He would be. more...

Trust no one, not even the finest saint who ever walked this earth, ignore him, if he hinders your sight of Jesus Christ. more...

God has one destined end for mankind - holiness! His one aim is the production of saints. God is not an eternal blessing-machine for men. He did not come to save men out of pity. He came to save men because He had created them to be holy. more...

Make converts to your own thoughts and opinions. more...

If you are going to be used by God, He will take you through a number of experiences that are not meant for you personally at all. They are designed to make you useful in His hands, and to enable you to understand what takes place in the lives of others. more...

Never believe that the so-called random events of life are anything less than God's appointed order. Be ready to discover His divine designs anywhere and everywhere. more...

Once the call of God comes to you, start going and never stop. more...

Faith for my deliverance is not faith in God. Faith means, whether I am visibly delivered or not, I will stick to my belief that God is love. more...

Sin is not weakness, it is a disease; it is red-handed rebellion against God and the magnitude of that rebellion is expressed by Calvary's cross. more...

Jesus Christ became Incarnate for one purpose, to make a way back to God that man might stand before Him as He was created to do, the friend and lover of God Himself. more...

Yielding to Jesus will break every form of slavery in any human life. more...

Seeing is never believing: we interpret what we see in the light of what we believe. Faith is confidence in God before you see God emerging, therefore the nature of faith is that it must be tried. more...

God expects no complaining on our part and offers no explanation on His part. more...

When I was born again, I received the very life of the risen Lord from Jesus Himself. more...

There is only one way by which I can get right with God, and that is through the death of Jesus Christ. I must get rid of the underlying idea that I can ever be right with God because of my obedience. Who of us could ever obey God to absolute perfection! more...

A heartless Christian must be a terrible grief to our Lord. more...

A practical help in keeping your personal purity unblemished in your relations with other people is to begin to see them as God does. Say to yourself, "That man or that woman is perfect in Christ Jesus! That friend or that relative is perfect in Christ Jesus! more...

Has it ever dawned on you that you are responsible spiritually to God for other people? more...

There is nothing more certain in Time or Eternity than what Jesus Christ did on the Cross. more...

Christianity is not devotion to work, or to a cause, or a doctrine, but devotion to a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. more...

You must learn to wrestle against the things that hinder your communication with God. more...

Holiness is the balance between my nature and the law of God as expressed in Jesus Christ. more...

If your faith is in experiences, anything that happens is likely to upset that faith. more...

It is a trap to presume that God wants to make us perfect specimens of what He can do- God's purpose is to make us one with Himself. more...

We trample the blood of the Son of God underfoot if we think we are forgiven because we are sorry for our sins. more...

The nature of the spiritual life is that we are certain in our uncertainty. more...

Spiritual maturity is not reached by the passing of the years, but by obedience to the will of God. more...

One of the greatest snares is the number of good things we might do. Jesus Christ never did the good things He might have done, He did everything He ought to do because He had His eye fixed on His Father's will and He sacrificed Himself for His Father. more...

Sin is not wrong doing, it is wrong BEING, deliberate and emphatic independence of God. more...

Keep your life in its constant contact with God that his surprising power may break out on the right hand and on the left. Always be in a state of expectancy, and see that you leave room for God to come in as he likes. more...

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations more...

Before God can use a man greatly he must wound him deeply. more...

We must learn to tell ourselves the truth on the basis of God's Word. more...

You can never argue anyone into the Kingdom of Heaven, you cannot argue anyone anywhere. The only result of arguing is to prove to your own mind that you are right and the other fellow wrong. You cannot argue for truth; but immediately Incarnate Truth is presented, a want awakens in the soul which only God can meet. more...

When I see Jesus Christ I simply want to be what He wants me to be. more...

Watch human nature; we are so built that if we do not get thrilled in the right way, we will get thrilled in the wrong. If we are without the thrill of communion with God, we will try to get thrilled by the devil, or by some concoction of human ingenuity. more...

Faith never knows where it is being led, it knows and loves the One Who is leading. Faith is not resignation to a power we do not know; faith is committal to One Whose character we do know because it has been revealed to us in Jesus Christ. more...

Never try to help God fulfill His word. more...

If we are in Christ the whole basis of our goings is God, not conceptions of God, not ideas of God, but God Himself. We do not need any more ideas about God, the world is full of ideas about God, they are all worthless, because the ideas of God in anyone's head are of no more use than our own ideas. What we need is a real God, not more ideas about Him. more...

As long as we are flippant and stupid and shallow and think that we know ourselves, we shall never give ourselves over to Jesus Christ; but when once we become conscious that we are infinitely more than we can fathom, and infinitely greater in possibility either for good or bad than we can know, we shall be only too glad to hand ourselves over to Him. more...

If my ruling disposition is self-interest, I perceive that everything that happens to me is always for or against my self-interest; if, on the other hand, my ruling disposition is obedience to God, I perceive Him to be at work for my perfecting in everything that happens to me. more...

The Cross did not happen to Jesus: He came on purpose for it. He is "the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. more...

Wherever there is any element of pride or of conceit, Jesus cannot expound a thing. He will take us through the disappointment of a wounded pride of intellect, through disappointment of heart. He will reveal inordinate affections-thin gs over which we never thought He would have to get us alone. more...

Am I prepared to let God grip me by His power and do a work in me that is worthy of Himself? Sanctification is not my idea of what I want God to do for me; sanctification is God's idea of what He wants to do for me, and He has to get me into the attitude of mind and spirit where at any cost I will let Him sanctify me wholly. more...

Never make a principle out of your experience. Allow God to be as creative with others as He is with you. more...

Spiritual character is only made by standing loyal to God's character, no matter what distress the trial of faith brings. The distress and agony the prophets experienced was the agony of believing God when everything that was happening contradicted what they proclaimed Him to be; there was nothing to prove that God was just and true, but everything to prove the opposite. more...

Trust yourself in God's hands. Maintain your relationship to Jesus Christ by the patience of faith. 'Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him.' more...

Jesus Christ founded His Kingdom on the weakest link of all-a Baby. more...

There is a vast difference between devotion to a person and devotion to principles or to a cause. Our Lord never proclaimed a cause- He proclaimed personal devotion to Himself. To be a disciple is to be a devoted bondservant motivated by love for the Lord Jesus. more...

The real meaning of eternal life is a life that can face anything is has to face without wavering. If we take this view, life becomes one great romance, a glorious opportunity for seeing marvelous things all the time. God is disciplining us to get us into this central place of power. more...

Live in a constant state of expectancy, and leave room for God to come in as He decides. more...

It is a joy to Jesus when a person takes time to walk more intimately with Him. The bearing of fruit is always shown in scripture to be a visible result of an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. more...

The root of all sin is the suspicion that God is not good. more...

The Bible does not thrill; the Bible nourishes. Give time to the reading of the Bible and the recreating effect is as real as that of fresh air physically. more...

I am called to live in such a perfect relationship with God that my life produces a yearning for God in the lives of others, not admiration for myself. Thoughts about myself hinder my usefulness to God. God's purpose is not to perfect me to make me a trophy in His showcase; He is getting me to the place where He can use me. Let Him do what He wants. more...

If we believe in Jesus, it is not what we gain but what He pours through us that really counts. God's purpose is not simply to make us beautiful, plump grapes, but to make us grapes so that He may squeeze the sweetness out of us. more...

Keep your soul fit to manifest the life of the Son of God. Never live on memories; let the word of God be always living and active in you. more...

Happiness depends on what happens; joy does not. more...

To wait is not to sit with folded hands, but to learn to do what we are told. more...

We have to recognize that sin is a fact, not a defect; sin is red-handed mutiny against God. Either God or sin must die in my life...If sin rules in me, God's life in me will be killed; if God rules in me, sin in me will be killed. more...

It is a tremendous freedom to get rid of all self-considerat ion and learn to care about only one thing-the relationship between Christ and ourselves. more...

Humble yourself"-it is a humbling experience to knock at God's door-you have to knock with the crucified thief. "To him that knocketh, it shall be opened. more...

Beware of anything that competes with your loyalty to Jesus Christ... more...

Nothing in our lives is a mere insignificant detail to God. more...

The Spirit is the first power we practically experience, but the last power we come to understand. more...

Never become attached to anything that continues to hurt God. For you to be free of it, God must be allowed to hurt whatever it may be. more...

Grace is the overflowing favor of God, and you can always count on it being available to draw upon as needed. more...

God never fits His word to suit me; He fits me to suit His word. more...

The vision that God gives is not some unattainable castle in the sky, but a vision of what God wants you to be down here. more...

We must build our faith not on fading lights but on the Light that never fails. more...

The call of God is not a reflection of my nature; my personal desires and temperament are of no consideration. As long as I dwell on my own qualities and traits and think about what I am suited for, I will never hear the call of God. more...

If you want to be of use to God, maintain the proper relationship with Jesus Christ by staying focused on Him & He will make use of you every minute you live- yet you will be unaware, on the conscious level of your life, that you are being used of Him. more...

There is no condition of life in which we cannot abide in Jesus. We have to learn to abide in Him wherever we are placed. more...

Jesus Christ reveals, not an embarrassed God, not a confused God, not a God who stands apart from the problems, but One who stands in the thick of the whole thing with man. more...

The lasting value of our public service for God is measured by the depth of the intimacy of our private times of fellowship and oneness with Him. more...

If we simply preach the effects of redemption in the human life instead of the revealed, divine truth regarding Jesus Himself, the result is not new birth in those who listen. The result is {only} a refined religious lifestyle . . . we must make sure that we are living in such harmony with God that as we proclaim His truth He can create in others those things which He alone can do. more...

We are not built for ourselves, but for God. Not for service for God, but for God. more...

The loadstar of a saint is God Himself, not estimated usefulness. It is the work that God does through us that count, not what we do for him. more...

When we see Him, we will wonder that we ever could have disobeyed Him. more...

The degree of panic activity in my life is equal to the degree of my lack of personal spiritual experience. more...

God gives us the vision, then he takes us down to the valley to batter us into the shape of the vision, and it is in the valley that so many of us faint and give way. Every vision will be made real if we will have patience. more...

God's end is to enable me to see that he can walk on the chaos of my life just now. more...

When you are insulted, you must not only not resent it, but you must make it an opportunity to exhibit the Son of God in your life. And you cannot imitate the nature of Jesus-it is either in you or it is not. A personal insult becomes an opportunity for a saint to reveal the incredible sweetness of the Lord Jesus. more...

No matter who or what we are, God restores us to right standing with Himself only by means of the death of Jesus Christ. more...

Service is the overflow which pours from a life filled with love and devotion. more...

God works this unspeakable mystery of entire sanctification in your life and mine. People try to seek the experience of entire sanctification in ways other than God's way; but the wonderful Spirit of God will remove confusion and enable us to see that the only means to obtain the experience of entire sanctification by faith is the grace of God. more...

When we preach the love of God there is a danger of forgetting that the Bible reveals not first the love of God but the intense, blazing holiness of God, with His love at the center of that holiness. more...

Prayer is the way the life of God is nourished. more...

Faith is unutterable trust in God, trust which never dreams that He will not stand by us. more...

The people who influence us are those who have stood unconsciously for the right thing. They are like the stars and the lilies, and the joy of God flows through them all the time. more...

In a conflict of loyalty, obey Jesus at all costs. more...

The thing that awakens the deepest fountain of gratitude in a human being is that God has forgiven his sin. more...

The one true mark of a saint of God is the inner creativity that flows from being totally surrendered to Jesus Christ. more...

God can do nothing for me until I recognize the limits of what is humanly possible, allowing Him to do the impossible. more...

We are so busy telling God where we would like to go. We wait with the idea of some great opportunity, something sensational, and when it comes we are quick to cry, 'Here am I.' Readiness for God means that we are ready to do the tiniest little thing or the great big thing, it makes no difference. more...

There is only One Being who can satisfy the last aching abyss of the human heart, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ. more...

A private relationship of worshiping God is the greatest essential element of spiritual fitness. more...

Never focus your eyes on the obstacle or the difficulty. The obstacle will be a matter of total indifference to the river that will flow steadily through you if you will simply remember to stay focused on the Source. more...

Our salvation comes to us so easily because it cost God so much. more...

Are you learning to say things after listening to God, or are you saying things and trying to make God's word fit in? more...

It is much easier to do something than to trust in God. That is why there are so few fellow workers with God and so many workers for Him. We would far rather work for God than believe in Him. more...

One of the most difficult questions to answer in Christian work is, 'What do you expect to do?' You don't know what you are going to do. The only thing you know is that God knows what He is doing.......Hav e you been asking what God is going to do? He will never tell you. God does not tell you what He is going to do. He reveals to you who he is. more...

