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“There are only two kinds of people: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, ‘All right, then, have it your way’.” ~ C.S. Lewis (4/6/16)

“We may speak about a place where there are no tears, no death, no fear, no night; but those are just the benefits of heaven. The beauty of heaven is seeing God.” ~ Max Lucado (posted 2/25/16)

“Whenever I meet someone in need, it’s really Jesus in his most distressing disguise.” ~ Mother Teresa (posted 2/5/16)

“God isn’t looking for people of great faith, but for individuals ready to follow Him.” ~ James Hudson Taylor (posted 2/2/16)

“It is not enough to have a song on your lips. You must also have a song in your heart.” ~ Fanny Crosby (posted 2/1/16)

“Truth is the agreement of our ideas with the ideas of God.” ~ Jonathan Edwards (posted 1/28/16)

“Those who think too much of themselves don’t think enough.” ~ Amy Carmichael (posted 1/26/16)

“When I am in the cellar of affliction, I look for the Lord’s choicest wines.” ~ Samuel Rutherford (posted 1/22/16)

“God never made a promise that was too good to be true.” ~ D.L. Moody (posted 1/12/16)

“The riches we impart are the only wealth we shall always retain.” ~ Matthew Henry (posted 1/11/16)

“Grace frees you to allow others to be who they are—different from you!” ~ Charles R. Swindoll (posted 1/7/16)

“What gives me the most hope every day is God’s grace; knowing that his grace is going to give me the strength for whatever I face, knowing that nothing is a surprise to God.” ~ Rick Warren (posted 1/5/16)

“You are the only Bible some unbelievers will ever read.” ~ John MacArthur (posted 12/8/15)

“Give 10 percent of what you make back to God. Save 10 percent. Live on the rest.” ~ Rick Warren (posted 11/18/15)

“Wisdom is more about asking the right questions than getting the right answers”. ~ Father Jonathan Morris (posted 11/11/15)

“I gave in, and admitted that God was God.” ~ C.S. Lewis (posted 10/19/15)

“Do your best and let God do the rest.” ~ Ben Carson (posted 10/15/15)

“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” ~ Thomas Aquinas (posted 10/14/15)

“Spending time with God is the key to our strength and success in all areas of life. Be sure that you never try to work God into your schedule, but always work your schedule around Him.” ~ Joyce Meyer (posted 10/9/15)

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” ~ A.W. Tozer (posted 9/29/15)

“He who kneels the most, stands the best.” ~ D.L. Moody (posted 9/23/15)

“When you consider God instead of your circumstances, amazing things can happen” ~ Joel Osteen (posted 9/17/15)

“He who runs from God in the morning will scarcely find Him the rest of the day.” ~ John Bunyan (posted 9/9/15)

“Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.” ~ Corrie ten Boom (posted 9/4/15)

“Christ is not valued at all, unless he is valued above all.” ~ Augustine (posted 8/28/15)

“The irony is that while God doesn’t need us but still wants us, we desperately need God but don’t really want Him most of the time.” ~ Francis Chan (posted 8/25/15)

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”  ~ Martin Luther King Jr. (posted 8/20/15)

“Is the ambient noise level of my life low enough for me to hear the whispers of the Lord?” ~ Bill Hybels (posted 8/18/15)

“The measure of love is to love without measure.” ~ Augustine (posted 8/14/15)

“God is always trying to give good things to us, but our hands are too full to receive them.” ~ Augustine (posted 8/13/15)

“We fail in the work of grace and love when there is too much of us and not enough of God.” ~ Suzanne Woods Fisher (posted 8/10/15)

“Where a man’s heart is, there is his treasure also.” ~ Saint Ambrose (posted 8/7/15)

“It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.” ~ Francis of Assisi (posted 8/5/15)

“There are many of us that are willing to do great things for the Lord, but few of us are willing to do little things.” ~ Dwight L. Moody (posted 8/1/15)

“Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi (posted 7/30/15)

“Wherever you are, be all there” ~ Jim Elliot (posted 7/28/15)

