Christian Inspirational Quotes by Pope John Paul II, Malcolm Muggeridge, Joel Osteen, Aiden Wilson Tozer, Pope Benedict XVI, Thomas Dubay and many others.
The sacraments infuse holiness into the terrain of man’s humanity: they penetrate the soul and body, the femininity and masculinity of the personal subject, with the power of holiness.
What will finally destroy us is not communism or fascism, but man acting like God.
God doesnвЂ™t care what youвЂ™re not. He cares who you are. You are His, you come from the Master, and when He adds His extra to your ordinary and His super to your natural, nothing is impossible for you.
Men are free to decide their own moral choices, but they are also under the necessity to account to God for those choices.
How can it be that the most wonderous and sacred human space – the womb – has become a place of unutterable violence?
Creation is a book proclaiming the Creator. It is a book of beauty that our intellect reads, but through the passageways of our five senses.
If you are going to live by faith, then expect your faith to be tested. A faith that can’t be tested can’t be trusted.
Nothing causes us to so nearly resemble God as the forgiveness of injuries.
Worry is not believing God will get it right, and bitterness is believing God got it wrong.
Thats what I love about serving God. In His eyes, there are no little people…because there are no big people. We are all on the same playing field
I can fill a church speaking on Revelation and empty it speaking on Romans.
“God does not give us more than we can handle,” I am told but I wonder if God doesn’t overestimate me just a little. Or perhaps, and this is likely, I underestimate God.
Consider six or eight hours a day sacred to the Lord and His work, and let nothing hinder your giving this time (to language study and practice) till you can preach fluently and intelligibly.
Our prayers are heard by God not according to what we try to be when we pray, but who we are when we are not praying
To Christ we are to be always coming; upon Him always relying; to His precious blood always looking.
Remember: In the end, you’re not living to impress your friends or your relatives or your coworkers. All of life is for Jesus.
Jesus Your name is a shelter for the hurting, Your name is a refuge for the weak, only Your name can redeem the undeserving, Jesus Your name holds everything I need.
Singing is a lover’s thing.
Jesus Messiah, name above all names, blessed Redeemer, Emmanuel, the rescue for sinners, the ransom from Heaven, Jesus Messiah, Lord of all.
From the Cross, Christ teaches us to love even those who do not love us.
Faith is not about how much you believe in what you believe. Faith is about believing that the One you believe in is believable.
Worry is an old man with bended head, carrying a load of feathers which he thinks are lead.
One of the great uses of Twitter and Facebook will be to prove at the Last Day that prayerlessness was not from lack of time.
I know now one thing only matters in these days… true love… love and love alone.
The Christian must recognize that there are no degrees in right or wrong
I believe Satan exists for two reasons: first, the Bible says so, and second, I’ve done business with him.
Be attentive to the voice of grace.
Holy service in constant fellowship with God is heaven below
As soon as a man has found Christ, he begins to find others.
Give me the Love that leads the way The Faith that nothing can dismay The Hope no disappointments tire The Passion that’ll burn like fire Let me not sink to be a clod Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God
A mortician can make a dead man look better than he ever did when he was alive. So churches like Sardis may appear very much alive when they are dead in the sight of the Lord. God knows the difference.
Remember, a small light will do a great deal when it is in a very dark place. Put one little tallow in the middle of a large hall, and it will give a good deal of light.
A bruised heart that chooses to beat with a passion for God amid pulsing pain and confusion may just be the most expensive offering placed on the divine altar.
Most of the world around you doesn’t read the Bible. So… God gives the world a living epistle- you.
Let go into the mystery
Let yourself go
You’ve got to open up your heart
That’s all I know
Trust what I say and do what you’re told
Baby, and all your dirt will turn
Let yourself go
You’ve got to open up your heart
That’s all I know
Trust what I say and do what you’re told
Baby, and all your dirt will turn
If I ever become a Saint – I will surely be one of “darkness.” I will continually be absent from heaven – to light the light of those in darkness on earth.
One person can bring favor to many during the storm.
And for all these people alike, the key to healing turned out to be the same. Each had a hurt he had to forgive.
If the Church is ‘in Christ,’ she is involved in mission. Her whole existence then has a missionary character. Her conduct as well as her words will convince the unbelievers and put their ignorance and stupidity to silence.
Strive to make every person feel special. After all, every person you meet is made in the image of God.
For too long, weвЂ™ve called unbelievers to вЂњinvite Jesus into your life.вЂќ Jesus doesnвЂ™t want to be in your life. Your life is a wreck. Jesus calls you into his life. And his life isnвЂ™t boring or purposeless or static. ItвЂ™s wild and exhilarating and unpredictable.
Persistence in prayer for someone whom we don’t like, however much it goes against the grain to begin with, brings about a remarkable change in attitude.
We find comfort among those who agree with us – growth among those who don’t.
We can be in our day what the heroes of faith were in their day – but remember at the time they didn’t know they were heroes.
As I make goals for this year… Jesus, let your thoughts become my thoughts and bend my will to Your will.
The fact that we were created to enjoy God and to worship him forever is etched upon our souls
The happiest people I know are those who have an obsession to the obedience of God.
The world was made partly that there may be prayer; partly that our prayers might be answered.
Believing is nothing other than, in the darkness of the world, touching the hand of God, and in this way, in silence, hearing the Word, seeing love.
We should let God be the One to praise us and not praise ourselves. For God detests those who commend themselves. Let others applaud our good deeds.
Ultimately, in the battle against lies and violence, truth and love have no other weapon than the witness of suffering.
If you and I are to be used in our sphere as D.L. Moody was used in his, we must put all that we have and all that we are in the hands of God, for Him to use as He will.
Do everything calmly and peacefully. Do as much as you can as well as you can. Strive to see God in all things without exception, and consent to His will joyously. Do everything for God, uniting yourself to him in word and deed. Walk very simply with the Cross of the Lord and be at peace with yourself.
Do not wander far and wide but return into yourself. Deep within man there dwells the truth.
God’s hand never slips. He never makes a mistake. His every move is for our own good and for our ultimate good.
You will find more saints are interested in antichrist than Christ.
The good man has his enemies. He would not be like His Lord if he had not. If we were without enemies we might fear that we were not the friends of God, for friendship of the world is enmity to God.
God cannot lead you on the basis of facts that you do not know.
Set a strong guard about thy outward senses: these are Satan’s landing places, especially the eye and the ear.
The man who sets out to live the life worthwhile-to follow his vision and speak his heart-need not look for position, honors, prosperity.
If we esteem them too highly, good works can become the greatest idolatry.
His is a joy which consequences cannot quench. His is a peace which circumstances cannot steal.
Let us learn from Christ how to pray, to forgive, to sow peace, and to be near those in need.
You weren’t put on earth to be remembered. You were put here to prepare for eternity.
Wonder or radical amazement is the chief characteristic of the religious man’s attitude toward history and nature.
Go up to the mountain, go up to the glen, where silence will touch you, and heartbreak will mend.
Give me the old familiar world, post-office and all, with this ever new self, with this infinite expectation and faith, which does not know when it is beaten.
There are no disappointments to those whose wills are buried in the will of God.
Persecution, in short, is like the goldsmith’s stamp on real silver and gold – it is one of the marks of a converted man.
Unless there is an element of risk in our exploits for God, there is no need for faith.
Ah, Lord Jesus! I never knew Your love till I understood the meaning of Your death.
Intercession is the truly universal work for the Christian. No place is closed to intercessory prayer: no continent, no nation, no city, no organization, no office. No power on earth can keep intercession out.
A picture of Christ was hung in the back of a pulpit. When the minister rose to speak one Sunday morning, a little boy asked his mother, ‘Mother, who is that man who stands so we can’t see Jesus?’