The greatest word of Jesus to His disciples is abandon more...

Too often we treat prayer as the preparation for the work of the church. Do you not see? Prayer IS the work of the church. more...

My worth to God publicly is measured by what I really am in my private life. more...

Let God fling you out (as seed), and do not go until He does. If you select your own spot, you will prove an empty pod. If God sows you, you will bring forth fruit. more...

But the miracle of the redemptive reality of God is that the worst and the vilest offender can never exhaust the depths of His love. more...

Solitude with God repairs the damage done by the fret and noise and clamour of the world. more...

We are not sent to do battle for God, but to be used by God in His battles. more...

Jesus Christ out-socialists the socialists. He says that in His Kingdom he that is greatest shall be the servant of all. The real test of the saint is not preaching the gospel, but washing disciples' feet, that is, doing the things that do not count in the actual estimate of men but count everything in the estimate of God. more...

It must be God first, God second, and God third more...

If God has made your cup sweet, drink it with grace; if He has made it bitter, drink it in communion with Him. more...

Intercession is about putting ourselves in other's shoes or having sympathy with others. But intercessions are about having the mind of God and see things through His perspective more...

When we discern that people are not going on spiritually and allow the discernment to turn to criticism, we block our way to God. God never gives us discernment in order that we may criticize, but that we may intercede more...

The greatest test of Christianity is the wear and tear of daily life; it is like the shining of silver: the more it is rubbed the brighter it grows. more...

Never be diplomatic and careful about the treasure God gives. This is poverty triumphant. more...

Our spiritual life cannot be measured by success as the world measures it, but only by what God pours through us- and we cannot measure that at all more...

Depression tends to turn us away from the everyday things of God's creation. But whenever God steps in, His inspiration is to do the most natural, simple things- things we would never have imagined God was in, but as we do them we find Him there. more...

Every man carries his kingdom within, and no one knows what is taking place in another's kingdom. 'No one understands me!' Of course they don't, each one of us is a mystery. There is only One Who understands you, and that is God. Hand yourself over to Him. more...

Sin is blatant mutiny against God. more...

It is not repentance that saves me; repentance is the sign that I realize what God has done in Christ Jesus. more...

God never gives strength for tomorrow, or for the next hour, but only for the strain of the minute. more...

We are apt to think that everything that happens to us is to be turned into useful teaching; it is to be turned into something better than teaching, into character. We shall find that the spheres God brings us into are not meant to teach us something but to make us something. more...

Service is the overflow which pours from a life filled with love and devotion. But strictly speaking, there is no call to that. Service is what I bring to the relationship and is the reflection of my identification with the nature of God. more...

The disciple is rich not in possessions, but in personal identity. more...

The test of the life of a saint is not success, but faithfulness in human life as it actually is. We will set up success in Christian work as the aim; the aim is to manifest the glory of God in human life, to live the life hid with Christ in God in human conditions. Our human relationships are the actual conditions in which the ideal life of God is to be exhibited. more...

God rarely allows a person to see how great a blessing he is to others. more...

In times of prosperity we are apt to forget God; we imagine it does not matter whether we recognise Him or not. As long as we are comfortably clothed and fed and looked after, our civilisation becomes an elaborate means of ignoring God. more...

Never take your obedience as the reason God blesses you; obedience is the outcome of being rightly related to God. more...

The whole meaning of prayer is that we may know God. more...

It is inbred in us that we have to do exceptional things for God: but we have not. We have to be exceptional in the ordinary things, to be holy in mean streets, among mean people, and this is not learned in five minutes more...

Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work. more...

The greatest need we have is not to do things, but to believe things. more...

We are in danger of forgetting that we cannot do what God does, and that God will not do what we can do. more...

Beware of reasoning about God's Word - obey It. more...

Obedience to the call of Christ nearly always costs everything to two people- the one who is called, and the one who loves that one. more...

Perseverance is more than endurance. It is endurance combined with absolute assurance and certainty that what we are looking for is going to happen. more...

A river reaches places which its source never knows. And Jesus said that if we have received His fullness, 'rivers of living water' will flow out from us, reaching in blessing even 'to the end of the earth' regardless of how small the visible effects of our lives may appear to be. We have nothing to do with the outflow . . . God rarely allows a person to see how great a blessing he is to others. more...

Our Lord's first obedience was to the will of his Father, not to the needs of men; the saving of men was the natural outcome of his obedience to the Father. more...

Get into the habit of dealing with God about everything. more...

God's grace turns out men and women with a strong family likeness to Jesus Christ, not milksops. more...

The secret of the missionary is...I am His, and He is carrying out His work through me. more...

We are uncertain of the next step, but we are certain of God. Immediately we abandon to God, and do the duty that lies nearest, and He packs our life with surprises all the time.... Leave the whole thing to Him, it is gloriously uncertain how He will come in, but He will come. more...

Think of the enormous leisure of God! He is never in a hurry. We are always in such a frantic hurry. In the light of the glory of the vision we go forth to do things, but the vision is not real in us yet; and God has to take us into the valley, and put us through fires and floods to batter us into shape, until we get to the place where He can trust us.... Let Him put you on His wheel and whirl you as He likes, and as sure as God is God and you are you, you will turn out exactly in accordance with the vision. Don't lose heart in the process. more...

Get into the habit of saying, 'Speak, Lord,' and life will become a romance. more...

If ever we are going to be made into wine, we will have to be crushed; you cannot drink grapes. Grapes become wine only when they have been squeezed. I wonder what kind of finger and thumb God has been using to squeeze you, and you have been like a marble and escaped? more...

We tend to set up success in Christian work as our purpose, but our purpose should be to display the glory of God in human life, to live a life "hidden with Christ in God" in our everyday human conditions. more...

Are you debating whether you should take a step of faith in Jesus, or whether you should wait until you can clearly see how to do what He has asked? Simply obey Him with unrestrained joy. When He tells you something and you begin to debate, it is because you have a misunderstanding of what honors Him and what doesn't. Are you faithful to Jesus, or faithful to your ideas about Him? more...

A saint realizes that it is God who engineers his circumstances; consequently there are no complaints, only unrestrained surrender to Jesus. more...

The saint is hilarious when he is crushed with difficulties because the thing is so ludicrously impossible to anyone but God. more...

One life totally devoted to God is of more value to Him than one hundred lives which have been simply awakened by His Spirit. more...

If we are obsessed by God, nothing else can get into our lives - not concerns, nor tribulation, not worries. more...

The spirit of God has the habit of taking the words of Jesus out of their scriptural setting and putting them into the setting of our personal lives. more...

We always have visions, before a thing is made real. When we realize that although the vision is real, it is not real in us, then is the time that Satan comes in with his temptations, and we are apt to say that it is no use to go on. Instead of the vision becoming real, there has come the valley of humiliation. more...

All heaven is interested in the cross of Christ, all hell terribly afraid of it, while men are the only beings who more or less ignore its meaning. more...

Every time we pray our horizon is altered, our attitude to things is altered, not sometimes but every time, and the amazing thing is that we don't pray more. more...

Prayer is not only asking, it is an attitude of heart that produces an atmosphere in which asking is perfectly natural, and Jesus says, "every one that asketh receiveth." more...

The real attitude of sin in the heart towards God is that of being without God; it is pride, the worship of myself, that is the great atheistic fact in human life. more...

The Christian life is stamped by 'moral spontaneous originality,' consequently the disciple is open to the same charge that Jesus Christ was, viz., that of inconsistency. But Jesus Christ was always consistent to God, and the Christian must be consistent to the life of the Son of God in him, not consistent to hard and fast creeds. Men pour themselves into creeds, and God has to blast them out of their prejudices before they can become devoted to Jesus Christ. more...

Never make the blunder of trying to forecast the way God is going to answer your prayer. more...

Ask God for what you want, but you cannot ask if you are not asking for a right thing. When you draw near to God, you cease from asking for things."Your Father knows what things you have need of, before you ask him." Then, why ask? That you may get to know Him. more...

Jesus Christ carries on intercession for us in heaven; the Holy Ghost carries on intercession in us on earth; and we the saints have to carry on intercession for all men. more...

Prayer is an effort of will. more...

The purpose of prayer is to reveal the presence of God equally present, all the time, in every condition. more...

Get into the habit of dealing with God about everything. Unless in the first waking moment of the day you learn to fling the door wide back and let God in, you will work on a wrong level all day; but swing the door wide open and pray to your Father in secret, and every public thing will be stamped with the presence of God. more...

It is by no haphazard chance that in every age men have risen early to pray. The first thing that marks decline in spiritual life is our relationship to the early morning. more...

If you have ever prayed in the dawn you will ask yourself why you were so foolish as not to do it always: it is difficult to get into communion with God in the midst of the hurly-burly of the day. more...

Do not have as your motive the desire to be known as a praying man. Get an inner chamber in which to pray where no one knows you are praying, shut the door, and talk to God in secret. more...

There is no need to get to a place of prayer; pray wherever you are. more...

We pray pious blether, our will is not in it, and then we say God does not answer; we never asked Him for anything. Asking means that our wills are in what we ask. more...

If we rely on the Holy Spirit, we shall find that our prayers become more and more inarticulate; and when they are inarticulate, reverence grows deeper and deeper. more...

Intercessory prayer for one who is sinning prevails. God says so! The will of the man prayed for does not come into question at all, he is connected with God by prayer, and prayer on the basis of the Redemption sets the connection working and God gives life. more...

Watch your motive before God; have no other motive in prayer than to know Him. more...

God does not exist to answer our prayers, but by our prayers we come to discern the mind of God. more...

Prayer is often a temptation to bank on a miracle of God instead of on a moral issue, i.e., it is much easier to ask God to do my work than it is to do it myself. Until we are disciplined properly, we will always be inclined to bank on God's miracles and refuse to do the moral thing ourselves. It is our job, and it will never be done unless we do it. more...

Whenever the insistence is on the point that God answers prayer, we are off the track. The meaning of prayer is that we get hold of God, not of the answer. more...

Our understanding of God is the answer to prayer; getting things from God is God's indulgence of us. When God stops giving us things, He brings us into the place where we can begin to understand Him. more...

If God sees that my spiritual life will be furthered by giving the things for which I ask, then He will give them, but that is not the end of prayer. The end of prayer is that I come to know God Himself. more...

You say, "But He has not answered." He has, He is so near to you that His silence is the answer. His silence is big with terrific meaning that you cannot understand yet, but presently you will. more...

When we pray "in the Name of Jesus" the answers are in accordance with His nature, and if we think our prayers are unanswered it is because we are not interpreting the answer along this line. more...

God's silences are His answers. If we only take as answers those that are visible to our senses, we are in a very elementary condition of grace. more...

Pray because you have a Father, not because it quietens you, and give Him time to answer. more...

We impoverish God in our minds when we say there must be answers to our prayers on the material plane; the biggest answers to our prayers are in the realm of the unseen. more...

Our Lord never referred to unanswered prayer; he taught that prayers are always answered. He ever implied that prayers were answered rightly because of the Heavenly Father's wisdom. more...

The greatest answer to prayer is that I am brought into a perfect understanding with God, and that alters my view of actual things. more...

God's "nothings" are His most positive answers. We have to stay on God and wait. Never try to help God to fulfill His word. more...

One great effect of prayer is that it enables the soul to command the body. By obedience I make my body submissive to my soul, but prayer puts my soul in command of my body. more...

Prayer is the supreme activity of all that is noblest in our personality, and the essential nature of prayer is faith. more...

Prayer is not an exercise, it is the life. more...

Prayer is not logical, it is a mysterious moral working of the Holy Spirit. more...

Prayer is the evidence that I am spiritually concentrated on God. more...

Prayer is God's answer to our poverty, not a power we exercise to obtain an answer. more...

Never say you will pray about a thing; pray about it. more...

We lean to our own understanding, or we bank on service and do away with prayer, and consequently by succeeding in the external we fail in the eternal, because in the eternal we succeed only by prevailing prayer. more...

Can Jesus Christ see the agony of His soul in us? He can't unless we are so closely identified with Him that we have His view concerning the people for whom we pray. May we learn to intercede so wholeheartedly that Jesus Christ will be completely and overwhelmingly satisfied with us as intercessors. more...

The inattentive, slovenly way we drift into the presence of God is an indication that we are not bothering to think about Him. Whenever our Lord spoke of prayer, He said, "Ask." It is impossible to ask if you do not concentrate. more...