“If you are a Christian, you are not a citizen of this world trying to get to heaven; you are a citizen of heaven making your way through this world.” ~ Vance Havner (posted 7/27/15)

“Faith is to believe what we do not see, and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe.” ~ Augustine (posted 7/20/15)

“If you’re still angry with a parent or anybody else, you’re still allowing that person to control you” ~ Rick Warren (7/15/15 Devotional)

“One ought to hold on to one’s heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche (posted 7/13/15)

“A holy life will produce the deepest impression. Lighthouses blow no horns; they only shine” ~ D.L. Moody (posted 7/10/15)

“Life’s challenging opportunities are often disguised as unsolvable problems” ~ Chuck Swindoll (posted 7/7/15)

“When you plant a seed of love, it is you that blossoms.” ~  Ma Jaya (posted 7/6/15)

“A man does not have to be an angel to be a saint” ~ Albert Schweitzer (posted 7/2/15)

“Let faith support us where reason fails, and we shall think because we believe, not in order that we may believe” ~ A. W. Tozer (posted 7/1/15)

“God will take your scars and turn them into stars” ~ Joel Osteen (posted 6/30/15)

“Many people are so poor that the only thing they have is money. Cultivate your spiritual growth” ~ Rodolfo Costa (posted 6/29/15)

“The meek man cares not at all who is greater than he, for he has long ago decided that the esteem of the world is not worth the effort” ~ A. W. Tozer (posted 6/26/15)

“There is only one way to develop the habits of Christ-like character: You must practice them” ~ Rick Warren (6/25/15 Devotional)

“We cannot watch the clock and at the same time worship the Lord in holiness” ~ Chuck Swindoll (posted 6/24/15)

“Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” ~ Corrie ten Boom (posted 5/26/15)

“It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi (posted 5/20/15)

“Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.” ~ Oscar Wilde (posted 5/12/15)

“We are most like beasts when we kill. We are most like men when we judge. We are most like God when we forgive.” ~ Chuck Swindoll (posted 5/5/15)

“He died not for men, but for each man. If each man had been the only man made, He would have done no less.” ~ C.S. Lewis (posted 4/30/15)

“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true” ~ Soren Kierkegaard (posted 4/15/15)

“Know where you stand theologically and where you need to bend practically” ~ Chuck Swindoll (3/30/15 Devotional)

“Even though you cannot do everything, you can do something. You may be only one, but you can still make a difference” ~ Chuck Swindoll (3/26/15 Devotional)

“You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving” ~ Amy Carmichael (posted 3/24/15)

“Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in” ~ Mark Twain (posted 3/19/15).

“We are saved by faith alone, but the faith that saves is never alone.” ~ Martin Luther (posted 3/10/15)

“The Bible was not given for our information but for our transformation.” ~ Dwight Moody (posted 2/25/15)

“Humility of mind’ is really an attitude… It’s a preset mentality that determines ahead of time that I will care about others’ needs more than my own” ~ Chuck Swindoll (posted 2/23/15).

“You are going to enjoy forever what you invest in Heaven, and you invest in Heaven every time you use money for good.” ~ Rick Warren (posted 2/20/15)

“Live the Gospel, and others will listen.” ~ Our Daily Bread (posted 2/17/15)

“Because God has made us for Himself, our hearts are restless until they rest in Him.” ~ Augustine (posted 2/14/15)

“What you are is God’s gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.” ~ Hans Urs von Balthasar (posted 2/10/15)

“I don’t stand for black man’s side, I don’t stand for white man’s side, I stand for God’s side.” ~ Bob Marley (posted 2/5/15)

“In the hour of need, the grace of God is more than adequate.” ~ Wally Norling (quoted in Chuck Swindoll 2/3/15 Devotional)

“Religion teaches you to try be able to stand up for what you believe in, even if other people don’t agree with you, and that’s important in science.” ~ Charles H Townes, Nobel Laureate for Lazer and discoverer of Blackhole, died at 99 yesterday (posted 1/28/15)

