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  • lee_merrill
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    "But how can we control our thoughts? No more than we could blot out our sins, or create a world. What then are we to do?"

    "We must look to Christ. That is the true secret of self-control. He can keep us not only from the lodgement, but also from the suggestion of evil thoughts. In our own strength we could no more prevent the one than the other. He can prevent both. He can keep the vile intruders, not only from getting in, but even from knocking at the door. When His divine life is our source of life, when the current of spiritual thought and feeling is deep and rapid--when the heart's affections are intensely occupied with the Person of Christ, vain thoughts do not trouble us. It is only when spiritual indolence creeps over us that evil thoughts and their vile and horrible progeny come in upon us like a flood; and then our only resource is to look straight to Jesus."

    "The more excellent way is, to be preserved from the suggestions of evil, by the power of preoccupation with good. When the channel of thought is decidedly upward, when it is deep and well formed, free from all curves and indentations, then the current of imagination and feeling, as it gushes up from the deep fountains of the soul, will naturally flow onward in the bed of that channel."

    "This, I repeat, is unquestionably the more excellent way. May we prove it in our own experience. When the heart is fully engrossed with Christ, the living embodiment of 'all that is true, all that is noble, all that is just, all that is pure, all that is lovely, all that is admirable', we enjoy profound peace, unruffled by evil thoughts."

    "This is true self-control."

    - C.H. Mackintosh (adapted)

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  • Markus River
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    Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
    For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
    And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.
    He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

    Matt 10:34-37 (KJV)

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  • rogue06
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    Brennan Manning:

    My deepest awareness of myself is that I am deeply loved by Jesus Christ and I have done nothing to earn it or deserve it.

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  • rogue06
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    Another from Spurgeon:

    I wish that our ministry—that mine especially—might be tied and tethered to the cross. I would have no other subject to set before you but Jesus only.

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  • lee_merrill
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    "Allow me to give you a few practical words as to your prayers. Keep clear of the unprofitable habit of 'saying your prayers.'"

    "Christendom is full of solemn warnings as to the tendency of our hearts to drop into a routine of religious forms. It is a very great loss to the soul to get into the habit of repeating substantially the same words in prayer every day. It is not prayer at all."

    "We read, 'In everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.' How can you do that if you are using the same form of words day after day, and week after week? Today is not like yesterday, and tomorrow will not be like today. If you are really with God you will be sensitive to the fresh needs of every day."

    "God delights to have our confidence as to every need and care. Then let us cultivate a child's confidence, and a child's simplicity as we come to him in prayer. Bring the trying circumstances of today, and the expected difficulties and perplexities of tomorrow to the blessed God who tells you to cast all your care upon Him, for He careth for you."

    "Be simple: give up the long preface; do not feel it necessary to quote a dozen scriptures; ask as a needy and confiding child would ask its parent."

    C.A. Coates

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  • lee_merrill
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    "Be still, and know that I am God." It is the experience, I believe, of all those who have been most deeply conscious of His revelations of Himself, that they are made emphatically to the "waiting" soul -- the spirit which is most fully conscious of its own inability to do more than wait in silence before Him. (Caroline Stephen)

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  • ReformedApologist
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    "I also always entreat you, and do not cease entreating you, not only to pay attention here to what I say, but also when you are at home, to persevere continually in reading the divine Scriptures".-John Chrysostom

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  • lee_merrill
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    "In every period of my ministerial life I have found many professed Christians in a miserable state of bondage, either to the world, the flesh, or the Devil. But surely this is no Christian state, for the apostle has distinctly said: 'Sin shall not have dominion over you, because ye are not under the law, but under grace.' In all my Christian life I have been pained to find so many Christians living in the legal bondage described in the seventh chapter of Romans -- a life of sinning, and resolving to reform and falling again. In my early Christian life I was very nearly misled by one of Jonathan Edwards’s resolutions, which was, in substance, that when he had fallen into any sin he would trace it back to its source, and then fight and pray against it with all his might until he subdued it. This, it will be perceived, is directing the attention to the overt act of sin, its source or occasions. Resolving and fighting against it fastens the attention on the sin and its source, and diverts it entirely from Christ."

    "Now it is important to say right here that all such efforts are worse than useless, and not infrequently result in delusion. 'Love is the fulfilling of the law.' But do we produce love by resolution? Do we eradicate selfishness by resolution? No, indeed. We may suppress this or that expression or manifestation of selfishness by resolving not to do this or that, and praying and struggling against it, but the root that really constitutes sin is not touched. Our resolution has not secured love, which is the only real obedience to God. All our battling with desire by the force of resolution is of no avail; for in all this, however successful the effort to suppress sin may be, in the outward life or in the inward desire, it will only end in delusion, for by force of resolution we cannot love."

    "Every victory over sin is by faith in Christ; and whenever the mind is diverted from Christ, by resolving and fighting against sin, whether we are aware of it or not, we are acting in our own strength, rejecting the help of Christ, and are under a specious delusion. Nothing but the life and energy of the Spirit of Christ within us can save us from sin, and trust is the uniform and universal condition of the working of this saving energy within us. Oh! that it could be understood that the whole of spiritual life that is in any man is received direct from the Spirit of Christ by faith, as the branch receives its life from the vine. Away with this effort to make the life holy while the heart has not in it the love of God. Oh! that men would learn to look directly at Christ and so close in with Him by an act of loving trust as to involve a universal sympathy with His state of mind. This, and this alone, is sanctification." (Charles Finney)

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  • rogue06
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    Understand two thoughts, and fear them. One says, 'You are a saint,' the other, 'You won’t be saved.' Both of these thoughts are from the enemy, and there is no truth in them. But think this way: I am a great sinner, but the Lord is merciful. He loves people very much, and He will forgive my sins. --Silouan of Athos


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  • lee_merrill
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    Originally posted by ReformedApologist View Post
    Dislike of dogma is an epidemic which is just now doing great harm, and specially among young people. It produces what I must venture to call a jellyfish Christianity in the land: that is, a Christianity without bone, or muscle, or power.-JC Ryle.
    "Only the other day I saw in an excellent weekly paper of Puritan tone this remark, that Christianity when stripped of its armour of dogma (as who should speak of a man stripped of his armour of bones)..." (Chesterton, Orthodoxy)

    Blessings,
    Lee

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  • ReformedApologist
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    Dislike of dogma is an epidemic which is just now doing great harm, and specially among young people. It produces what I must venture to call a jellyfish Christianity in the land: that is, a Christianity without bone, or muscle, or power.-JC Ryle.

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  • lee_merrill
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    Spurgeon is indeed good!

    "He who communes with God is always at home."

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  • rogue06
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    Originally posted by ReformedApologist View Post
    Did Jesus once upon me shine,Then Jesus is for ever mine.”-CH Spurgeon
    The "Prince of Preachers"

    I always like this one

    "…the best “apology” for the gospel is to let the gospel out. Never mind defending Deuteronomy or the whole of the Pentateuch. Preach Jesus Christ and him crucified. The Lion of the tribe of Judah will soon drive away all his adversaries."

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  • ReformedApologist
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    Did Jesus once upon me shine,Then Jesus is for ever mine.”-CH Spurgeon

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  • ReformedApologist
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    When Mary of Bethany anointed the Lord with her costly ointment, it was for Him and Him alone that she did it. However, the Scriptures tell us that the perfume filled the room, and all who were there were blessed and privileged to enjoy the lovely fragrance. So it is with any service done for the love, honor, and glory of Christ; it benefits all of God's people.-Joe Terrell

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