It is impossible to live the life of a disciple without definite times of secret prayer. You will find that the place to enter in is in your business, as you walk along the streets, in the ordinary ways of life, when no one dreams you are praying, and the reward comes openly, a revival here, a blessing there. more...

Prayer is simple, prayer is supernatural, and to anyone not related to our Lord Jesus Christ, prayer is apt to look stupid. more...

One of the most subtle burdens God ever puts on us as saints is this burden of discernment concerning other souls. He reveals things in order that we may take the burden of these souls before Him and form the mind of Christ about them. It is not that we bring God into touch with our minds, but that we rouse ourselves until God is able to convey His mind to us about the one for whom we intercede. more...

If we think of prayer as the breath of our lungs and the blood from our hearts, we think rightly. The blood flows and the breathing continues - we are not conscious of it but it is always going on. more...

Is the Son of God praying in me, or am I dictating to Him?... Prayer is not simply getting things from God, that is a most initial form of prayer; prayer is getting into perfect communion with God. If the Son of God is formed in us by regeneration, He will press forward in front of our common sense and change our attitude to the things about which we pray. more...

Our prayers are heard, not because we are in earnest, not because we suffer, but because Jesus suffered. more...

Our true character comes out in the way we pray. more...

Prayer is the vital breath of the Christian; not the thing that makes him alive, but the evidence that he is alive. more...

Some prayers are followed by silence (from God) because they are wrong, others because they are bigger than one can understand. It will be a wonderful moment for some of us when we stand before God and find that the prayers we clamored for in early days and imagined were never answered, have been answered in the most amazing way, and that God's silence has been the sign of the answer. more...

The battle of prayer is against two things in the earthlies: wandering thoughts and lack of intimacy with God's character as revealed in His word. Neither can be cured at once, but they can be cured by discipline. more...

The prayer of the feeblest saint who lives in the Spirit and keeps right with God is a terror to Satan. The very powers of darkness are paralyzed by prayer; no spiritualistic seance can succeed in the presence of a humble praying saint. No wonder Satan tries to keep our minds fussy in active work till we cannot think in prayer. more...

There is nothing to be valued more highly than to have people praying for us; God links up His power in answer to their prayers. more...

Earnestness is not by any means everything; it is very often a subtle form of pious pride because it is obsessed with the method and not with the Master. more...

Worshipping God is the great essential of fitness. If you have not been worshipping...when you get to work you will not only be useless yourself, but a tremendous hindrance to those who are associated with you. more...

Worship and intercession must go together, the one is impossible without the other. Intercession means that we rouse ourselves up to get the mind of Christ about the one for whom we pray. more...

We hear it said that a man will suffer in his life is he does not pray; I question it. What will suffer is the life of the Son of God within him, which is nourished not by food but by prayer...Prayer is the way the life of God is nourished. more...

We do not pray at all until we are at our wits' end. more...

Get alone with Jesus and either tell Him that you do not want sin to die out in you - or else tell Him that at all costs you want to be identified with His death. more...

It is perilously easy to have amazing sympathy with God's truth and remain in sin. more...

Fretting springs from a determination to get our own way. more...

We think we understand another person's struggle until God reveals the same shortcomings in our lives. more...

If you are going through a time of discouragement, there is a time or great personal growth ahead. more...

We all know people who have been made much meaner and more irritable and more intolerable to live with by suffering: it is not right to say that all suffering perfects. It only perfects one type of person ...... the one who accepts the call of God in Christ Jesus. more...

If we were never depressed we would not be alive - - only material things don't suffer depression. If human beings were not capable of depression, we would have no capacity for happiness and exaltation. Whenever you examine yourself, take into your capacity for depression, more...

We will suffer a sharp painful disullisionment before we fully surrender. When people really see themselves as the Lord sees them, it is not the terribly offensive sins of the fleshthat shock them, but the awful nature of the pride of their own hearts opposing Jesus Christ. When they see themselves in the light of the Lord, the shame, the horror, and desperate conviction hit home for them. more...

Human nature, if healthy, demands excitement; and if it does not obtain its thrilling excitement in the right way, it will seek it in the wrong. God never makes bloodless stoics; He makes no passionless saints. more...

Dreaming about a thing in order to do it properly is right; but dreaming about it when we should be doing it is wrong. more...

Prayer is the practice of drawing on the grace of God. Don't say, "I will endure this until I can get away and pray." Pray now - draw on the grace of God in your moment of need. Prayer is the most normal and useful thing; it is not simply a reflex action of your devotion to God. We are very slow to learn to draw on God's grace through prayer. more...

The agony of a man's affliction is often necessary to put him into the right mood to face the fundamental things of life. The Psalmist says: "Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now have I kept Thy Word. more...

I have to learn that the aim in life is God's, not mine. God is using me from His great personal standpoint, and all He asks of me is that I trust Him, and never say - Lord, this gives me such heart-ache.... He simply asks me to have implicit faith in Himself and in His goodness. more...

Very few of us know anything about loyalty to Christ - For My Sake. It is that which makes the iron saint. more...

If you have had no tension in your life, never been screwed up by problems, your mortality well within your own grasp, and someone tells you that God so loved you that He gave His Son to die for you, nothing but good manners will keep you from being amused. more...

It is better to run the risk of being considered indecisive, better to be uncertain and not promise, than to promise and not fulfill. more...

We are not built for the mountains and the dawns and aesthetic affinities, those are for moments of inspiration, that is all. We are built for the valley, for the ordinary stuff we are in, and that is where we have to prove our mettle. Spiritual selfishness always wants repeated moments on the mount. We feel we could talk like angels and live like angels, if only we could stay on the mount. The times of exaltation are exceptional, they have their meaning in our life with God, but we must beware lest our spiritual selfishness wants to make them the only time. more...

Your god may be your little Christian habit - the habit of prayer or Bible reading at certain times of your day. Watch how your Father will upset your schedule if you begin to worship your habit instead of what the habit symbolizes. We say, 'I can't do that right now; this is my time alone with God.' No, this is your time alone with your habit. more...

For one man who can introduce another to Jesus Christ by the way he lives and by the atmosphere of his life, there are a thousand who can only talk jargon about him more...

The man who prays ceases to be a fool more...

God wants to use us as He used His own Son more...

How many people have you made homesick for God? more...

Peace is the deepest thing a human personality can know; it is almighty more...

The whole idea of the prayers of the saints is that God's holiness, God's purpose, God's ways may be brought about irrespective of who comes or goes. more...

We think of prayer as a preparation for work, or a calm after having done work, whereas prayer is the essential work. more...

Discipleship is based solely on devotion to Jesus Christ, not on following after a particular belief or doctrine. more...

God is patient with the process! Think of the enormous leisure of God! He is never in a hurry. more...

The great paralysis of our heart is unbelief. more...

Confidence in the natural world is self-reliance; in the spiritual world, it is God-reliance. more...

The peace that Jesus gives is never engineered by circumstances on the outside. more...

The way to grow strong in Christ is to become weak in yourself. more...

So long as there is a human being who does not know Jesus Christ, I am his debtor to serve him until he does. more...

If we understood what happens when we use the Word of God, we would use it oftener. more...

Prayer is the answer to every problem there is. more...

Living a life of faith means never knowing where you are being led. more...

A hypocrite is one who plays two parts consciously for his own ends. When we find fault with other people we may be quite sincere, and yet Jesus says in reality we are frauds. more...

God will turn the might have been into a wonderful culture for the future. more...

When God gives us a vision, we must transact business with Him at that point, no matter what the cost. more...

The nature of faith is that it must be tried. more...

If a man cannot prove his religion in the valley, it is not worth anything. more...

My unrestrained commitment of myself to God gives the Holy Spirit the opportunity to grant to me the holiness of Jesus Christ. more...

An unguarded strength is a double weakness. more...

The greatest competitor of devotion to Jesus is service to Him. It is never 'Do, do' with the Lord, but 'Be, be' and He will 'do' through you. The only way to keep true to God is by a steady persistent refusal to be interested in Christian work and to be interested alone in Jesus Christ. more...

Beware of any work for God that causes or allows you to avoid concentrating on Him... more...

We say, sorrow, disaster, calamity. God says, chastening and it sounds sweet to him though it is a discord to our ears. Don't faint when you are rebuked, and don't despise the chastening of the Lord. In your patience possess your souls. more...

When a man gets to despair he knows that all his thinking will never get him out. He will only get out by the sheer creative effort of God. Consequently he is in the right attitude to receive from God that which he cannot gain for himself. more...

The expression of Christian character is not good doing, but God-likeness. If the Spirit of God has transformed you within, you will exhibit Divine characteristics in your life, not good human characteristics . God's life in us expresses itself as God's life, not as human life trying to be godly. more...

Never water down the Word of God, but preach it in its undiluted sternness. There must be unflinching faithfulness to the Word of God, but when you come to personal dealings with others, remember who you are- you are not some special being created in heaven, but a sinner saved by grace. more...

If God allows you to be stripped of the exterior portions of your life, He means for you to cultivate the interior more...

When God gives a vision, transact business on that line, no matter what it costs. more...

It is not the thing on which we spend the most time that moulds us, but the thing that exerts the greatest power. Five minutes with God and His Word is worth more than all the rest of the day. more...

Have you ever realized that you can give things to God that are of value to Him? Or are you just sitting around daydreaming about the greatness of His redemption, while neglecting all the things you could be doing for Him? I'm not referring to works which could be regarded as divine and miraculous, but ordinary, simple human things - things which would be evidence to God that you are totally surrendered to Him. more...

Forgiveness is the divine miracle of grace. The cost to God was the Cross of Christ. more...

Wait on God and He will work, but don't wait in spiritual sulks because you cannot see an inch in front of you! Are we detached enough from our spiritual hysterics to wait on God? To wait is not to sit with folded hands, but to learn to do what we are told. more...

Never look for right in the other man, but never cease to be right yourself. We are always looking for justice; the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount is - Never look for justice, but never cease to give it. more...

The well of your incompleteness runs deep, but make the effort to look away from yourself and to look toward Him. more...

Don't plan without God. God seems to have a delightful way of upsetting the plans we have made, when we have not taken Him into account. more...

There are not three stages in spiritual life-worship, waiting, and work. Some of us go in jumps like spiritual frogs. We jump from worship to waiting to work. God's idea is that the three should go together. They were always together in the life of our Lord. more...

When Jesus Christ shed his blood on the cross, it was not the blood of a martyr; or the blood of one man for another; it was the life of God poured out to redeem the world. more...

Never consider whether you are of use; but ever consider that you are not your own but His. more...

To choose suffering makes no sense at all; to choose God's will in the midst of our suffering makes all the sense in the world. more...

The Sermon on the Mount is not a set of principles to be obeyed apart from identification with Jesus Christ. The Sermon on the Mount is a statement of the life we will live when the Holy Spirit is getting his way with us. more...

The main characteristic which is the proof of the indwelling Spirit is an amazing tenderness in personal dealing, and a blazing truthfulness with regard to God's Word. more...

The goal of faithfulness is not that we will do work for God, but that He will be free to do His work through us. God calls us to His service and places tremendous responsibilitie s on us. He expects no complaining on our part and offers no explanation on His part. God wants to use us as He used His own Son. more...

The only way we can be of use to God is to let Him take us through the crooks and crannies of our own characters. more...

Repentance always brings a person to the point of saying, "I have sinned." The surest sign that God is at work in his life is when he says that and means it. Anything less is simply sorrow for having made foolish mistakes-a reflex action caused by self-disgust. more...

To identify with the death of Jesus Christ means that we must die to everything that was never a part of Him. more...

If I obey Jesus Christ, the redemption of God will flow through me to the lives of others, because behind the deed of obedience is the reality of Almighty God. more...

The touchstone of the Holy Spirit's work in us is the answer to our Lord's question: "Who do men say that the Son of Man is?" Our Lord makes human destiny depend on that one thing, Who men say He is, because the revelation of Who Jesus is is only given by the Holy Spirit. more...

It never cost a disciple anything to follow Jesus; to talk about cost when you are in love with anyone is an insult. more...

Spiritual maturity is not reached by the passing of the years, but by obedience to the will of God. Some people mature into an understanding of God's will more quickly than others because they obey more readily; they more readily sacrifice the life of nature to the will of God. more...

All of God's people are ordinary people who have been made extraordinary by the purpose He has given them. more...

God makes us as broken bread and poured-out wine to please Him. Beware of competing calls once the call of God grips you. more...

Satan does not tempt us just to make us do wrong things- he tempts us to make us lose what God has put into us through regeneration, namely, the possibility of being of value to God. more...

