Sin is not wrong doing, it is wrong BEING, deliberate and emphatic independence of God.
No power on earth or in hell can conquer the Spirit of God in a human spirit.
One of the most amazing revelations of God comes to us when we learn that it is in the everyday things of life that we realize the magnificent deity of Jesus Christ.
The passion of Christianity comes from deliberately signing away my own rights and becoming a bondservant of Jesus Christ. Until I do that, I will not begin to be a saint.
Christianity is not consistency to conscience or to convictions; Christianity is being true to Jesus Christ.
One of the greatest strains in life is the strain of waiting for God.
We think of prayer as a preparation for work, or a calm after having done work, whereas prayer is the essential work.
Jesus Christ carries on intercession for us in heaven; the Holy Ghost carries on intercession in us on earth; and we the saints have to carry on intercession for all men.
Prayer is not an exercise, it is the life.
There is nothing to be valued more highly than to have people praying for us; God links up His power in answer to their prayers.
The secret of Christian quietness is not indifference, but the knowledge that God is my Father, He loves me, and I shall never think of anything He will forget. With this knowledge, worry becomes an impossibility.
No healthy Christian ever chooses suffering; he chooses God's will, as Jesus did, whether it means suffering or not.
We look upon prayer simply as a means of getting things for ourselves, but the biblical purpose of prayer is that we may get to know God Himself.
Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work.
Not often, but every once in a while, God brings us to a major turning point -- a great crossroads in our life.
Beware of harking back to what you once were when God wants you to be something you have never been.
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.
We must get to the place of real solitude with Christ. He is our mountain-height and our sea-calm.
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations.
Am I always in contact with Reality, or do I only pray when things have gone wrong, when there is a disturbance in the moments of my life?
If God has made your cup sweet, drink it with grace; if He has made it bitter, drink it in communion with Him.
Grace is the overflowing favor of God, and you can always count on it being available to draw upon as needed.
There is actually only one thing you can dedicate to God, and that is your right to yourself. If you will give God your right to yourself, He will make a holy experiment out of you -- and His experiments always succeed.
Worship is giving God the best that He has given you.
Worship is giving God the best that He has given you. Be careful what you do with the best you have, Whenever you get a blessing from God, give it back to Him as a love gift. Take time to meditate before God and offer the blessing back to Him in a deliberate act of worship.
Some of us are like the Dead Sea, always taking in but never giving out, because we are not rightly related to the Lord Jesus.
Huge waves that would frighten an ordinary swimmer produce a tremendous thrill for the surfer who has ridden them.
If through a broken heart God can bring His purposes to pass in the world, then thank Him for breaking your heart.
It is impossible to get exhausted in work for God. We get exhausted because we try to do God's work in our own way.
But the miracle of the redemptive reality of God is that the worst and the vilest offender can never exhaust the depths of His love.
The great enemy of the life of faith in God is not sin, but the good which is not good enough. The good is always the enemy of the best.
By the supernatural miracle of God's grace I stand justified, not because I am sorry for my sin, not because I have repented, but because of what Jesus has done.
The real test of a saint is not one's willingness to preach the gospel, but one's willingness to do something like washing the disciples' feet -- that is, being willing to do those things that seem unimportant in human estimation but count as everything to God.
The people who influence us are those who have stood unconsciously for the right thing. They are like the stars and the lilies, and the joy of God flows through them all the time.
The people who influence us most are not those who buttonhole us and talk to us, but those who live their lives like the stars in heaven and the lilies in the field, perfectly simply and unaffectedly. Those are the lives that mould.
We say, sorrow, disaster, calamity. God says, chastening and it sounds sweet to him though it is a discord to our ears. Don't faint when you are rebuked, and don't despise the chastening of the Lord. In your patience possess your souls.
The moral miracle of redemption is that God can put a new nature into me through which I can live a totally new life.
Trust no one, not even the finest saint who ever walked this earth, ignore him, if he hinders your sight of Jesus Christ.
When God gets us alone through suffering, heartbreak, temptation, disappointment, sickness, or by thwarted friendship -- when He gets us absolutely alone, and we are totally speechless, unable to ask even one question, then He begins to teach us.
The best measure of a spiritual life is not its ecstasies but its obedience.
Living a life of faith means never knowing where you are being led.
Living a life of faith means never knowing where you are being led -- but it does mean loving and knowing the One who is leading. It is literally a life of FAITH, not of understanding and reason- -- a life of knowing Him who calls us to go.
The life of faith is not a life of mounting up with wings, but a life of walking and not fainting.
I have learnt that I am me, that I can do the things that, as one might put it, me can do, but I cannot do the things that me would like to do.
When a man is at his wits' end it is not a cowardly thing to pray, it is the only way he can get in touch with Reality.
Character in a saint means the disposition of Jesus Christ persistently manifested.
A good book, in the language of the book-sellers, is a salable one; in that of the curious, a scarce one; in that of men of sense, a useful and instructive one.
Books are the blessed chloroform of the mind.
When it is a question of God's almighty Spirit, never say, 'I can't.'
The whole point of getting things done is knowing what to leave undone.
The dearest friend on earth is a mere shadow compared to Jesus Christ.
You will never cease to be the most amazed person on earth at what God has done for you on the inside.
If in preaching the gospel you substitute your knowledge of the way of salvation for confidence in the power of the gospel, you hinder people from getting to reality.