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"Baptism is faith in action."

"The Bible is God's written Word."

"'nothing is ever wasted on the Lord."

"The opposite of sight and feeling is faith."

"Not by feeling but by faith do the spiritual live."

"Love flows from the denial of the self life."

"Are you living for the Lord or for yourself?"

"Lack of advance means sure drift backward."

"The nature of God's love is unchangeable."

"Satan is the personal enemy of Christ."

"Many confuse understanding with believing."

"Baptism is an outward expression of an inward faith."

"Our rest lies in looking to the Lord, not to ourselves."

"Whatever is produced by the mind lacks spiritual power."

"Our natural life is a formidable obstacle to spiritual life."

"God does not delight in our cowardice and withdrawal."

"Spiritual advancement is measured by faithful obedience."

"God has supplied all my needs and has not failed me once."

"A Christian life is an unending engagement on the battlefield."

"Actually, only God can satisfy a Christian's heart; man cannot."

"I want nothing for myself; I want everything for the Lord."

"The Christian experience, from start to finish, is a journey of faith."

"The obedience of the Christian to God ought to be unconditional."

"One gains by losing self for others and not by hoarding for oneself."

"It is a great thing when I discover I am no longer my own but His."

"The flesh makes self the center and elevates self-will above God's will."

"Sins must be treated progressively one by one until all have been eliminated."

"Recognize one thing only, the difference between man's work and God's."

"At times it seems we require more grace to lose our wealth than to lose our life!"

"The cares of this life emerge as very small items indeed along our daily path."

"The cares of this life emerge as very small items indeed along our daily path."

"The right attitude is this: that I have my own will, yet I will the will of God."

"Never adopt an attitude of indifference, for if you do you will suffer for it."

"The note of hallelujah must never be in short supply in the spirit of the believer."

"A work with the Blessing of God upon it should be our normal work..."

"By accepting His death as our death we enter into this union with the Lord."

"Separation to God, separation from the world, is the first principle of Christian living."

"One sure means of losing life, as we have seen, is to try to keep spiritual life to oneself..."

"When the fruit of your service is out of all proportion to the gifts you possess, THAT is Blessing!"

"A Christian should know more about the operation of his spirit than about the activity of his mind."

"the character of the world is morally different from the Spirit-imparted life we have received from God."

"We may love to say many things, but if these are not uttered in the Holy Spirit it is better to say nothing."

"All satanic works are performed from the outside inward; all divine works from the inside outward."

"Many of our spirits are too arrogant: they can teach others but can never themselves be taught."

"A Christian should know more about the operation of his spirit than about the activity of his mind."

"People who cover their faults and excuse themselves do not have a repentant spirit..."

"Christians should never initiate anything presumptuously on the basis of need, profit, or merit."

"A mistaken thought may be corrected easily, but an errant affection is nearly unmanageable."

"God gives His Own Self totally to us that we may offer ourselves completely to Him."

"A spiritual Christian should welcome any burden which the Lord brings his way."

"To keep our hand on the plow while wiping away our tears -- THAT is Christianity!"

"The life of faith is not only totally different from, but also diametrically opposite to, a life of feeling."

"He does not want our heart to be attached anywhere because He wants us to serve Him freely."

"We should try our best to pour out all the burdens in our spirit by prayer until all of them have left us."

"There is nothing more tragic than to come to the end of life and know we have been on the wrong course."

"God's means of delivering us from sin is not by making us stronger and stronger, but by making us weaker and weaker."

"When a Christian does not repel the thoughts which originate with evil spirits he affords them a base for working."

"Soulish Christians generally bend to certain directions. Most of them lean either towards emotion or towards reason."

"If you would test the character of anything, you only need to enquire whether that thing leads you to God or away from God."

"Unless self love is abandoned the believer shall forever shrink back when called actually to take up the cross for Christ."

"Since this life is God's and cannot die, it follows that everyone born anew into possessing this life is said to have eternal life."

"To be freed from sin is not a difficult task when viewed in the light of the finished, perfect and complete salvation of God."

"We must have a spirit of power towards the enemy, a spirit of love towards men, and a spirit of self-control towards ourselves."

"Natural strength is what we receive from the hand of God as Creator. Spiritual strength is what we receive from God in grace."

