“A man can no more take in a supply of grace for the future than he can eat enough for the next six months, or take sufficient air into his lungs at one time to sustain life for a week. We must draw upon God’s boundless store of grace from day to day as we need it.” – D.L. Moody
Daily we must come to Him to be refreshed and restored. Just like the Israelites needed to gather the manna daily, we need spiritual refilling daily. K.P. Yohannan
“Above all, keep much in the presence of God.” – Robert Murray M’cheyne
“The Lord calls us unto Himself first beyond anything else in life.” – K.P. Yohannan
“The more subtle you appear to be in concealing your sin, the more of a fool you are.” – William Gurnall
Do what the Spirit prompts. Better offend ten thousand friends than grieve the Spirit of God.” – Evan Roberts
“Jesus came not only to save me from my sin and hell, but during my life in
this pilgrimage to set me from my own self-centeredness” – K.P. Yohannan
Your problem is you are in a hurry and God is not. – African Pastor
“If you are not concerned with soul winning don’t expect to be filled with the Spirit of God.” – Bill Mcleod
“Nothing is higher than humbleness, and nothing is lower than boastfulness” – St. Chrysostom
We grovel among trifles & our spirits fret & toss. And above us burns the vision of the Christ upon the Cross.” (A. Carmichael
Blessed Jesus! pardon me, correct me–but never leave me to myself! Draw me–or drive me; but never allow me to live long at a distance from You! – James Smith
“While the whole world was condemning One, that One was hanging on the cross for the whole world.” – K.P. Yohannan
“Be true to Him who loved you, and washed you from your sins in His own blood…It is the least that you can do for Him.” – Horatius Bonar
“Be much in secret prayer.” – George Whitefield
“To be in His presence, under His love, under His eye, is heaven wherever it is.” – Robert Murray McCheyne
“Never be discouraged. Study the word. The enemy wants to take your “courage” from you. Don’t let him. Keep your joy by keeping your eyes on the victory. We can’t lose. See Heb. 12:11-13.” – Ray Comfort
“Acquire the habit of living by the minute. Learn the secret of that wise counsel, when properly understood, “Be careful for nothing.” Not that you are to be careless; but let each minute provide for itself. Let it not be supposed that you are not to act for the future, but act by the minute. Take care of this moment now, while you have it, and the next when it comes; you will not then neglect any. You can live this minute without sin! Is it not so? Do it, then. Never mind what is before you. Do not sin now. When each successive minute comes, do likewise. If you will do this, you will not sin at all.” – R. S. Foster
How graciously God is dealing with my soul. I cannot describe, for language fails me, His exceeding gentleness, and His tender love to my soul. I go to Him often in perplexity, not knowing where to look; and as a babe is hushed to quietness, soothed and comforted on its mother’s bosom, so the Lord calms and quiets me. -Mary Winslow
The Word did not become a philosophy, a theology, or a concept to be discussed or debated or pondered. But the Word became a person to be followed, loved, and enjoyed.
I think the devil has made it his business to monopolize on three elements: noise, hurry, crowds… Satan is quite aware of the power of silence. – Jim Elliot
Years ago, I asked Jim Downing, one of the patriarchs of the Navigator work, “Why is it that so few men finish well?” His response was profound. He said, “They learn the possibility of being fruitful without being pure. . . they begin to believe that purity doesn’t matter. Eventually, they become like trees rotting inside that are eventually toppled by a storm.” – Micheal Oh
“The greatest things we can do, is to simply know the Lord more and more. Nothing else is more important than that.” – K.P. Yohannan
He who communes with God is always at home. – C.H. Spurgeon
“For, as I said a little way back, perfect souls are in no way repelled by trials, but rather desire them and pray for them and love them. They are like soldiers: the more wars there are, the better they are pleased, because they hope to emerge from them with the greater riches.” – Teresa of Avila
“Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee: ” – Prophet Jeremiah
“The one who feeds on Me will live because of Me” ( John 6:57 NIV)
“Nothing is important but Jesus and abiding in Him!” – Hans R. Waldvogel
“Prayer is communion and communion is not just talking to God but God talking to us.”
“The big picture in Hebrews is fairly straightforward. Put simply, it is “Jesus is the greatest.”
“We should pray for grace and strength to keep close unto him. Our deceitful hearts are too much carried away; and are ready to depart from God at all times. How earnest then should we be in plying the throne of grace for strength to keep chose to him; to walk humbly before him, and a constant dependence upon him.”
“If your heart is warm, pray! If you heart is cold, pray! Pray without ceasing
You will need new drafts of God’s love every day to keep you satisfied. Let God hide His face just for a moment, and you will quickly forget the taste and lose sight of the comforts you had just a short time earlier. You can feel the heat from the sun only when you standbeneath its rays; you can feel God’s comfort only as you keep your face turned toward Him
“Nothing compares to fellowship with Christ… the Jews waited for thousands of years for this promise; all the prophets and fathers of Israel were longing for what we now have in Heavenly Places.”
“Christ is the very essence of all delights and pleasures, the very soul and substance of them. As all the rivers are gathered into the ocean, which is the meeting-place of all the waters in the world, so Christ is that ocean in which all true delights and pleasures meet.” – John Flavel
A living Redeemer, truly mine, is joy unspeakable.” – C.H. Spurgeon
“My case is urgent, and I do not see how I am to be delivered, but this is no business of mine. He who makes the promise will find ways and means of keeping it. It is mine to obey His commands; it is not mine to direct His counsels. I am His servant, not His solicitor. I call upon Him and He will deliver.” ~ Charles Spurgeon
Oh sweet soul, it is not your words that God looks at. It’s not as though He will only listen to you if you come to Him with some eloquent speech. His eye is on the brokenness of your heart, and this is what makes the compassion of the Lord run over.” (Psalm 51:17) – John Bunyan
“If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.”- Jesus
As I have warned you before, abhor the doctrine of the universal fatherhood of God, for it is a lie, and a deep deception. It stabs at the heart, first, of the doctrine of the adoption, which is taught in Scripture, for how can God adopt men if they are all his children already? In the second place, it stabs at the heart of the doctrine of regeneration, which is certainly taught in the Word of God. Note it is by regeneration and faith that we become the children of God, but how can that be if we are the children of God already?” – C.H. Spurgeon
“Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees.”
