These inspirational and challenging Christian quotes are extracted from books and sermons by godly believers that we hope will challenge and encourage you as you run this race for the Lord Jesus. (For sharing the quotes that are in the image format, you can download them by clicking on the image.)
A weak and constantly accusing conscience is a spiritual liability, not a strength. Many people with especially tender consciences tend to display their overscrupulousness as if it were proof of deep spirituality. It is precisely the opposite.
Ironically, a weak conscience is more likely to accuse than a strong conscience. Scripture calls this a weak conscience because it is too easily wounded.
Do you want God to do something so that you can claim that it had something to do with you? With your own piety; your prayers? All that is a work of the flesh.
When a man is speaking to God, he is at his very acme. It is the highest activity of the human soul, and therefore it is at the same time the ultimate test of a man’s true spiritual condition. There is nothing that tells the truth about us as Christian people so much as our prayer life. Everything we do in the Christian life is easier than prayer.
How often do you think of heaven and rejoice when you think of it? Does it give you a sense of strangeness and of fear, a desire, as it were, to avoid it? If it does so to any degree, I fear we must plead guilty that we are living on too low a level. Thoughts of heaven ought to make us rejoice and be exceedingly glad. True Christian living is to be like Paul and to say ‘to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain’. Why? Because it means, ‘to be with Christ; which is far better,’ to see Him and to be like Him.
The sovereignty of God is not a doctrine which appeals to the natural man. Indeed, it is repellent to him because it creates a situation which is beyond his understanding and control. Few of us take readily to the thought of surrendering our lives into the hands of another, even though that other is God. We prefer to reserve to ourselves the right of choice and thus to limit others to the right of advice. We shrink from autocracy and dogmatism, whether it is human or divine. In no aspect of life is our human foolishness more manifest than when we assume such an attitude toward God.
I have since thought that the effect of my leaving them (thirty people under conviction) as I did in the advanced stages of their conviction – was evidently beneficial. It drove them from all human dependence. Distressing as it is, and cruel as it may seem, it is necessary for them to feel that no arm but God’s can help them. Similar effects from like circumstances have heretofore been witnessed.
Too many think lightly of sin, and therefore think lightly of the Savior. He who has stood before his God, convicted and condemned, with the rope about his neck, is the man to weep for joy when he is pardoned, to hate the evil which has been forgiven him, and to live to the honour of the Redeemer by whose blood he has been cleansed.
A letter from a German biker who ended up at Zupke’s house and was later converted: I want to congratulate you on your 50th wedding anniversary. I clearly remember an instance when I met you first. I came in and sat down at the table; then you, Vaylard, came in and you hugged and kissed your wife. I say the truth, I had never see that before — a couple being married for that many years still being in love. I observed the same phenomenon then in other Christian families, and that was one of the strongest encouragements for me to seriously think about becoming a Christian. I figured if I become married I want to enjoy love all the days of my life and not just a few years or months as I observed in all the other marriages.
Time continues and much of the Father’s eternal plan for us all is unfolding. Our youth is passing. Our stories are being written. The “midst of the years” can be pretty tough, as it is written, Psalm 102:23 – He has weakened my strength in the way; He has shortened my days. I say, “O my God, do not take me away in the midst of my days.”