Friday, June 29, 2012

God Is Looking For - E. M. Bounds

The Church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men…Men of prayer.


E. M. Bounds 1835 - 1913

Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Cardinal Point - William Wilberforce

This is the cardinal point on which the whole of Christianity turns. "Without holiness, no man shall see the Lord" (Hebrews 12:14). The nature of that holiness which the true Christian seeks to possess is none other than the restoration of the image of God in his soul. Obtaining it depends entirely on the operation of God's Holy Spirit.


The true Christian knows therefore that this holiness does not precede his reconciliation with God, and then be its cause. But he has to follow, and be its effect. In short, it is by faith in Christ alone, faith marked by repentance of sin.


Taken from the book Real Christianity by William Wilberforce 1797

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Shield Of Faith - Oswald Chambers

"Above all, taking the shield of faith." Faith is unbreakable confidence in the personality of God, not in His power. There are some things over which we may lose faith if we have confidence in God's power only. There is so much that looks like the mighty power of God that is not.


We must have confidence in God over and above everything He may do, and stand in confidence that His character is unsullied. Faith stands all tests - "Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him." When we take the shield of faith, none of these things can get through without breaking the shield. We are protected by the covering shield.



Taken from the book If You Will Ask by Oswald Chambers 1874-1917

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Shake It With All Your Might - Charles Spurgeon

If you do not seem to get the fruit from this Tree by faith, shake it by prayer. "Oh!" you say, "I have been praying." Yes, but a tree does not always drop its fruit at the first shake you give it. Shake it again, and then give it another shake! Sometimes, when the tree is loaded and is pretty firm in the earth, you have to shake it to and fro, and finally you have to plant your feet, get a firm hold of it, and shake it with all your might, until you strain every muscle and sinew, in order to get the fruit down. And that is the way to pray. Shake the Tree of Life until mercy drops into your lap.


Taken from the book God Loves You by Charles Spurgeon  1834-1892

Monday, June 25, 2012

God Will Guard His Own Truth - Oswald Chambers

Never water down or minimize the mighty Gospel of God by considering that people may be misled by certain statements. Present the Gospel in all its fullness and God will guard His own truth.


Taken from the book The Quotable Oswald Chambers  

Oswald Chambers 1874-1917

Friday, June 22, 2012

Exciting Unnecessary Doubts - William Guthrie

 "Look unto me and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth." (Isaiah 45:22)
We often drive people from their just rest and quiet, by making them apprehend faith to be some deep, mysterious thing, and by exciting unnecessary doubts about it, whereby it is needlessly darkened.

Taken from the book The Christians Great Interest  by William Guthrie 1658


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Discontent is like a Worm - Jeremiah Burroughs

Discontent is like a worm that eats the meat out of the nub, and then when the meat is eaten out of it, you have the shell.
Jeremiah Burroughs 1600-1646

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Nothing Makes Us Love so Much As - William Law

There is nothing that makes us love a man so much as praying for him.


 William Law 1686-1761

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Feeding Hope - William Gurnall

The saints are oft feeding their hopes on the carcases of their slain fears.


William Gurnall  1617-1679

Monday, June 18, 2012

Genuine Sanctification Is A Thing That - JC Ryle

I will never shrink from saying that genuine sanctification is a thing that can be seen.

Taken from the book Holiness by JC Ryle 1879

Friday, June 15, 2012

Those That Look To Be Happy - Richard Sibbes

Those that look to be happy must first look to be holy.


Richard Sibbes 1577–1635


Thursday, June 14, 2012

He That Shall Humble Himself - Hugh Binning

 Whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted' (Matthew 23:12). He is like a growing tree: the deeper the roots go down in the earth, the higher the tree grows above the ground; as Jacob's ladder, the foot of it is fastened in the earth, but the top of it reaches the heavens.

Taken from the book Christian Love by Hugh Binning 1627-1653


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

They Not Only Seek Peace, But Enjoy It - Matthew Henry

It is the glory of those who are truly religious, that they not only seek peace, but enjoy it: the peace of God rules their hearts, and by that means keeps them: and even while they are travelers, they have peace, though they are not yet at home.


Taken from the book The Pleasantness of a Religious Life by Matthew Henry 1714


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The More Dependent - Brother Lawrence

The greater perfection a soul aspires after, the more dependent it is upon divine grace.


Taken from the book The Practice of the Presence of God

by Brother Lawrence 1614-1691

Monday, June 11, 2012

We Work From the Cross - DL Moody

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
(Ephesians 2:8-10 ESV)
We work because we are saved. We do not work to be saved. We work from the cross, but not toward it.
Taken form the book The Way to God by DL Moody
DL Moody 1837-1899

Friday, June 8, 2012

Day Three Prayer - Austin Phelps

Prayer is, and God has decreed that it should be, a power in the universe, as distinct, as real, as natural, and as uniform, as the power of gravitation, or of light, or of electricity. A man may use it, as trustingly and as soberly as he would use either of these. It is as truly the dictate of good sense, that a man should expect to achieve something by praying, as it is that he should expect to achieve something by a telescope, or the mariner's compass, or the electric telegraph.


Taken from the book The Still Hour: Communion with God in Prayer by Austen Phelps 1859


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Day Two Prayer - Austin Phelps

Prayer is, and God has purposed that it should be, a link of connection between human mind and Divine mind, by which, through His infinite condescension, we may actually move His will.

Taken from the book The Still Hour: Communion with God in Prayer by Austin Phelps 1859

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Day One Prayer - Austin Phelps

Prayer has, and God has determined that it should have, a positive and an appreciable influence in directing the course of a human life.

Taken from the book The Still Hour: Communion with God in Prayer by Austen Phelps 1859

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Sorrow Preaches - Gardiner Spring

Sorrow preaches as no pulpit ever preached.


Taken from the book The Mission of Sorrow by Gardiner Spring 1862

Monday, June 4, 2012

A Bank Note Without A Signature - JC Ryle

There is an advocate and intercessor always waiting to present the prayers of those who come to God through him. The advocate is Jesus.


The bank note without a signature at the bottom is nothing but a worthless piece of paper. The stroke of a pen confers on it all its value. The prayer of a poor child of Adam is a feeble thing in itself, but once endorsed by the hand of the Lord Jesus it availeth much.


Taken from the book A Call to Prayer by JC Ryle 1816-1900

Friday, June 1, 2012

How You Should Love The Word - Joseph Alleine

O ye saints, how you should love the Word, for by this you have been converted! You that have felt its renewing power, make much of it while you live; be ever thankful for it. Tie it about your neck, write it upon your hand, lay it in your bosom. When you go let it lead you, when you sleep let it keep you, when you wake let it talk with you (Prov vi 21-22) Say with the Psalmist, 'I will never forget thy precepts, for by them thou hast quickened me' (Ps cxix 93).


Taken from the book A Sure Guide to Heaven by Joseph Alleine 1671