Corrie ten Boom
“One drop of Christ’s blood is worth more than heaven and earth.” -Martin Luther
Nothing teaches us so much the preciousness of the Creator–as when we learn the emptiness of all created things. Turning away with bitter scorn from earth’s hives, where we find no honey–but many sharp stings; we rejoice to turn to Him whose faithful Word is sweeter than honey from the honeycomb. – Spurgeon
“Only a life of prayer and meditation will render a vessel ready for the Master’s use.” – George Muller
“Every Christian who does not study, really study, the Bible every day is a fool.” – R.A. Torrey
“Godliness is a process that God brings about in our life as we choose His will over our own.” – K.P. Yohannan
“Anything is a blessing which makes us pray.” – C.H. Spurgeon
“We are so prone to complain and murmur! When you come before the Lord this morning, bring a long list of things you have to be thankful for.” – Bill Gothard
“It is one of the most subtle wiles of the foe to get us occupied with superficial and surface concerns (e.g. book selling, language study, running mission-stations, report writing, correspondence, account-keeping, building, repairs, buying things, reading, etc., etc.,). The enemy is delighted to have us so occupied incessantly with secondary and trivial concerns, as to keep us from attacking and resisting (the devil’s efforts).” James Fraser (Missionary in China with Hudson Taylor” James Fraser
“Prayer pulls the rope below, and the bell rings above in the ears of God. Some scarcely stir the bell for they pray so languidly. Others give an occasional pluck at the rope, but he who wins with heaven is the man who grabs the rope boldly and pulls continuously with all his might.” – C.H. Spurgeon
“Do not even such things as are most bitter to the flesh, tend to
awaken Christians to faith and prayer, to a sight of the emptiness of
this world, and the fadingness of the best it yield?… How then can
we be offended at things by which we reap so much good?” – John Bunyan
“Bibles read without prayer; sermons heard without prayer; marriages
contracted without prayer; journeys undertaken without prayer;
residences chosen without prayer; friendships formed without prayer; the
daily act of prayer itself hurried over, or gone through without heart:
these are the kind of downward steps by which many a Christian descends
to a condition of spiritual palsy, or reaches the point where God allows
them to have a tremendous fall.” – J.C. Ryle
“What road leads to true happiness? The road of submitting yourself completely to God.”
“The hope of the coming of the Lord is the paramount motive given us in the New Testament for earnest, holy service here.” – J. Hudson Taylor
“I am convinced that nothing in the whole Christian religion is so rarely attained as a praying heart.” – Charles Finney
“Vanity of vanities and all is vanity, except to love God and serve Him alone.” – Thomas A Kempis
“Meditate long upon the Lord Jesus. See Him through the Word of God.
O Begin! Fix some part of every day for private exercises. . . . Whether you like it or no, read and pray daily. It is for your life; there is no other way: else you will be a trifler all your days. . . .Do justice to your own soul; give it time and means to grow. Do not starve yourself any longer.” – John Wesle
The tragedy of “average” Christianity is the tragedy of being a spiritual pauper while sitting around the table of God’s truth and not digesting the bounties
“The more prosperous your ministry becomes the greater the danger you are in. Beginning to like Asa, no longer trusting and relying on God but begin to rely on devices and your schemes.” – Chuck Smith
“God is more interested in what we are than in what we do.” – Chuck Smith
“Obedience is better esteemed with God than acquired knowledge, it is the most important lesson -fundamental to the gaining of all spiritual knowledge from God.”
“Yea, it will make the Christian disburse his praises for the mercy long before it is received…for want of looking up many a prayer is lost. If you do not believe, why do you pray? And if you believe, why do you not expect? By praying you seem to depend on God; by not expecting, you again renounce your confidence. What is this, but to take His name in vain? O Christian, stand to your prayer in a holy expectation of what you have begged upon the credit of promise…Mordecai, no doubt, had put up many prayers for Esther, and therefor he waits at the kings gate, looking what answer God would, in His providence, give thereunto.” -William Gurnall. (Quoted from “The Treasury of David.” By Charles Spurgeon. Commenting on Verse 3 of Psalm 5. Volume 1 of the Unabridged version 1970, Associated Publishers and Authors, inc. pp 56.)
“Humility allows Christ’s life to be perfected in us. But pride, the opposite of humility, works death in us. To be exalted, honored and recognized was the desire of Lucifer. He was not content with what God had chosen for him so he decided to exalt himself: “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God” (Isaiah 14: 13). Because of this Lucifer fell, rejected by God because of the pride in his heart. All sin originated in pride and self-exaltation. But our salvation originated in Christ humbling Himself by His death on the cross.” – K.P. Yohannan
“The most unhappy people in the world are the ones who live only for themselves. All that they do, they do only for their own sake. For these self- centered individuals, the most precious things in the world is their “self.” Like a cancer that eats and destroys its own cells, the self-centered individual is slowly dying inwardly.” – K.P. Yohannan
“The reason that so many fail to attain the BLESSED LIFE is that there is some one point in which they hold back from God, and concerning which they prefer to have their own way and will rather than His. In this one thing they will not yield their will and accept God’s; and this one little thing mars the whole, robs them of peace, and compels them to wander in the desert.” – F.B. Meyer
“Have we armed ourselves with the willingness to suffer – to the same extent that Christ suffered for us when He was on earth?” – K.P. Yohannan
“I was reminded of the rich young ruler and God‘s call on his life. It is so easy for us to get caught up in the pleasures of life. I was challenged not to let what looks like an easier path get in the way of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Our hope, our peace and our joy lies in Him alone.” – K.P. Yohannan
“The chief danger of the 20th Century will be religion without the Holy Spirit, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God and heaven without hell.” — William Booth
“Regular and habitual communion with the Lord Jesus, is absolutely essential to growth in grace.” – J.C. Ryle
“Continuously meditating on God’s Word drives it deep into our hearts and develops faith.” – K.P. Yohannan
“We must learn to believe promises better than possessions.” – J. C. Ryle
“To shuffle over religious duties with a loose and careless spirit, will cost no great difficulties; but to set yourself before the Lord, and to tie up your loose and vain thoughts to a constant and serious attendance upon him: this will cost you something.” -John Flavel
“It is possible to be full of Christian works without the Life and the Love being there.”
“A holy character does not prevent temptation–Jesus was tempted. When Satan tempted Christ, it was like striking sparks on water; yet the enemy continued his evil work. Now, if the devil goes on striking when there is no result, how much more will he do it when he knows what inflammable stuff our hearts are made of.”- C.H. Spurgeon
Take your eyes off the vain things of the world. Look not back on old lovers, but delight yourselves in Christ alone, who is your exceeding rich reward, your satisfying and everlasting portion. TAKE HIM WITH YOU. O He is sweet company! and He “will never leave you, nor forsake you.” Yea, in the time of your greatest trouble He will be most near you, and in your greatest distresses He will be most kind. Be careful of nothing but how to please Him, and to honour Him in all places whither you may be scattered.”
“If we don’t wait on the Holy Spirit to teach us, we can grow cold and fall out of communion with God even while having devotions every day.
“If you want to learn to be a good leader; find a godly leader, serve under them faithfully and follow them closely.” – K.P. Yohannan
“Afflictions are light when compared with what we really deserve. They are light when compared with the sufferings of the Lord Jesus. But perhaps their real lightness is best seen by comparing them with the weight of glory which is awaiting us.” – Arthur W. Pink
“When the fire of prayer goes out, the barrenness of busyness takes over.”
Christianity is not a religion of effort (i.e. of doing our best). The key word is union. We bring forth what what we unite with. United to our fleshly nature, no matter how hard we try, or how many rules we make, we will bring forth the works of the flesh – not one good work among them. ON THE OTHER HAND, truly united by the Holy Spirit to Jesus the resurrected Lord, without human effort – we will naturally bring forth the fruit of the Spirit. It is not effort, but union.