"A forgiven sinner is quite different from an ordinary sinner, and a consecrated Christian is quite different from an ordinary Christian."

"Many people think we become holy by the eradication of something evil within. No, we become holy by being separated unto God."

"Fellowship means among other things that we are ready to receive of Christ from others. Other believers minister Christ to me, and I am ready to receive."

"The greatest negative in the universe is the Cross, for with it God wiped out everything that was not of Himself: the greatest positive in the universe is the resurrection, for through it God brought into being all."

"Let us recognize this one thing: burden is the secret of prayer. If a person does not feel within him burden to pray for a particular matter he can hardly succeed in prayer. In a prayer meeting some brothers and sisters may mention a great many subjects for prayer. But if you are not touched inwardly, you cannot pray."

"If a Christian remains in a carnal condition long after experiencing new birth, he hinders God's salvation from realizing its full potential and manifestation. Only when he is growing in grace, constantly governed by the spirit, can salvation be wrought in him."

"You and I must be perfectly willing to part with anything at any moment. It matters not whether I leave two thousand dollars or merely two. What matters is whether I can leave what ever I have without a twinge of regret."

"To enjoy sensuous pleasures daily is no evidence of spirituality. On the contrary, those who go on with God and disregard their own feelings are the truly spiritual ones."

"But when the cross is working deeply a believer comes to know himself. He realizes how undependable are his ideas, feelings and desires."

"For Godís way of deliverance is altogether different from manís way. Manís way is to try to suppress sin by seeking to overcome it; Godís way is to remove the sinner."

"As soon as we see the Lord Jesus on the Cross, we know our sins are forgiven ; and as soon as we see the Lord Jesus on the Throne, we know the Holy Spirit has been poured out upon us."

"He who is able to accept everything gladly from the Lord - including darkness, dryness, flatness - and completely disregard self is he who lives for Him."

"Do not be taken in or flattered by your own success or fame. Take not only as to whether or not the old creation, including everything which comes by birth, has gone through the cross."

"Man may think human intellect and reasoning are almighty, that the brain is able to comprehend all truths of the world; but the verdict of God's Word is, "vanity of vanities."

"Whatever the mind sets itself on is what the man walks after. If it occupies itself with the flesh, we walk after that; conversely, if it sets itself upon the spirit, we follow after it."

"God takes no pleasure in our repenting over and over again as though this were sufficient; rather does He wish us to live in perpetual contrition."

"What are the conditions to be fulfilled if we are to have forgiveness of sins? According to the Word they are two: repentance and baptism."

"How true it is that without the guidance of the Holy Spirit intellect not only is undependable but also extremely dangerous, because it often confuses the issue of right and wrong."

"What is salvation? It is none other than God saving man out of himself into Himself. Salvation has two facets: a cutting off and a uniting with. What is cut off is self; the uniting is with God."

"Satan can only attack us from the outside in. He may work through the lust and sensations of the body or through the mind and emotion of the soul, for those two belong to the outward man."

"Christ is the Son of God who died for the redemption of sinners and resurrected after three days. This is the greatest truth in the universe."

"Revelation is the first step to holiness, and consecration is the second. A day must come in our lives, as definite as the day of our conversion, when we give up all right to ourselves and submit to the absolute Lordship of Jesus Christ."

"For years, maybe, you have tried fruitlessly to exercise control over yourself, and perhaps this is still your experience; but when once you see the truth you will recognize that you are indeed powerless to do anything, but that in setting you aside altogether God has done it all. Such discovery brings human striving and self-effort to an end."

"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world." You have an anointing from the Holy One: live by it! Give yourself to God; live for him wholly and utterly; see to it that, where you personally are concerned, the things of this world are scored off Satan's books and transferred to God's account."

"Christians nowadays generally are lacking in two kinds of knowledge: (I) a knowledge of the conditions by which evil spirits work; and (2) a knowledge of the principle of spiritual life."

"On at least four separate occasions and recorded in the four Gospels the Lord Jesus called His disciples to deny their soul life, deliver it to death, and then to follow Him."

"Put very simply, Satan's power in the world is everywhere. Yet wherever men and women walk in the Spirit, sensitive to the anointing they have from God, that power of his just evaporates. There is a line drawn by God, a boundary where by virtue of his own very presence Satan's writ does not run. Let God but occupy all the space himself, and what room is left for the evil one?"

