O. S. Hawkins Quotes

The great, God-blessed churches in the world today have one common characteristic: an insistence upon an exposition of God’s infallible Word.

The motivating factor behind God’s redemptive plan for every man and woman is His love for us. He not only loves us, He so loves us!

Divine opportunities are all around you every day. Make a conscious effort today to show kindness to someone.

We must be sure to be governed by inner principle and not outer pressure.

Real Christianity is lovely. There is a quality about a Spirit-filled, radiant Christian that draws and attracts others and causes them to enjoy favor with all the people. The truth is that the gospel is not nearly as offensive as some of its proponents!

Daniel’s message of hope and help is still the good news of God’s grace. We call it the gospel today. It still has the power to impact lives and transform cultures. Paul referred to the gospel as the “power of God” [Romans 1:16] and chose a word from which we derive our word “dynamite” to describe it. It’s this power – not pickets, petitions, protests or politics – that’s our only hope today.

Men and women, boys and girls, are still bowing to the image of peer pressure out on their own Plain of Dura every week in every city of America.

We all have one other world we live in: our public world. Some people call it our public persona. This is the world where someone who doesn’t know you privately, personally, or professionally hears your name and has some opinion about you one way or another. So the question becomes: where is integrity rooted? Some people think it’s rooted in their public life. They spend all of their time trying to spin their public image. It’s not rooted there, however. It’s simply revealed there. People who lack integrity will have it revealed publicly.

We warn our children and grandchildren about peer pressure. We want them to say no to the vices of the world: drinking, drugs, and other destructive behaviors. But as we move from childhood to adulthood, we find the peer pressure changes. Daniel 3:2 notes “the satraps, the administrators, the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the judges, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces” were there. I’m sure more than one of them thought they needed to keep their job with all of its benefits. Not much has changed in two-and-a-half millennia.

We all have a private world in which we live; that’s the place where nobody comes; alone with our secret thoughts. Our own spouses oftentimes don’t know what we’re thinking. In our private worlds, it’s only you and the Lord, who searches our hearts and knows our anxious thoughts.

As we look at the chapters of Daniel, we recognize that the words of Daniel 1:21 ring true today: “Thus Daniel continued….” Daniel continued through a culture unlike his own; one that lost its way. Today, you and I are living in a culture that’s losing its way. It’s good to know that just as in Daniel’s day, God is looking for men and women of integrity to help confront in love a culture that’s losing its way and to point it back to him.

In many ways we’ve become the Babylon of the modern era. We learned our lessons at the feet of Nebuchadnezzar himself. It’s little wonder that we’ve lived to see Bible reading and the display of the Ten Commandments removed from public view and creation science excluded from classroom instruction. None of this is new. It has its roots in Babylon, and thus reveals that the book of Daniel is one of the most relevant books of the Bible in our world today.

The principal hindrance to the advancement of the kingdom of God is greed. It is the chief obstacle to heaven-sent revival. It seems that when the back of greed is broken, the human spirit soars into regions of unselfishness. I believe that it is safe to say there can be no continuous revival without ‘hilarious’ giving. And I fear no contradiction: wherever there is ‘hilarious’ giving there will soon be revival!

What makes a church great in the eyes of God? Participation, proclamation, preservation, and propagation. Every church ought to exhibit all four.