♦ "I AM WILLING
To receive what Thou givest,
To lack what thou withholdest,
To relinquish what Thou takest,
To surrender what Thou claimest,
To suffer what Thou ordainest,
To do what Thou commandest,
To wait until Thou sayest 'Go'"
♦ THE VOID BETWEEN INTENT AND PERFORMANCE
"We sing 'Sweet Hour of Prayer' and content ourselves with a few minutes of prayer each day, if even that much.
We sing 'Onward, Christian Soldiers' and wait to be pushed into the Lord's service.
We sing 'O For a Thousand Tongues' without rightly using the tongue we have.
We sing 'Blest Be the Tie That Binds' and let the least little offense sever it.
We sing 'Serve the Lord With Gladness' and gripe about all we have to do.
We sing 'I Love to Tell the Story' and never mention it all year to our friends and associates.
We sing 'Cast Thy Burden on the Lord' and worry ourselves into nervous breakdowns.
We sing 'The Whole Wide World for Jesus' and never invite our next-door neighbors to church.
We sing 'Throw Out the Life Line' and content ourselves with throwing out a fishing line on Sunday.
♦ You may trust the Lord too little, but you can never trust Him too much.
♦ Better never to have been born at all, than never to have been born again.
♦ Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday.
♦ The more holy a man is, the more he will be conscious of his unholiness.
♦ God buries His workmen and carries on His work.
♦ Humility is a paradox. The moment you think you've finally found it, you've lost it. There has yet to be written a book entitled, "Humility and How I Achieved It." And yet, God expects (and rewards) an attitude of servant-like humility in His followers.
♦ It is surely true of the experience of us to say that one of the greatest dangers confronting us is the danger of listening to the truth, or reading it, and nodding our head in agreement with it, but of never doing anything at all about it.
♦ You are writing a Gospel, a chapter a day,
By deeds that you do, by words that you say.
Men read what you write, whether faithfless or true;
Say, what is the Gospel according to you?
♦ Forewarned is Forearmed!
♦ Do all the good you can
In all the ways you can
To all the people you can
As long as you can.
♦ God does not want merely our profession, our zeal, our works, or anything else. He wants us.
♦ Sow a thought, you reap an act;
Sow an act, you reap a habit;
Sow a habit, you reap a character;
Sow a character, you reap a destiny.
♦ We are never so high as when we are on our knees.
♦ The Gospel is of no profit except it be believed.
♦ Regeneration is not our natural life carried up to is highest point of attainment, but the Divine life brought down to its lowest point of condescension, even to the heart of fallen man.
Matthew Henry was once robbed of his wallet, and knowing
that it was his duty to give thanks in everything, he meditated on
this incident and recorded in his diary the following:
♦ "Let me be thankful, first because he never robbed me before; second, because although he took my purse, he did not take my life; third, because although he took all I possed, it was not much; and fourth, because it was I who was robbed, not I who robbed."
♦ Though we claim to believe the whole of Scripture, in practice we frequently deny much of it by ignoring it.
♦ It is possible for a man to study diligently the Word of God, but if he does not see Jesus, it will profit him nothing.
♦ If you and I but had the realization that wherever we are, and whatever we do, God is looking at us, it would transform our lives!
♦ The moment we are born, we are beginning to die!!
♦ The moment you come into the world, you are beginning to go out of it.
♦ We should be much more concerned about the state of the Church herself than about the state of the world outside the Church.
♦ Jesus Christ is the rock— some men stumble over Him, other men build on Him!
♦ We should manifest in our outward life our relationship with Christ.
♦ Setting the mind and affection on things above, we are to act in the midst of the things as they are.
♦ There is one sure and infallible guide to truth, and therefore one, and only one, corrective for error, and that is the Word of God.
♦ What do you have to offer God? Nothing. What does God have to give you? Everything.
♦ Obedience is the sign of a true faith.
♦ No man ever came into the family of God apart from being born into that family.