"It is imperative that believers recognize a spirit exists within them, something extra to thought, knowledge and imagination of the mind, something beyond affection, sensation and pleasure of the emotion, something additional to desire, decision and action of the will."

"Equally in the Christian life, to stumble and fall and then to flounder in the dust is sin, certainly. It calls for repentance and it needs God's forgiveness. For it is not necessary for me to walk with the Lord like that, hiding behind the excuse that "I must fall once in a while; it is inevitable!"

"Because the Lord Jesus died on the Cross, I have received forgiveness of sins; because the Lord Jesus rose from the dead, I have received new life; because the Lord Jesus has been exalted to the right hand of the Father, I have received the outpoured Spirit. All is because of Him; nothing is because of me."

"That is what it means to be saved. You declare that you belong to another system of things. People point to you and say, "Oh, yes, that is a Christian family; they belong to the Lord!" That is the salvation which the Lord desires for you, that by your public testimony you declare before God, "My world has gone; I am entering into another."

"Numerous Christians do not know how to glorify God in their eating and drinking. They do not eat and drink simply to keep their body fit for the Lord's use but indulge to satisfy their personal desires. We should understand that the body is for the Lord and not for ourselves; hence we should refrain from using it for our pleasure. Food ought not hinder our fellowship with God since it is to be taken purely to preserve the body in health."

"After a person has forsaken his natural longings he obtains a genuinely restful life. Formerly he had many desires. To satisfy them he planned, plotted and contrived, exhausting every ounce of his wisdom and power. His heart was in constant turmoil... But that child of God who purely follows the spirit and seeks not his own pleasure is satisfied with what God gives to him: and his restlessness immediately ceases."

"In saving the world, therefore, He does not try to alter man's flesh; He instead gives man a new life in order to help put it to death. The flesh must die. This is salvation."

"Jesus did not say that he who believes and is saved shall be baptized. No, he put it the other way round. He who believes and is baptized, he said, shall be saved. It is only at our peril that we change something that the Lord has said into something that he did not say."

"The first condition is repentance, which means a change of mind. Formerly I thought sin a pleasant thing, but now I have changed my mind about it; formerly I thought the world an attractive place, but now I know better; formerly I regarded it a miserable business to be a Christian, but now I think differently. Once I thought certain things delightful, now I think them vile; once I thought other things utterly worthless, now I think them most precious. That is a change of mind, and that is repentance."

"That strong self-assertive will of mine must go to the Cross, and I must give myself over wholly to the Lord. We cannot expect a tailor to make us a coat if we do not give him any cloth, nor a builder to build us a house if we let him have no building material; and in just the same way we cannot expect the Lord to live out His life in us if we do not give Him our lives in which to live. Without reservations, without controversy, we must give ourselves to Him to do as He pleases with us. ďPresent yourselves unto GodĒ (Romans 6:13)."

"Everything he says matters, and he means every word of it. But if this is so, then it must be a fact that only by having faith in him and being baptized are we saved. Some will be puzzled at this. What do you mean? they will protest. But do not puzzle; and do not blame me! I did not say that; my Lord said it. He it was who laid down the order: faith, then baptism, then salvation. We must not reverse it to faith, salvation, baptism, however much we might prefer it that way. What the Lord said must stand, and it is for us only to pay heed to it."

"I am not suggesting by this that we must try to dispose of everything; that is not the point. The point is that as God's children you and I may not accumulate things for ourselves. If I keep something it is because God has spoken to my heart; if I part with it it is for the same reason. I hold myself in the will of God and am not afraid to give if God asks me to give. I keep nothing because I love it, but let it go without regret when the call comes to leave it behind. That is what it means to be detached, free, separated to God."

"People shall never enter the kingdom of God through our encouragement, persuasion, argument, inducement, excitement, or attraction; entrance can be gained only by new birth, by nothing less than the resurrection of the spirit."

"It is imperative that man receive God's life. The way of salvation cannot be in human reform, for "death" is irreparable. Sin must be judged before there can be rescue out of death. Exactly this is what has been provided by the salvation of the Lord Jesus."

"Christ is the Son of God who died for the redemption of sinners and resurrected after three days. This is the greatest truth in the universe. I die because of my belief in Christ."

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