I’ve found that God appreciates desperation. Have you discovered that? And sometimes He waits until we cry out, until we lift up our voice. It says of Jesus, ‘He prayed with vehement cries and tears.’ He gave Himself totally in prayer. I cannot exactly explain all of God’s dealings, but I’ll tell you there are times in your life when God waits for you to be desperate. You say, ‘God, why are you letting all this happen to me?’ And God says, ‘I’m waiting for you to be desperate.’ ‘Why do you want me desperate, God?’ ‘Because that’s the only way you can express your appreciation of what I’m offering. Until you’re prepared to be desperate, you don’t appreciate what I’m offering.’
“God is not merely the omnipotent creator and ruler of the universe. He is also Abba Father, the most tender, loving Dad anyone could have.”
God wants us to forget the requirements of the Law. He wants us to live in response to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in our life.
“God is not going to change the world through doctrines. He is going to change the world through humble simple lives that follow Him.” – K.P. Yohannan
“Since the days of Pentecost, has the whole church ever put aside every other work and waited upon Him for ten days, that the Spirit’s power might be manifested? We give too much attention to method and machinery and resources, and too little to the source of power.” – Hudson Taylor
“The freedom Jesus gives is in large part the freedom from desiring the approval of men in all areas if life.”
”The marvel of heaven and earth, of time and eternity, is the atoning death of Jesus Christ. This is the mystery that brings more glory to God than all creation.” – C. H. Spurgeon
“We can learn more in an hour praying, when praying indeed, than from many hours in the study.” – E. M. Bounds
“One of the worst enemies that we have in our following the Lord is the love of comfort and materialism.” – K.P. Yohannan
“An easy, non-self-denying life will never be one of power,” – Hudson Taylor
“You may find hundred’s of faultfinders among professed Christians; but all their criticism will not lead one solitary soul to Christ.” – D.L. Moody
“If we want to experience God, we must first abandon our thoughts and then start thinking His.” – K.P. Yohannan
“God will wait and work with us until we change and come to a place where we abandon our own ways of thinking and accept His.” – K.P. Yohannan
“I have but one passion and that is He, He only”
“The primary call on my life is not to do something for Jesus, but to be with Jesus.”
“The secret of our survival is fixing our eyes on Jesus and making Him alone our focus.” – K.P. Yohannan
“Today, even amongst Christians, there can be found much of that spirit that wants to give as little as possible to the Lord, and yet to get as much as possible from Him. The prevailing thought today is of being used, as though that were the one thing that mattered. That my little rubber band should be stretched to the very limit seems all important. But this is not the Lord’s mind. The Lord wants us to be used, yes; but what He is after is that we pour all we have, ourselves, to Him, and if that be all, that is enough.” – Watchman Nee
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.”
“If we choose to follow Lord, we must follow Him with a heart of simple obedience. In this we see the Lord’s leading in our life most clearly.” – K.P. Yohannan
“When was the last time you spent an hour on your face before God in quietness?” – K.P. Yohannan
“To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek Him, the greatest adventure; to find Him, the greatest achievement” – Augustine
“Be long-suffering, therefore, with one another, in meekness, as God is towards you.” – Ignatius
Let us, then, not only call Him Lord, for that will not save us. For He saith, “Not every one that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall be saved, but he that worketh righteousness.” Wherefore, brethren, let us confess Him by our works, by loving one another, by not committing adultery, or speaking evil of one another, or cherishing envy; but by being continent, compassionate, and good. We ought also to sympathize with one another, and not be avaricious. By such works let us confess Him, and not by those that are of an opposite kind. And it is not fitting that we should fear men, but rather God. For this reason, if we should do such [wicked] things, the Lord hath said, “Even though ye were gathered together to me in my very bosom, yet if ye were not to keep my commandments, I would cast you off, and say unto you, Depart from me; I know you not whence ye are, ye workers of iniquity.” – Clement
“The more thou art humbled now, the more thou shalt be exalted hereafter” – George Whitefield
“What is soulish? Soulish is that which is done by oneself. And what is spiritual? It is that which is done by God. And these two are radically different. A person can do something without any need for waiting upon God and trusting in Him. Such action is fleshly and it is soulish. But if a person cannot speak before God speaks, cannot move except God moves first; if he must look to God, wait and depend on Him, then that person and that action are spiritual. Let us thus ask ourselves if all we do is in the Holy Spirit.” – Watchman Nee
Leaving the status quo only where Jesus leads us to go, with power unbelievers need us to show
“Are you ready to go at once straight into heaven, if the gates were thrown open? What manner of persons ought we to be to say it! Are we walking in a way perfectly consistent with stepping tonight at once into the glory, to be at home in the Father’s house?” – G.V. Wigram
“Do I walk as a heavenly man–my ways, my conversation, the ways and conversation of a man whom Christ has stooped to wash in His blood?” – G.V. Wigram
“You have a holy responsibilty… to ask the Lord: ‘Lord, what do you want me to do?'” – K.P. Yohannan
“He that has no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.” – Proverbs 25:28
“Christ is more concerned about what we do with Him than for Him. Labor is not a substitute for love.”
“God sends no-one away empty, except those who are full of
themselves.” – Dwight L. Moody
“When the Lord reveals His will to us and we obey, our mission will be
a success regardless of the results.” – Chinese house church leaders.
“Endeavor to be always patient of the faults and imperfections of others; for thou hast many faults and imperfections of thine own that require forbearance. If thou art not able to make thyself that which thou wishest, how canst thou expect to mold another in conformity to thy will?” – Thomas a Kempis
Three words Jesus says every day…”Come to Me.”
“If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone.”
“You need to have an unhurried time with God. However early you need to get up. Get up so that you’re time with God is unhurried.”
“The more you and I fight to preserve our life, to save our life, the more we find that we are losing it.” – K.P. Yohannan
“There are no secrets to Life, but Christ. no key, but Christ. no method, but Christ. no formula, but Christ. no technique, but Christ. no systematic theology but Christ. no life, but Christ – for it is no longer I who lives, it is Christ Who lives in me (Galatians 2:20). In Him, through Him, and for His glory.”
“Remember that it is not hasty reading, but serious meditation on holy and heavenly truths — which makes them prove sweet and profitable to the soul. It is not the mere touching of the flower by the bee, which gathers honey — but her abiding for a time on the flower, which draws out the sweet. It is not he who reads most, but he who meditates most — who will prove to be the choicest, sweetest, wisest and strongest Christian!” – Thomas Brooks
“All men promiscuously do homage to God, but very few truly reverence him. On all hands there is abundance of ostentatious ceremonies, but sincerity of heart is rare.” – John Calvi
“We should not aim at a great thing; we should stand instead in the place of God’s choice.” – Watchman Nee
“In the Kingdom, privilege and honor is in serving, not in being served.”
“A word spoken..when your conscience is clear & your heart full of God’s Spirit, is worth 10,000 words spoken in unbelief & sin.” – M’Cheyne
“Make yourself have the supreme priority of continually getting to know the Lord.” – K.P. Yohannan
”The branch of the vine does not worry, and toil, and rush here to seek for sunshine.” – Hudson Taylor
I know, through experience, about complete surrender. Years ago, when I was a prisoner of Adolf Hitler and his followers, I had to surrender my will completely. During the time I as a prisoner, I could not decide anything myself. I just had to obey. But we have to surrender to someone else – to God, who is love. He is not a dictator; He is a loving Father. There is no limit to what He wi8ll do for us, no end to His blessings, if we surrender to Him. Surrender is trusting God. This is what God asks from us. He gives a deep rest after we surrender.
