The Fellowship of the Burning Heart, Part 2

From The Valley of Vision

O Lord, I am astonished at the difference
between my receivings and my deservings,
between the state I am now in and my past gracelessness,
between the heaven I am bound for and the hell I merit.

Who made me to differ but thee?
for I was no more ready to receive Christ than were others;
I could not have begun to love thee hadst thou not first loved me,
or been willing unless thou hadst first made me so.

O that such a crown should fit the head of such a sinner!
such high advancement be for an unfruitful person!
such joys for so vile a rebel
!

from A.W. Tozer

God’s loving motive [in discipline] is to bring us into total harmony with himself so that moral power and holy usefulness becomes ours in this world and in the world to come.

from George Whitefield’s Journal

O that the Lord would open our understandings! for they are but a dead letter without the illumination of his Holy Spirit.

from Oswald Chambers

If you believe in Jesus, you are not to spend all your time in the smooth waters just inside the harbor bar, full of delight, but always moored; you have to get out through the harbor bar into the great deeps of God and begin to know for yourself, begin to have spiritual discernment.

from E. Stanley Jones

It’s true that it is difficult to love if you have been unloved, but it is not impossible. For basically we are all loved by God and loved by Agape… We begin to love, not that man first loved us, but that God first loved us.

O God, nothing but Thy grace, Thy Agape, can help us to love the unlovely. Thy Agape covers the lovely and the unlovely. Help me then to love with Thy love, and everyone will be lovely. Amen.

 

Quotes for Today from The Fellowship of the Burning Heart

 

from Oswald Chambers

There are unemployables in the spiritual domain, spiritually decrepit people, who refuse to do anything unless they are supernaturally inspired. The proof that we are rightly related to God is that we do our best whether we feel inspired or not.

A man with the vision of God is not devoted to a cause or to any particular issue; he is devoted to God himself.

The proof that we have the vision is that we are reaching out for more than we have grasped. It is a bad thing to be satisfied spiritually.

from J. Oswald Sanders

True greatness, true leadership, is found in giving yourself in service to tohers, not in coaxing or inducing others to serve you. True service is never without cost. …But the true spiritual leader is focused on the service he or she can render to God and other people, not on the residuals and perks of high office or holy title. We must aim to put more into life than we take out.

The genuine disciple of Christ earnestly desires a closer walk with God and a greater conformity to Christ. If these are absent, there is reason to doubt the genuiness of the discipleship.

…the goal of the Christian life is to attain in ever-increasing degree the standard of spiritual maturity which was seen in perfection in Christ.

from William Law

Devotion is neither private not public prayer, but a life given to God. He is the devout man, therefore, who considers and serves God in everything and who makes all of his life an act of devotion by doing everything in the name of God and under such rules as are conformable to his glory.

For any way of life, any employment of our time, our talents, or our money, that is not strictly according to the will of God is as great an absurdity and failing as prayers that are not according to the will of God.

from Andrew Murray

If you desire to see the Church of Christ arrayed in her first splendor, then separate yourselves from everything that is evil, cast it out of your heart, and fix your desire on this one thing: be filled with the Spirit of God.

 

from A.W. Tozer

What a man is comes first i the sight of God. What he does is determined by what he is, so is is of the first importance.

The fundamental be must be sanctified if we would have a righteous do, for being and doing are related as cause and effect, as father and son.

God wants worshipers before workers; indeed the only acceptable workers are those who have learned the lost art of worship. It is inconceivable that a sovereign and holy God should be so hard up for workers that he would press into service anyone who had been empowered regardless of his moral qualification.