As I read, I'm always looking for quotes and phrases
inspire and motivate my walk with God.
These have. May they do the same for you.
Too long have we Christians thought that we were supposed to be self effacing, withdrawn milktoasts; we were not supposed to assert the glory of God; we were not supposed to walk with our heads high; we were not supposed to be what we were supposed to be --- kings, reigning with Him even now, in life; masters of our passions and our appetites, masters of sin, master of satanic insidious attempts to invade our territory, beating them off with royal flourishes, not condescending to scuffle with him in the dust, but bidding him to be gone in the Name of Jesus, rising to walk with dignity as those who are kings and reign in life by One, Christ Jesus.
The secret of empowerment lies in the desert experience: In the desert, we learn to be faithful lovers of God, even when there is no pleasure in being a Christian, and no miracles to excite us.
Jesus did not spend His time guarding the customs; He was sent to His death by the men who did.
Kenneth J. Foreman
Dialogue is usually more productive than avoidance, when dialogue is possible. The trick for a Christian is to be able to disagree without challenging, accusing, threatening, belittling, hurting, or embarrassing someone (including yourself).
"My Lord blessed me by showing me my fault privately. I was humbled. I remain humbled for fear that if He has to teach me again a needed lesson, He could choose to do it before the eyes of men. That would cause me great anguish, anguish from bruised pride. You could say 'Pride' keeps me humble. Now I silently wait for Him to remove the Pride, so that my only desire is to bring Him glory and lay myself down on the altar of love for Him."
Some, through not being healed of their rejection, have fallen to looking for their acceptance in relationships with those they minister to.
It is far easier to fight against sin in public than to pray against it in private.
If our faith can live without God, it is not divinely created. If God had begotten it, it would wait upon Him as the flowers wait upon the dew.
Sometimes God puts things on hold, waiting for us to yield our will while we wander in the wilderness. He often allows us to stay there until we become broken before Him.
Alan E Nelson
Regarding the spirit of accusation:
When we know whom (not in whom) we have believed personally, we can recognize the accusation as a lie, submit it to God and resist its effects. We neither join in with the accusation nor become entangled in defending against it.
We can love a person who is bringing accusation, not just tolerate them, because we can separate them (that is, who they really are), from their behavior. This is what Christ does for us, that even when we behave inconsistently with our true identity, he does not alter his positive stance toward us; we (not our behavior) are fully acceptable. We do not need to defend ourselves or our beliefs.
Dianne C. Thomas
A dead man can not be offended. His days of defending himself, his possessions and his positions are over. To the degree that we are 'alive' and feel the need to defend, will be the degree to which we can be offended.
He is no fool who gives up that which he can not keep to gain that which he can not lose.
Jim Elliott - martyr
The men who seem to know most of God's power have had great, unspeakable longings, at times, for a fresh consciousness of that power.
S. D. Gordon
After a man is convinced that he can be filled with the Spirit he must desire to be. To the interested inquirer I ask these questions: Are you sure that you want to be possessed by a Spirit Who, while He is pure and gentle and wise and loving, will yet insist upon being Lord of your life? Are you sure you want your personality to be taken over by One who will require obedience to the written Word? Who will not tolerate any of the self-sins in your life: self-love, self-indulgence? Who will not permit you to strut or boast or show off? Who will take the direction of your life away from you and will reserve the sovereign right to test you and discipline you? Who will strip away from you many loved objects which secretly harm your soul? Unless you can answer an eager "Yes" to these questions you do not want to be filled. You may want the thrill or the victory or the power, but you do not really want to be filled with the Spirit. Your desire is little more than a feeble wish, and is not pure enough to please God, Who demands all or nothing.
If on the other hand, your soul cries out for God, for the living God, and your dry and empty heart despairs of living a normal Christian life without a further anointing, then I ask you: Is your desire all-absorbing? Is it the biggest thing in your life? Does it crowd out every common religious activity and fill you with an acute longing that can only be described as the pain of desire? If your heart cries "Yes" to these questions you may be on your way to a spiritual breakthrough that will transform your whole life.
A. W. Tozer
God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.
One is sometimes glad not to be a great theologian; one might easily mistake it for being a good Christian.
C. S. Lewis
Christ willed to suffer and be despised and do you dare complain of the same? Christ had adversaries and backbiters; and do you wish to have all men your friends and benefactors? When shall your patience attain her crown if no adversity befalls you? If you are willing to suffer naught that is against you, how will you be the friend of Christ?
Thomas a Kempis
Jesus isn't coming for a church that's gritting her teeth, struggling to stay free from sin, secretly wishing she could indulge in a little immorality but abstaining because of being afraid of getting caught. No, Jesus is coming for a church passionately and utterly devoted to Him--one that is free on the inside.
