I am rarely quotable, except when my children are trying to remind me of the exact words in a promise I’ve made. =) So, I keep a Word document going in my files where I cut and paste great quotes that I come across in my surfing, reading, studying on the web. Mind you, I am not necessarily endorsing the source of the quote, but merely sharing these “big ideas” that are worth some rumination. Here is the first installment (it is an ever-growing list, so you’ll see more here from time to time). Perhaps they will inspire your walk with the Lord, or maybe they’ll be just the thing you need to polish off a lesson you are working on. However you use them, I hope they’ll bless your heart:
Thou art coming to a King,
Large petitions with thee bring,
For His grace and power are such
None can ever ask too much. (John Newton)
~~The gleaner gathers her portion ear by ear; her gains are little by little: so must I be content to search for single truths, if there be no greater plenty of them. Every ear helps to make a bundle, and every gospel lesson assists in making us wise unto salvation. Spurgeon
When the powers of hell prevail
O’er our weakness and unfitness,
Could we lift the fleshly veil,
Could we for a moment witness
Those unnumbered hosts that stand
Calm and bright on either hand;
Oh, what joyful hope would cheer,
Oh, what faith serene would guide us!
Great may be the danger near,
Greater are the friends beside us. ANON.
~~There is nothing Christ dislikes more than for His people to make a show-thing of Him, and not to use Him. He loves to be employed by us. Covenant blessings are not meant to be looked at only, but to be appropriated. Even our Lord Jesus is given to us for our present use. Thou dost not make use of Christ as thou oughtest to do. O man, I beseech you do not treat God’s promises as if they were curiosities for a museum; but use them as every day sources of comfort. Trust the Lord whenever your time of need comes on.-Spurgeon
~~Is it possible for any of us in these modern days to so live that we may walk with God? Can we walk with God in the shop, in the office, in the household, and on the street? When men exasperate us, and work wearies us, and the children fret, and the servants annoy, and our best-laid plans fall to pieces, and our castles in the air are dissipated like bubbles that break at a breath, then can we walk with God? That religion which fails us in the every-day trials and experiences of life has somewhere in it a flaw.
It should be more than a plank to sustain us in the rushing tide, and land us exhausted and dripping on the other side. It ought, if it come from above, to be always, day by day, to our souls as the wings of a bird, bearing us away from and beyond the impediments which seek to hold us down. If the Divine Love be a conscious presence, an indwelling force with us, it will do this. CHRISTIAN UNION.
~~D. L. Moody who once said, “The Christian on his knees sees more than the philosopher on tiptoe.”
~~All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired, although not in the hour or in the measure, or the very thing which they ask; yet they will obtain something greater and more glorious than they had dared to ask. MARTIN LUTHER.
~~The purpose of prayer is that we get a hold of God, not of the answer. Oswald Chambers.
The freedom from all wilful sin,
The Christian’s daily task,–
Oh these are graces far below
What longing love would ask!
Dole not thy duties out to God. F. W. FABER.
~~It is foolish to imagine that the missionary, or whoever the hero is, is sinless. God uses sinners–there is no one else to use. Elisabeth Elliot
~~I had to remind my husband of what he knew very well intellectually: that his particular sins could not possibly exhaust the grace of God.
~~”God’s act of grace is out of all proportion” to our wrongdoing (Rom 5:15)
~~It [heart-rending repentance] is powerfully humiliating, and completely sin-purging; but then it is sweetly preparative for those gracious consolations which proud unhumbled spirits are unable to receive; and it is distinctly discriminating, for it belongs to the elect of God, and to them alone. Spurgeon
~~It is faith he is looking for, a quiet confidence that whatever it is he is up to, it will be a wonderful thing, never mind whether it is what we have been asking for. Elisabeth Elliot
~~ In whatever you are called upon to do, endeavor to maintain a calm, collected, and prayerful state of mind. Self-recollection is of great importance. “It is good for a man to quietly wait for the salvation of the
Lord.” He who is in what may be called a spiritual hurry, or rather who runs without having evidence of being spiritually sent, makes haste to no purpose. T. C. UPHAM.
O Sovereign Love, to Thee I cry!
Give me Thyself, or else I die!
Save me from death; from hell set free!
Death, hell, are but the want of Thee.
Quickened by Thy imparted flame,
Saved when possessed of Thee, I am:
My life, my only heaven Thou art;
O might I feel Thee in my heart! C. WESLEY.