I have no right to say I believe in God unless I order my life as under His all-seeing Eye. more...

Prayer is not getting things from God. That is a most initial stage; prayer is getting into perfect communion with God: I tell Him what I know He knows in order that I may get to know it as He does. more...

Beware of harking back to what you once were when God wants you to be something you have never been. more...

Our Lord insists on the social aspect of our lives: He shows very distinctly that we cannot further ourselves alone. more...

It is easy to turn our religious life into a cathedral for beautiful memories, but there are feet to be washed . . . more...

Today Jesus Christ is being dispatched as the Figurehead of a Religion, a mere example. He is that, but he is infinitely more; He is salvation itself, He is the Gospel of God. more...

The battle is lost or won in the secret places of the will before God, never first in the external world. more...

If the Spirit of God detects anything in you that is wrong, He doesn't ask you to make it right; He only asks you to accept the light of truth, and then He will make it right. A child of the light will confess sin instantly and stand completely open before God. But a child of the darkness will say, "Oh, I can explain that. more...

Intercession means that we deliberately substitute God's interests in others for our natural sympathy with them. more...

If you have become bitter and sour, it is because when God gave you a blessing you hoarded it. Yet if you had poured it out to Him, you would have been the sweetest person on earth. If you are always keeping blessings to yourself and never learning to pour out anything "to the Lord," other people will never have their vision of God expanded through you. more...

Why shouldn't we experience heartbreak? Through those doorways God is opening up ways of fellowship with His Son. Most of us collapse at the first grip of pain. We sit down at the door of God's purpose and enter a slow death through self-pity. And all the so-called Christian sympathy of others helps us to our deathbed. But God will not. He comes with the grip of the pierced hand of His Son, as if to say, "Enter into fellowship with Me; arise and shine." If God can accomplish His purposes in this world through a broken heart, then why not thank Him for breaking yours? more...

God did not direct His call to Isaiah- Isaiah overheard God saying, ". . . who will go for Us?" The call of God is not just for a select few but for everyone. Whether I hear God's call or not depends on the condition of my ears, and exactly what I hear depends upon my spiritual attitude. more...

Am I as spontaneously kind to God as I used to be, or am I only expecting God to be kind to me? Am I full of the little things that cheer His heart over me, or am I whimpering because things are going hardly with me? There is no joy in the soul that has forgotten what God prizes. more...

Don't read to remember; read to realize. more...

Prayer is simple, as simple as a child making known its wants to it parents. more...

There is no joy in the soul that has forgotten what God prizes. more...

Some of us are like the Dead Sea, always taking in but never giving out, because we are not rightly related to the Lord Jesus. more...

No enthusiasm will ever stand the strain that Jesus Christ will put upon His worker, only one thing will, and that is a personal relationship to Himself which has gone through the mill of His spring-cleaning until there is only one purpose left-I am here for God to send me where He will. more...

Intercession means raising ourselves up to the point of getting the mind of Christ regarding the person for whom we are praying. more...

What hinders me from hearing is that I am taken up with other things. It is not that I will not hear God, but I am not devoted in the right place. I am devoted to things, to service, to convictions, and God may say what He likes but I do not hear Him. more...

The author who benefits you most is not the one who tells you something you did not know before, but the one who gives expression to the truth that has been dumbly struggling in you for utterance. more...

The knowledge that God has loved me beyond all limits will compel me to go into the world to love others in the same way. more...

A ready person never needs to get ready. more...

If through a broken heart God can bring His purposes to pass in the world, then thank Him for breaking your heart. more...

The remarkable thing about God is that when you fear God, you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God, you fear everything else. more...

We trample the blood of the Son of God underfoot if we think we are forgiven because we are sorry for our sins. The only reason for the forgiveness of our sins by God, and the infinite depth of His promise to forget them, is the death of Jesus Christ...No matter who or what we are, God restores us to right standing with Himself only by means of the death of Jesus Christ...To identify with the death of Jesus Christ means that we must die to everything that was never a part of Him. more...

God never forces a person's will into surrender, and He never begs. He patiently waits until that person willingly yields to Him. True surrender is a matter of being 'united together [with Jesus] in the likeness of His death' (Romans 6:5) until nothing ever appeals to you that did not appeal to Him. And after you surrender-then what? Your entire life should be characterized by an eagerness to maintain unbroken fellowship and oneness with God. more...

Why shouldn't we experience heartbreak? Through those doorways God is opening up ways of fellowship with His Son. Most of us collapse at the first grip of pain. We sit down at the door of God's purpose and enter a slow death through self-pity. And all the so-called Christian sympathy of others helps us to our deathbed. But God will not. He comes with the grip of the pierced hand of His Son, as if to say, "Enter into fellowship with Me; arise and shine." If God can accomplish His purposes in this world through a broken heart, then why not thank Him for breaking yours? more...

Our work begins where God's grace has laid the foundation; we are not to save souls, but to disciple them. more...

Never allow anything to divert you from your insight into Jesus Christ. It is the true test of whether you are spiritual or not. To be unspiritual means that other things have a growing fascination for you. Since mine eyes have looked on Jesus, I've lost sight of all beside, So enchained my spirit's vision, Gazing on the Crucified. more...

The people who influence us most are not those who buttonhole us and talk to us, but those who live their lives like the stars in heaven and the lilies in the field, perfectly simply and unaffectedly. Those are the lives that mould more...

There are certain things we must not pray about - moods, for instance. Moods never go by praying, moods go by kicking. more...

The most important aspect of Christianity is not the work we do, but the relationship we maintain and the surrounding influence and qualities produced by that relationship. That is all God asks us to give our attention to, and it is the one thing that is continually under attack. more...

When obedience is in the ascendant, He will tax the remotest star and the last grain of sand to assist you with all His Almighty power. more...

The institutions of Churchianity are not Christianity. An institution is a good thing if it is second; immediately an institution recognizes itself it becomes the dominating factor. more...

Prayer is the exercise of drawing on the grace of God. more...

God never gives us discernment in order that we may criticize, but that we may intercede. more...

What a blessed habit I have found my prayer list, morning by morning, it takes me via the Throne of all Grace straight to the intimate personal heart of each one mentioned here, and I know that He Who is not prescribed by time and geography answers immediately. more...

There is only one relationship that matters, and that is your personal relationship to a personal Redeemer and Lord. Let everything else go, but maintain that at all cost, and God will fulfill His purpose through your life. (This includes meeting the needs of your heart.) One individual life may be of priceless value to God's purposes, and yours may be that life. more...

Jesus Christ demands the same unrestrained, adventurous spirit in those who have placed their trust in Him that the natural man exhibits. If a person is ever going to do anything worthwhile, there will be times when he must risk everything by his leap in the dark. more...

At the back of it there lies the central citadel of obstinacy: I will not give up my right to myself-the thing God intends you to give up if ever you are going to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. more...

The great enemy of the life of faith in God is not sin, but the good which is not good enough. The good is always the enemy of the best. more...

Not often, but every once in a while, God brings us to a major turning point-a great crossroads in our life. From that point we either go more and more toward a slow, lazy, and useless Christian life, or we become more and more on fire, giving our utmost for His highest-our best for His glory. more...

There is actually only one thing you can dedicate to God, and that is your right to yourself. If you will give God your right to yourself, He will make a holy experiment out of you - and His experiments always succeed. more...

Get to the end of yourself where you can do nothing, but where He does everything. more...

It is misleading to imagine that we are developed in spite of our circumstances, for we are developed because of them. It is mastery in circumstances that is needed, not mastery over them. more...

The greatest competitor of true devotion to Jesus is the service we do for Him. It is easier to serve than to pour out our lives completely for Him. more...

The Christian Church should not be a secret society of specialists, but a public manifestation of believers in Jesus. more...

Am I getting nobler, better, more helpful, more humble, as I get older? Am I exhibiting the life that men take knowledge of as having been with Jesus, or am I getting more self-assertive, more deliberately determined to have my own way? It is a great thing to tell yourself the truth. more...

Beware of any work for God that causes or allows you to avoid concentrating on Him. A great number of Christian workers worship their work. The only concern of Christian workers should be their concentration on God. more...

It is impossible to conduct your life as a disciple without definite times of secret prayer more...

A life of intimacy with God is characterized by joy. more...

Keep your life so constantly in touch with God that His surprising power can break through at any point. more...

God speaks in the language you know best - not through your ears, but through your circumstances. more...

Spend plenty of time with God; let other things go, but don't neglect Him. We are not here to do work for God, we are here to be workers with Him, those through whom He can do His work. more...

We have the idea that God is going to do some exceptional thing- that He is preparing and equipping us for some extraordinary work in the future. But as we grow in His grace we find that God is glorifying Himself here and now, at this very moment. If we have God's assurance behind us, the most amazing strength becomes ours, and we learn to sing, glorifying Him even in the ordinary days and ways of life. more...

The center of salvation is the Cross of Jesus, and the reason it is so easy to obtain salvation is because it cost God so much. more...

Every man is made to reach out beyond his grasp. more...

When we no longer seek God for His blessings, we have time to seek Him for Himself. more...

Our Lord's making of a disciple is supernatural. He does not build on any natural capacity of ours at all. God does not ask us to do the things that are naturally easy for us- He only asks us to do the things that we are perfectly fit to do through His grace, and that is where the cross we must bear will always come. more...

The truth is we have nothing to fear and nothing to overcome because He is all in all and we are more than conquerors through Him. more...

The Christian life is one of spiritual courage and determination lived out in our flesh more...

When we are abandoned to God, He works through us all the time. more...

One of the most amazing revelations of God comes to us when we learn that it is in the everyday things of life that we realize the magnificent deity of Jesus Christ. more...

We pray when there's nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all. more...

No love of the natural heart is safe unless the human heart has been satisfied by God FIRST more...

God does not further our spiritual life in spite of our circumstances, but in and by our circumstances. more...

The Christian who is truly intimate with Jesus will never draw attention to himself but will only show the evidence of a life where Jesus is completely in control. This is the outcome of allowing Jesus to satisfy every area of life to its depth. The picture resulting from such a life is that of the strong, calm balance that our Lord gives to those who are intimate with Him. more...

Sincerity means that the appearance and the reality are exactly the same. more...

Leave the Irreparable Past in His hands, and step out into the Irresistible Future with Him. more...

We have no right to judge where we should be put, or to have preconceived notions as to what God is fitting us for. God engineers everything; wherever He puts us, our one great aim is to pour out a whole-hearted devotion to Him in that particular work. 'Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.' more...

We actually slander and dishonor God by our very eagerness to serve Him without knowing Him. more...

The soul is in danger when knowledge of doctrine outsteps intimate touch with Jesus. more...

It is not true to say that God wants to teach us something in our trials. Through every cloud He brings our way, He wants us to unlearn something... more...

The proof that our relationship is right with God is that we do our best whether we feel inspired or not. more...

The golden rule for understanding in spiritual matters is not intellect, but obedience. more...

The characteristic of the new birth is that I yield myself so completely to God that Christ is formed in me. more...

But God is the God of our yesterdays, and He allows the memory of them to turn the past into a ministry of spiritual growth for our future. God reminds us of the past to protect us from a very shallow security in the present. more...

Patience has the meaning of testing-a thing drawn out and tested, drawn out to the last strand in a strain without breaking, and ending in sheer joy. The strain on a violin string when stretched to the uttermost gives it its strength; and the stronger the strain, the finer is the sound of our life for God, and He never strains more than we are able to bear. more...

Narrow all your interests until the attitude of mind and heart and body is concentration on Jesus Christ. more...

To be a holy person means that the elements of our natural life experience the very presence of God as they are providentially broken in His service. We have to be placed into God and brought into agreement with Him before we can be broken bread in His hands. Stay right with God and let Him do as He likes, and you will find that He is producing the kind of bread and wine that will benefit His other children. more...

I must learn that the purpose of my life belongs to God, not me. God is using me from His great personal perspective, and all He asks of me is that I trust Him. ... When I stop telling God what I want, He can freely work His will in me without any hindrance. ... Self-pity is of the devil, and if I wallow in it I cannot be used by God for His purpose in the world. more...

It is not a lack of spiritual experience that leads to failure, but a lack of working to keep our eyes focused and on the right goal. At least once a week examine yourself before God to see if your life is measuring up to the standard He has for you. Paul was like a musician who gives no thought to audience approval, if he can only catch a look of approval from his Conductor. more...

Your priorities must be God first, God second, and God third, until your life is continually face to face with God ... more...

Quit praying about yourself and spend your life for the sake of others as the bondservant of Jesus. That is the true meaning of being broken bread and poured-out wine in real life. more...

