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 you are going to be used by God, He will take you through a number of experiences that are not meant for you personally at all. They are designed to make you useful in His hands, and to enable you to understand what takes place in the lives of others.
We are not responsible for the circumstances we are in, but we are responsible for the way we allow those circumstances to affect us; we can either allow them to get on top of us or we can allow them to transform us into what God wants us to be.
The great thing about faith in God is that it keeps a man undisturbed in the midst of disturbance.
We pray when there’s nothing else we can do; Jesus wants us to pray before we do anything at all.
Beware of anything that competes with your loyalty to Jesus Christ.
Get into the habit of saying, ”Speak, Lord,” and life will become a romance.
Spend plenty of time with God; let other things go, but don’t neglect Him. We are not here to do work for God, we are here to be workers with Him, those through whom He can do His work.
The greatest test of a man’s character is his tongue.
Christianity is not devotion to work, or to a cause, or a doctrine, but devotion to a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ.
God is not concerned about our plans; He doesn’t ask, “Do you want to go through this loss of a loved one, this difficulty, or this defeat?” No, He allows these things for His own purpose. The things we are going through are either making us sweeter, better, and nobler men and women, or they are making us more critical and fault-finding, and more insistent on our own way. The things that happen either make us evil, or they make us more saintly, depending entirely on our relationship with God and its level of intimacy.
Solitude with God repairs the damage done by the fret and noise and clamour of the world.
God never forces a person’s will into surrender, and He never begs. He patiently waits until that person willingly yields to Him. True surrender is a matter of being ‘united together [with Jesus] in the likeness of His death’ (Romans 6:5) until nothing ever appeals to you that did not appeal to Him. And after you surrender–then what? Your entire life should be characterized by an eagerness to maintain unbroken fellowship and oneness with God.
We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.
If my ruling disposition is self-interest, I perceive that everything that happens to me is always for or against my self-interest; if, on the other hand, my ruling disposition is obedience to God, I perceive Him to be at work for my perfecting in everything that happens to me.
The more you fulfill yourself, the less you will seek God.
All our fret and worry is caused by calculating without God.
God is the Great Engineer, creating circumstances to bring about moments in our lives of divine importance, leading us to divine appointments
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.
It is a joy to Jesus when a person takes time to walk more intimately with Him. The bearing of fruit is always shown in scripture to be a visible result of an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.
Don’t plan without God. God seems to have a delightful way of upsetting the plans we have made, when we have not taken Him into account.
Spiritual maturity is not reached by the passing of the years, but by obedience to the will of God. Some people mature into an understanding of God’s will more quickly than others because they obey more readily; they more readily sacrifice the life of nature to the will of God.
The root of all sin is the suspicion that God is not good.
The greatest competitor of devotion to Jesus is service to Him. It is never ‘Do, do’ with the Lord, but ‘Be, be’ and He will ‘do’ through you. The only way to keep true to God is by a steady persistent refusal to be interested in Christian work and to be interested alone in Jesus Christ.
The expression of Christian character is not good doing, but God-likeness. If the Spirit of God has transformed you within, you will exhibit Divine characteristics in your life, not good human characteristics . God’s life in us expresses itself as God’s life, not as human life trying to be godly.