A diamond is a chunk of coal made good under pressure.
I feel an urgency of soul to be...emptied and annihilated, to lie in the dust and be full of Christ alone, to love Him with a holy and pure love, to trust in Him, to live on Him, and to be perfectly sanctified and made pure with a divine and heavenly purity.
Revival must be asked and received direct from God Himself. An extraordinary spirit of prayer, constraining believers to much secret and united prayer, pressing them to 'labor fervently' in their supplications, will be one of the surest signs of approaching floods of blessing. If there is to be a mighty divine awakening it will be born in the whole-heartedness of our prayer and faith for it. Let no believer think himself too weak to help, or imagine his prayers are not needed. Let every believer stir up the gift that is in him and begin to cry every day, 'Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?' Every revival has come as Pentecost came, as the fruit of united, continued prayer. It is in the closet, with the door shut, that the sound of abundance of rain will be heard. An increase of secret and united prayer with ministers and members will be a sure harbinger of blessing.
Until prayer becomes a conscious MUST with us we shall never grasp its real value. If to us it is just an extra, a sort of spiritual luxury, enjoyed according to the whim of the hour and neglected when not in the mood for it, we shall never know its true worth. We make it a part of our schedule, part of our life, as much so as the practice periods in the career of a musician. All this is demanding. It will take time, strength and prayer, and whatever else there is in us. We must put ourselves into it. Literally, it will cost ourselves. The cost will determine the conquest. It will be in proportion to what we put into this prayer business that we may expect results. God's giving in prayer will be in proportion to our giving to prayer.
I am convinced that every man who amidst his serious projects is apprised of his dependence upon God and as completely as that dependence is a fact, will be impelled to pray and anxious to induce his serious friends to pray almost every hour. He will not without it promise himself any noble success anymore than a mariner would expect to reach a distant coast by having his sail spread in a stagnation of air. I have intimated my fear that it is visionary to expect an unusual success in human administration of religion unless there are unusual omens: now a most emphatical spirit of prayer would be such an omen.
Prayer in its highest form and grandest success assumes the attitude of a wrestler with God. It is a contest, trial and victory of faith; a victory not secured from an enemy, but from Him who tries our faith that He may enlarge it: that tests our strength to make us stronger. Few things give such quickened and permanent vigor to the soul as a long exhaustive season of importunate prayer. It makes an experience, an epoch, a new calendar for the spirit, a new life to religion, a soldierly training. There is neither encouragement nor room in Bible religion for feeble desires, listless efforts, and lazy attitudes: all must be strenuous, urgent, and ardent. Inflamed desires and impassioned insistence, delight heaven. God would have His children incorrigibly in earnest and persistently bold in their efforts. Heaven is too busy to listen to half hearted prayers or to respond to pop calls.
E. M. Bounds
When a founder has cast a bell he does not presently fix it in the steeple, but tries it with his hammer, and beats it on every side to see if there be any flaw in it. So Christ doth not presently after he hath converted a man, convey him to heaven; but suffers him first to be beaten upon by many temptations and then exalts him to his crown.
Prayer pulls the rope below and the great bell rings above in the ears of God. Some scarcely stir the bell, for they pray so languidly; others give but an occasional pluck at the rope; but he who wins with heaven is the man who grasps the rope boldly and pulls continuously, with all his might.
I have been driven many times to my knees, by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.
The purpose of prayer is to move God. Prayer that actuates God, in turn changes the world. The tides of time have been altered only by men able to command God. Prayer seasoned with tears touches the ear of God. Spiritual enthusiasm in prayer attunes the attention of God to the one on his knees. Cold, indifferent petition- making never unlocks God's treasury room for one's access. If you would reach God by way of the praying route, enter into spiritual communion with Him through a heart hot with urgency.
You can graduate a man's progress in religion by the amount of prayer, not by the number of hours perhaps, but by the earnest supplication that he puts up to God. There is no exception to the rule. Show me a man who prays and his strength and his power cannot by exaggerated. Just give to a man this power of prayer and you give him almost omnipotence.
True praying has the largest results for good. Poor praying the least. We cannot do too much of real praying. We cannot do too little of the sham. If we would learn the wondrous power of prayer, we must not give a fragment here and there -- 'A little talk with Jesus,' as the tiny saintlets sing -- but we must demand and hold with an iron grasp the best hours of the day for God and prayer, or there will be no praying worth the name.
E. M. Bounds
Oh, for five hundred Elijahs, each one upon his Carmel , crying unto God, and we should soon have the clouds bursting into showers. Oh, for more prayer, more constant, incessant prayer! Then the blessing would rain upon us.