– Corrie ten Boom
“In my mind today, the picture I have is a church in a diabetic coma that has gorged itself on the sweets of affluence, materialism, and the idolatry of worshipping the materialistic world. That diabetic coma is now life threatening. We as a church are at the point of death – not the church in the Middle East. We are the ones who can no longer rouse ourselves to even pray for an hour on behalf of things that God would have us pray for.”
“The church is the continuation of the CROSS, His kingdom built through suffering.”
“He has in His hand all the gold of the world, and we have only to go to headquarters to get all that is wanted.” – Hudson Taylor
“In leadership we should never be afraid of those the Lord has gifted with more ability. In fact we should praise God for them!” – K.P. Yohannan
“Do you want to be more like Jesus? Look for opportunities to humble yourself.” – K.P. Yohannan
“We need to find God, and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature—trees, flowers, grass—grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. We need silence
“We can have no power from Christ unless we live in a persuasion that
we have none of our own.”
– John Owen
“The authentic Christian life is essentially and radically different from the natural life lived by a man or woman. Outwardly, it can be very much the same, but inwardly the basis of living is dramatically different. Christ is a part of every wholesome action, the corrector of every wrong deed or thought, the giver of joy and the healer of hurt. No longer merely on the edges of life, Christ is the center of everything. Life revolves around him. As a consequence, life comes into proper focus. Despite outward trials, a deep peace possesses the heart, strength grips the spirit and kindness and joy radiate abroad. This is really living!” –
“Trying to do the Lord’s work in your own strength is the most confusing, exhausting, and tedious of all work. But when you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then the ministry of Jesus just flows out of you.” – Corrie Ten Boom
“Lord, I will not leave thee, without thee.” – Thomas Watson
“I have never yet known the Spirit of God to work where the Lord’s people were divided.” – D. L. Moody
“No amount of activity will make up for neglect of the King Himself.” – R.M. M’Cheyne
“Be gentle with every person you meet. They are fighting a great battle.” – St. Ephrem the Syrian
“Jesus loves you today. Know this one thing and today will be extraordinary. Forget it and today will be full of striving and stress. You’re loved!”
“A Christian… is not his own master; he puts his time at God’s disposal.” – St Ignatius
WWWDJ? What will we do Jesus?
WWWGJ? Where will we go Jesus?
WWWSJ? What will we say Jesus?
“What is Christ’s claim upon us if we want to be His disciples? First of all, a supreme love. We cannot follow Christ unless we love Him better than anyone else. He puts Himself alongside the dearest relationships of earth, and says in unforgettable words, ‘You must hate all these, or you cannot be my disciple.’ …The word ‘hate’ is a relative word, it is not absolute…. He demands from you and me a love greater than the earliest love—the love to father and mother, greater than the dearest love—the love to wife and child, greater than the nearest love—the love of our own life.”
“We will not know His ways until we come and be with Him.” – K.P. Yohannan
“Remain faithful to the Lord, and remember that His honor is at stake in your bodily life.”
“Get alone with God, and receive the revelation of His wonderful purpose and plans for your life.” – Smith Wigglesworth
“The success of the early church was their life in the Spirit, making them a radical alternative in their culture.”
“What did Jesus do? He deliberately chose the cross, He suffered. The Bible says He learned obedience through suffering.” – K.P. Yohannan
“We can get all worked up over missionaries ten or twelve thousand miles away, but people can live right next door to us and be perishing in their spiritual agony, and we do nothing. That is worldliness. It results from this business of thinking we can live our own lives; that we can withdraw from the world and create our own Christian world and live within it.”
“Never think that you can live to God by your own power or strength; but always look to and rely on him for all assistance, strength and grace.” – David Brainerd
“To obey the Lord unseen—in secret—is the foundation of genuine godly service.” – K.P. Yohannan
“O blesséd Hope of God, flow through me patiently,
Until I hope for everyone, as Thou hast hoped for me.”
– Amy Carmichael
“All of us would be wiser if we would resolve never to put people down, except on our prayer lists.”
“Oh! How should all hearts be taken with this Christ? Why stand ye gazing on the toys of this world, when such a Christ is offered to you in the Gospel? Can the world die for you?”
“This last month I have felt the burden of a city. Its great sorrow has pressed in on my soul. Its vice and sin have bowed me upon my knees in tears.” – Oswald J. Smith
“One of the gravest perils which besets the ministry is a restless scattering of energies over an amazing multiplicity of interests which leaves no margin of time and of strength for receptive and absorbing communion with God.” – Andrew Bonar
“What about us? Do people encounter that overflowing joy, found in Jesus and the early Christians, in our lives as well?” – K.P. Yohannan
“If you drop your disguise and come to God with complete sincerity, He will be quick to lift that heavy burden from you, because he loves you and wants to bless you.” – Chuck Smith
“Hypocrisy only leads to destruction. If your heart isn’t honest before God, you are headed down a dangerous path.” – Chuck Smith
“My heart was so full of joy that I could do little else but weep. Oh, I wonder, I wonder, when I see so many good Ministers at home, crowding each other and treading on each other’s heels, whether they would not part with all their home privileges, and go out to the Heathen World and reap a joy like this—”the joy of the Lord.” – John G. Paton
“Man’s works do not even come close to the works of the Holy Spirit. If the Holy Spirit does not work, all the efforts of man will come to naught.” – John Sung
“See what the Moravians have done!” -William Carey as he slammed the Moravian missions periodical on a table at a Baptist meeting
“The great need in the Christian life is self-discipline.”
“The great need in the Christian life is mentors”
“The life of the Lord Jesus Christ flows like a river in those who are born again.” – Bakht Singh
“Every Method put to use to mortify sin which is not by the Holy Spirit is doomed to failure. Every system which attempts to deal with sin without Christ and the Holy Spirit is legalistic and miserable.” – John Owen
“Those who would forcibly remove all our possessions will be placing us in a far better position to fix our affections on things above.”
“The best way to avoid compromise is to take up the word of God, (the spiritual
sword,) in our fight for the kingdom.”
“They who are conscious of their own sins have no eyes for the signs of their neighbors.” – Abbot Moses (desert Father 10th century A.D.
“There are in the churches stores of unconsecrated wealth, unused or misused talents, multitudes at ease in Zion, witnesses who bear no testimony for their Lord, workers without the Spirit’s conquering power, teachers who speak without authority, disciples who follow afar off, forms without life, Church machinery substituted for inward life and power.” – D.L. Moody.
“To be prayerless is to be without Christ, without God, without grace, without hope, and without heaven” – J.C. Ryle
“Lord Jesus Christ, You are our Creator, You have all power. You became Man for us, died in our stead and rose again to live in us. We give complete charge of our hearts, lives and plans. We will not do anything without your permission. Lord Jesus Christ, this is Your home. We are your children. We do not want our will to be done in this home, but only your will.” – Brother Bakht Singh
“Ah! how many Judases have we in these days, that kiss Christ..that in their words profess him, but in their works deny him” – Thomas Brooks
“Only a pure, authentic life can produce fruit that remains for eternity. All else will turn into ash.” – K.P. Yohannan
“Throughout His life on earth, Jesus did everything for the glory of the Father. He did not do one thing of His own or for Himself.” – K.P. Yohannan
I wonder what the limits are to prayer if we could tap into it. I bet there are no limits.