He pours light into our minds, arouses our desire and gives us strength… As the soul is the life of the body, so the Holy Spirit is the life of our souls.
While we are looking at God we do not see ourselves – blessed riddance.
People who are obsessed with Jesus do not consider service a burden. Obsessed people take joy in loving God by loving His people (Mt 13:44)(Jn 15:8).
The Old (Testament) is in the New (Testament) revealed, the New is in the Old concealed.
What good is it if the Eucharistic table is overloaded with golden chalices when your brother is dying of hunger. Start by satisfying his hunger and then with what is left you may adorn the altar as well.
At this very moment, GodвЂ™s working behind the scenes in your life, arranging things in your favor. Stay in faith!
The more administrative machinery we construct, be it the most modern, the less place there is for the Spirit, the less place there is for the Lord, and the less freedom there is. It is my opinion that we ought to begin an unsparing examination of conscience on this point at all levels in the Church.
We must remember that Satan has his miracles, too.
While other worldviews lead us to sit in the midst of lifeвЂ™s joys, foreseeing the coming sorrows, Christianity empowers its people to sit in the midst of this worldвЂ™s sorrows, tasting the coming joy.
If it suddenly became impossible for us to cover up all the junk we normally hide from the rest of humanity, I have a feeling we would all get real motivated to deal with the source of what ails us.
Yield thou not to adversity, but press on the more bravely.
I can conceive of no greater, more romantic and interesting adventure than to undertake to live like Jesus in this complicated day.
We never know how God will answer our prayers, but we can expect that He will get us involved in His plan for the answer. If we are true intercessors, we must be ready to take part in GodвЂ™s work on behalf of the people for whom we pray.
In Christ, man who made himself God encounters God who made himself man. Unrivaled self-importance and pride encounters unrivaled self-emptying and humility.
We are not responsible to God for the soul that are saved, but we are responsible for the Gospel that is preached, and for the way in which we preach it
I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.
Doing nothing is sometimes one of the highest of the duties of man.
We cannot trust in our own strength, but only in Jesus and in his mercy.
Devotion to God is still a voluntary thing; hence the differences of attainment among Christians.
You cannot have a testimony without a test. Will you pass the test or have the monies?
A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was.
Blessed is that Christian who can accept at the start by simple faith that which others reach only through years of questioning and reach it only then because they give up trying to analyze it and decide to accept it.
Violence sometimes may have cleared away obstructions quickly, but it never has proved itself creative.
If there were no God, there would be no atheists.
The moment someone chooses to trust in Jesus Christ, his sins are wiped away, and he is adopted into God’s family. That individual is set apart as a child of God, with a sacred purpose.
Keep your face upturned to Christ as the flowers do to the sun. Look, and your soul shall live and grow
Listen, my friend! Your helplessness is your best prayer. It calls from your heart to the heart of God with greater effect than all your uttered pleas. He hears it from the very moment that you are seized with helplessness, and He becomes actively engaged at once in hearing and answering the prayer of your helplessness.
A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God’s truth is attacked and yet would remain silent.
The history of mankind, the history of salvation, passes by way of the family… The family is placed at the center of the great struggle between good and evil, between life and death, between love and all that is opposed to love.
A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone.
There are no part-time Christians.
It is true that Bible prayers in word and print are short, but the praying men of the Bible were with God through many a sweet and holy wrestling hour. They won by few words but long waiting.
In the darkest times of your life, your praise to God should be the loudest. Let the enemy know you’re not afraid of the dark.
In the poor and outcast we see ChristвЂ™s face; by loving and helping the poor, we love and serve Christ.
Having God as an identity marker is nothing but a label, a language, and a lifestyle. I’m a Christian. I talk like one. I act like one.
But having God as an identity changer is so much more. It’s lavish abandon to who God is and who He’s made me to be. Holding nothing back!
But having God as an identity changer is so much more. It’s lavish abandon to who God is and who He’s made me to be. Holding nothing back!
Oh, that I could spend every moment of my life to God’s glory!
The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become.
It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.
The reason most people don’t go to church is because they’ve already been.
I am part of the Fellowship of the Unashamed… My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is in God’s hands… I am a disciple of Jesus. I must go till he comes, give until I drop, speak out until all know, and work until he stops me.
The world is full of noise. Might we not set ourselves to learn silence, stillness solitude?
Nothing so clears the vision and lifts up the life, as a decision to move forward in what you know to be entirely the will of the Lord.
Where is God? Where can I find him?” we ask. We don’t realize that’s like a fish swimming frantically through the ocean in search OF the ocean
Without God, we cannot. Without us, God will not.
God loves you UNCONDITIONALLY.
If I had my ministry over again, I would devote far more time to the ministry of comfort and encouragement.
If the church marries herself to the spirit of the times, she will find herself a widow in the next generation.
Fellowship with God means warfare with the world.
You need to be moving if you want God to show you which way to go.
A person who is obsessed thinks about heaven frequently. Obsessed people orient their lives around eternity; they are not fixed only on what is here in front of them.
When Christ returns, and only then, will the angel’s message to the shepherds be totally fulfilled: Peace on earth, goodwill toward men.
On this special day of love, remember that your Father loves you more than you could ever imagine…no matter what youвЂ™ve done or havenвЂ™t done. No box of candy or flowers can compare to this kind of agape love!
God wastes nothing – not even sin. The soul that has struggled and come through is enriched by it’s experiences, and Grace does not merely blot out the evil past but in the most literal sense “makes it good.”
Love looks to the eternal. Love is indeed “ecstasy,” not in the sense of a moment of intoxication, but rather as a journey, an on-going exodus out of the closed inward-looking self toward its liberation through self-giving… toward authentic self-discovery and indeed the discovery of God.
Immorality is just as bad now as it was in the past. The difference is that now we flaunt it. It used to be done in secret, but now it is done in the open.
The grace of forgiveness, because God Himself has paid the price, is a Christian distinctive and stands splendidly against our hate-filled, unforgiving world. God’s forgiveness gives us a fresh start.
No erudition, no purity of diction, no width of mental outlook, no flowers of eloquence, no grace of person can atone for lack of fire. Prayer ascends by fire. Flame gives prayer access as well as wings, acceptance as well as energy. There is no incense without fire; no prayer without flame.
The Bible is the greatest of all books; to study it the noblest of all pursuits; to understand it, the highest of all goals.
It may not seem obvious at first glance, but the way we make decisions in life tells a lot about the kind of faith we have in Jesus Christ.
The will of God will not take us where the grace of God cannot sustain us.
Grace, lavished upon us by God and communicated through the Mystery of the Incarnate Word, is an absolutely free gift with which nature is healed, strengthened and assisted in pursuing the innate desire for happiness in the heart of every man and of every woman.
The lazy Christian has his mouth full of complaints, when the active Christian has his heart full of comforts.
The peace that Jesus gives is never engineered by circumstances on the outside.
We know so little about the future that to worry about it would be the height of foolishness.
Being a Christian is more like having your soul possessed by a spirit than having your mind clothed with new beliefs… It is like being haunted by the Holy Ghost.
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?
Great moves of God are usually preceded by simple acts of obedience.
The tragedy of today is that the situation is desperate but the saints are not.
Prayer is an investment. The time you dedicate to prayer isn’t lost; it will return dividends far greater than what a few moments spent on a task ever could. If we fail to cultivate this discipline, prayer winds up being our last resort rather than our first response.
The love of husband and wife is the force that welds society together.
God gave me emotions so I could experience life, not destroy it
God may allow us at times to hit rock bottom, to show us He’s the rock-at the bottom.
To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.
Hell is the place where one has ceased to hope.