It is in the middle that human choices are made; the beginning and the end remain with God. The decrees of God are birth and death, and in between those limits man makes his own distress or joy. more...

If we pray only because we want answers, we will become irritated and angry with God. We receive an answer every time we pray, but it does not always come in the way we expect, and our spiritual irritation shows our refusal to identify ourselves truly with our Lord in prayer. We are not here to prove that God answers prayer, but to be living trophies of God's grace. more...

Many of us have a mental conception of what a Christian should be, and the lives of the saints become a hindrance to our concentration on God. more...

The test of the life of a saint is not success, but faithfulness in human life as it actually is. more...

We have all had times...when we have seen things from God's standpoint and have wanted to stay there; but God will never allow us to stay there. ...[I]t is in the valley where we live for the glory of God. more...

God will never reveal more truth about himself until you have obeyed what you know already more...

The Holy Ghost is the only One who can detect the temptations of Satan, neither our common sense nor our human wisdom can detect them as temptations. more...

Temptation is a suggested short cut to the realization of the highest at which I aim - not towards what I understand as evil, but towards what I understand as good. more...

See that you do not use the trick of prayer to cover up what you know you ought to do. more...

A man ceases to be an honest doubter the moment he refuses one way of getting at the truth because he does not like that way. more...

Never run away with the idea that it doesn't matter much what we believe or think; it does. What we believe and think, we are; not what we say we believe and think, but what we really do believe and think, we are; there is no divorce at all. more...

Watch the things you say you can't believe, and then recall the things you accept without thinking, like your own existence. more...

If I obey Jesus Christ in the seemingly random circumstances of life, they become pinholes through which I see the face of God. more...

God never estimates what we give from impulse. We are given credit for what we determine in our hearts to give; for the giving that is governed by a fixed determination. The Spirit of God revolutionises our philanthropic instincts. Much of our philanthropy is simply the impulse to save ourselves an uncomfortable feeling. The Spirit of God alters all that. As saints our attitude towards giving is that we give for Jesus Christ's sake, and from no other motive. more...

Drudgery is one of the finest touchstones of character there is. Drudgery is work that is very far removed from anything to do with the ideal - the utterly mean grubby things; and when we come in contact with them we know instantly whether or not we are spiritually real. more...

Whenever the conviction of God's Spirit comes there is the softening of the whole nature to obey; but if the obedience is not instant there will come a metallic hardening and a corrupting of the guidance of God. more...

Jesus Christ has undertaken by His redemption to put in me a heart so pure that God can see nothing to censure. more...

We have become so self-centered that we go to God only for something from Him, and not for God Himself. more...

Theology must work itself out in the most practical relationships. more...

All that Our Lord heeds in a man's life is the relationship of worth to His Father. more...

Am I always in contact with Reality, or do I only pray when things have gone wrong, when there is a disturbance in the moments of my life? more...

The test is the sixty seconds of every minute, and the sixty minutes of every hour, not our times of prayer and devotional meetings. more...

Reflected peace is the proof that you are right with God because you are at liberty to turn your mind to Him. more...

The crisis will reveal whether we have been practicing or not. more...

The only right a Christian has is the right to give up his rights. more...

Sanctification costs to the extent of "an intense narrowing of all our interests on earth and an immense broadening of all our interests in God. more...

The aim of the missionary is to do God's will, not to be useful, not to win the heathan; he is useful and does win the heathen, but that is not his aim. His aim is to do the will of his Lord. more...

The key to the missionary's work is the authority of Jesus Christ, not the needs of the lost. We are inclined to look on our Lord as one who assists us in our endeavors for God. Yet our Lord places Himself as the absolute sovereign and supreme Lord over His disciples. He does not say that the lost will never be saved if we don't go- He simply says, "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations...." more...

If we are devoted to the cause of humanity, we shall soon be crushed and broken-hearted, for we shall often meet with more ingratitude from men than we would from a dog; but if our motive is love to God, no ingratitude can hinder us from serving our fellow men. more...

Do you believe that God can change bitter circumstances into sweet blessing? Are you willing to let Him? more...

Which are the people who have influenced us most? Not the ones who thought they did, but those who had not the remotest notion that they were influencing us. In the Christian life, the implicit is never conscious, if it is conscious it ceases to have this unaffected loveliness which is the characteristic of the touch of Jesus. We always know when Jesus is at work because He produces in the commonplace something that is inspiring. more...

Some prayers are followed by silence because they are wrong, others because they are bigger than we can understand. more...

Beware of making a fetish of consistency to your convictions instead of being devoted to God. more...

Abandonment to God is of more value than personal holiness! more...

When you fear God you fear nothing else! more...

To silence the Voice of God is damnation in time! more...

Adam was created to be the friend and companion of God, he was to have dominion over all the life in the air and earth and sea, but one thing he was not to have dominion over, and that was himself. more...

Our Lord was 30 years preparing for 3 years of service. The modern stamp is to spend 3 hours preparing for 30 years of service. more...

It is easy for us to tarnish God's character because He never argues back; He never tries to defend or vindicate himself. more...

When we are consciously aware of being used as broken bread and poured out wine, we have yet another level to reach - a level where all awareness of ourselves and what God is doing through us is completely eliminated. A saint is never consciously a saint - a saint is consciously dependent on God. more...

Watch where Jesus went. The one dominant note in His life was to do His Father's will. His was not the way of wisdom or of success, but the way of faithfulness. more...

Are you willing to give and be poured out until you are used up and exhausted-not seeking to be ministered to, but to minister? more...

When you have learned to walk in the light of the Lord, bitterness and contention are impossible. more...

Sanctification is not my idea of what I want God to do for me; sanctification is God's idea of what He wants to do for me. more...

It is perilously possible to make our conceptions of God like molten lead poured into a specially designed mould, and when it is cold and hard we fling it at the heads of the religious people who don't agree with us. more...

We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. more...

Our Lord's teaching is always anti-self-realization. His purpose is not the development of a man; His purpose is to make a man exactly like Himself, and the characteristic of the Son of God is self-expenditure. more...

Is He going to help Himself to your life, or are you taken up with your conception of what you are going to do? God is responsible for our lives, and the one great keynote is reckless reliance upon Him. more...

God is not concerned about our plans; He does' ask, "Do you want to go through this loss of a loved one, this difficulty, or this defeat?" No, He allows these things for His own purpose. The things we are going through are either making us sweeter, better, and nobler men and women, or they are making us more critical and fault-finding, and more insistent on our own way. The things that happen either make us evil, or they make us more saintly, depending entirely on our relationship with God and its level of intimacy. more...

Sanctification means the impartation of the Holy qualities of Jesus Christ. It is His patience, His love, His holiness, His faith, His purity, His godliness, that is manifested in and through every sanctified soul. Sanctification is not drawing from Jesus the power to be holy; it is drawing from Jesus the holiness that was manifested in Him, and He manifests it in me. more...

A saint is never consciously a saint- a saint is consciously dependent on God. more...

Grapes become wine only when they have been squeezed. more...

The strain of life is what builds our strength. If there is no strain, there will be no strength. more...

The busyness of things obscures our concentration on God ... Never let a hurried lifestyle disturb the relationship of abiding in Him. This is an easy thing to allow, but we must guard against it. more...

Never run before God gives you His direction. If you have the slightest doubt, then He is not guiding. Whenever there is doubt-wait. more...

We have the idea that God is going to do some exceptional thing- that He is preparing and equipping us for some extraordinary work in the future. But as we grow in His grace we find that God is glorifying Himself here and now, at this very moment. If we have God's assurance behind us, the most amazing strength becomes ours, and we learn to sing, glorifying Him even in the ordinary days and ways of life. more...

Our Lord's making of a disciple is supernatural. He does not build on any natural capacity of ours at all. God does not ask us to do the things that are naturally easy for us- He only asks us to do the things that we are perfectly fit to do through His grace, and that is where the cross we must bear will always come. more...

If we pray only because we want answers, we will become irritated and angry with God. We receive an answer every time we pray, but it does not always come in the way we expect, and our spiritual irritation shows our refusal to identify ourselves truly with our Lord in prayer. We are not here to prove that God answers prayer, but to be living trophies of God's grace. more...

Never believe that the so-called random events of life are anything less than God's appointed order. Be ready to discover His divine designs anywhere and everywhere. more...

It is a trap to presume that God wants to make us perfect specimens of what He can do- God's purpose is to make us one with Himself. more...

We must learn to tell ourselves the truth on the basis of God's Word. more...

If we are in Christ the whole basis of our goings is God, not conceptions of God, not ideas of God, but God Himself. We do not need any more ideas about God, the world is full of ideas about God, they are all worthless, because the ideas of God in anyone's head are of no more use than our own ideas. What we need is a real God, not more ideas about Him. more...

I am called to live in such a perfect relationship with God that my life produces a yearning for God in the lives of others, not admiration for myself. Thoughts about myself hinder my usefulness to God. God's purpose is not to perfect me to make me a trophy in His showcase; He is getting me to the place where He can use me. Let Him do what He wants. more...

If we believe in Jesus, it is not what we gain but what He pours through us that really counts. God's purpose is not simply to make us beautiful, plump grapes, but to make us grapes so that He may squeeze the sweetness out of us. more...

When the Spirit fills us, we are transformed, and by beholding God we become mirrors. You can always tell when someone has been beholding the glory of the Lord, because your inner spirit senses that he mirrors the Lord's own character. Beware of anything that would spot or tarnish that mirror in you. It is almost always something good that will stain it- something good, but not what is best. more...

We give credit to human wisdom when we should give credit to the divine guidance of God being exhibited through childlike people who were "foolish" enough to trust God's wisdom and His supernatural equipment. more...

Am I learning how to use my Bible? The way to become complete for the Master's service is to be well soaked in the Bible; some of us only exploit certain passages. Our Lord wants to give us continuous instruction out of His word; continuous instruction turns hearers into disciples. more...

The test of a man's religious life and character is not what he does in the exceptional moments of life, but what he does in the ordinary times, when there is nothing tremendous or exciting on. The worth of a man is revealed in his attitude to ordinary things when he is not before the footlights. more...

Faith, as the Bible teaches it, is faith in God coming against everything that contradicts Him- a faith that says, "I will remain true to God's character whatever He may do." The highest and the greatest expression of faith in the whole Bible is- "Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him" (Job 13:15). more...

Intercession is about putting ourselves in other's shoes or having sympathy with others. But intercessions are about having the mind of God and see things through His perspective more...

Depression tends to turn us away from the everyday things of God's creation. But whenever God steps in, His inspiration is to do the most natural, simple things- things we would never have imagined God was in, but as we do them we find Him there. more...

Beware of bartering the Word of God for a more suitable conception of your own. more...

Be relentless and hard on yourself if you are in the habit of talking about the experiences you have had. Faith based on experience is not faith; faith based on God's revealed truth is the only faith there is. more...

There have been prophets and students who handle the Bible like a child's box of bricks; they explain to us the design and structure and purpose; but as time goes on things do not work out in their way at all. They have mistaken the scaffolding for the structure, while all the time God is working out His purpose with a great and undeterred patience. more...

We are only what we are in the dark; all the rest is reputation. more...

The resentment of discipline of any kind will warp the whole life away from God's purpose. more...

When God gets us alone through suffering, heartbreak, temptation, disappointment, sickness, or by thwarted friendship - when He gets us absolutely alone, and we are totally speechless, unable to ask even one question, then He begins to teach us. more...

Only one in a thousand sits down in the midst of it all and says-I will watch my Father mend this. God must not be treated as a hospital for our broken "toys," but as our Father. more...

We look upon prayer simply as a means of getting things for ourselves, but the biblical purpose of prayer is that we may get to know God Himself. more...

To say that 'prayer changes things' is not as close to the truth as saying, 'prayer changes me and then I change things.' God has established things so that prayer, on the basis of redemption, changes the way a person looks at things. more...

Worship is giving God the best that He has given you. Be careful what you do with the best you have, Whenever you get a blessing from God, give it back to Him as a love gift. Take time to meditate before God and offer the blessing back to Him in a deliberate act of worship. more...

Our Lord's conception of discipleship is not that we work for God, but that God works through us. more...

We have to keep letting go, and slowly and surely the great full life of God will invade us in every part, and men will take knowledge of us that we have been with Jesus. more...

Whenever God touches sin it is independence that is touched, an that awakens resentment in the human heart. Independence must be blasted clean out, there must be no such thing left, only freedom which is very different. Freedom is the ability not to insist on my rights, but to see that God gets his more...