– David Carroll
“The more we know of God, the happier we are.” George Mueller
“I long for love without any coldness, light without any dimness, and purity without spot or wrinkle.” Robert Murray M’Cheyne
In the secret areas of our life. If I seek to keep my thought life pure before God, that shows I am humble, if I am careless about my thought life, that shows I am proud. This is the connection between dirty thoughts and pride. But true humility is obedience to God. Of Jesus it is said, “He humbled himself by becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross…” (Phil 2:8)
Your family is your greatest mission-filed on earth
A day without prayer simply surrenders the day and its events to the devil’s will.
Prayer, at its best, is the noblest, the sublimest, the most
magnificent, and stupendous act that any creature of God can
perform on earth or in heaven. Prayer is far too princely a life for most men. It is high, and they are low, and they cannot attain it.
– Alexander Whyte
“Prayer should not be regarded “as a duty which must be performed, but rather as a privilege to be enjoyed, a rare delight that is always revealing some new beauty.”
There will always be things that will fight us for our time with the Lord. We must proactively fight to keep our time with the Lord.
– K.P. Yohannan
Let us often look at Brainerd in the woods of America pouring out his very soul before God for the perishing heathen without whose salvation nothing could make him happy. Prayer -secret, fervent, believing prayer- lies at the root of all personal godliness.
The Word travels with life or death, salvation or damnation
and brings forth one or another, in every soul that hears.
“A materialistic world will not be won to Christ by a materialistic church.”
“where sin is not cured power cannot flow.”
I know of no way to experience unbroken union and communion with our beloved Lord Jesus apart from a conscious, deliberate choice to spend time alone with Him each morning.
– Nancy Leigh DeMoss
When we find a man meditating on the words of God, my friends, that man is full of boldness and is successful.
– D.L. Moody
Now, as old Dr. Bonner, of Glasgow, said, “The Lord didn’t show Joshua how to use the sword, but He told him how he should meditate on the Lord day and night, and then he would have good success.”
– D.L. Moody
So often we try to develop Christian character and conduct without taking the time to develop God-centered devotion. We try to please God without taking the time to walk with Him and develop a relationship with Him. This is impossible to do
The person who never meditates with delight on the glory of Christ in the Scriptures now will not have any real desire to see that glory in heaven. What sort of faith and love do people have who find time to think about many other things but make no time for meditating on this glorious subject?
– John Owen
We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.
– C.S. Lewis
When you cease from labour, fill up your time in reading, meditation, and prayer: and while your hands are labouring, let your heart be employed, as much as possible, in divine thoughts.
– David Brainerd
The amount of time we spend with Jesus – meditating on His Word and His majesty, seeking His face – establishes our fruitfulness in the kingdom
In place of our exhaustion and spiritual fatigue, God will give us rest. All He asks is that we come to Him
“Two things will get you to leap out of yourselves into the promises
of God today. One is purity, and the other is FAITH, which is
kindled more and more BY PURITY.
To be prayerless is to be godless. He who does not hold daily deliberate times of communion with God does not know God and is surely still dead in sin and headed for hell. Where do you stand? The true Christian finds prayer a necessity and a delight (Psalms 27:4). – Bob Jennings
“If God is your own, then all things in Heaven and on earth will be your own, because He is your Father and is everything to you; otherwise you will have to go and ask like a beggar for certain things. When they are used up, you will have to ask again. So ask not for gifts but for the Giver of Gifts: not for life but for the Giver of Life – then life and the things needed for life will be added unto you.” – S. Sundar Singh
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.”
“If I take care of my character, my reputation will take care of itself.” – D.L. Moody
“We who have Christ’s eternal life need to throw away our own lives.” – George Verwer
“You can’t lose if you put yourself completely in God’s hands.”
– from “Chasing the Dragon” by Jackie Pullinger
“I used to carry buckets for Jesus, but now I’ve found a river that’s carrying me.” – D.L. Moody
“Someday you will read in the papers that D. L. Moody of East Northfield is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it! At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now; I shall have gone up higher, that is all, out of this old clay tenement into a house that is immortal — a body that death cannot touch, that sin cannot taint; a body fashioned like unto His glorious body.” — D.L. Moody
“I would rather have a Master of Prayer than a M.A. from both universities [Oxford and Cambridge].
Being alone with God has always been the secret of genuine power. Men of power in all ages have been men who knew that being alone with God was their supreme privilege and their only source of strength. We must decide how much time we will spend with Him, and the relation that shall obtain in these associations. The relation that exists determines the results. It is only when we bring to the Master a fully surrendered will that He can imbue us with unlimited power for service.
An easy way to sin… Be anxious for everything and in all things avoid prayer and supplication without thanksgiving.
If we had the Spirit sealing our ministry with power, it would signify very little about talent. Men might be poor and uneducated, their words might be broken and ungrammatical; but if the might of the Spirit attended them, the humblest evangelist would be more successful than the most learned divine, or the most eloquent of preachers.
– C.H. Spurgeon
Those who are in the Lord Jesus Christ will always overcome because the work of Jesus cannot fail. The success of the plan of God is not in our strength or weakness. Grace is the plan and we who are in Christ will always enjoy victory.
“A lack of motivation to sacrifice for others is what holds many of us back from being greatly used of the Lord.”
“Oh, would that you knew the joy of giving yourself away! You cannot keep yourself. Oh, this day try and give all to Him!” – Robert Murray McCheyne
“”We are most Christlike when we can show compassion and love for others.” – K.P. Yohannan
“A rule I have had for years is: to treat the Lord Jesus Christ as a personal friend. His is not a creed, a mere doctrine, but it is He Himself we have.” – Dwight L. Moody
To be much like Christ, we must be much with Christ.
Attachment to Christ is the secret of detachment from the world.
Have you noticed how quickly your iPhone battery loses its power during the day without regular charging? What about your spiritual life without regular communion with the Lord?
Would to God that the Holy Ghost, who dwelleth in us, found nothing within to impede Him, and nothing to restrain His influences!
Stanley said of Livingstone: “For four months and four days I lived with him in the same house, or in the same boat, or in the same tent, and I never found a fault in him. …Each day’s life with him added to my admiration for him.”
“God sees the little sparrow fall, It meets His tender view. If God so loves the little birds, I know He loves me, too.” – Maria Straub 1874
Quiet Times are not optional. Our ability to stay with God in our closet measures our ability to stay with God out of the closet.
“Our fellowship with God determines our quality of life.” – K.P. Yohannan
“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”
It is in the nature of God to speak. When we get alone with our Bible open before us, we draw near to God and begin to hear Him speak
“You learn about God and then you tell another. If you don’t tell others, neither you nor the gospel will grow.” – Xiri Xiri, a member of a tribal village in Brazil
“All great soul-winners have been men of much and mighty prayer, and all great revivals have been preceded and carried out by persevering, prevailing knee-work in the closet.”