The Bible is the cradle wherein Christ is laid.
The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.
Your heart is like an infinitely large hole, and only God is big enough to fill it.
To awaken a new longing for holiness: this is the great pastoral challenge that we have before us, if we want to be faithful to God’s plan and also to respond to the yearnings and hopes of the peoples of America and of all peoples on earth.
When the heart submits, then Jesus reigns. When Jesus reigns, there is rest.
God judges what we tolerate as well as what we practice. Too often we put up with things we ought to put out.
It is not great talents or great learning or great preachers that God needs, but men great in holiness, great in faith, great in love, great in fidelity, great for God.
If I walk with the world, I can’t walk with God.
The greatest judgment God can send on His people is letting them have their own way.
Too often we concentrate only on the things we can see now; but our focus should be on that place we can only envision, but will enjoy for all eternity.
The great method of prayer is to have none. If in going to prayer one can form in oneself a pure capacity for receiving the spirit of God, that will suffice for all method.
How will the Tower of Babel be undone? How will we understand each other in Heaven? Will we all speak English or Dutch or Latin? No, we will speak music.
God’s ways are behind the scenes, but He moves all the scenes which He is behind.
Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy.
If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.
Greater is He that is in you than anything that surrounds you.
No matter what youвЂ™re going through there’s no pit so deep that God canвЂ™t reach in and get you out.
All the troubles of the Church, all the evils in the world, flow from this source: that men do not by clear and sound knowledge and serious consideration penetrate into the truths of Sacred Scripture.
Anything under God’s control is never out of control.
Those who give much without sacrifice are reckoned as having given little.
Man is not merely an evolution but rather a revolution.
A great many people are trying to make peace, but that has already been done. God has not left it for us to do; all we have to do is to enter into it.
I am immortal until God’s work for me to do is done. The Lord reigns.
Not all dreamers are winners, but all winners are dreamers. Your dream is the key to your future. The Bible says that, “without a vision (dream), a people perish.” You need a dream, if you’re going to succeed in anything you do.
The power of the Church is not a parade of flawless people, but of a flawless Christ who embraces our flaws. The Church is not made up of whole people, rather of the broken people who find wholeness in a Christ who was broken for us.
I’ve met some people who were very proud of their humility.
The greatest resource a worship leader has is his relationship with his wife.
Let us give up our work, our thoughts, our plans, ourselves, our lives, our loved ones, our influence, our all, right into His hand, and then, when we have given all over to Him, there will be nothing left for us to trouble about, or to make trouble about.
God, in the end, gives people what they most want, including freedom from himself. What could be more fair?
If you are silent, be silent out of love. If you speak, speak out of love.
Once we recognize our need for Jesus, then the building of our faith begins. It is a daily, moment-by-moment life of absolute dependence upon Him for everything
Legalistic remorse says, “I broke God’s rules,” while real repentance says, “I broke God’s heart.”
I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
Eternal Trinity… mystery deep as the sea, You could give me no greater gift than the gift of Yourself. For You are a fire ever burning and never consumed, which itself consumes all the selfish love that fills my being.
Come near to the holy men and women of the past and you will soon feel the heat of their desire after God. They mourned for Him, they prayed and wrestled and sought for Him day and night, in season and out, and when they found Him, the finding was all the sweeter for the long seeking.
More love, more power, more of You in my life. I will worship You with all of my heart, I will worship You with all of my mind, I will worship You with all of my strength, for You are my Lord.
You always enter God’s hospital as a charity patient. You can’t pay your way.
We are fighting the greatest battle of all time with the most untrained army on earth. If strict discipline is necessary in art and athletics, how can we expect to be advanced Christians and stay in kindergarten?
Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God.
I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.
His enemies had counted on the lions taking care of Daniel. What they hadn’t counted on was his God taking care of Daniel.
The Christian life doesn’t get easier as one gets older.
Every Christian should be both conservative and radical; conservative in preserving the faith and radical in applying it.
Men seek fame and high places only to learn that they were happier in obscurity
God calls us, just as he called Abraham, away from the security we knew, out of our old, familiar, little room, down the ladder of faith and into his arms. Jesus called his disciples that way – just as a lover elopes with his beloved.
We are so prone to expect to become good Christians by some sudden experience that lifts us all at once to higher ground without the gradual climb. We forget that we are to “grow in grace” and that normal growth is not a matter of fits and starts.
A holy man is a mighty weapon in the hands of God.
The one supreme business of life is to find God’s plan for your life and live it
If worship does not change us it has not been worship.
You will never glory in God till first of all God has killed your glorying in yourself.
How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few, His precepts!
Perish each thought of human pride, let God alone be magnified.
When we are weakest and most despondent, Jesus is most considerate. When there is a break in our progress or we have a spell of depression, he sees the whole of our lives and in the light of that He is longsuffering with discordant details.
Many of us are missing something in life because we are after the second best, I put before you what I have found to be the best – one who is worthy of all our devotion – Jesus Christ. He is the Saviour for the young and the old. Lord, here I am
No man ever repented of being a Christian on his death bed.
If there is one single reason why good people turn evil, it is because they fail to recognize GodвЂ™s ownership over their kingdom, their vocation, their resources, their abilities, and above all their lives.
Those who dive in the sea of affliction bring up rare pearls.
Christ assigns as a duty to every man the dignity of every woman: and simultaneously… He also assigns to every woman the dignity of every man.
How then can we deal with our tendency toward worldliness? It is not by determining that we will not be worldly, but by committing ourselves to becoming more godly.
Only God can move mountains, but faith and prayer can move God
I know that the Lord is always on the side of the right. But it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation should be on the Lord’s side.
The same yesterday, today, and forever.
You cannot go outside of A and Z in the realm of literature; likewise Christ Jesus is First and Last of God’s new creation, and all that is in between; you cannot get outside of that.
Our own evil inclinations are far more dangerous than any external enemies.
Enrich your soul in the great goodness of God: The Father is your table, the Son is your food, and the Holy Spirit waits on you and then makes His dwelling in you.
When men no longer fear God, they transgress His laws without hesitation. The fear of consequences is no deterrent when the fear of God is gone.
Discernment is not a matter of telling the difference between right and wrong; rather it is telling the difference between right and almost right.
Someone has said that the marks of a strong church are wet eyes, bent knees, and a broken heart. We’ll never be powerful until we let God be God and jealously guard His honor.
None of us can come to the highest maturity without enduring the summer heat of trials.
All change comes from deepening your understanding of the salvation of Christ and living out the changes that understanding creates in your heart.
For a stalk to grow or a flower to open there must be time that cannot be forced; nine months must go by for the birth of a human child; to write a book or compose music often years must be dedicated to patient research …To find the mystery there must be patience, interior purification, silence, waiting.
Christ is most concerned with the direction in which you habitually are going and not with a spasmodic eruption either good or bad.
Excuses are the cradle … that Satan rocks men off to sleep in.
No Christian is abandoned at the moment of death. The angels are the ushers, and our passage to heaven is under their escort.
Let God’s promises shine on your problems.
We must trust as if it all depended on God and work as if it all depended on us
Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible.
There is a strain of loneliness infecting many Christians, which only the presence of God can cure.
Program your mind with what God says about you and a transformation will take place.
When God created you, He created a dream and wrapped a body around it.
God, I pray Thee, light these idle sticks of my life and may I burn for Thee. Consume my life, my God, for it is Thine. I seek not a long life, but a full one, like you, Lord Jesus.
The world needs transparent lives, clear souls, pure minds that refuse to be perceived as mere objects of pleasure.
Sometimes we are looked upon as people who speak only of prohibitions. Nothing could be further from the truth! Authentic Christian discipleship is marked by a sense of wonder. We stand before the God we know and love as a friend, the vastness of his creation, and the beauty of our Christian faith.