The men with God's 'go' in them have these three characteristics-a saving experience, the evidence of supernatural power at work, and the spiritual efficacy of success in prayer. more...

The marvelous thing about spiritual wealth is that when we take our part in that, everyone else is blessed; whereas if we refused to be partakers, we hinder others from entering into the riches of God. more...

When a man is born from above, the life of the Son of God is born in him, and he can either starve that life or nourish it. Prayer is the way the life of God is nourished. Our ordinary views of prayer are not found in the New Testament. We look upon prayer as a means of getting things for ourselves; the Bible's idea of prayer is that we may get to know God Himself. more...

Many people begin coming to God once they stop being religious.There's only one master of the heart-Jesus, not religion. more...

Not every man can carry a full cup. Sudden elevation frequently leads to pride and a fall. The most exacting test of all to survive is prosperity. more...

Do not expect God always to give you His thrilling minutes, but learn to live in the domain of drudgery by the power of God. more...

People pour themselves into their own doctrines, and God has to blast them out of their preconceived ideas before they can become devoted to Jesus Christ. more...

We must never put our dreams of success as God's purpose for us; His purpose may be exactly the opposite. His purpose is that I depend on HIM and in HIS power NOW. His end is the process. It is the process, not the end, which is glorifying to God....His purpose is for this minute, not for something in the future. We have nothing to do with the 'afterwards' of obedience. If we have a further end in view, we do not pay sufficient attention to the immediate present; if we realize that obedience is the end, then each moment as it comes is precious. more...

When we touch the foundation of the reality of the good news of God, we will never bother Him anymore with little personal complaints. more...

When it is a question of God's almighty Spirit, never say, "I can't. more...

Why should' we experience heartbreak? Through those doorways God is opening up ways of fellowship with His Son. Most of us collapse at the first grip of pain. We sit down at the door of God's purpose and enter a slow death through self-pity. And all the so-called Christian sympathy of others helps us to our deathbed. But God will not. He comes with the grip of the pierced hand of His Son, as if to say, "Enter into fellowship with Me; arise and shine." If God can accomplish His purposes in this world through a broken heart, then why not thank Him for breaking yours? more...

It is better to enter into life maimed but lovely in God's sight than to appear lovely to man's eyes but lame to God"s. more...

One of the greatest hindrances in coming to Jesus is the excuse of temperament. We make our temperament and our natural affinities barriers to coming to Jesus. The first thing we realize when we come to Jesus is that He pays no attention whatever to our natural affinities. We have the notion that we can consecrate our gifts to God. You cannot consecrate what is not yours; there is only one thing you can consecrate to God, and that is your right to yourself (Romans 12:1). If you will give God your right to yourself, He will make a holy experiment out of you. God's experiments always succeed more...

I have to learn that the aim in life is God's, not mine. God is using me from His great personal standpoint, and all He asks of me is that I trust Him, and never say - Lord, this gives me such heart-ache... He simply asks me to have implicit faith in Himself and in His goodness. more...

True intercession involves bringing the person, or the circumstance that seems to be crashing in on you, before God, until you are changed by His attitude toward that person or circumstance. People describe intercession by saying, "It is putting yourself in someone else's place." That is not true! Intercession is putting yourself in God's place; it is having His mind and His perspective. more...

God did not direct His call to Isaiah- Isaiah overheard God saying, ". . . who will go for Us?" The call of God is not just for a select few but for everyone. Whether I hear God's call or not depends on the condition of my ears, and exactly what I hear depends upon my spiritual attitude. more...

Never allow anything to divert you from your insight into Jesus Christ. It is the true test of whether you are spiritual or not. To be unspiritual means that other things have a growing fascination for you. Since mine eyes have looked on Jesus, I"ve lost sight of all beside, So enchained my spirit's vision, Gazing on the Crucified. more...

At times God puts us through the discipline of darkness to teach us to heed Him. Song birds are taught to sing in the dark, and we are put into the shadow of God's hand until we learn to hear Him. more...

God's training is for now, not presently. His purpose is for this minute, not for something in the future. we have nothing to do with the afterwards of obedience; we can get it wrong when we think of the afterwards. what men call training and preparation, God calls the end... if we realize that obedience is the end, then each moment is precious. more...

God's training ground, where the missionary weapons are found, is the hidden, personal, worshiping life of the saint. more...

To terrorize a man into believing in God is never the work of God, but the work of human expediency. If we want to convince a congregation of a certain thing, we may use terror to frighten them into it; but never say that is God's way, it is our way. To call that God's method is a travesty to the character of God. more...

When the Spirit fills us, we are transformed, and by beholding God we become mirrors. You can always tell when someone has been beholding the glory of the Lord, because your inner spirit senses that he mirrors the Lord's own character. Beware of anything that would spot or tarnish that mirror in you. It is almost always something good that will stain it- something good, but not what is best. more...

We give credit to human wisdom when we should give credit to the divine guidance of God being exhibited through childlike people who were "foolish" enough to trust God's wisdom and His supernatural equipment. more...

The Bible talks plentifully about joy, but it nowhere talks about a 'happy Christian.' Happiness depends on what happens; joy does not. Remember, Jesus Christ had joy, and He prayed 'that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.' more...

We must learn to live in the ordinary 'gray' day according to what we saw on the mountain. more...

The moral miracle of redemption is that God can put a new nature into me through which I can live a totally new life. more...

To be obsessed by God is to have an effective barricade against all the assaults of the enemy. more...

Certainty is the mark of the commonsense life-gracious uncertainty is the mark of the spiritual life. more...

Worship is giving God the best that He has given you. more...

It is a great thing to see physical courage, and greater still to see moral courage, but the greatest to see of all is spiritual courage; oh, to see a person who will stand true to the integrity of Jesus Christ no matter what he or she goes through! more...

It's easier to serve God without a vision, easier to work for God without a call, because then you are not bothered by what God requires; common sense is your guide, veneered over with Christian sentiment. But once you receive a commission from Jesus Christ the memory of what God wants will always come like a goad, and you will no longer be able to work for Him on the common sense basis. more...

Conscience is the internal perception of God's Moral Law. more...

We are here for God's designs, not for our own more...

All our fret and worry is caused by calculating without God. more...

God is the Great Engineer, creating circumstances to bring about moments in our lives of divine importance, leading us to divine appointments more...

Eternal life is not a gift from God; eternal life is the gift OF GOD. more...

Measure your growth in grace by your sensitiveness to sin. more...

Readiness for God means that we are ready to do the tiniest little thing or the great big thing, it makes no difference more...

We are in danger of forgetting that we cannot do what God does, and that God will not do what we can do. We cannot save ourselves nor sanctify ourselves, God does that; but God will not give us good habits, He will not give us character, He will not make us walk aright. We have to do all that ourselves... more...

We must build our faith not on fading lights but on the Light that never fails. When 'important' individuals go away we are sad, until we see that they are meant to go, so that only one thing is left for us to do-to look into the face of God for ourselves. more...

Remember that we have to ask things of God that are in keeping with the God whom Jesus Christ revealed. more...

So many of us limit our praying because we are not reckless in our confidence in God. In the eyes of those who do not know God, it is madness to trust Him, but when we pray in the Holy Spirit we begin to realize the resources of God, that He is our perfect heavenly Father, and we are His children. more...

Beware of the inclination to dictate to God what consequences you would allow as a condition of your obedience to Him. more...

The reason we see hypocrisy and fraud and unreality in others is because they are all in our own hearts. The great characteristic of a saint is humility-Yes, all those things and other evils would have been manifested in me but for the grace of God, therefore I have no right to judge. more...

The best measure of a spiritual life is not its ecstasies but its obedience. more...

If for one whole day, quietly and determinedly, we were to give ourselves up to the ownership of Jesus and to obeying his orders, we should be amazed at its close to realize all he had packed into that one day. more...

Our circumstances are the means God uses to exhibit just how wonderfully perfect and extraordinarily pure His Son is. more...

Am I learning how to use my Bible? The way to become complete for the Master's service is to be well soaked in the Bible; some of us only exploit certain passages. Our Lord wants to give us continuous instruction out of His word; continuous instruction turns hearers into disciples. more...

The test of a man's religious life and character is not what he does in the exceptional moments of life, but what he does in the ordinary times, when there is nothing tremendous or exciting on. The worth of a man is revealed in his attitude to ordinary things when he is not before the footlights. more...

As we go forth into the coming year, let it not be in the haste of impetuous, forgetful delight, nor with the quickness of impulsive thoughtlessness . But let us go out with the patient power of knowing that the God of Israel will go before us. more...

Faith that is sure of itself is not faith; faith that is sure of God is the only faith there is. more...

Our ordinary abilities will never worship God unless they are transformed by the indwelling Son of God. more...

Self pity is of the devil, and if I wallow in it, I cannot be used by God for his purpose in the world. more...

Trust God, and do the next thing. more...

I have to get to the point of the absolute and unquestionable relationship that takes everything exactly as it comes from Him. God never guides us at some time in the future, but always here and now. Realize that the Lord is here now, and the freedom you receive is immediate. more...

The more you fulfill yourself, the less you will seek God. more...

God is my Father, He loves me, I shall never think of anything He will forget. Why should I worry? more...

Many of us refuse to grow where we are put; consequently, we take root nowhere. more...

Perseverance is more than endurance." It is endurance combined with absolute assurance and certainty that what we are looking for is going to happen. Perseverance means more than just hanging on, which may only be exposing our fear of letting go and falling. Perseverance is our supreme effort of refusing to believe that our hero is going to be conquered. more...

Faith must be tested, because it can be turned into a personal possession only through conflict. more...

Don't forget to pray today because God did not forget to wake you up this morning. more...

Some of the qualities of ? God must be merged into us before our ? prayers can be fit for His acceptance. more...

If I am going to know who Jesus is, I must obey Him. The majority of us don't know Jesus because we have not the remotest intention of obeying Him. more...

In the spiritual domain, criticism is love turned sour. In a wholesome spiritual life there is no room for criticism. The critical faculty is an intellectual one, not a moral one. If criticism becomes a habit it will destroy the moral energy of the life and paralyse spiritual force. The only person who can criticise human beings is the Holy Spirit. more...

Believe steadfastly on Him and everything that challenges you will strengthen your faith. There is continual testing in the life of faith up to the point of our physical death, which is the last great test. Faith is absolute trust in God-trust that could never imagine that He would forsake us. more...

We are not to preach the doing of good things; good deeds are not to be preached, they are to be performed. more...

No matter what changes God has performed in you, never rely on them. Build only on a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ, and on the Spirit He gives. more...

The true expression of Christian character is not in good-doing but in God-likeness. more...

Never look for justice in this world, never cease to give it. more...

God always ignores the present perfection for the ultimate perfection. more...

It is impossible to get exhausted in work for God. We get exhausted because we try to do God's work in our own way. more...

In Christian work our initiative and motivation are too often simply the result of realizing that there is work to be done and that we must do it. Yet that is never the attitude of a spiritually vigorous saint. His aim is to achieve the realization of Jesus Christ in every set of circumstances. more...

We must keep ourselves in touch, not with theories, but with people, and never get out of touch with human beings, if we are going to use the word of God skilfully amongst them. more...

Faith, as the Bible teaches it, is faith in God coming against everything that contradicts Him- a faith that says, "I will remain true to God's character whatever He may do." The highest and the greatest expression of faith in the whole Bible is- "Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him" (Job 13:15). more...

The central point of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ is a personal relationship with Him, not public usefulness to others. more...

You may often have to watch Jesus Christ wreck a life before He saves it. more...

The love of God is not created- it is His nature. more...

Jesus Christ can afford to be misunderstood; we cannot. Our weakness lies in always wanting to vindicate ourselves. more...

The measure of the worth of our public activity for God is the private profound communion we have with Him... more...

Spiritual lust causes me to demand an answer from God, instead of seeking God Himself who gives the answer. more...

We shall find that the spheres God brings us into are not meant to teach us something but to make us something. more...

Tolerating a wrong attitude toward another person causes you to follow the spirit of the devil, no matter how saintly you are. more...

Death is God's delightful way of giving us life. more...

Trust completely in God, and when He brings you to a new opportunity of adventure, offering it to you, see that you take it. more...

The honour of Jesus Christ is at stake in your bodily life. Are you remaining loyal to the Son of God in the things which beset His life in you? Do you continue to go with Jesus? The way lies through Gethsemane, through the city gate, outside the camp; the way lies alone, and the way lies until there is no trace of a footstep left, only the voice, 'Follow Me.' more...

We can all see God in exceptional things, but it requires the culture of spiritual discipline to see God in every detail. more...

I have to learn that the aim in life is God's, not mine. more...