“Give yourself permission to do the unpredictable things grace allows you to do.” ~ Chuck Swindoll (1/26/15 Devotional)

“Swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath…” ~ James 1 (posted 1/13/15)

“If you want to enjoy others, you’ve got to focus on their strengths and not their weakness.” ~ Rick Warren (posted 1/6/14)

“Christians get very angry toward other Christians who sin differently than they do.” ~ Philip Yancey (posted 12/10/14)

“Sometimes God will deliver you from the fire, and other times God will make you fireproof.” ~ Joel Osteen (posted 12/2/14)

“If you are thankful (to God) for what you do have, He will give you what you don’t have.” ~ Joel Osteen (posted 11/20/14)

“Faith makes all things possible. Love makes them easy.” ~ Dwight Moody (posted 11/13/14)

“Grace is a gift of tender mercy when it makes the least sense.” ~ Chuck Swindoll (posted 11/11/14)

“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.” ~ Helen Keller (posted 11/3/14)

“It is not my ability, but my response to God’s ability, that counts.” ~ Corrie ten Boom (posted 10/30/14)

“We should seek not so much to pray but to become prayer.” ~ Francis of Assisi  (posted 10/24/14)

“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” ~ John Bunyan (posted 10/20/14)

“As you set your thoughts and affections on Him, you set your day in the right direction.” ~ Joel Osteen (posted 10/2/14)

“We shall find that the spheres God brings us into are not meant to teach us something but to make us something.” ~ Oswald Chambers in ‘The Love of God—The Ministry of the Unnoticed’ (posted 9/26/14)

“Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.” ~ Albert Einstein (posted 9/16/14)

“The moment God is figured out with nice neat lines and definitions, we are no longer dealing with God.” ~ Rob Bell (posted 9/10/14)

“Forgiveness is not a feeling; it is a commitment.” ~ Gary Chapman (posted 8/27/14)

“When you face adversity, you need to remind yourself that whatever is trying to defeat you could very well be what God will use to promote you.” ~ Joel Osteen (posted 8/25/14)

“You only lose what you cling to.” ~ Buddha (posted 8/19/14)

“Faith activates God – Fear activates the Enemy.” ~ Joel Osteen (posted 8/15/14)

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” ~ Jim Elliot (posted 8/13/14)

“You will know as much of God,  and only as much of God, as you are willing to put into practice.” Eric Liddell (posted 8/8/14)

“Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them.” ~ Elisabeth Elliot (posted 8/6/14)

“Truth is the agreement of our ideas with the ideas of God.” ~ Jonathan Edwards (posted 8/1/14)

“Our Lord trusted no one, and never placed His faith in people, yet He was never suspicious or bitter. Our Lord’s confidence in God, and in what God’s grace could do for anyone, was so perfect that He never despaired, never giving up hope for any person.” ~ Oswald Chambers (7/30/14 Devotional)

“Religion is more like response to a friend than it is like obedience to an expert.” ~ Austin Farrer (posted 7/24/14)

“The Sabbath is a weekly cathedral raised up in my dining room, in my family, in my heart.” ~ Anita Diamant (posted 7/23/14)

“Life is God’s novel. Let him write it.” ~ Isaac Bashevis Singer (posted 7/21/14)

“Worship is a way of seeing the world in the light of God.” ~ Abraham Joshua Heschel (posted 7/16/14)

“Even if a unity of faith is not possible, a unity of love is.” ~ Hans Urs von Balthasar (posted 7/11/14)

“I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.” ~ Francis of Assissi (posted 7/8/14)

“Those who will not be governed by God, will be ruled by tyrants.” ~ William Penn (posted 7/4/14)

“In darkness God’s truth shines most clear.” ~ Corrie ten Boom (posted 7/2/14)

“Wonder is the basis of worship.” ~ Thomas Carlyle (posted 6/13/14)

“Stop asking God to bless what you’re doing. Find out what God’s doing. It’s already blessed.” ~ Bono (posted 6/12/14)