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.
The same God who brought you here is the same God that will take you there! Stop worrying about how and trust Him. He who promised is faithful!
Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses.
Our faith becomes stronger as we express it; a growing faith is a sharing faith
We are only syllables of the perfect Word.
One hour in heaven, and we shall be ashamed that we ever grumbled.
If a sinner comes into your assembly or you otherwise come into contact with him, remember that he is a human being for whom Christ died. He stands at the foot of the cross, just as you stand at the foot of the cross.
The first lesson in Christ’s school is self-denial.
I believed that there was a God because I was told it by my grandmother and later by other adults. But when I found that I knew not only that there was God but that I was a child of God, when I understood that, when I comprehended that, more than that, when I internalized that, ingested that, I became courageous.
When I think of that dear rugged cross where the dear Saviour gave his all… When I feel like I’m on my last go round, see me through.
The command has been to “go,” but we have stayed – in body, gifts, prayer and influence. He has asked us to be witnesses unto the uttermost parts of the earth… but 99% of Christians have kept puttering around in the homeland.
Life is short and we have scarcely begun to live when we are called to die.
The noblest revenge is to forgive
Won’t You guide me through the dark night of the soul That I may better understand Your way… Let me purify my thoughts and words and deeds That I may be a vehicle for Thee… Give me my rapture today.
It is not the bigness of the words you utter, but the force with which you deliver them.
Outside our comfort zone, though, is where we experience the true awesomeness of God.
No doctrine is more excellent, or necessary to be preached and studied, than Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
Marriage is a partnership between one man and one woman… Nothing could be clearer in the Bible as to what constitutes a marriage in God’s sight.
You can look forward with hope, because one day there will be no more separation, no more scars, and no more suffering in My Fathers House. It’s the home of your dreams!
Nothing is a surprise to God; nothing is a setback to His plans; nothing can thwart His purposes; and nothing is beyond His control.
When you acknowledge God, He will go before you and make the crooked places straight.
The call for a sincere gift of self is the fullest way to realize our personal freedom.
One of the greatest errors in the church today is the artificial distinction we have created between accepting Christ as Savior and confessing Him as Lord. We have made two experiences of it, but the New Testament makes them one.
Any faith that must be supported by the evidence of the senses is not real faith.
It is not the strength of your faith that saves you, but the strength of Him upon whom you rely! Christ is able to save you if you come to Him-be your faith weak or be it strong.
Sin is what you do when your heart is not satisfied with God.
The Gospel is not merely a communication of things that can be known – it is one that makes things happen and is life-changing. The dark door of time, of the future, has been thrown open. The one who has hope lives differently; the one who hopes has been granted the gift of a new life.
Popularity has killed more prophets than persecution.
He who desires anything but God deceives himself, and he who loves anything but God errs miserably.
The Bible, which ranges over a period of four thousand years, records but one instance of a death-bed conversion (the thief on the cross) – one that none may despair, and but one that none may presume.
Any part of the human body can only be explained in reference to the whole body. And any part of the Bible can only be properly explained in reference to the whole Bible.
The first thing a man must do if he desires to be used in the Lord’s work, is to make an unconditional surrender of himself to God.
Bear up the hands that hang down, by faith and prayer; support the tottering knees. Have you any days of fasting and prayer? Storm the throne of grace and persevere therein, and mercy will come down.
We have a right to believe whatever we want, but not everything we believe is right.
If we don’t discipline ourselves, God will make certain we are disciplined by others.
Let me encourage you to continue to wait with faith. God may not perform a miracle, but he is trustworthy to touch you and make you whole where there used to be a hole
It is pleasant to spend time with Him, to lie close to His breast like the Beloved Disciple and to feel the infinite love present in His Heart….how can we not feel a renewed need to spend time in spiritual converse, in silent adoration, in heartfelt love before Christ present in the Most Holy Sacrament?
A saint realizes that it is God who engineers his circumstances; consequently there are no complaints, only unrestrained surrender to Jesus.
Worry and anxiety are sand in the machinery of life; faith is the oil.
Most people would not want to live where there are no churches but many people live as though there were no churches.
Live for today, but hold your hands open to tomorrow. Anticipate the future and its changes with joy. There is a seed of God’s love in every event, every unpleasant situation in which you may find yourself.
Fear-based repentance makes us hate ourselves. Joy-based repentance makes us hate the sin.
People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering.
Be encouraged to be an encourager. It’s a spiritual art that everyone can learn. And mostly you learn by practicing it.
Love alone allows man to forget himself… it alone can still redeem even the darkest hours of the past since it alone finds the courage to believe in the mercy of the holy God.
Which direction do we take? The one prompted by the passions or the one indicated by the star which shines in your conscience? The Magi heard the answer: “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it is written by the prophet” (Mt 2: 5), and, enlightened by these words, they chose to press forward to the very end.
If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.
God doesn’t look at just what we give. He also looks at what we keep.
Each morning we must hold out the chalice of our being to receive, to carry, and give back. It must be held out empty – for the past must only be reflected in its polish, its shape, its capacity.
The fruit of wisdom is Christlikeness, peace, humility and love. And, the root of it is faith in Christ as the manifested wisdom of God
We reverence God and we hallow God’s name when our life is such that it brings honor to God and attracts others to Him.
Peace doesn’t come from finding a lake with no storms. It comes from having Jesus in the boat.
There is one and only one possible road to joy: selfless love.
Nobody can do as much damage to the church of God as the man who is within its walls, but not within its life.
How quickly we forget God’s great deliverances in our lives. How easily we take for granted the miracles he performed in our past.
Whole days and weeks have I spent prostrate on the ground in silent or vocal prayer.
God is the one who satisfies the passion for justice, the longing for spirituality, the hunger for relationship, the yearning for beauty. And God, the true God, is the God we see in Jesus of Nazareth, Israel’s Messiah, the world’s true Lord.
Worship is an endeavor to bring to God that which costs you something.
I’m suffering very much, but am I suffering very well? That’s the point!
Love is the answer at least for most of the questions in my heart, like Why are we here? And where do we go? And how come it’s so hard? It’s not always easy and sometimes life can be deceiving, I’ll tell you one thing, it’s so much better when we’re together.
Open your heart and invite God into every circumstance because when God enters the scene, miracles happen.
Unless souls are saved, nothing is saved; there can be no world peace without soul peace.
Sometimes God lets you hit rock bottom so that you will discover He is the Rock at the bottom.
All men are children, and of one family. The same tale sends them all to bed, and wakes them in the morning.
The middle of the road is a poor place to walk. It is a poor place to drive. It is a poor place to live.
Mad with the love of a wife for her husband… sing for the Most High sing for no other. We are all notes in this eternal song. God plays His flute and we all dance along.
The Holy Spirit upon my left leads my feet without ceasing into the camp of the righteous and into the tents of the free.
Father of mercy and God of all consolation, graciously look upon me and impart to me the blessing which flows from this holy Sacrament. Overshadow me with Your loving kindness, and let this divine Mystery bear fruit in me.
With eternal investments there is never a loss of principle or principal.
I thank God for my handicaps. For through them, I have found myself, my work and my God.
The essence of wisdom, from a practical standpoint, is pausing long enough to look at our lives-invitations, opportunities, relationships-from God’s perspective. And then acting on it
In an age that has thrown off all tradition, the only rebellion possible is orthodoxy.
From Genesis to Revelation, here’s the central message: God Almighty, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Spirit of God, the Triune God is in control of all things, period.
I will not believe that thou hast tasted of the honey of the gospel if thou canst eat it all thyself.
