It's the centrality of the Word and not the person who preaches it that's important.
We best defend the Lord's glory by speaking first TO Him about unbelieving men rather than speaking first ABOUT Him to unbelieving men.
You do not become a master musician by playing just as you please, by imagining that learning the scales is sheer legalism and bondage! No, true freedom in any area of life is the consequence of regular discipline. It is no less true of the life of prayer.
True discernment means not only distinguishing the right from the wrong; it means distinguishing the primary from the secondary, the essential from the indifferent, and the permanent from the transient. And, yes, it means distinguishing between the good and the better, and even between the better and the best.
It is only when we want to take our lives out of the Father's hands and have them under our own control that we find ourselves gripped with anxiety. The secret of freedom from anxiety is freedom from ourselves and abandonment of our own plans. But that spirit emerges in our lives only when our minds are filled with the knowledge that our Father can be trusted implicitly to supply everything we need.
For worship is, essentially, the reverse of sin. Sin began (and begins) when we succumb to the temptation, "You shall be as gods." We make ourselves the center of the universe and dethrone God. By contrast, worship is giving God his true worth; it is acknowledging Him to be the Lord of all things, and the Lord of everything in our lives. He is, indeed, the Most High God!
The fear of the Lord tends to take away all other fears... This is the secret of Christian courage and boldness.
Our first priority in ministry must be love. Love for His Word, love for His people, and love for His appearing.
God can be trusted even when he cannot be seen or understood.
There is nothing more important to learn about Christian growth than this: Growing in grace means becoming like Christ.
Be obedient even when you do not know where obedience may lead you
We [should not] make the mistake of thinking that marriage will provide the ultimate satisfaction for which we all hunger. To assume so would be to be guilty of blasphemy. Only God satisfies the hungry heart. Marriage is but one of the channels He uses to enable us to taste how deeply satisfying His thirst-quenching grace can be.
Knowing God is your single greatest privilege as a Christian
Jesus Christ is able to set us free because He has dealt with the sin that enslaves us.
Thinking that I deserve heaven is a sure sign I have no understanding of the gospel.
The real test that I believe that God is love is that tragedies don't separate me from the conviction that God is love.
True faith takes its character and quality from its object. Its strength therefore depends on the character of Christ. Even those of us who have weak faith have the same strong Christ as others!
God is God; you are but one of His creatures. Your only joy is to be found in obeying Him, your true fulfillment is to be found in worshiping Him, your only wisdom is to be found in trusting and knowing Him.
When I know that Christ is the one real sacrifice for my sins, that His work on my behalf has been accepted by God, that He is my heavenly Intercessor - then His blood is the antidote to the poison in the voices that echo in my conscience, condemning me for my many failures. Indeed, Christ's shed blood chokes them into silence!
There is a difference between going to a service "for the worship" and going to a service "to worship the Lord." The distinction appears to be a minor one, but it may imply the difference between the worship of God and the worship of music!
Appearances can be deceptive. The fact that we cannot see what God is doing does not mean that He is doing nothing. The Lord has His own timetable. It is we who must learn to adjust to it, not vice versa. When God's time comes nothing will stand in His way. We can therefore wait for Him with this happy confidence: "As for God, His way is perfect" (2 Samuel 22:31).
How do we bring glory to God? The Bible's short answer is: by growing more and more like Jesus Christ.
My security as a Christian does not reside in the strength of my faith but in the indestructibili ty of my Savior.
No short-cut that tries to bypass the patient unfolding of the true character of God, and our relationship to him as his children, can ever succeed in providing long-term spiritual therapy.
The Father did not require the death of Christ to persuade Him to love us. Christ died because the Father loves us.
Every day we need our gaze redirected from ourselves to God.
Do I learn through dark providences, or simply seem relieved when they are over?
If you desire anything less for yourself than absolute obedience to God, a life of total devotion to the Lord, a life of absolute sin-less-ness - if you desire anything less, you are fighting against God's desire for you.
Most Christians have more Bibles than they know what to do with, but have little understanding of what is in them.
Secular humanism debases the human.
There is a difference between a well-instructed congregation and a well-nourished one.
God's promises are not fortune cookies. We do not use them in order to get a spiritual "fix" for the day.
The jewels of spiritual service are always quarried in the depths of spiritual experience. Never is this more true than in revival. Bend the church and save the people.
If you are justified, you can no more be unjustified than Christ can be pulled down from heaven.
Even those of us who have weak faith have the same strong Christ as others!
Jesus has a special, compassionate concern for those who are broken and needy.
We can never reflect too much on God's grace.
Love is not maximum emotion. Love is maximum commitment.
Jesus undid everything that Adam did, and did everything Adam failed to do.
Those who are most conscious of forgiveness are invariably those who have been most acutely convicted of their sin.