“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.” ~ Albert Schweitzer (posted 6/9/14)

“I have learned that faith means trusting in advance what will only make sense in reverse.” ~ Philip Yancey (posted 6/6/14)

“It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui.” Helen Keller (posted 6/5/14)

“There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.” Dalai Lama (posted 6/2/14)

“Those who choose to be servants know the most about being free.” ~ Janette Oke (posted 5/29/14)

“Love doesn’t erase the past, but it makes the future different.” ~ Gary Chapman (posted 5/28/14)

“Rules without relationship leads to rebellion.” ~ Josh McDowell (posted 5/26/14)

“Feed your fears and your faith will starve. Feed your faith, and your fears will.” ~ Max Lucado (posted 5/23/14)

“The only thing of importance, when we depart, will be the traces of love we have left behind.” ~ Albert Schweitzer (posted 5/22/14)

“If you prayed as much as you complain and quarrel, you’d have a lot less to argue about and much more peace of mind.” ~ Rick Warren (posted 5/15/14)

“What wings are to a bird, and sails to a ship, so is prayer to the soul.” ~ Corrie ten Boom (posted 5/6/14)

“God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy.” ~ Pope Francis  (posted 5/1/14)

“I choose gentleness… Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice may it be only in praise. If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only of myself.” ~ Max Lucado (posted 4/28/14)

“Once our concentration is on God, all the limits of our life are free and under the control and mastery of God alone. There is no longer any responsibility on you for  the work. The only responsibility you have is to stay in living constant touch with God, and to see that you allow nothing to hinder your cooperation with Him.” ~ Oswald Chambers (4/23/14 Devotional)

“Forgiving someone else doesn’t give them a free pass. It gives you a free pass to move on.” ~ Charles Glassman  (posted 4/21/14)

“Power, no matter how well-intentioned, tends to cause suffering. Love, being vulnerable, absorbs it.” ~ Philip Yancey (posted 4/15/14)

“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” ~ Mother Teresa (posted 4/14/14)

“The heart has its reasons which reason knows not.” ~ Blaise Pascal (posted 4/11/14)

“To lead the orchestra, you have to turn your back on the crowd.” ~ Max Lucado (posted 4/10/14)

“There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.” ~ Blaise Pascal, French mathematician and physicist (posted 4/9/14)

“Every happening, great and small, is a parable whereby God speaks to us, and the art of life is to get the message.” ~ Malcolm Muggeridge (posted 4/8/14)

“Men are undoubtedly more in danger from prosperity than from adversity.  For when matters go smoothly, they flatter themselves, and are intoxicated by their success.” ~ John Calvin (posted 4/7/14)

“God uses men who are weak and feeble enough to lean on him.” ~ James Hudson Taylor (posted 4/4/14)

“Deny your weakness, and you will never realize God’s strength in you.” ~ Joni Eareckson Tada (posted 3/31/14)

“Forgive and give as if it were your last opportunity. Love like there’s no tomorrow, and if tomorrow comes, love again.” ~ Max Lucado (posted 3/24/14)

“Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you. Don’t waste your pain; use it to help others.” ~ Rick Warren (posted 3/20/14)

“Humility is to make a right estimate of one’s self.” ~ Charles Spurgeon (posted 3/18/14)

“Deny your weakness, and you will never realize God’s strength in you.” ~ Joni Eareckson Tada (posted 3/31/14)

“The deeds you do may be the only sermon some persons will hear today.” ~ Francis of Assisi (posted 3/17/14)

“If we are truly surrendered, we will never be aware of our own efforts to remain surrendered. Our entire life will be consumed with the One to whom we surrender.” ~ Oswald Chambers (3/13/14 Devotional)

“The higher the hill, the stronger the wind: so the loftier the life, the stronger the enemy’s temptations.” ~ John Wycliffe (posted 3/12/14)

“It is worse still to be ignorant of your ignorance.” ~ St. Jerome (posted 3/10/14)

“What we love we shall grow to resemble.” ~ Bernard of Clairvaux (posted 3/6/14)