People who are obsessed with God are known as givers, not takers. Obsessed people genuinely think that others matter as much as they do, and they are particularly aware of those who are poor around the world (James 2:14-26).
JesusвЂ™ words are inseparable from his person. He himself is the message he proclaims.
We need a new apologetic, geared to the needs of today, which keeps in mind that our task is not to win arguments but to win souls… Such an apologetic will need to breathe a spirit of humanity, that humility and compassion which understand the anxieties and questions of people.
We are either the masters or victims of our attitudes. It is a matter of personal choice. Who we are today is the result of choices we made yesterday. Tomorrow, we will become what we choose today. To change means to choose change.
Better to love God and die unknown than to love the world and be a hero.
Prayer is the mighty engine that is to move the missionary work.
We are debtors to every man to give him the gospel in the same measure in which we have received it.
Love is a constant challenge, thrown to us by God.
The Lord did not tell us to build beautiful churches, but to evangelize the world
Not everyone is your brother or sister in the faith, but everyone is your neighbor, and you must love your neighbor.
We are nowhere forbidden to laugh.
One compliment can keep me going for a whole month.
The family is the great catechism God has given the world. The work of our lifetime is to learn how to read it and then study it prayerfully.
The first step on the way to victory is to recognize the enemy.
He (God) loved us not because we are lovable, but because He is love.
The labor of self-love is a heavy one indeed… The heart’s fierce effort to protect itself from every slight, to shield its touchy honor from the bad opinion of friend and enemy, will never let the mind have rest.
If the church would only be the church- if Christians would only be Christians- nothing could halt our onward march.
Nobody ever got anything from God on the grounds that he deserved it. Haven fallen, man deserves only punishment and death. So if God answers prayer it’s because God is good. From His goodness, His lovingkindness, His good-natured benevolence, God does it! That’s the source of everything.
The world’s idea of greatness is to rule, but Christian greatness consists in serving.
When you center life around yourself, not only do you miss out on God’s best, but you rob other people of the joy and blessings that God wants to give them through you.
No man, without trials and temptations, can attain a true understanding of the Holy Scriptures.
No one ever said at the end of his days; ‘I have read my bible too much, I have thought of God too much, I have prayed too much, I have been too careful with my soul’
A little thing is a little thing, but faithfulness in little things is a great thing.
We hurt people by being too busy. Too busy to notice their needs. Too busy to drop that note of comfort or encouragement or assurance of love. Too busy to listen when someone needs to talk. Too busy to care.
Beauty is God’s handwriting-a wayside sacrament.
God’s grace is so powerful that it has the capacity to overcome our natural resistance to it.
We are only fully alive when we’re helping others
When I see Jesus Christ I simply want to be what He wants me to be.
Wave after wave of trial rolled over us; but at the end of the year some of us were constrained to confess, that we had learned more of the loving-kindness of the Lord than in any previous year of our lives.
Trust in yourself and you are doomed to disappointment; trust in money and you may have it taken from you, but trust in God, and you are never to be confounded in time or eternity.
Our Lord needs from us neither great deeds nor profound thoughts. Neither intelligence nor talents. He cherishes simplicity.
Christians don’t tell lies they just go to church and sing them.
The way to grow strong in Christ is to become weak in yourself.
Money is emphasized in Scripture simply because our temptation to love it is inexplicably powerful.
You and I have need of the strongest spell that can be found to wake us from the evil enchantment of worldliness.
For too long already we have talked about man; let us finally talk about God again.
Ask God to fill your mouth with the words you need to say today. No issue is so small that it doesn’t require God’s wisdom.
There is still time for endurance, time for patience, time for healing, time for change. Have you slipped? Rise up. Have you sinned? Cease. Do not stand among sinners, but leap aside.
The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.
The born-again Christian sees life not as a blurred , confused, meaningless mass, but as something planned and purposeful.
I thought when I became a Christian I had nothing to do but just to lay my oars in the bottom of the boat and float along. But I soon found that I would have to go against the current.
Yet the ivory gods, And the ebony gods, And the gods of diamond-jade, Are only silly puppet gods That people themselves Have made.-
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.
When we speak about wisdom, we are speaking about Christ. When we speak about virtue, we are speaking about Christ. When we speak about justice, we are speaking about Christ. When we speak about peace, we are speaking about Christ. When we speak about truth and life and redemption, we are speaking about Christ.
A high regard for the things of this world always signals a lowering regard for God.
The devil is in constant conspiracy against a preacher who really prays, for it has been said that what a minister is in his prayer closet is what he is, no more, no less.
Indeed, your scars may be your greatest ministry. Just as the scars of Jesus convinced Thomas, perhaps your scars will convince someone today.
When you use your life for God’s glory, everything you do can become an act of worship
There are two sins of men that are bred in the bone and that continually come out in the flesh. One is self-dependence and the other is self-exultation.
People used to blush when they were ashamed. Now they are ashamed if they blush. Modesty has disappeared and a brazen generation with no fear of God before its eyes mocks at sin. We are so fond of being called tolerant and broadminded that we wink at sin when we ought to weep.
Until you have given up yourself to Him, you will not have a real self.
He who rejects the Bible has nothing to live by. Neither does he have anything to die by.
Keep your life in its constant contact with God that his surprising power may break out on the right hand and on the left. В Always be in a state of expectancy, and see that you leave room for God to come in as he likes.
Success is not what you have done compared to what others have done. Success is what you have done compared to what you were supposed to do.
Prayer guards hearts and minds and causes God to bring peace out of chaos
If you understood him, it would not be God.
Ours is the Spirit of the Eucharist, the total Gift of Self.
Be humble and you will never be disturbed. It is very difficult in practice because we all want to see the result of our work. Leave it to Jesus.
I am ready to burn out for God. I am ready to endure any hardship, if by any means I might save some. The longing of my heart is to make known my glorious Redeemer to those who have never heard.
The secret of a happy life is to delight in duty. When duty becomes delight, then burdens become blessings
God seeks us where we are, not so that we stay there, but so that we may come to be where He is, so that we may get beyond ourselves.
God knows our situation; He will not judge us as if we had no difficulties to overcome. What matters is the sincerity and perseverance of our will to overcome them.
Happy Day After Christmas, Merry Rest of the Year, even when Christmas is over, The Light of the World is Still Here!
The greatest honor we can give Almighty God is to live gladly because of the knowledge of his love.
God made life, and God alone can tell us its meaning.
I have but one passion – it is He, it is He alone. The world is the field and the field is the world; and henceforth that country shall be my home where I can be most used in winning souls for Christ.
If a commission by an earthly king is considered a honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?
Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.
God knows best. We can trust Him with our lives as well as our eternal souls. He does not take something from us without filling that spot with something just as good— and because it’s from Him, even much better
Islam is a religion in which God requires you to send your son to die for him. Christianity is a faith in which God sends His son to die for you.
God’s thoughts of you are many, let not yours be few in return.
To the average professed Christian today, living so far below normal, New Testament Christianity would be a shock.
How could I bear a crown of gold when the Lord bears a crown of thorns? And bears it for me!
We are reflectors, and as reflectors we have one duty and that is to stay clean or we won’t reflect Jesus.
Through ages, through eternity, what you have done for Christ, that, and only that, you are.
Pride is the ground in which all the other sins grow, and the parent from which all the other sins come.
As Elisabeth Elliot points out, not even dying a martyrвЂ™s death is classified as extraordinary obedience when you are following a Savior who died on a cross. Suddenly a martyrвЂ™s death seems like normal obedience.
Make sure the thing you’re living for is worth dying for.
God passionately desires and ardently yearns for our salvation… Nothing is greater than this: that the blood of God was poured out for us.
Envy is a spirit of dissatisfaction or opposition to the prosperity or happiness of other people.
