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An Evangelical Christian Perspective

Oswald Chambers– My Top 25 Favorite Quotes

chambersThe only right a Christian has is the right to give up his rights.

Character in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested.

Leave the broken, irreversible past in God’s hands, and step out into the invincible future with Him.

Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time.

Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading.

All of God’s people are ordinary people who have been made extraordinary by the purpose he has given them.

God never gives us discernment in order that we may criticize, but that we may intercede.

The remarkable thing about God is that when you fear God, you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God, you fear everything else.

If through a broken heart God can bring His purposes to pass in the world, then thank Him for breaking your heart.

Suffering is the heritage of the bad, of the penitent, and of the Son of God. Each one ends in the cross. The bad thief is crucified, the penitent thief is crucified, and the Son of God is crucified. By these signs we know the widespread heritage of suffering.

Many of us suffer from temptations from which we have no business to suffer.

When you are in the dark, listen, and God will give you a very precious message

Prayer does not equip us for greater works – prayer is the greater work.

There is no need to get to a place of prayer; pray wherever you are.

If we think of prayer as the breath of our lungs and the blood from our hearts, we think rightly. The blood flows and the breathing continues – we are not conscious of it but it is always going on.

Prayer is the vital breath of the Christian; not the thing that makes him alive, but the evidence that he is alive.

Watch your motive before God; have no other motive in prayer than to know Him.

It is impossible to live the life of a disciple without definite times of secret prayer. You will find that the place to enter in is in your business, as you walk along the streets, in the ordinary ways of life, when no one dreams you are praying, and the reward comes openly, a revival here, a blessing there.

The prayer of the feeblest saint who lives in the Spirit and keeps right with God is a terror to Satan. The very powers of darkness are paralyzed by prayer; no spiritualistic seance can succeed in the presence of a humble praying saint. No wonder Satan tries to keep our minds fussy in active work till we cannot think in prayer.

If God sees that my spiritual life will be furthered by giving the things for which I ask, then He will give them, but that is not the end of prayer. The end of prayer is that I come to know God Himself.

Our prayers are heard, not because we are in earnest, not because we suffer, but because Jesus suffered.

Whenever the insistence is on the point that God answers prayer, we are off the track. The meaning of prayer is that we get hold of God, not of the answer.

We are not made for the mountains, for sunrises, or for the other beautiful attractions in life – those are simply intended to be moments of inspiration. We are made for the valley and the ordinary things of life and that is where we have to prove our stamina and strength.

Patience is more than endurance. A saint’s life is in the hands of God like a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer. God is aiming at something the saint cannot see, and He stretches and strains, and every now and again the saint says–‘I cannot stand anymore.’ God does not heed, He goes on stretching till His purpose is in sight, then He lets fly. Trust yourself in God’s hands. Maintain your relationship to Jesus Christ by the patience of faith. ‘Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him.

At times God puts us through the discipline of darkness to teach us to heed Him. Song birds are taught to sing in the dark, and we are put into the shadow of God’s hand until we learn to hear Him.

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Rick Joyner– Quotes

rickjoyner2We must remember that the path to having our land healed begins with God’s people humbling themselves. Our declarations against the evil deeds of our leaders, or the people, will not come with outrage and anger as much as an appeal seasoned with humility.

The Lord does not forgive excuses, He forgives sin.

True revival can only be ignited by God, but God will always move through men.

If we are followers of Christ, we are His disciples and should have the primary devotion in our lives to see as He does, think as He thinks, and understand with His heart.

Reading our Bible is actually fundamental, but there is more if we are going to walk in His truth. Even if we read the Bible, if we do not read it by the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, we will not understand it correctly.

We can have the Bible memorized yet still not know the Truth because Truth is a Person.

Many Christian leaders have esteemed the written word above the living Word and have begun to worship the book of the Lord in place of the Lord of the book. This has caused them to make the New Testament into just another law.

We often think of great faith as something that happens spontaneously so that we can be used for a miracle or healing. However, the greatest faith of all, and the most effective, is to live day by day trusting Him. It is trusting Him so much that we look at every problem as an opportunity to see His work in our life. It is not worrying, but rather trusting and abiding in the peace of God that will crush anything that Satan tries to do to us. If the Lord created the world out of chaos, He can easily deal with any problem that we have.

We must realize that the God who makes every snowflake different seldom moves the same way twice. It is His nature to be creative and diverse.

When God is not moving, meetings are a burden, but just as in the Book of Acts, when God is moving, all the people want to do is meet together.

Human reasoning would never lead us to a stable to find God. The only way He could be found was by revelation; only those who were led by the Spirit would come

God does not judge the condition or quality of His church by how good the meetings are on Sunday morning, but by how good the people are on Monday morning. The main calling of our life is more than just knowing the truth–it is having that truth become our life.

The Lord is not nearly as uptight and religious as we tend to be. He is moved far more by relationship than by proper procedure. We should want to do things properly and in order, but we must first of all understand that He is our loving Father who wants more than anythings to be close to us.

