Thursday, August 20, 2009

All for all

Remember God's rule - all for all.
Give Him all. He will give you all.
Consecration avails nothing unless it means presenting yourself as a living sacrifice to do nothing but the will of God. The vow of entire obedience is the entrance fee for him who would be enrolled by no assistant teacher, but by Christ Himself, in the school of obedience.
-Andrew Murray

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Our focus

He who grows in grace remembers that he is but dust, and he therefore does not expect his fellow Christians to be anything more. He overlooks ten thousand of their faults, because he knows his God overlooks twenty thousand in his own case. He does not expect perfection in the creature, and, therefore, is not disappointed when he does not find it.

-Carolyn Mahaney quoting Charles Spurgeon in
Feminine Appeal

Friday, August 07, 2009

Hearing God

"Thus saith the LORD of hosts,

'Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the Lord'

'...they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.'

For who hath stood in the counsel of the Lord, and hath perceived and heard his word? Who hath marked his word, and heard it?"

-Jer. 23:16-18

Most of us have no ear for anything but ourselves; anything that is not "me" we cannot hear. We are dead to, and without interest in the finest music; we can yawn in a picture gallery, and be uninspired by a sunrise or a sunset. That is true not only of the soul's denseness to natural beauties, or to music, and art and literature, but true with regard to the awakening of the soul to the call of God.

To be brought within the zone of God's voice is to be profoundly altered.
-Oswald Chambers

How often we underestimate the vital importance of hearing the voice of God and of discerning between the pulls of this world and of our own heart, and the soft, quiet voice of His Spirit speaking when we take time to listen....