I do not know if there is a more dreadful word in the English language than that word “lost.”
God buries our sins in the depths of the sea and then puts up a sign that reads, “No fishing.”
As believers, you don’t need to pray for a new heart, you need to pray for a new head.
There is a certain kind of maturity that can be attained only through the discipline of suffering.
O Christian! do not falter,
The harvest field is white,
And many souls are sinking
Into eternal night.
The harvest field is white,
And many souls are sinking
Into eternal night.
Walking by faith will cause all of us to recognize that as children of God we are just pilgrims and strangers down here on this earth.
The heart of God loves a persevering worshipper who, though overwhelmed by many troubles, is overwhelmed even more by the beauty of God.
More often than not, when something looks like it’s the absolute end, it is really the beginning.
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.
Two-thirds of all the strifes, quarrels, and lawsuits in the world arise from one simple cause-money.
Love can wait to give. Lust can’t wait to get.
Creation is more than an accident of dead matter. It’s a romance. It has purpose. It sings of the Living God. It bears his signature.
To be a Christian who is willing to travel with Christ on his downward road requires being willing to detach oneself constantly from any need to be relevant, and to trust ever more deeply the Word of God.
May God protect me from gloomy saints.
The Holy Spirit is a healing spirit. When the Holy Spirit is present, anything is possible.
God promises to keep His people, and He will keep His promises.
Only from God does true revolution come… the definitive way to change the world.
True intimacy with God always brings humility.
Spot the first risings of your besetting sin and kill it, till it is no more.
Who except God can give you peace? Has the world ever been able to satisfy the heart?
On our knees we are the most powerful force on earth
There are powers that can counterfeit almost everything in the Christian life.
Radical obedience to Christ is not easy… It’s not comfort, not health, not wealth, and not prosperity in this world. Radical obedience to Christ risks losing all these things. But in the end, such risk finds its reward in Christ. And he is more than enough for us.
By perseverance the snail reached the ark.
Suffering times are a Christian’s harvest time.
God not only sees where you are, He sees where you can be.
If God were not my friend, Satan would not be so much my enemy.
When you have a spirit of excellence, you do the right thing not because somebody is watching or making you do it; you do it because it’s the right thing to do.
Faced with the sacredness of life and of the human person, and before the marvels of the universe, wonder is the only appropriate attitude.
Don’t waste another moment crying over what went wrong! If it wasn’t a blessing – it was a lesson.
The bumps are what you climb on.
Life is what comes along after you have planned something else.
You will never cease to be the most amazed person on earth at what God has done for you on the inside.
If the Lord is your shepherd, He is sufficient for all your needs.
Man cannot live without love. He remains a being that is incomprehensible for himself, his life is senseless, if love is not revealed to him, if he does not encounter love, if he does not experience it and make it his own, if he does not participate intimately in it.
Before we can strengthen believers or win the lost, we must be converted from the self-life to the Christ-life. . . “Not I, but Christ.”
The Christian on his knees sees more than the philosopher on tiptoe. God sends no one away empty except those who are full of themselves.
In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
Employ whatever God has entrusted you with, in doing good, all possible good, in every possible kind and degree.
Empty me of the selfishness inside, every vain ambition and the poison of my pride, and any foolish thing my heart holds to, Lord empty me of me so I can be filled with you.
The gospel is only good news if it gets there in time.
My prayer today is that we will feel the loving arms of God wrapped around us, and will know in our hearts that He will never forsake us as we trust in Him.
God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.
People often ask me how I keep my priorities straight in life and I tell them that it is done by constantly straightening them out!
I can safely say, on the authority of all that is revealed in the Word of God, that any man or woman on this earth who is bored and turned off by worship is not ready for heaven.
Church is not an organization you join; it is a family where you belong, a home where you are loved and a hospital where you find healing.
As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.
When a person does not know the doctrines of the Christian faith, he can easily be captured by false religions.
There is no sin or transgression, pain or sorrow, which is outside of the healing power of His Atonement.
Any church that is not seriously involved in helping fulfill the Great Commission has forfeited its biblical right to exist.
God has more for you in your future than you could ever dream of in your present and he’s already seen you in it.
The world keeps turnin’
It gets merry like a merry go ’round
It gets cold like a frozen winter
Well I change like summer fall
But I know love is all in all
Seeds we’re always sowing
The grace is always blowing
We’ve just got to lift the sail
And we’re bound to hit the shore
We’ll finally calm this storm.
It gets merry like a merry go ’round
It gets cold like a frozen winter
Well I change like summer fall
But I know love is all in all
Seeds we’re always sowing
The grace is always blowing
We’ve just got to lift the sail
And we’re bound to hit the shore
We’ll finally calm this storm.
Our first experience of God is so important, we either experience Him as the police guard that wants to punish or as Creative Love that awaits.
Problems almost always create opportunities – to learn, grow and improve.
Love begins with listening.
Not everyone who has made peace with God has realized the peace of God.
The Christian is bred by the Word, and he must be fed by it.
The proper effect of the Eucharist is the transformation of man into God.
Knowing that we are fulfilling God’s purpose is the only thing that gives rest to the restless human heart.
He who has the Holy Spirit in His heart and the Scripture in his hands has all he needs.
Jesus, help me to simplify my life by learning what you want me to be and becoming that person.
If weak in prayer we are weak everywhere.
Nothing sets a person so much out of the devil’s reach as humility.
Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.
Meditate on the horrors of Hell, which will last for eternity because of one easily-committed mortal sin. Try hard to be among the few who are chosen. Think of the eternal flames of Hell, and how few there are that are saved.
Anyone who takes his faith seriously and speaks in behalf of Christ and His kingdom will be accused of fanaticism at some point.
Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t.
In today’s America He (Jesus) has moved from the central figure of world history to source material for late-night comics and pundits who would not dare treat other religious leaders with such disrespect.
The Lord has shown me that I can do anything, but that He has said, apart from Me ye can do nothing. So it comes to this, that everything I have done, and can still do apart from Him is nothing!
Like the wind, Grace finds us wherever we are and won’t leave us however we were found.
Let us allow ourselves to be ‘infected’ by St. Joseph’s silence! We need it greatly, in a world that is often too noisy, that does not favor meditation or listening to the voice of God.
In a sense, we are better prepared to praise God than the angels are, for angels have never known the joy of redemption.
If Jesus had preached the same message that ministers preach today, He would never have been crucified.
The Church of Christ has been founded by shedding its own blood, not that of others; by enduring outrage, not by inflicting it. Persecutions have made it grow; martyrdoms have crowned it.
To work is simple enough; but to rest, there is the difficulty.
God is looking for broken men who have judged themselves in the light of the cross of Christ. When He wants anything done, He takes up men who have come to the end of themselves, whose confidence is not in themselves, but in God.
The devil tempts us to bring out the worst in us, but the Father tests us to bring out the best in us.
The life of faith is a daily exploration of the constant and countless ways in which Gods grace and love are expereinced
Have I today done anything to fulfill the purpose for which Thou didst cause me to be born?
It just takes the faith of a little seed to make a way through what might to be impossibility, and the ability will match the occasion. The outcome will defy explanation. The liberation will not be televised when it arrives like lightning in the skies.
The Christian truth is attractive and persuasive because it responds to humanity’s deepest needs.
Understand this well: there is something holy, something divine hidden in the most ordinary situations, and it is up to each one of you to discover it.
The greatest miracle that God can do today is to take an unholy man out of an unholy world, and make that man holy and put him back into that unholy world and keep him holy in it.
Our efficiency without God’s sufficiency is only a deficiency.
The Church is like a great ship being pounded by the waves of life’s different stresses. Our duty is not to abandon ship, but to keep her on her course.