Never be hurried out of the relationship of abiding in Him. more...

What the world needs is not 'a little bit of love', but a surgical operation. more...

The greatest competitor of devotion to Jesus is service for Him. more...

It is not what a man does that is of final importance, but what he is in what he does. The atmosphere produced by a man, much more than his activities, has the lasting influence. more...

There are many things that are perfectly legitimate, but if you are going to concentrate on God you cannot do them. more...

Once we see Jesus, the impossible things He does in our lives become as natural as breathing. more...

There is nothing attractive about the gospel to the natural man; the only man who finds the gospel attractive is the man who is convicted of sin. more...

My worth to God in public is what I am in private. more...

Faith by its very nature must be tried, and the real trial of faith is not that we find it difficult to trust God, but that God's character has to be cleared in our own minds. Faith in its actual working out has to go through spells of unsyllabled isolation... 'Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.' - this is the most sublime utterance of faith in the whole of the Bible. more...

It's one thing to go through a crisis grandly, yet quite another to go through every day glorifying God when there is no witness, no limelight, and no one paying even the remotest attention to us. more...

Remember Whose you are and Whom you serve. more...

We have an idea that God is leading us to a particular end, a desired goal; He is not...What we call the process God calls the end. His purpose is that I depend on Him and His power NOW. It is the process, not the end that is glorifying to God. more...

The Cross is the central event in time and eternity, and the answer to all the problems of both. more...

If a crisis has come to you on any front, surrender your will to Jesus absolutely and irrevocably. more...

Spiritual lust-'I must have it at once'-causes me to demand an answer from God, instead of seeking God himself who gives the answer. Is today 'the third day' and He has still not done what I expected? Whenever we insist that God should give us an answer to prayer we are off track. The purpose of prayer is that we get a hold of God, not of the answer. more...

The real test of a saint is not one's willingness to preach the gospel, but one's willingness to do something like washing the disciples' feet - that is, being willing to do those things that seem unimportant in human estimation but count as everything to God. more...

The heart of salvation is the Cross of Christ. The reason salvation is so easy to obtain is that it cost God so much. The Cross was the place where God and sinful man merged with a tremendous collision and where the way to life was opened. But all the cost and pain of the collision was absorbed by the heart of God. more...

Isaiah was so attuned to God, because of the great crisis he had just endured, that the call of God penetrated his soul. The majority of us cannot hear anything but ourselves. And we cannot hear anything God says. But to be brought to the place where we can hear the call of God is to be profoundly changed. more...

Never allow anything that divides or destroys the oneness of your life with Christ to remain in your life without facing it. more...

God places His saints where they will bring the most glory to Him, and we are totally incapable of judging where that may be. more...

Beware of any belief that makes you self-indulgent; it came from the pit, no matter how beautiful it sounds. more...

God has frequently to knock the bottom board out of your experience if you are a saint in order to get you into contact with Himself. God wants you to understand this is a life of faith, not a life of sentimental enjoyment of His blessings. ... "Though He slay me yet will I trust Him" - this is the most sublime utterance of faith in the whole of the Bible. more...

Refusing to be disillusioned is the cause of much of the suffering of human life. And this is how that suffering happens-if we love someone, but do not love God, we demand total perfection and righteousness from that person, and when we do not get it, we become cruel and vindictive; yet we are demanding of a human being which he or she cannot possibly give. more...

Paul welcomed hearbreak, disillusionment and tribulation for only one reason - - these things kept him immovable in his devotion to the gospel of God. more...

If there were never any clouds (sorrows and sufferings) in our lives, we would have no faith. God does not come near us without clouds. more...

Be persistent with your disturbance until you get face to face with the Lord himself. Don't deify common sense. more...

Living a life of faith means never knowing where you are being led - but it does mean loving and knowing the One who is leading. It is literally a life of FAITH, not of understanding and reason- - a life of knowing Him who calls us to go. more...

Do we not see God at work in our circumstances? Dark times are allowed and come to us through the sovreignty of God. Are we prepared to let God do what He wants with us? Are we prepared to be separated from the outward, evident blessings of God? Until Jesus Christ is truly our Lord, we each have goals of our own which we serve. Our faith is real, but it is not yet permanent. And God is never in a hurry. If we are willing to wait, we will see God pointing out that we have been interested only in his blessings, instead of God Himself. more...

At times God puts us through the discipline of darkness to teach us to heed Him. Song birds are taught to sing in the dark, and we are put into the shadow of God's hand until we learn to hear Him. more...

God does not give us overcoming life; He gives us life as we overcome. more...

If we were never depressed we should not be alive; it is the nature of a crystal never to be depressed. more...

We have to take the first step as though there were no God. It is no use to wait for God to help us, He will not: but immediately we arise we find He is there. more...

The deadliest Pharisaism today is not hypocrisy, but unconscious unreality. more...

It is possible to know all about doctrine and yet not know Jesus. The soul is in danger when knowledge of doctrine outsteps intimate touch with Jesus. ....Have I a personal history with Jesus Christ? The one sign of discipleship is intimate connection with Him, a knowledge of Jesus Christ nothing can shake. more...

The life of faith is not a life of mounting up with wings, but a life of walking and not fainting. more...

Let the consequences of your obedience be left up to God. more...

The majority of us do not enthrone God, we enthrone common sense. We make our decisions and then ask the real God to bless our God's decision. more...

We always know when Jesus is at work because He produces in the commonplace something that is inspiring. more...

No healthy Christian ever chooses suffering; he chooses God's will, as Jesus did, whether it means suffering or not. more...

God plants His saints in the most useless places. We say, 'God intends me to be here because I am so useful.' Jesus never estimated His life along the line of the greatest use. God puts His saints where they will glorify Him, and we are no judge at all of where that is. more...

The voice of the Spirit is as gentle as a zephyr, so gentle that unless you are living in perfect communion with God, you never hear it. more...

We should always choose our books as God chooses our friends, just a bit beyond us, so that we have to do our level best to keep up with them. more...

A sentimentalist is one who delights to have high and devout emotions stirred whilst reading in an arm-chair, or in a prayer meeting, but he never translates his emotions into action. Consequently a sentimentalist is usually callous, self-centred and selfish, because the emotions he likes to have stirred do not cost him anything. more...

God's training is for now, not presently. His purpose is for this minute, not for something in the future. we have nothing to do with the afterwards of obedience; we can get it wrong when we think of the afterwards. what men call training and preparation, God calls the end... if we realize that obedience is the end, then each moment is precious. more...

With Christ, it is not how much we give, but what we do not give that is the real test. more...

Refusing to be disillusioned is the cause of much of the suffering of human life. more...

When we lose sight of God we become hard and dogmatic. We hurl our own petitions at God's throne and dictate to Him as to what we wish Him to do. We do not worship God, nor do we seek to form the mind of Christ. If we are hard towards God, we will become hard towards other people. more...

We are not responsible for the circumstances we are in, but we are responsible for the way we allow those circumstances to affect us; we can either allow them to get on top of us or we can allow them to transform us into what God wants us to be. more...

Continually revise your relationship to God until the only certainty you have is not that you are faithful, but that He is. more...

If we are going to live as disciples of Jesus, we have to remember that all noble things are difficult. The Christian life is gloriously difficult, but the difficulty of it does not make us faint and cave in, it rouses us up to overcome. more...

Complete weakness and dependence will always be the occasion for the Spirit of God to manifest His power. more...

God cannot reveal anything to us if we have not His spirit. more...

If we are abandoned to Jesus we have no ends of our own to serve. more...

When God gives you a vision and darkness follows, wait. God will bring the vision He has given you to reality in your life if you will wait on His timing. Never try to help God fulfill His word more...

Our yesterdays present irreparable things to us; it is true that we have lost opportunities which will never return, but God can transform this destructive anxiety into a constructive thoughtfulness for the future. Let the past sleep, but let it sleep on the bosom of Christ. Leave the Irreparable Past in His hands, and step out into the Irresistible Future with Him. more...

We are in danger of being stern where God is tender, and of being tender where God is stern. more...

When a man says he must develop a holy life alone with God, he is of no more use to his fellow men: he puts himself on a pedestal, away from the common run of men.........If we are abandoned to Jesus, we have no ends of our own to serve. more...

You do not know what you are going to do,the only thing you know is that God knows what He is doing.......It is this attitude that keeps you in perpetual wonder-you do not know what God is going to do next. more...

The secret of Christian quietness is not indifference, but the knowledge that God is my Father, He loves me, I shall never think of anything He will forget, and worry becomes an impossibility. more...

God gets me into a relationship with Himself whereby I understand His call, then I do things out of sheer love for Him on my own account. To serve God is the deliberate love-gift of a nature that has heard the call of God. more...

We are not made for the mountains, for sunrises, or for the other beautiful attractions in life - those are simply intended to be moments of inspiration. We are made for the valley and the ordinary things of life and that is where we have to prove our stamina and strength. more...

I have never met the man I could despair of after discerning what lies in me apart from the grace of God. more...

The passion of Christianity comes from deliberately signing away my own rights and becoming a bondservant of Jesus Christ. Until I do that, I will not begin to be a saint. more...

There is a call to spiritual perseverance. A call not to hang on and do nothing, but to work deliberately, knowing with certainty that God will never be defeated. more...

Sanctification means more than being freed from sin. It means the deliberate commitment of myself to the God of my salvation, and being willing to pay whatever it may cost. more...

God's purpose is not to perfect me to make me a trophy in His showcase; He is getting me to the place where He can use me. Let Him do what He wants. more...

Take yourself by the scruff of the neck and shake off your incarnate laziness. more...

Christianity is not consistency to conscience or to convictions; Christianity is being true to Jesus Christ. more...

It is much easier to do something than to trust in God; we mistake panic for inspiration. more...

Angels cannot preach the gospel, only beings such as Paul and you and I can preach the gospel. more...

God is not saving the world; it is done. Our business is to get men and women to realize it. more...

People say that it is so hard to bring Jesus Christ and present him before the lives of men today. Of course it is. It is so hard that it is impossible except by the power of the indwelling Holy Ghost. more...

We preach to men as if they were conscious they were dying sinners, they are not; they are having a good time. more...

We can never be like lillies in the garden unless we have spent time as bulbs in the dark, totally ignored. more...

By realizing the reality of our Prince within us, we are never bothered again by the fact that we do not understand ourselves, or that other people do not understand us. The only One who truly understands me is the One who made me and who redeems me... It is a tremendous freedom to get rid of every kind of self-consideration and learn to care about only one thing - the relationship between our Prince and ourselves. more...

The height of the mountaintop is measured by the drab drudgery of the valley. more...

The good is always the enemy of the best. more...

I cannot give up my will - I must exercise it, putting it into action. more...

Faith is the inborn capacity to see God behind everything. more...

Sorrow burns up a great amount of shallowness. more...

Beware of giving over to mere dreaming when once God has spoken. Leave him to be the source of all your dreams and joys and delights, and go out and obey what He has said. If you are in love, you do not sit down and dream about the one you love all the time, you go and do something for him; and that is what Jesus Christ expects us to do. Dreaming after God has spoken is an indication that we do not trust Him. more...

The marvel of the Redemptive Reality of God is that the worst and the vilest can never get to the bottom of His Love. Paul did not say that God separated him to show what a wonderful man He could make of him, but to "to reveal His Son in me more...

There comes the baffling call of God in our lives also. The call of God can never be stated explicitly; it is implicit. The call of God is like the call of the sea, no one hears it but the one who has the nature of the sea in him. It cannot be stated definitely what the call of God is to, because his call is to be in comradeship with himself, for his own purposes, and the test is to believe that God knows what he is after. more...

Obey God in the things he shows you, and instantly the next thing is opened up. God will never reveal more truth about himself until you have obeyed what you know already...this chapter brings out the delight of real friendship with God. more...

We read some things in the Bible three hundred and sixty-five times and they mean nothing to us, then all of a sudden we see what God means, because in some particular we have obeyed God, and instantly His nature is opened up. more...

The historic idea that the devil tempts men had this remarkable effect, it produced the man of iron who fought; the modern idea of blaming his heredity or his circumstances produces the man who gives in at once. more...

Disillusionment means having no more misconceptions, false impressions, and false judgments in life; it means being free from these deceptions. Refusing to be disillusioned is the cause of much of the suffering of human life. more...

Prayer is not a preparation for work, it IS work. Prayer is not a preparation for the battle, it IS the battle. Prayer is two-fold: definite asking and definite waiting to receive. more...