There will be no retreat in those who walk in the true light. When you open your shades at night, darkness does not come in and flood the room. Rather the light shines out into the darkness because light is stronger than darkness. The darker it becomes, the brighter our light will be. Where sin abounds, grace will that much more abound.

It is not worrying, but rather trusting and abiding in the peace of God that will crush anything that Satan tries to do to us. If the Lord created the world out of chaos, He can easily deal with any problem that we have.

Jesus Christ: Thoughts About Him

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.    D.L. Moody

Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God because He said so.   C.S. Lewis

This Man (Jesus) suddenly remarks one day, ‘No one need fast while I am here.’ Who is this Man who remarks that His mere presence suspends all normal rules?   C.S. Lewis

We may note in passing that He was never regarded as a mere moral teacher. He did not produce that effect on any of the people who actually met Him. He produced mainly three results-Hatred-Terror-Adoration. There was no trace of people expressing mild admiration.    C.S. Lewis

Not only do we not know God except through Jesus Christ; We do not even know ourselves except through Jesus Christ.    Blaise Pascal

God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering.   Augustine

God had an only Son, and He was a missionary and a physician.   David Livingstone

The steady discipline of intimate friendship with Jesus results in men becoming like Him.    Harry Emerson Fosdick

No one else holds or has held the place in the heart of the world which Jesus holds. Other gods have been as devoutly worshipped; no other man has been so devoutly loved.   John Knox

By a Carpenter mankind was made, and only by that Carpenter can mankind be remade.    Desiderius Erasmus

Consider Jesus. Know Jesus. Learn what kind of Person it is you say you trust and love and worship. Soak in the shadow of Jesus. Saturate your soul with the ways of Jesus. Watch Him. Listen to Him. Stand in awe of Him. Let Him overwhelm you with the way He is.    John Piper

To holy people the very name of Jesus is a name to feed upon, a name to transport. His name can raise the dead and transfigure and beautify the living.    John Henry Newman

Jesus does not give recipes that show the way to God as other teachers of religion do. He is himself the way.    Karl Barth

The dearest friend on earth is a mere shadow compared to Jesus Christ.  Oswald Chambers

When men sought to make Him a king He fled; now that they seek to put Him to death He goes out to meet them.   Rudolph Stier

He [Jesus] has a right to interrupt your life. He is Lord. When you accepted Him as Lord, you gave Him the right to help Himself to your life anytime He wants.    Henry Blackaby

God doesn’t just give us grace, He gives us Jesus, the Lord of grace.   Joni Eareckson Tada

By a matchless parable our Lord there taught us that all believers are branches of the Living Vine, and that, apart from Him we are nothing and can do nothing because we have in us no life.    A.T. Pierson

Jesus is not one of many ways to approach God, nor is He the best of several ways; He is the only way.    A.W. Tozer

When old companions, old lusts, and sins crowd in upon you, and when you feel that you are ready to sink, what can save you, sinking sinner? This alone – I have a high priest in heaven, and he can support in the hour of affliction. This alone can give you peace – I have a high priest in heaven. When you are dying – when friends can do you no good – when sins rise up like spectres around your bed – what can give you peace? This – “I have a high priest in heaven” .   Robert Murray McCheyne

Jesus was God spelling himself out in language humanity could understand.   S.D. Gordon

While many try to ignore Jesus, when He returns in power and might, this will be impossible.   Michael Youssef

If we cannot claim to live sinless lives, then the only thing that can keep us from despairing before a holy God is that we have an Advocate in heaven and He pleads our case not on the basis of our perfection but of His propitiation. John Piper

In many respects I find an unresurrected Jesus easier to accept. Easter makes him dangerous. Because of Easter I have to listen to his extravagant claims and can no longer pick and choose from his sayings. Moreover, Easter means he must be loose out there somewhere.    Philip Yancey
 
Christ is not valued at all unless he be valued above all.    Augustine
 
There are many in the Church as well as out of it who need to learn that Christianity is neither creed nor a ceremonial, but a life vitally connected with a loving Christ.    Josiah Strong
 
A man who can read the New Testament and not see that Christ claims to be more than a man, can look all over the sky at high noon on a cloudless day and not see the sun.    William E. Biederwolf
 
You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool; you can spit at him and kill him for a demon; or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.    C.S. Lewis
 
God is not a sadist who hopes his creatures are miserable. Jesus was so fond of dinner parties that his detractors called him “a glutton and a drunkard” (Luke 7:34). Jesus turned water into wine to keep a party going.  Leland Ryken

No matter how far back we may press our researches into the roots of the gospel story, no matter how we classify the gospel material, we never arrive at a non-supernatural Jesus.    F.F. Bruce
 
When we would consider the love of God in Christ, we are as one approaching the ocean: he casts a glance on the surface, but the depths he cannot sound.  Robert C. Chapman

Either sin is with you, lying on your shoulders, or it is lying on Christ, the Lamb of God. Now if it is lying on your back, you are lost; but if it is resting on Christ, you are free, and you will be saved.   Martin Luther

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