None but praying leaders can have praying followers. A praying pulpit will beget praying pews. We do greatly need pastors and evangelists who will set the saints to this business of praying. We are not a generation of praying saints. Who will restore this breach? The greatest will he be of reformers who can set the Church to praying.
E. M. Bounds
There is no way of learning to pray but by praying. No reasoned philosophy of prayer ever taught a soul to pray. We know not what we should pray for as we ought, and if prayer waits for understanding it will never begin. We discover by using. We learn by practice. Though a man should have all knowledge about prayer, and though he should understand all mysteries about prayer, unless he prays he will never learn to pray.
Prayer is so necessary, and the source of so many blessings, that he who has discovered the treasure cannot be prevented from having recourse to it, whenever he has opportunity. Religion is no more possible without prayer than poetry without language, or music without atmosphere.
Let the people of God everywhere unite in prayer and faith for such a manifestation of the power of God that the demon forces now powerfully working to destroy the efforts of the Church towards world evangelization will themselves be destroyed.
Let us ministers stop giving out highly perfumed theories, often without perfumed theories, often without enough Gospel to enable lost sinners to find Christ, and let us unite in calling the people back to God!
Let the priests, the ministers of God, weep between the porch and the altar. Let us repent of our foolishness, softness and worldliness. Let us put ourselves back in touch with those many channels of Grace through which the power of the Holy Spirit poured Himself into the souls of the Apostles. We need a new day of Pentecost! We need a new Reformation!
When we learn how to pray we will find ourselves coming under the greatest outpouring of the Spirit since the days of the Apostles -- an outpouring dated to complete our preparation for the rapture of the Church and the ushering in of the Day of the Lord.
Dr. A. S. Ward
The prayers of holy men and women can do more than all the armies and navies of the nations! Prayercraft is greater than aircraft! 'Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord'. Get an army of holy men and women prosecuting a desperately earnest prayer-warfare against the evils of our nation, and America and Britain will be saved! Get church to its knees, and revival is here!
Regarding David Brainerd's ministry:
He was in the depths of the forest alone, unable to speak the language of the Indians, but he spent whole days in prayer. What was he praying for? He knew that he could not reach those savages: he did not understand their language. If he wanted to speak at all he must find somebody that could vaguely interpret his thought. Therefore he knew that anything he might do must be absolutely dependent upon the power of God. So he spent whole days praying simply that the power of the Holy Ghost might come upon him so unmistakably that these people should not be able to stand before him.
What was his answer? Once he preached through a drunken interpreter, a man so intoxicated that he could hardly stand up. That was the best he could do; yet scores were converted through that sermon. We cannot account for it, only that it was the tremendous power of God behind him.
After he was dead, William Carey read his life and went to India ; Robert McCheyne read his diary and went to the Jews; Henry Martyn read his journal and went to India . The hidden life, in communion with God, in trying to reach the source of power, is the life that moves the world.
Dr. A. J. Gordon
All great soul-winners have been men and women of prayer. I have known nearly all the great evangelists of this generation and many of the last. All were men of intense prayer.
One man moved my soul tremendously when I was a young, unconverted journalist. He was staying with a Presbyterian minister, and I said, 'I would like to see Mr. So- and-So.' The minister said, 'I would like to see such a man live in my house. I do not know when he sleeps. When I go to his room at night to see if he is comfortable, he is in prayer. I saw him go into the church early this morning and he has not been home for meals.'
I found the church in the tropics of Australia . He lay prostrate at the communion rail. I could hear the agony of his voice and the tears in his voice as he pleaded with God for that great gold mining city. He had been praying all night. And he had fasted and prayed all day.
I crept up to where he lay. I knelt by his prostrate form and put my hand on his shoulder and it was wet with sweat. He had never seen me before but he looked up for a moment and said, 'Pray with me, brother. I cannot live if this town does not turn to God.' He had been there about three weeks without conversions...I knelt with him and prayed with him and he opened his heart to God and pleaded as I never heard a man plead. I went back to my office awed, humbled, trembling...
That night I went to the great church where he preached. No one knew he had no food all day, and no sleep the night before. But when he rose in the church I heard several say, 'What an unearthly light is on his face.' It is true. He was a great Bible teacher but not an evangelist. But that night as he preached, something happened, and the whole place broke beneath the power of God. That was the first ingathering of souls I had ever witnessed. God can work wonders; If He can get a suitable man!
The lodestone loseth its virtue besmeared with garlic, and our prayers with sin. Sin is the only obstacle that stops our prayers, under full sail to the throne of grace.
