The single most important hindrance to world evangelization right now is the lack of total involvement by the body of Christ.
When our service for the Lord becomes so busy that we forget the Lord Himself, it is time to stop everything and seek Him.
All too often, it seems, we’re willing to be students of Christianity rather than disciples of Christ.
We pretend with a spiritual life we don’t live, a peace we don’t experience and a holiness and commitment we don’t possess. … We will never make any progress in becoming more like Jesus unless we permit God to cut us open, search our hearts, try us, know our thoughts and then change us from the inside. Only then can we become real according to the Word of God.
The most unhappy people in the world are the ones who live only for themselves.
Every Christian leader should have this engraved in his subconscious. No matter what you do, never take yourself too seriously God always chooses the foolish things of this world to confound the wise. He shows his might only on the behalf of those who trust in Him. Humility is the place where all christian service begins.
Maybe it doesn’t seem like anyone ever watches or appreciates you. Maybe no one on earth understands you. But your King is always watching you. Do it all for Him.
A tiny group of believers who have the gospel keep mumbling it over and over to themselves. Meanwhile, millions who have never heard it once fall into the flames of eternal hell without ever hearing the salvation story.
Is this really the church of Christ, or are we just calling it the church because of our traditions and history?
We must pay a price to touch godliness through daily decision to die to self and embrace the cross.
If you want to meet the needs of the poor in this world, there is no better place to start than by preaching the Gospel.
To obey the Lord unseen—in secret—is the foundation of genuine godly service.
It is a lifelong choice to deliberately and habitually bring ourselves under God’s authority.
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.
The secret of following God’s will, I discovered, usually is wrapped up in rejecting the good for God’s best.
How many more cars, clothes, toys and trinkets do we really need before we wake up and realize that half the world goes to bed every night with empty stomachs and naked bodies?
With all the decision making in my life, I often have to pause, look up and remember God is the One working behind the scenes. I say to myself, “He is able to work all things out for good. I just need to submit to Him and His ways. I can rest.
Rediscover the real meaning of the Great Commission. Beginning in our own prayer and devotional lives, we must begin to feel the compassion of the Lord for a lost and dying world. As we have already seen, the Great Commission is not something that was given to a tiny group of specially trained and educated envoys. It was given to all Christians—to the whole Church. It is something that we are all to be engaged in naturally every day.
The most important factor in abandoning our thoughts is to look in the Bible and see what God says about a matter. Then we must determine to act on His Word rather than on our own thoughts or those the devil may whisper into our minds.
Many of the crisis problems which are considered disasters in the United States would only be normal, everyday living conditions in most of Asia.
Prayer need not be an activity we engage in for only an hour each morning. Rather, let us live in the atmosphere of prayer, our hearts continually being lifted up in prayer to Him.
Since when has obedience to Christ and His Gospel become optional to Christianity?
Walk away from your own preoccupations . . . and see the perishing multitudes.
I believe, as followers of Christ, we are commanded to reach out to the least of these in the name of Jesus and show them they matter a great deal to God, who sacrificed His only Son to reach them with His love.
In the human heart there is a built-in obsolescence factor. It does not matter how powerful and influential you are, how much education you have, how selfcontrolled or holy you consider yourself—your heart, if you do not guard it, will break down.