God interrupt whatever we are doing so that we can join You in what You’re doing
If you are not concerned about your neighbor’s salvation, then I am concerned for yours.
Make a plan now to keep a daily appointment with God. The enemy is going to tell you to set it aside, but you must carve out the time. If you’re too busy to meet with the Lord, friend, then you are simply too busy
Being in Christ, it is safe to forget the past; it is possible to be sure of the future; it is possible to be diligent in the present.
We consider Christmas as the encounter, the great encounter, the historical encounter, the decisive encounter, between God and mankind. He who has faith knows this truly; let him rejoice.
Christ is more concerned about what we do with Him than for Him.
Jesus is coming back – it could even be today.
If the pace and the push, the noise and the crowds are getting to you, it’s time to stop the nonsense and find a place of solace to refresh your spirit
God… Please keep my eyes focused on the only target worth hitting – Christlikeness!
You cannot stay where you are and go with God. You cannot continue doing things your way and accomplish God’s purpose in His ways. Your thinking cannot come close to God’s thoughts. For you to do the will of God, you must adjust your life to Him, His purposes, and His ways
People get so used to the dark that they think it’s growing brighter. It’s possible to fraternize with unbelievers until false doctrine becomes less and less objectionable.
Discipleship is based solely on devotion to Jesus Christ, not on following after a particular belief or doctrine.
Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons, but they are helpless against our prayers.
People who inspire others are those who see invisible bridges at the end of dead-end streets
In the life of husband and wife together, fatherhood and motherhood represent such a sublime “novelty” and richness as can only be approached “on one’s knees”.
The history of missions is the history of answered prayer.
Faith in the resurrection of Jesus says that there is a future for every human being; the cry for unending life which is a part of the person is indeed answered… God exists: that is the real message of Easter. Anyone who even begins to grasp what this means also knows what it means to be redeemed.
If you take care of yourself and walk with integrity, you may be confident that God will deal with those who sin against you. Above all, don’t give birth to sin yourself, rather, pray for those who persecute you. God will one day turn your persecution into praise.
In the pierced heart of the Crucified, God’s own heart is opened up – here we see who God is and what he is like. Heaven is no longer locked up. God has stepped out of his hiddenness.
Sin is the most expensive thing in the universe. Nothing else can cost so much.
God’s deepest secrets often miss the wise and prudent and are revealed unto babes. We say, “Children, be like your parents.” Jesus said, “Parents, be like your children.”
Sometimes you have to put your own dreams on hold temporarily so you can help release a dream in somebody else. What you make happen for others, God will make happen for you.
We shouldn’t pray for a lighter load to carry but a stronger back to endure! Then the world will see that God is with us, empowering us to live in a way that reflects his love and power.
You can be sure that your deepest desires reveal important truths about your spiritual condition.
What really matters in life is that we are loved by Christ and that we love Him in return. In comparison to the love of Jesus, everything else is secondary. And, without the love of Jesus, everything is useless.
I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that other country and to help others to do the same.
Job never saw why he suffered, but he saw God, and that was enough.
Only if there is love, if hearts are opened, can one person truly know the other.
Remember: He WANTS your fellowship, and He has done everything possible to make it a reality. He has forgiven your sins, at the cost of His own dear Son. He has given you His Word, and the priceless privilege of prayer and worship.
God’s part is to put forth power; our part is to put forth faith.
Love, and He will draw near; love, and He will dwell within you.
Scars are the price which every believer pays for his loyalty to Christ.
Do you believe that Jesus is worth abandoning everything for? Do you believe him enough to obey him and to follow him wherever he leads, even when the crowds in our culture – maybe even our churches – turn the other way?
How you live your life is a testimony of what you believe about God.
A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.
Whatever God is urging you to clear away cannot begin to be compared to what He ultimately wants to bring you.
We think of prayer as a preparation for work, or a calm after having done work, whereas prayer is the essential work.
One difficulty follows another very fast – but God reigns, not chance.
Only the silent hear and those who do not remain silent do not hear.
It is a lesson we all need – to let alone the things that do not concern us. He has other ways for others to follow Him; all do not go by the same path. It is for each of us to learn the path by which He requires us to follow Him, and to follow Him in that path.
God no longer simply stands before us as the One who is totally Other. He is within us, and we are in him. His dynamic enters into us and then seeks to spread outward to others until it fills the world, so that his love can truly become the dominant measure of the world.
God’s plan will continue on God’s schedule.
The purpose of God’s discipline is not to punish us but to transform us.
A God-centered theology has to be a missionary theology
Lord, I believe; help my unbelief’ is the best any of us can do really, but thank God it is enough.
If we judged by realities we should give honor not to the rich for the fine clothes they wear but to the poor who are the makers of such things.
The Bible in the memory is better than the Bible in the book case.
God doesn’t break things so He can fix them; He fixes broken things so He can use them.
It’s not that your most important work is meaningless; it’s that your most trivial movements are also significant.
Pride of gifts robs us of God’s blessing in the use of them.
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
A man who loves his wife will love her letters and her photographs because they speak to him of her. So if we love the Lord Jesus, we shall love the Bible because it speaks to us of him.
Most men are notable for one conspicuous virtue or grace – Moses for meekness, Job for patience, John for love. But, in Jesus you find everything.
God’s reckless grace is our greatest hope.
When friends abandoned him, Paul asked God not to count their actions against them. He followed the example of Jesus, who prayed for the Father to forgive His persecutors. What’s your response when friends let you down? Forgiveness is the choice that pleases God every time.
When you release your faith in uncommon ways, youll see God do uncommon things.
It is not fitting, when one is in God’s service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look.
No nation can last long when it stops praying and takes up playing.
So long as there is a human being who does not know Jesus Christ, I am his debtor to serve him until he does.
If you hug to yourself any resentment against anybody else, you destroy the bridge by which God would come to you.
To see a man humble under prosperity is one of the greatest rarities in the world.
All generalizations are false, including this one.
The true mark of a Christian leader is trying to build up other people. Raise up other leaders!
When freedom does not have a purpose, when it does not wish to know anything about the rule of law engraved in the hearts of men and women, when it does not listen to the voice of conscience, it turns against humanity and society.
One cannot help the evil thoughts that come, but it is the thoughts we cultivate that make the difference between good or evil. We don’t have to open the door to the devil and say, “Make yourself at home.”
The images of mens wits and knowledge remain in books. They generate still, and cast their seeds in the minds of others, provoking and causing infinite actions and opinions in succeeding ages
We aren’t just thrown on this earth like dice tossed across a table. We are lovingly placed here for a purpose
God never hurries. There are no deadlines against which he must work. Only to know this is to quiet our spirits and relax our nerves.
There is no wisdom but that which is founded on the fear of God, which Solomon also declares to be the chief part of wisdom.
We shall not grow weary of waiting upon God if we remember how long and how graciously He once waited for us.
I didnвЂ™t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly donвЂ™t recommend Christianity.
A little lie is like a little pregnancy it doesn’t take long before everyone knows.
There is nothing worse than a life filled with adversity from which nothing good ever comes.
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. Think of the enormous leisure of God! He is never in a hurry.
The gravest question any of us face is whether we do or do not love the Lord.
I judge all things only by the price they shall gain in eternity.
All you may know of heaven or hell is within your own self.
Holidays and vacations can help to balance activity with contemplation, haste with more natural rhythms, noise with the heralding silence of peace.
The will of God – nothing less, nothing more, nothing else.
Jesus Christ does not save the worthy, but the unworthy. Your plea must not be righteousness but guilt
Times change. God doesnвЂ™t, but times do. We learn and grow, and the world around us shifts, and the Christian faith is alive only when it is listening, morphing, innovating, letting go of whatever has gotten in the way of Jesus and embracing whatever will help us be more and more the people God wants us to be.