Sometimes a fog will settle over a vessel's deck and yet leave the topmast clear. Then a sailor goes up aloft and gets a lookout which the helmsman on deck cannot get. So prayer sends the soul aloft; lifts it above the clouds in which our selfishness and egotism befog us, and gives us a chance to see which way to steer.
Prayer is reaching out after the unseen; fasting, letting go of all that is seen and temporal. Fasting helps express, deepen, confirm the resolution that we are ready to sacrifice anything, even ourselves, to attain what we seek for the kingdom of God .
Ordinary Christians imagine that all not positively forbidden and sinful is lawful, and seek to retain as much as possible of this world, its prosperity, its literature, its enjoyments, but the truly consecrated soul, like the soldier, carries only what he needs for the battle. Laying aside every weight as well as the besetting sin, afraid of entangling himself with the affairs of life, he seeks to lead a Nazarite life, one specially set apart for the Lord and His service. Without such voluntary separation, even from what is lawful, no one will attain power in prayer; 'this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.'
I have found in all my experience that in every temptation the victory much depends on resisting the first attack. To stop and reason for a moment is dangerous. Is the object or gratification forbidden? That is enough if we truly love the Lord our God. But when we deliberate, we throw ourselves into the arms of Satan. Neither ought consequences to be considered; God will see to them; better suffer anything than His frown. Oh, may I ever walk by this rule, and live to please my God alone.
We think revival means a silver-tongued preacher, some good music, and a few folks who decide they're going to join the church. No! Real revival is when people are eating at a restaurant or walking through the mall when they suddenly begin to weep and turn to their friends and say, "I don't know what's wrong with me, but I know I've got to get right with God."
...True prayer is measured by weight,-not by length. A single groan before God may have more fullness of prayer in it than a fine oration of great length. - C. H. Spurgeon
I set myself on fire, and the people come to see me burn."
John Wesley, when asked how he got crowds.
Praise is what takes you to the Throne Room of God; worship is what you do when you get there.
Pastor Roy Boyer
If a man has only correct doctrine to offer me, I am sure to slip out at the first intermission to seek the company of someone who has seen for himself how lovely is the face of Him who is the Rose of Sharon and the Lily of the Valley. Such a man can help me, and no one else can.
A. W. Tozer
Our hearts must be so captured by God, that we will not be consumed by anything other than the Fire of God!
Michal Ann Goll
It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy course; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt -1910
There are boundless possibilities for us if we dare to act in God and dare to believe!
The only limit to the power of Almighty God lies within you & me.
He is much better than what He gives and He only gives the very best.
Destitute of the Fire of God, nothing else counts; possessing Fire, nothing else matters.
I am starting to proclaim what Jesus said, "If I don't do the works, don't believe me!" John 10:37. Apparently the world has the right to see a gospel of POWER!
Remember the slogan "Starve a cold. Feed a fever." Or was it "Feed a cold starve a fever." They never could figure out which was correct method for getting well. In spiritual terms I can tell you with confidence, the correct method is - Feed your spirit. Starve your flesh - Die daily.
Love is both a principle and an emotion; it is something both felt and willed. It is capable of almost infinite degrees. Love in the human heart may begin so modestly as to be hardly perceptible and go on to become a raging torrent that sweeps its possessor before it in total helplessness.
God is an arsonist. He is setting fires. If you want to be set on fire you must be ignitable material.
In Omar Cabrera's churches, intercessors spend 95% of their prayer time focusing on the quality of their relationship with God and getting clean, and 5% focusing on the enemy.
There is no New Testament evidence that people in those days went to church to get saved. They went to church because they were saved - through the power of the testimony of Spirit-inflamed witnesses.
Church altars which for years had been nothing more than pieces of furniture now became hallowed places where men met God, and brother was reconciled with brother.
Robert Coleman - The Asbury Revival
It was hard to find a single person who wasn't seeking after God. So tremendous has been this sense of an awareness of God, that I have known men out in the fields, so overcome that they were prostrate upon the ground. Revival is a community saturated by God.
If you see someone taking responsibility, give that person authority. If you see someone looking for authority, watch out!
Are the things you're living for worth Christ dying for?
Most people are bothered by those scripture passages which they cannot understand. But for me, the passages in Scripture which trouble me most are those which I do understand.
May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house.
Preach always, if necessary use words.
We as a church need to decide whether we'll seek the Anointing of God or the God of the Anointing
The more you know, the more you are responsible for. The less you know, the more trouble you are in.
Some people like to read the Bible in Hebrew. Some like to read it in Greek. But I like to read it in the Holy Ghost.
We have no government armed with power which is capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and a religious people. It is wholly inadequate to be the government of any other.
John Adams -1798