“It is easier to serve or work for God without a vision and without a call, because then you are not bothered by what He requires.” ~ Oswald Chambers (Devotional 3/4/14)

“Prayer without study would be empty. Study without prayer would be blind.” ~ Karl Barth (posted 2/28/14)

“Act as if everything depended on you; trust as if everything depended on God.” ~ Ignatius (posted 2/25/14)

“All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.” ~ Francis of Assisi (posted 2/21/14)

“Never let the sense of past failure defeat your next step…let the past sleep, but let it sleep in the sweet embrace of Christ, and let us go on into the invincible future with Him.” ~ Oswald Chambers (Devotional 2/18/14)

“Truth is the agreement of our ideas with the ideas of God.” ~ Jonathan Edwards (posted 2/14/14)

“The end of all learning is to know God, and out of that knowledge to love and imitate Him.” ~ John Milton (posted 2/12/14)

“Our love grows soft if it is not strengthened by truth, and our truth grows hard if it is not softened by love.” ~ John Stott (posted 2/11/14)

“Prayer is an earnest and familiar talking with God.” ~ John Knox (posted 2/6/14)

“Miracles are not contrary to nature but only contrary to what we know about nature. ” ~ Augustine (posted 2/4/14)

“When we’re humble, we acknowledge God’s deliverance by any means He chooses.” ~ Chuck Swindoll (posted 2/3/14)

“Look within, get depressed; Look around, get distressed; Look to Jesus, find perfect rest.” ~ Joseph Prince (posted 1/29/14)

“Anything under God’s control is never out of control.” ~ Charles Swindoll (posted 1/28/14)

“No one can grow if he does not accept his smallness.” ~ Pope Francis (posted 1/23/14)

“The greatest difficulty spiritually is to concentrate on God, and His blessings are what make it so difficult.  Troubles almost always make us look to God, but His blessings tend to divert our attention elsewhere. ” ~ Oswald Chambers (Devotional 1/22/14)

“A Bible that’s falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t.” ~ Charles H. Spurgeon (posted 1/20/14)

“Our danger is to water down God’s word to suit ourselves. God never fits His word to suit me; He fits me to suit His word. ” ~ Oswald Chambers (posted 1/17/14)

“If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction.” ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer (posted 1/15/14)

“Hold everything in your hands lightly, otherwise it hurts when God pries your fingers open.” ~  Corrie ten Boom (posted 1/14/14)

“The Christian who is truly intimate with Jesus will never draw attention to himself …” ~  Oswald Chambers (Devotional 1/7/14)

“If you can see the invisible, God will do the impossible.” ~ Joel Osteen (posted 12/31/13)

“We should take advantage of His faithfulness and make every day a fresh start. Resolve to make each day the beginning of a new year, a new morning, a new adventure. He wipes the slate clean and goes back to zero so we can be filled up again with His spirit and give it out all day long. Enjoy the blessings of a new year, in Christ, one day at a time! ” ~ Debbie Carroccio (posted 12/30/13)

“When God is near, it removes your fear.” ~ Rick Warren (12/17/13 Devotional)

“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (posted 12/16/13)

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” ~ Corrie ten Boom (posted 12/13/13)

“It is not so much the greatness of our troubles, as the littleness of our spirit, which makes us complain.” ~ J. Hudson Taylor (posted 12/10/13)

“It is the good that opposes the best. The higher up the scale of moral excellence a person goes, the more intense the opposition to Jesus Christ. ” ~ Oswald Chambers (Devotional 12/9/13)

“Waiting for God to act is fleshly unbelief. It means that I have no faith in Him.” ~ Oswald Chambers (Devotional 12/6/13)

“Nothing can ever change God or the reality of redemption. Base your faith on that, and you are as eternally secure as God Himself. ” ~ Oswald Chambers (Devotional 12/3/13)

“Thanking does a whole lot more than begging.” ~ Joel Osteen (11/29/13 Blog)