– Samuel Logan Brengle
“The most important aspect of Christianity is not the work we do, but the relationship we maintain with the Lord Jesus and the surrounding influence and qualities produced BY that relationship.”
― Oswald Chambers
Make yourself have the supreme priority of continually getting to know the Lord.
– KP Yohannnan
The great people of the earth today are the people who pray. I do not mean those who talk about prayer, nor those who say they believe in prayer, nor yet those who can explain about prayer; but I mean these people who take time and pray. They have not time. It must be taken from something else. This something else is important, very important, and pressing, but still less important and less pressing than prayer. There are people that put prayer first, and group the other items in life’s schedule around and after prayer.
– S. D. Gordon
Live on the cross. The cross is the abnegation of our will. On the cross is heaven because Jesus is there.
– St Teresa of the Andes
“The Cross is heaven. To follow him and bear his cross is so sweet and precious that if I find no cross to bear in heaven I shall plead before him to send me as his missionary to bear his cross.”
– Sadhu Sundar Singh
“Give yourself to attacking the filthiness of the spirit more than the filthiness of the flesh – pride, selfishness, self-seeking, etc.- these are the ringleaders; aim at them. Fight ye not with small or great, save only with [the help of] the King of Israel. While you are occupied with gaining the victory over little sins, great sins will be occupied in gaining the victory over you. When great sins are overcome, little sins fall with them.” – Robert Chapman
We reach a plateau in our relationship with Christ unless we begin leading others to Christ.
“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” – John Bunyan
He discovered that despite their illiteracy, these women had come to an intimate knowledge of the Lord. “I knew the Book they haltingly read; they knew the One whom the Book spoke.” He was having his first encounter with a divine principle that, “apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:15)
The world and even ordinary believers are waiting for a demonstration of power. When will we get back to prayer?
“The most important thing a born again Christian can do is to pray.”
– Chuck Smith
Worry is sin. Rejoicing is God’s will in any circumstance.
We are not fighting to win a victory; we are celebrating the victory that has been won.
The secret of victory is not praying but praising, not asking but thanking.
“God forbid ease that would fail to develop in us faith and utter dependence upon our Lord, or ease that would substitute some other mediator between Him and us.”
– Joy Ridderhof
“As we breathe without ceasing, so must we pray without ceasing.”
Our ministry is not what we do, but what we do is from who we are.
The quality of your inner life will determine your influence. You can never give what you don’t have. Our fellowship with God determines our quality of life.
Because we do not see Him as He is, we live a life of defeat. Our eyes are unsteady looking in two directions, one eye upon the Lord, and one upon the world.
With many believers, they have one eye upon the Lord, and the other upon something else. That is why they become spiritually blind. When you really want to see him, your eyes should be only upon Him.
We waste our time looking at persons and things which have no concern with us, and that is why our life is so barren.
Many years ago I was sailing from Liverpool to Canada. A newly married couple was in the same ship. They were always together. They wanted no one else to come near them. They were so absorbed in each other wherever they went they took no notice of people around them. Their eyes were only on each other. Our Lord has the same desire that nothing else should draw away our attention. He would have us keep looking at Him.
You may perhaps ask Him for many things such as a job, or physical healing. But these disciples has no such requests. They said, “Master, where dwellest thou?” Those who have seen the Lord Jesus Christ have a string longing, “Where is my Lord? Where does He live?”
You can find Him only when you earnestly seek Him.
“They looked into Him and their faces were radiant.” Who were these people? They were those who had once had shameful and ugly faces, where you could see the blackness of sin. But now, having seen Him, their faces shine. They became radiant. A new heavenly beauty came upon their faces.” You see so many Christians pray regularly and attend many meetings and also take part in what the call communion service, but their faces are black with shameful spots. No doubt they are called by the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, but the marks of sin and shame can be seen on their faces.
But David is saying from true experience, in Psalm 34:5 “They looked unto Him and their faces were radiant.” The men that had come to David with grumbling and murmuring, sorrowful faces now saw David’s face shining even in the dark cave of Adhullam. They also learned to look unto the Lord, and their faces also began to shine. Divine glory and beauty were shining upon their faces, in spite of their poverty and sickness.
This beauty, which God gives, will not come with using soap or powder or cream or by wearing jewels of gold and silver. How foolish some people are! They think by using such things they can become beautiful. They think by worldly shameful means they can become beautiful. In fact in this way they become uglier. It is only when our fears go away and we conquer our trials by faith then we can have faces shining with the glory of God.
It is here, in prayer, that we win the battle of maintaining spirituality in our lives – actually, it is not we who maintain spirituality in ourselves, but the Lord himself who does the maintaining as we rest in him. God maintains our spirituality as we, by his strength and in gratitude for his mercy and love, serve others out of our desire to please him.
– Helen Roseveare
“In the measure in which you and I are willing to die daily, in that same measure will life be produced in others.”
– K.P. Yohannan
“Take the simple act of prayer. Ask most Americans about prayer and they’ll say they wholeheartedly believe in it, even if they don’t do all that much of it daily. The Chinese underground Church takes a different stance. Not only are the leaders of those churches praying several hours each day, but they have older saints who are devoting themselves to prayer all day and most of the night.” – anonymous
We have a desire to grow fast and therefore speed is critical. We want to have the benefit of experience without having had the experience. It is as though we think we can download spiritual software from some movement, conference or teacher and then we can use it for spiritual overdrive. The longing for the ‘quick fix’ is usually the sin of impatience masquerading as faith and commitment. Deep wounds have to heal from the inside out and that can take a while. If you try and speed God up – or slow him down – it usually goes wrong and you end up being sidelined for a period so you learn to move at His pace and not your own. The great irony is that once you get into the slow rhythmic walk of following the Lord, it becomes remarkable how fast God moves things along.
“What we want is a joyful church, and we are not going to convert the world until we have it. We want to get this long-faced Christianity off the face of the earth.”
– D.L. Moody
If a man had perfect love to God, he would have no fear
of anything—for what would he have to dread? He would
have no fear of death, for he would have nothing to dread
beyond the grave. It is guilt that makes people fear what
is to come; but he whose sins are pardoned, and whose
heart is filled with the love of God, has nothing to dread in
this world or the world to come.
— Albert Barnes
“Fasting begets prophets and strengthens strong men. Fasting makes lawgivers wise; it is the soul’s safeguard, the body’s trusted comrade, the armor of the champion, the training of the athlete.” – Basil, Bishop of Caesarea (AD 330–379)
“God works through men. I see nowhere in the Word where God picks an organization.” – Dawson Trotman
“An easy-going non-self-denying life will never be one of power.”
– Hudson Taylor
“A man or woman who knows God intimately will never be intimidated or controlled by anyone or anything” – K.P. Yohannan
As long as London is reeking with sin, and millions are going down to hell, let us leave others to prophesy, let us go with anxious hearts to seek after souls, and see if we cannot by the Spirit’s power win sinners from going down into the pit.