In the midst of the awesomeness, a touch comes, and you know it is the right hand of Jesus Christ. You know it is not the hand of restraint, correction, nor chastisement, but the right hand of the Everlasting Father. Whenever His hand is laid upon you, it gives inexpressible peace and comfort, and the sense that "underneath are the everlasting arms," (Deuteronomy 33:27) full of support, provision, comfort and strength. more...

Keep your life in its constant contact with God that his surprising power may break out on the right hand and on the left. Always be in a state of expectancy, and see that you leave room for God to come in as he likes. more...

Intercession means that we deliberately substitute God's interests in others for our natural sympathy with them. more...

The touchstone of the Holy Spirit's work in us is the answer to our Lord's question: "Who do men say that the Son of Man is?" Our Lord makes human destiny depend on that one thing, Who men say He is, because the revelation of Who Jesus is is only given by the Holy Spirit. more...

Spiritual maturity is not reached by the passing of the years, but by obedience to the will of God. Some people mature into an understanding of God's will more quickly than others because they obey more readily; they more readily sacrifice the life of nature to the will of God. more...

All of God's people are ordinary people who have been made extraordinary by the purpose He has given them. more...

The scrutiny we give other people should be for ourselves. more...

Make the determination to abide in Jesus wherever you are now or wherever you may be placed in the future. more...

The characteristic of a disciple is not that he does good things, but that he is good in his motives, having been made good by the supernatural grace of God. more...

The call of God is to preach the gospel-namely, the reality of redemption in our Lord Jesus Christ. The one passion of Paul's life was to proclaim the gospel of God. He welcomed heartbreak, disillusionment , and tribulation for only one reason-these things kept him unmovable in his devotion to the gospel of God. more...

Many people have turned back because they are afraid to look at things from God's perspective. The greatest spiritual crisis comes when a person has to move a little farther on in his faith than the beliefs he has already accepted. more...

If you yourself do not cut the lines that tie you to the dock, God will have to use a storm to sever them and to send you out to sea. You have to get out past the harbor into the great dephts of God, and begin to know things for yourself....beg in to have spiritual discernment. Beware of paying attention or going back to what you once were, when God wants you to be something that you have never been. more...

Obey Him with glad reckless joy. more...

Thoughts about myself hinder my usefulness to God. more...

When once you realize all that it cost God to forgive you, you will be held as in a vice, constrained by the love of God. more...

When a man's heart is right with God the mysterious utterances of the Bible are spirit and life to him. Spiritual truth is discernible only to a pure heart, not to a keen intellect. It is not a question of profundity of intellect, but of purity of heart. more...

The great thing about faith in God is that it keeps a man undisturbed in the midst of disturbance. more...

Am I becoming more and more in love with God as a holy God, or with the conception of an amiable Being who says, "Oh well, sin does' matter much"? more...

Don't waste time asking God to keep you from doing things. Don't do them. more...

It is easy to say we believe in God as long as we remain in the little world we choose to live in; but get out into the great world of facts, the noisy world where people are absolutely indifferent to you, where your message is nothing more than a crazy tale belonging to a bygone age, can you believe God there? more...

When you meet a man or woman who puts Jesus Christ first, knit that one to your soul. more...

Having the reality of God's presence is not dependent on our being in a particular circumstance or place, but is only dependent on our determination to keep the Lord before us continually. more...

God regenerates us and puts us in contact with all his divine resources, but he cannot make us walk according to his will. more...

When you pray, things remain the same, but you begin to be different. The same thing when a man falls in love, his circumstances and conditions remain the same, but he has a sovereign preference in his heart for another person which transfigures everything! more...

Worship God in the difficult circumstances, and when He chooses, He will alter them in two seconds. more...

The entrance into the Kingdom is through the panging pains of repentance crashing into a man's respectable goodness; then the Holy Ghost, who produces these agonies begins the formation of the Son God in the life. more...

A river reaches places its source never knows. more...

Love for the Lord is not an ethereal, intellectual, dreamlike thing; it is the intensest, most vital, most passionate love of which the human heart is capable. more...

Satan tried to put Jesus Christ on the way to becoming King of the world and Savior of men in a way other than that predetermined by God. more...

Temptations in the life of faith are not accidents; each temptation is part of a plan, a step in the progress of faith. more...

Anything that belittles or obliterates the holiness of God by a false view of the love of God, is untrue to the revelation of God given by Jesus Christ. more...

Never allow the thought, 'I am of no use where I am.' You are certainly of no use where you're not. more...

If our hopes are being disappointed just now, it means they are being purified. more...

Do we so appreciate the marvelous salvation of Jesus Christ that we are our utmost for His highest? more...

Have you ever sought God with your whole heart, or have you simply given Him a feeble cry after some emotionally painful experience? more...

The real business of your life as a saved soul is intercessory prayer. more...

The prayer of the saints is never self-important, but always God-important. more...

Our Lord did not say it was wrong to pray in the corners of the street, but He did say it was wrong to have the motive to "be seen of men". more...

Prayer imparts the power to walk and not faint. more...

Our Lord never lays down the conditions of discipleship as the conditions of salvation. more...

When someone thinks that to develop a holy life he must always be alone with God, he is no longer of any use to others. more...

To be 'in the will of God' is not a matter of intellectual discernment, but a state of heart. more...

When we say "Thy will be done," do we say it with a sigh? If so, we have never realized that the character of God is holy love; nothing can ever happen outside His purposeful will. more...

Jesus said, 'Go ... and make disciples,' not converts to your opinions. more...

There is no greater threat to our devotion to Christ than our service for Christ. more...

Joy is the great note all through the Bible. We have the notion of joy that arises from good spirits or good health, but the miracle of joy of God has nothing to do with a man's life or his circumstances or the condition he is in. Jesus Christ does not come to a man and say, 'Cheer up.' He plants within a man the miracle of the joy of God's own nature. more...

The Bible is not a book that you can open and say, 'Now, Lord, put some magic into my soul that will open up the meaning of this book.' There is only one way really to understand the Word, and that is through wrestling with the circumstances and happenings of life. more...

Joy comes from seeing the complete fulfillment of the specific purpose for which I was created and born again, not from successfully doing something of my own choosing. more...

God does not expect us to imitate Jesus Christ; He expects us to allow the life of Jesus to be manifested in our moral flesh. more...

The sympathy which is reverent with what it cannot understand is worth its weight in gold. more...

God saved us to make us holy, not happy. Some experiences may not contribute to our happiness, but all can be made to contribute to our holiness. Vance Havner The destined end of man is not happiness, nor health, but holiness. God's one aim is the production of saints. more...

The greatest test of a man's character is his tongue. more...

The emphasis to-day is being put on the fact that we have to save men; we have not. We have to exalt the Saviour Who saves men, and then make disciples in His Name. more...

By the supernatural miracle of God's grace I stand justified, not because I am sorry for my sin, not because I have repented, but because of what Jesus has done. more...

One man or woman called of God is worth a hundred who have elected to work for God. more...

Never water down or minimise the mighty Gospel of God by considering that people may be misled by certain statements. Present the Gospel in all its fullness and God will guard His own truth. more...

The only basis on which to work for God is an esteemed appreciation of his deliverance. more...

'I have chosen you!' Keep that note of greatness in your creed. It is not that you have got God but that He has got you. more...

If you are going on with God, the only thing that is clear to you, and the only thing God intends to be clear, is the way He deals with your own soul. more...

If we obey God it is going to cost other people more than it costs us, and that is where the sting comes in. If we are in love with our Lord, obedience does not cost us anything, it is a delight, but it costs those who do not love Him a good deal. more...

As Christians we are not out for our own cause at all, we are out for the cause of God, which can never be our cause. We do not know what God is after, but we have to maintain our relationship with Him whatever happens. more...

If we are to be ready for Jesus Christ, we have to stop being religious (that is, using religion as a higher kind of culture) and be spiritually real. more...

Be exhausted for God, but remember that your supply comes from Him. 'All my fresh springs shall be in thee.' more...

When the darkness of dismay comes, endure until it is over, because out of it will come that following of Jesus which is an unspeakable joy. more...

Take care lest you play the hypocrite by spending all your time trying to get others right before you worship God yourself. more...

God is not concerned about our plans; He doesn't ask, "Do you want to go through this loss of a loved one, this difficulty, or this defeat?" No, He allows these things for His own purpose. The things we are going through are either making us sweeter, better, and nobler men and women, or they are making us more critical and fault-finding, and more insistent on our own way. The things that happen either make us evil, or they make us more saintly, depending entirely on our relationship with God and its level of intimacy. more...

Some of the qualities of God must be merged into us before our prayers can be fit for His acceptance. more...

Some of the qualities of God must be merged into us before our prayers can be fit for His acceptance. more...

Human nature, if healthy, demands excitement; and if it does not obtain its thrilling excitement in the right way, it will seek it in the wrong. God never makes bloodless stoics; He makes no passionless saints. more...

The path of peace for us is to hand ourselves over to God and ask Him to search us, not what we think we are, or what other people think we are, or what we persuade ourselves we are or would like to be, but 'Search me out, O God, explore me as I really am in Thy sight.' more...

Every God-given vision will become real if we will only have patience. more...

It is better to enter into life maimed but lovely in God's sight than to appear lovely to man's eyes but lame to God's. more...

If you will receive yourself in the fires of sorrow, God will make you nourishment for other people. more...

Sin is blatant mutiny against God, and either sin or God must die in my life. more...

God judges us on the basis of the miraculous atonement by the Cross of Christ. more...

God seems to have a delightful way of upsetting the things we have calculated on without taking Him into account. We get into circumstances which were not chosen by God, and suddenly we find we have been calculating without God; He has not entered in as a living factor. The one thing that keeps us from the possibility of worrying is bringing God in as the greatest factor in all our calculations. more...

One of the greatest hindrances in coming to Jesus is the excuse of temperament. We make our temperament and our natural affinities barriers to coming to Jesus. The first thing we realize when we come to Jesus is that He pays no attention whatever to our natural affinities. We have the notion that we can consecrate our gifts to God. You cannot consecrate what is not yours; there is only one thing you can consecrate to God, and that is your right to yourself (Romans 12:1). If you will give God your right to yourself, He will make a holy experiment out of you. God's experiments always succeed more...

Have I allowed my personal human life to become a 'Bethlehem' for the Son of God? more...

The one thing for which we are all being disciplined is to know that God is real. As soon as God becomes real, other people become shadows. Nothing that other saints do or say can ever perturb the one who is built on God. more...

Many of us suffer from temptations from which we have no business to suffer. more...

Speak, Lord"; make time to listen. Chastening is more than a means of discipline, it is meant to get me to the place of saying, "Speak, Lord." more...

Am I becoming more and more in love with God as a holy God, or with the conception of an amiable Being who says, "Oh well, sin doesn't matter much"? more...

It is a life of FAITH, not of intellect and reason, but a life of knowing Who makes us "go. more...

he must deny his right to himself, and he must realize who Jesus Christ is before he will bring himself to do it. Beware of refusing to go to the funeral of your own independence more...

Faith is not intelligent understanding, faith is deliberate commitment to a Person where I see no way. more...

True intercession involves bringing the person, or the circumstance that seems to be crashing in on you, before God, until you are changed by His attitude toward that person or circumstance. People describe intercession by saying, "It is putting yourself in someone else's place." That is not true! Intercession is putting yourself in God's place; it is having His mind and His perspective. more...

If sympathy is all that human beings need, then the Cross of Christ is an absurdity and there is absolutely no need for it. What the world needs is not "a little bit of love," but major surgery. If you think you are helping lost people with your sympathy and understanding, you are a traitor to Jesus Christ. You must have a right-standing relationship with Him yourself, and pour your life out in helping others in His way- not in a human way that ignores God. more...

Let the attitude of your life be a continual willingness to "go out" in dependence upon God, and your life will have a sacred and inexpressible charm about it that is very satisfying to Jesus. You must learn to "go out" through your convictions, creeds, or experiences until you come to the point in your faith where there is nothing between yourself and God. more...

Begin to know Him now, and finish never more...

God answers prayer on the ground of Redemption and on no other ground. more...

We must get to the place of real solitude with Christ. He is our mountain-height and our sea-calm. more...

We look for visions of heaven and we never dream that all the time God is in the commonplace things and people around us. more...

In the spiritual domain, criticism is love turned sour... If criticism becomes a habit, it will destroy the moral energy of the life and paralyze the spiritual force... Whenever you are in a critical temper, it is impossible to enter into communion with God. Criticism makes you hard and vindictive and cruel, and leaves you with the flattering unction that you are a superior person. It is impossible to develop the characteristics of a saint and maintain a critical attitude. more...


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