December 11, 2015

Interesting Sayings By Different People

Abraham did not know the way, but he knew the Guide.
Lee Roberson
What makes the difference is not how many times you have been through the Bible, but how many times and how thoroughly the Bible has been through you. -Gipsy Smith
If you are in with God, you are at outs with this world. Gypsy Smith (B. 1860)
A state of mind that sees God in everything is evidence of growth in grace and a thankful heart. Charles G. Finney (1792-1875)
The Holy Spirit descended upon me in a manner that seemed to go through me, body and soul. I could feel the impression like a wave of electricity going through and through me. Indeed, it seemed to come in waves and waves of liquid love . like the very breath of God . it seemed to fan me like immense wings. Charles G. Finney (1792-1875)
Some men will spin out a long prayer telling God who and what he is, or they pray out a whole system of divinity. Some people preach, others exhort the people, till everybody wishes they would stop, and God wishes so, too, most undoubtedly. Charles G. Finney (1792-1875)
Great sermons lead the people to praise the preacher. Good preaching leads the people to praise the Savior. Charles G. Finney (1792-1875)
Finney said something cute: "There can be no revival when Mr. Amen and Mr. Wet-Eyes are not found in the audience."
We see God all around us: the mountains are God's thoughts upheaved, the rivers are God's thoughts in motion, the oceans are God's thoughts imbedded, the dewdrops are God's thoughts in pearls. Sam Jones (1847-1906)
Many a person is praying for rain with his tub the wrong side up Sam Jones (1847-1906)
What hinders you from giving Christ your all? Throw it off. Reduce the things that weigh you down. F.B. Meyer says, "Thousands of Christians are like water-logged vessels, they cannot sink; yet, they are saturated with so many inconsistencies, worldlinesses and little permitted evils that they can only be towed with difficulty into the celestial port.
F. B. Meyer was pastor of Christ's Church in London at the same time that G. Campbell Morgan was pastor of Westminister Chapel and Charles H. Spurgeon was pastor of the Metropolitan Chapel. Both Morgan and Spurgeon often had much larger audiences than did Meyer. Troubled by envy, Meyer confessed that not until he began praying for his colleagues did he have peace of heart. "When I prayed for their success," said Meyer, "the result was that God filled their churches so full that the overflow filled mine, and it has been full since."
We never test the resources of God until we attempt the impossible. F. B. Meyer (1847-1929)
Unbelief puts our circumstance between us and God, but faith puts God between us and our circumstances. - F.B. Meyer
A Sunday school superintendent read this text. "Who can tell me what a yoke is?" he asked. "Something they put on the necks of animals," answered a ten-year- old girl. "Then," asked the leader, "what is God's yoke?" There was silence until a four-year-old raised his hand and said, "God, putting His arms around our neck." The Oriental shepherd was always ahead of his sheep. He was down in front. Any attack upon the sheep had to take him into account. Now our God is down in front. He is in the tomorrows. - F. B. Meyer
If God maintains sun and planets in bright and ordered beauty he can keep us. F. B. Meyer (1847-1929)
God incarnate is the end of fear; and the heart that realizes that he is in the midst . will be quiet in the midst of alarm. F. B. Meyer (1847-1929)
God will be our compensation for every sacrifice we have made. F. B. Meyer (1847-1929)
The circumstances of our daily life are to us an infallible indication of God's will, when they concur with the inward promptings of the Spirit and with the Word of God. So long as they are stationary, wait. When you must act, they will open, and a way will be made through oceans and rivers, wastes and rocks. F. B. Meyer (1847-1929)
God does not fill with his Holy Spirit those who believe in the fullness of the Spirit, or those who desire him, but those who obey him. F. B. Meyer (1847-1929)
I used to think that God's gifts were on shelves one above the other and that the taller we grew in Christian character the more easily we could reach them. I now find that God's gifts are on shelves one beneath the other and that it is not a question of growing taller but of stooping lower. F. B. Meyer (1847-1929)
Joy is peace dancing and peace is joy at rest. F. B. Meyer (1847-1929)
Our God does not always answer our prayers as we request. But he does for us, as for our Lord in the Garden; he strengthens us. F. B. Meyer (1847-1929)
Dr. F. B. Meyer learned the secret of appropriation when he was addressing a large group of children who became very unruly. On the verge of losing his temper, he prayed in his heart, "Thy patience, Lord!" Immediately all anger and annoyance died. From then on he used the same formula for every difficult situation. When he felt lonely, he said, "Thy companionship, Lord!" When he was afraid, "Thy serenity, Lord!" When he felt critical of others, "Thy love, Lord!" He found the Savior sufficient for his every need when he appropriated by faith the promises of God!
The measure of our success will be the measure of our ability to help others. F. B. Meyer (1847-1929)
F. B. Meyer once said: "I used to think that God's gifts were on shelves one above the other; and that the taller we grew in Christian character the easier we could reach them. I now find that God's gifts are on shelves one beneath the other. It is not a question of growing taller but of stooping lower; that we have to go down, always down, to get His best gifts."
A Sunday School teacher, a Mr. Kimball, in 1858, led a Boston shoe clerk to give his life to Christ. The clerk, Dwight L. Moody, became an evangelist. In England in 1879, he awakened evangelistic zeal in the heart of Fredrick B. Meyer, pastor of a small church. F. B. Meyer, preaching to an American college campus, brought to Christ a student named J. Wilbur Chapman. Chapman, engaged in YMCA work, employed a former baseball player, Billy Sunday, to do evangelistic work. Billy Sunday held a revival in Charlotte, N.C. A group of local men were so enthusiastic afterward that they planned another evangelistic campaign, bringing Mordecai Hamm to town to preach. During Hamm's revival, a young man named Billy Graham heard the gospel and yielded his life to Christ. Only eternity will reveal the tremendous impact of that one Sunday School teacher, Mr. Kimball, who invested his life in the lives of others.

The Greatest of These by Dr. Wallace Strawn

Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things...
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity"
I Corinthians 13

This chapter is about love. It is a part of a larger context dealing with spiritual gifts and sandwiched in to show the necessity of a heart of love in order to understand and minister the other gifts. In Matthew 22:35-40 a lawyer asked Jesus a question about the greatest commandment. Jesus said, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." Some gifts are temporary, but God makes it plain in I Corinthians 13:13, that there are three gifts that abide forever. And then He says, "But the greatest of these is charity." Every believer in Christ receives this gift of love. Everyone can’t sing in the choir, play an instrument, or teach a class. But according to I Corinthians 12, we are all gifted in some way to function within the church.

There is no way to measure spirituality. We can’t say how much we have grown in grace or how knowledgeable we are of the Word of God. But when love is present and manifested in a person’s life it is all so quickly recognized. Jesus said in John 13:35, "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if you have love one to another."