When I am preaching the gospel, many may say, “Oh, he is only telling us commonplace truth.” Just so, I know that; and yet I feel within myself as if I was wheeling up God’s great cannon, which will still blow the gates of hell to pieces. “What! none of the venerable mysteries of Rome? What, none of the new philosophical discoveries?” None of the imposing ceremonies? No, brethren, not one of them, they are all wooden guns, shams and counterfeits, and if ever they are fired off they will blown to bits. This plain truth, that “God was made flesh and dwelt among us,” is God’s great battering ram against which nothing can stand. Never lose heart in the gospel, my brethren, but think that you hear the apostle calling across the ages, “Great is the mystery of godliness.” Look for nothing greater, the gospel is great enough. Keep at it, never think you have told men enough times about it. As Napoleon told his warriors at the pyramids, “A thousand ages look down upon you!” bleeding martyrs who from their graves, call to you to be faithful; confessors who ascended to heaven in fiery chariots, implore you to be steadfast. Hold fast to what you have received. Do not attempt to mend the truth, do not venture to shape it according to the fancy of the times, but proclaim it in all its native purity. By this hammer the gods of Rome and Greece were dashed to pieces, by this lever the world was turned upside down; it is this gospel which has brought glory to God, filled heaven with redeemed souls, and made hell to tremble in all its palaces of flame. Bind it about your heart, and defy the hosts of Rome or hell to unloose its folds. Wrap it about your waist in death, and hold it as a standard in both your hands in life. This simple truth, that “Jesus Christ has come to seek and to save those who were lost,” and that “whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life,” must be your jewel, your treasure, your life.
“The work of God suffers today not because of lack of money or education, but for the lack of authentic, God-fearing leaders in the body of Christ.” – K.P. Yohannan
“The secret of joy is not to wait until you feel happy, but to rise, by an act of faith, out of the depression which is dragging you down and begin to praise God as an act of choice….This is what is meant–at least in part–by the sacrifice of praise. A sacrifice is that which costs us something.” – A.B. Simpson
“The questions that matter in life are remarkably few, and they are all answered by these words, ‘Come unto Me.'”
“lt becomes believers not to take food, and not to go to the bath, before interposing a prayer; for the refreshments and nourishments of the spirit are to be held prior to those of the flesh, and things heavenly prior to things earthly.” – Tertullian
“The first degree of humility is obedience without delay.” – St. Benedict of Nursia
“We need to live life as a whole, showing consistency in our words and in our deeds. It’s not so much what we say but who we are that’s important.” – Bishop Purna Sagar Nag
“The goal of God, the Master Painter, is that with each stroke of His brush the life, character and nature of Jesus increasingly fills our hearts and is clearly expressed through us.” – K.P. Yohannan
Man judges you by your accomplishments, but God judges you by your obedience
“We find no committee meetings in the book of Acts. We find prayer, fasting and waiting on God.” – K.P. Yohannan
I remember back to when I was 16 years old serving with Operation Mobilization. It was there that I first began to understand that every disagreement, every problem, every tension, every irritation happens in our lives because God has orchestrated it. He has designed it. God put us in that situation or with that person so that we would be changed into His image. You may say, “I don’t want this kind of problem.” But He has designed it just for you, to be an instrument to make you like Him.” – KP Yohannan
“The way in which you listen to others gives you clues about the ways in which you listen to God.”
– Ignatius of Loyola
“As I was walking in the desert, I saw a lion in the distance, but I decided to keep walking. As I got closer, I saw it was a man, so I kept walking toward him. As I got still closer, I saw it was my brother.”
“We cannot sincerely proclaim the truth of God’s love while ignoring what He hates, and God hates sin.” – Franklin Graham
“The tragedy of our day is God has left us and we don’t even know it. So we’re busy telling people, “Don’t do that. That’s wrong, God forbids it! You must do this! This is what God commands!” They’re not paying any attention to us because the convincing evidence that what we speak is true is not ours. God is not with us. When God is with us, then people will know that. They’ll be moved by the presence of God in us. They’ll come under conviction for what they’re doing that is contrary to the will and the purpose of God.” – Richard Owen Roberts
“If Christians around the world were to suddenly renounce their personal agendas, their life goals and their aspirations, and begin responding in radical obedience to everything God showed them. the world would be turned upside down. How do we know? Because that’s what first century Christians did, and the world is still talking about it.”
“there is no habit that has gone so deep but that the power of the blood of Jesus can go deeper, and there is no entrenchment of sin that has gone so far but the power of the risen Lord, by His Holy Spirit, can go further.”
“I am born for God only. Christ is nearer to me than father or mother or sister–a nearer relative, a more intimate friend; and I rejoice to follow Him and to love Him.”
“Why is it that some Christians, although they hear many sermons, make but slow advances in the divine life? Because they neglect their closets, and do not thoughtfully meditate on God’s Word. From such folly deliver us, O Lord.” – C.H. Spurgeon
“Martin Luther, when he walked in the woods, used to raise his hat to the birds and say, ‘Good morning, theologians—you wake and sing, but I, old fool, know less than you and worry over everything, instead of simply trusting in the heavenly Father’s care.”
“The secret to my newfound strength has been in recognizing my flesh every morning, battling the lies I’m tempted to believe, and stepping out in obedience to the Word of God. It’s not in your background, your finances, or the people you know. It is entirely related to how much you are willing to die to yourself and allow the Spirit to take control of your life.”
– Naghmeh Abedini, wife of pastor Saeed Abedini who is in Iran’s most dangerous prison for his faith.
“Christianity is not following a system, theology, doctrines or some ideas. It is following Him.” – K.P. Yohannan
“Learn from me” – Jesus (Matthew 11:29)
“The devil isn’t afraid of much Christian activity. The devil is afraid of much Christian prayer.” – K.P. Yohannan
“The true measure of spirituality is not how angry we become toward sinners, but how Christlike. Our mission is not to see evil men destroyed, but to see them redeemed.” (Francis Frangipane)
“God judges motives and intentions, private thought life and actions” – Justin Martyr
Just Following Jesus – KP
Many people have no problem believing in God. Their problem is believing we must obey Him.
The thief on the cross never prayed a sinners prayer, was never baptized, never spoke in tongues, never read the Bible or went to church…
Common weaknesses and temptations of the flesh will not be resolved by rote memory, or by formulas created by a man’s philosophy and principles, but by a right relationship with our almighty and indwelling God.
From prayer that asks that I may be
Sheltered from winds that beat on Thee,
From fearing when I should aspire,
From faltering when I should climb higher
From silken self, O Captain, free
Thy soldier who would follow Thee.
From subtle love of softening things,
From easy choices, weakenings,
(Not thus are spirits fortified,
Not this way went the Crucified)
From all that dims Thy Calvary
O Lamb of God, deliver me.