♦ We are to search the Scriptures, not to receive knowledge, not to gain facts, not to be teachers or expounders of the Word; but we are to study the Scriptures under the Spirit's guidance that we might come to know a Person.
♦ As Christ does away with the penalty for sin by His death, so by His Life He puts an end to its power over the true believer.
♦ Daily must we feed upon Christ. The grace of yesterday will not do for today.
♦ Education, apart from the fear of God, tends to infidelity.
♦ Our standard is Christ; let us walk in His steps.
♦ We are to live in the world, while not of it.
♦ It is not enough to see the wrong of a thing, or even to bear witness against it. Action is necessary.
♦ Shall we for a moment boast in that flesh which He condemned by the Cross?
♦ The noblest occupation for any creature is to be engaged in the worship of God.
♦ Calvary was no mere afterthought. Jesus was the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world.
♦ Christ became all things to all men. To the hungry, He was the "Bread of Life"; to the blind He was the "Light of the World"; to the dead, He was "the Resurrection and the Life;"to the ignorant and unwise He was the "Wisdom of God;" to the lost He was "the Way"; to the sick He was the "Great Physician"; and to the lost and straying sheep, Christ was the "Good Shepherd."
♦ Christian, never complain that you are called to live in such a dark and dangerous spot. All lighthouses are in dark and dangerous places. That is where they are needed. Philippians 2:15
♦ Men are divided into two classes, the children of God and the children of the devil.
♦ Right belief will result in right behavior.
♦ It is not expected that we will all agree on all points, but we had better be careful on what points and in what spirit we disagree.
♦ To come to Christ in this life is to be with Christ in the life to come.
♦ The religion of the average person is a "do" religion, but true Biblical Christianity is a "done" religion. You can do absolutely nothing to save yourself simple because Christ has already done all that God requires for your salvation. So, why not receive Christ at once? Stop trying, and trust.
♦ Our supreme motive in our prayers should be that God may be glorified by answering our prayers.
♦ An idol is anything that a man puts before God.
♦ Worship is giving, not getting; ascribing, not appropriating.
♦ Faith takes God at His Word.
♦ When the testimony of the life does not agree with the testimony of the lips, the latter always goes unheeded.
♦ It is not wrong to have possessions, it is only wrong to let possessions have us. A ship in the water is perfecctly right, the the water in the ship would be perfectly wrong. The Christian in the world is right and necessary, but the world in the Christian is wrong and disastrous.
♦ A Christian must be outside Sodom in order to testify against it.
♦ The supreme test of character is found in little things.
♦ Separation from the world, paradoxical though it may seem, is the only true way of influencing the world for Christ.
♦ God does not always see fit to remove obstacles from our pathway, but He always gives power to triumph over them.
♦ The Christian is always on duty.
♦ The stone was not rolled away to let the Saviour out. No, No; but to let you and me look in, and see the proofs of His victory over death and Satan.
♦ Unhappy Christians... they have too much of Christ to really enjoy the world, and too much of the world to fully enjoy Christ.
♦ If you are not for Christ, you are against Him! There is no middle ground.
♦ The nearer we are to the Lord, the less we are in our own eyes.
♦ The secret of peace within, and power without, is to be always and only occupied with Christ.
♦ Our responsiblity is not to bring all the world to Christ, but our responsibility is to bring Christ to all the world.
♦ Just as at that day there was no room for Him in the inn, so now there is no room for Him in the hearts of men. Room for sin, room for folly, room for pleasure, but no room for Christ.
♦ Lust is seeking what I do not possess. Pride is self-exaltation on account of what I do possess.
♦ How easy it is to talk a good Christianity, and how rare it is to see the talkers walking consistently!
♦ God grant that we shall be humble, for it is in humility that we recognize that our dependance is upon Him.
♦ John 3:16 has two sides: God's side, and man's side. God loving and giving; we believing and having.
♦ Born in one man's stable, and buried in another man's tomb, He truly said "The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head."
♦ It is not only giving a testimony, but being a testimony.
♦ Nearness to Christ is the secret of all spiritual progress and power.