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Archive for December 20th, 2010

[A major problem is our] failure to give time to the cultivation of the knowledge of God.

[Waiting upon God leads at times to] a sudden sweet explosion, an up rushing of the water that has been increasing its pressure within until we can no longer contain it.

God expects of us only what He Himself first supplied. … He remembers our frame and knows that we are dust. We please him most by throwing ourselves into His arms with all our imperfections, and believing that he understands everything and loves us still.

[Jesus is] the very Christ of God. [We ought not imagine] the grotesque situation of the Lord of glory coming to the aid of an unreconstructed Adam – on Adam’s terms.

[A person who is self-deluded in their sins is as] a kind of movable tomb to house a soul already dead.

The average man has become a parasite in the world, drawing life from his environment, unable to live a day apart from the stimulation which society affords him.

The great need of the hour among persons spiritually hungry is twofold: First, to know the Scriptures, apart from which no saving truth will be vouchsafed by our Lord; the second, to be enlightened by the Spirit, apart from whom the Scriptures will not be understood.

All the natural fear in the world cannot make a sheep out of a goat. … Whence then does the true fear of God arise? From the knowledge of our own sinfulness and a sense of the presence of God.

The promise of pardon and cleansing is always associated in the Scriptures with the command to repent. The widely-used text in Isaiah, "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as Snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool," is organically united to the verses that precede it: "Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings …

What we need very badly these days is a company of Christians who are prepared to trust God as completely now as they know they must do at the last day.

One of the big milk companies makes capital of the fact that their cows are all satisfied with their lot in life. Their clever ads have made the term "contented cows" familiar to everyone. But what is a virtue in a cow may be a vice in a man. And contentment, when it touches spiritual things, is surely a vice.

Every Christian will become at last what his desires have made him. We are all the sum total of our hungers.

Do not underrate anything God may have done for you heretofore. Thank God for everything up to this point, but do not stop here.

The message of Christ lays hold upon a man with the intention to alter him, to mold him again after another image and make of him something altogether different from what he had been before.

So the cross not only brings Christ’s life to an end, it ends also the first life, the old life, of every one of His true followers. It destroys the old pattern, the Adam pattern, in the believer’s life, and brings it to an end. Then the God who raised Christ from the dead raises the believer and a new life begins.

Man was made to dwell in a garden," says Dr. Harold C. Mason, "but through sin he has been forced to dwell in a field, a field which he has wrested from his enemies by sweat and tears, and which he preserves only at the price of constant watchfulness and endless toil. Let him but relax his efforts for a few years and the wilderness will claim his field again."

The death of Christ was for the whole person, not for the soul only and His invitation is to the entire man, the entire woman.

To be tempted and yet to glorify God in the midst of it is to honour Him where it counts. This is more pleasing to God than any amount of sheltered and untempted piety could ever be. To fight and to win in the name of Christ is always better than to have known no conflict.

Thanksgiving has great curative power.

The doctrine of suffering should certainly receive careful and reverent attention from the sons of the new creation.

Praise God for the hammer, the file and the furnace. … The nail forgets that both it and the hammer are servants of the same workman. … The carpenter decides whose head shall be beaten next and what hammer shall be used in the beating. That is his sovereign right. … How could Rutherford find it in his heart to praise God for the hammer, the file and the furnace? The answer is simply that he loved the Master of the hammer, he adored the Workman who wielded the file, he worshiped the Lord who heated the furnace. … It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until He has hurt him deeply.

[Silence as] the unutterable element in Christian experience. … speechless silence in the awesome presence of God … a breathless encounter with Omniscience … when prostrate and wordless the soul receives …

We are waiting for a trumpet note that will call us away from the hurly-burly and set in motion a series of events that will result at last in a new heaven and a new earth.

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