“It is strange that the world accepts enthusiasm in every realm but the spiritual. The world appreciates and understands enthusiasm and zeal, until it becomes religious fervor; then immediately it is suspect. When you bring grand and glorious abandon to your dedication to the LORD Jesus Christ; you will be thoughtt by many of your friends and neighbors to be mad–to have “gone too far” with religion. The whole history of missionary enterprise is filled with those who had the spirit and zeal of Paul– names like William Carey, C.T. Studd, Hudson Taylor, John Paton, David Livingstone–men who were thought by their generation to be mad. Their dedication to the gospel went beyond the understanding of those who loved the comfort and ease of an ordinary life. They were men with a mission. The book of Hebrews says “the world was not worthy of them.” They have a heroes welcome and a soul-winners reward waiting for them in glory.” – Franklin Graham
“A man or woman who is long hidden in God’s quiver is the arrow He selects and suddenly shoots into the heart of His enemy like a bolt of lightning. Only those who continue to abide under the shadow of God’s hand will become this kind of weaponry.”
“Preach the Gospel, not anti-Buddhism.” – Adoniram Judson
“Our bookshops are filled with ‘how to’ books but what we need is to come to absolute surrender to the Father.” K.P. Yohannan
“Balance is brought through a continual focus on Christ. Imbalance comes when we lose this focus.” – K.P. Yohannan
It is good for us to keep some account of our prayers, that we may not unsay them in our practice. ~Matthew Henry
“It’s the presence of God’s Spirit in your life that takes away your frustrated soul-thirst for ever and turns you into a person who overflows with life for others instead of sucking up other people’s life like sandy soil.” – John Piper
You will find that as we grow mature in Divine Grace, we love the Psalms more. Many young Believers are most fond of the doctrinal parts of Scripture, and I admire that holy curiosity which leads them to desire to understand all the Revelation of God in the Doctrine of Grace. Practical Christians are often more fond of studying the Evangelists and Proverbs, but I find that the gray-headed veterans, the sorely troubled Christians, those who have done business on great waters—while they love the Doctrines, while they delight in the practices set forth in the life of Christ—yet somehow or other the Psalms of the sweet Singer of Israel yield them savory meat such as their soul loves! And they are made in the Psalms to “lie down in green pastures” of tender grass.
To make a good soldier, put him in the front of the battle, a good seaman, let him have the stern. So with the Christian.- R.C. Chapman
Persecution is a negative reaction by government, ideologies, society and family to the presence of Christ, incarnated through a positive witness by believing individuals and communities. Persecution’s goal is to silence witness.
You cannot become spiritual by keeping very active in some form of church activity, or the like. Gods cry and longing throughout the ages of eternity has been for a home, a resting place in a people made in His own image…. and God will not allow you to find rest in works. God will not allow you to rest until you find that rest in continual union with him.
I will open Africa up to the gospel or die trying.
Rowland Bingham (1872-1942), founder of SIM
“I want to remind the committee that within six months they will probably hear that one of us is dead. But when that news comes, do not be cast down, but send someone else immediately to take the vacant place.”
Alexander Mackay (1849 –1890) missionary to Uganda
“Though many missionaries may fall in the fight, yet the survivors will pass over the slain into the trenches and take this great African fortress for the Lord.”
– Johan Krapf, missionary to East Africa, lost his wife and two children within months of arriving in Africa.
“The way I see it, we ought to be willing to die. In the military, we were taught that to obtain our objectives we had to be willing to be expendable. Missionaries must face that same expendability.”
– Nate Saint, missionary pilot, martyred along with four others evangelizing the Huaorani of Ecuador.
An effective missionary needs to be a person who diligently studies the Bible to discover God’s Will and who is determined to obey it. Obedience is the best commentary on the Bible. As Martin Luther said, “I rather obey than work miracles!”
From this foundation of prayerful study of God’s Word needs to develop true Christian character. This cannot be hastily done. Steadfast Christian character is the product of years of prayer and Bible study and the cultivated habit of responding to God’s Word in repentance, faith and obedience.
It involves a teachable heart and a willingness to accept rebuke and discipline. This is absolutely essential in missionary service because of the difficult tasks required, in the often harsh climates and inhospitable terrains, with the inevitable cross-cultural confusions and misunderstandings – mistakes and failures are inevitable. Resolving inter-personal disputes, overcoming obstacles and enduring criticisms are all part of the job description.
The measure of a person’s real character is how he works when no-one is watching. If you choose an act, you create a habit, if you create a habit, you shape a character. If you shape a character, You determine a destiny. As D L Moody said: “If I take care of my character, my reputation will take care of itself.”
And one of the marks of Christian character is integrity – the unshakeable commitment to be true to one’s word. This is important because missions are built upon relationships of trust. We have a sacred trust to honour – with God, the churches and supporters who send us out and those to whom we are sent. There must never be any doubt that you as a Christian missionary will be true to your word, keep your promises and fulfill all your obligations.
Finally, willingness to go. Gladys Aylward, missionary to China, expressed it this way:
“I wasn’t God’s first choice for what I’ve done for China . . . I don’t know who it was . . . It must have been a man . . . a well-educated man. I don’t know what happened. Perhaps he wasn’t willing . . . And God looked down . . . and saw Gladys Aylward . . . And God said – ‘Well, she’s willing!’”
“Prayer is a moment-by-moment example of the reality of the validity of choice. God Himself has given us this communication for a diversity of reasons. One is that our calling upon the Father in Jesus’ name, and in the power of the Holy Spirit, is time after time a slap in Satan’s face, that proves the victory of Christ’s death to defeat the primary purpose of Satan’s temptation and the resultant separation of Adam and Eve, human beings, people, from communication with God.”
– Edith Schaeffer
Even our sacrifices and self-denials may be selfish. Self can get up and pray, and sit down and say, “What a lovely prayer!” Self can preach a sermon and save souls and go home, pat itself on the back and say, or let the devil say through him, “You did splendidly; what a useful man you are!” Self can be burned to death and be proud of its fortitude. Yes, we can have religious selfishness as well as carnal selfishness.
A. B. Simpson
For it is not ultimately about how to define the ‘unreached,’ but how can we enter into life-on-life relationships in which the gospel can be shared and lived out in the ‘everydayness’ of life, and in which the transformative process of discipleship can take root. Prayer, spiritual vitality and spiritual resilience are critical if we are to reach into the hard places.
– Dr. Joshua Bogunjoko, SIM International Director
“This is the ‘rest which remaineth for the children of God’ – not a day of the week..but a divine Person, the Son of God.”
“He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love” – Ephesians 4:16
Christ is the object of all the senses. Beloved, he is not only beauty to the eye, but sweetness to the smell, and to the taste. The presence of Christ is delectable as spices and flowers.
“The greatest stumbling-block in the way of victory over sin is the secret feeling that we shall never obtain the blessing of being delivered from it…In His blood and grace there is complete deliverance from all unrighteousness praised be His name forever!”
“Everybody wants to enjoy heaven after they die, but they don’t want to be heavenly-minded while they live.” – D.L. Moody
“Nothing profits us so much as constantly to remember the mercies of God, whether public or private. And if our hearts are warmed when we receive the favors of our friends, or hear some kind word or deed of theirs, much more shall we be zealous in His service when we see into what dangers we had fallen, and that God has delivered us from them all.” – John Chrysostom
“Christianity is not a matter of persuading people of particular ideas, but of inviting them to share in the greatness of Christ. So pray that I may never fall into the trap of impressing people with clever speech, but instead I may learn to speak with humility, desiring only to impress people with Christ Himself.” – Ignatius of Antioch, 35-108 A.D