Trials are medicines which our gracious and wise Physician prescribes because we need them; and he proportions the frequency and weight of them to what the case requires. Let us trust his skill and thank him for his prescription.
Maintain a spirit of peace and you will save a thousand souls.
If I were a physician, and if I were allowed to prescribe just one remedy for all the ills of the modern world, I would prescribe silence. For even if the Word of God were proclaimed in the modern world, how could one hear it with so much noise? Therefore, create silence.
How much would our churches be transformed if each of us made it a practice to thank God for others and then to tell those others what it is about them that we thank God for?
At the rate America is decaying morally, we shall have to change our national symbol from an eagle to a vulture.
The more the Gospel progresses and the closer we come to the end of the age, the more aggressive the enemy becomes. Sadly, many Christians are unaware that a battle is raging all around them, and they have not reported for duty.
Broken I run to you for your arms are open wide. I am weary but I know your touch restores my life.
It is, perhaps, one of the hardest struggles of the Christian life to learn this sentence– “Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto Thy name be glory.”
The Word of God is like a lion. You don’t have to defend a lion. All you have to do is let the lion loose, and the lion will defend itself.
Few souls understand what God would effect in them if they should give themselves entirely into his hands and allow his grace to act.
God designed it this way; He intended that His great power, wisdom, and love should become visible in very ordinary and otherwise inconsequential people.
Spending time with God is the key to our strength and success in all areas of life. Be sure that you never try to work God into your schedule, but always work your schedule around Him.
Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile.
Heaven is populated entirely by forgiven sinners
One often sees a call only in retrospect. This too is God’s design. God often reinforces our faith after we trust him, not before.
The greatest sin today in the church is the man in the pew who is ignorant of the Bible.
If I could turn down the noise of my own will and choiceI could hear the truth of my life in a clear voice. I will bow down my head to the wisdom of my heart.
Every inch of ground we refuse to take with God, we surrender to the enemy.
Outside Christ, I am empty; in Christ, I am full.
Triumphant prayer is almost impossible where there is neglect of the study of the Word of God.
Reconciliation always brings a springtime to the soul.
If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.
Only wonder can comprehend His incomprehensible power.
It is within my power either to serve God or not to serve Him. Serving Him, I add to my own good and the good of the whole world. Not serving Him, I forfeit my own good and deprive the world of that good, which was in my power to create.
The great thing to remember is that though our feelings come and go God’s love for us does not.
Faith is not intelligent understanding, faith is deliberate commitment to a Person where I see no way.
The eternal God asks a favor of his bride: “Hold me close to your heart, close as locket or bracelet fits.” No matter whether we walk or stand still, eat or drink, we should at all times wear the golden locket “Jesus” upon our heart.
Perhaps we don’t want to come face to face with the unsurrendered areas of our lives. We like our lives just as they are, even if it is less than God’s best.
The Bible is the voice of God in print.
It’s in our blind trust that love will find us, just like it has before.
We are challenged these days, but not changed; convicted, but not converted. We hear, but do not; and thereby we deceive ourselves.
I would rather win souls than be the greatest king or emperor on earth; I would rather win souls than be the greatest general that ever commanded an army; I would rather win souls than be the greatest poet, or novelist, or literary man who ever walked the earth. My one ambition in life is to win as many as possible.
Music, great music, distends the spirit, arouses profound emotions and almost naturally invites us to raise our minds and hearts to God in all situations of human existence, the joyful and the sad. Music can become prayer.
Put legs to your prayers
The highest honor in the church is not government but service.
A congregation that is not deeply and earnestly involved in the worldwide proclamation of the gospel does not understand the nature of salvation.
If you are a Christian, you are not a citizen of this world trying to get to heaven; you are a citizen of heaven making your way through this world.
Confidence in the natural world is self-reliance; in the spiritual world, it is God-reliance.
In opposition… to all the suggestions of the devil, the sole, simple, and sufficient answer is the word of God. This puts to flight all the powers of darkness.
It was the evidence from science and history that prompted me to abandon my atheism and become a Christian.
People who are obsessed with Jesus live lives that connect them with the poor in some way or another. Obsessed people believe that Jesus talked about money and the poor so often because it was really important to Him.
We, the women and men of the Church, we are in the middle of a love story: each of us is a link in this chain of love. And if we do not understand this, we have understood nothing of what the Church is.
The proof of love is in the works. Where love exists, it works great things. But when it ceases to act, it ceases to exist.
I think the reason we sometimes have the false sense that God is so far away is because that is where we have put him. We have kept him at a distance, and then when we are in need and call on him in prayer, we wonder where he is. He is exactly where we left him.
We must never promise ourselves any more than God has promised us.
There is no need to be dismayed if love sometimes follows torturous ways. Grace has the power to make straight the paths of human love.
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.
The highest things, the things that really matter, we cannot achieve on our own; we have to accept them as gifts and enter in to the dynamic of the gift, so to speak.
Insisting on living in your past will kill your future. Let it go.
People who walk by faith don’t see obstacles, they see opportunities.
Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them.
Jesus Christ demands more complete allegiance than any dictator who ever lived. The difference is, He has a right to it.
Worship and spiritual hunger make you so attractive to God that your circumstances cease to matter anymore. He will move heaven and earth to find a worshiper. When you begin to worship with all your being and desire, your heart turns Him toward you. You capture His attention and attracts His affection.
We can often do more by doing less. God is not particularly interested in quantity production. That is an American standard, not a Bible standard.
Christ alone can bring lasting peace – peace with God – peace among men and nations – and peace within our hearts.
The alternative to discipline is disaster
Faith is only as valid as its object. You could have tremendous faith in very thin ice and drown. . . . You could have very little faith in very thick ice and be perfectly secure.
Some people pray just to pray and some people pray to know God.
Be outrageous enough to trust God. Don’t be adjusting your vision downward. Keep believing for radical things in Christ.
Smart men walked on the moon, daring men walked on the ocean floor, but wise men walk with God.
I have a great need for Christ: I have a great Christ for my need.
If you love, you will suffer. The only way to protect yourself against suffering is to protect yourself against love – and that is the greatest suffering of all, loneliness.
Worship seals all prayers at the front and at the back. Always pray with praise beginning and praise ending.
Thy way, not mine, O Lord, however dark it be; lead me by thine own hand; choose out the path for me.
A true faith in Jesus Christ will not suffer us to be idle. No, it is an active, lively, restless principle; it fills the heart, so that it cannot be easy till it is doing something for Jesus Christ.
Jesus taught that your highest priority must be your relationship with Him. If anything detracts you from that relationship, that activity is not from God. God will not ask you to do something that hinders your relationship with Christ.
Prayer: the key of the day and the lock of the night.
Prayer requires more of the heart than of the tongue.
It is possible for the most obscure person in a church, with a heart right toward God, to exercise as much power for the evangelization of the world, as it is for those who stand in the most prominent positions.
The love of Christ always helps us see beyond the faults of others.
Faith is not something you have to get. It’s something that you, as a bornagain child of God, already have. Act on it by releasing it to God. That’s when your healing starts!
Every great movement of God can be traced to a kneeling figure.
The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed.
There are many who say they want to be victorious Christians, but few are willing to endure the discipline necessary to make one a good solider of Jesus Christ. There is a prize to possess, but before we possess it there is a price to be paid, and few will pay it.
If you face a challenging task from God today, ask yourself, “How would Jesus handle this?” Then go and do the same.
Love is never defeated, and I could add, the history of Ireland proves it.
The Christian is not obedient unless he is doing all in his power to send the Gospel to the heathen world.