“Contentment means your happiness doesn’t depend on your circumstances.” ~ Rick Warren (11/18/13 Devotional)

“The will of God will not take us where the grace of God cannot sustain us.” ~ Billy Graham (posted 11/15/13)

“Grace, like water, flows to the lowest part.” ~ Philip Yancey (posted 11/12/13)

“For it is in giving that we receive.” ~ St. Francis of Assisi (posted 11/11/13)

“You can’t be good to everyone, but you can be good to the people God has placed in your life.” ~ Joel Osteen (11/8/13 Blog)

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” ~ C.S. Lewis (posted 11/6/13)

“Hope itself is like a star- not to be seen in the sunshine of prosperity, and only to be discovered in the night of adversity.” ~ Charles H. Spurgeon (posted 11/5/13)

“Learning more truth is a poor and cheap substitute for stopping and putting into action the truth already learned.” ~ Charles R. Swindoll (posted 10/30/13)

“We are only what we are in the dark; all the rest is reputation. What God looks at is what we are in the dark—the imaginations of our minds; the thoughts of our heart; the habits of our bodies; these are the things that mark us in God’s sight. ” ~ Oswald Chambers in ‘The Love of God—The Ministry of the Unnoticed” (posted 10/28/13)

“The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.” ~ George Müller (posted 10/22/13)

“Everyone in the world worth being nice to. Because God never creates inferior human beings, each person deserves respect and dignity.” ~ Ben Carson (posted 10/21/13)

“All of God’s revealed truths are sealed until they are opened to us through obedience. You will never open them through philosophy or thinking.” ~ Oswald Chambers (Devotional 10/10/13)

“Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you. Don’t waste your pain; use it to help others.” ~ Rick Warren (posted 10/8/13)

“Sin is a fundamental relationship— it is not wrong doing, but wrong being— it is deliberate and determined independence from God.” ~ Oswald Chambers (Devotional 10/7/13)

“You never know God is all you need until God is all you have.” ~ Rick Warren (posted 9/29/13)

“We are only what we are in the dark; all the rest is reputation. What God looks at is what we are in the dark—the imaginations of our minds; the thoughts of our heart; the habits of our bodies; these are the things that mark us in God’s sight. ” ~ Oswald Chambers (in “The Love of God – The Ministry of the Unnoticed, posted 9/16/13)

“If you are not doing the task that is closest to you now, which God has engineered into your life, when the crisis comes, instead of being fit for battle, you will be revealed as being unfit. Crises always reveal a person’s true character.” ~ Oswald Chambers (Devotional 9/10/13)

“God rarely allows a person to see how great a blessing he is to others.” ~ Oswald Chambers (Devotional 9/6/13)

“Christianity is Christ. Christ is Christianity.” ~ Billy Graham (posted 9/5/13)

“You can never set apart for God something that you desire for yourself to achieve your own satisfaction. If you try to satisfy yourself with a blessing from God, it will corrupt you.” ~ Oswald Chambers (Devotional 9/3/13)

“The fiery furnaces are there by God’s direct permission. It is misleading to imagine that we are developed in spite of our circumstances; we are developed because of them. It is mastery in circumstances that is needed, not mastery over them.” ~ Oswald Chambers in ‘The Love of God—The Message of Invincible Consolation’ (posted 8/20/13)

“I don’t know much (of God), but what I do know has changed my life.” ~ George Beverly Shea (posted 8/13/13)

“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” ~ Thomas Aquinas (posted 8/12/13)

“Never doubt in the dark what God told you in the light.” ~ Raymond Edman (posted 8/2/2013)

“Our Lord trusted no one, and never placed His faith in people, yet He was never suspicious or bitter.” ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 7/30/13)

“To cultivate a closer relationship with God, use your imagination to ‘see’ Him.” ~ Chuck Swindoll (Today’s Insight 7/26/13)

“Much of our religious activity today is nothing more than a cheap anesthetic to deaden the pain of an empty life!” ~ Howard G. Hendricks (posted 7/25/13)

“At the timberline where the storms strike with the most fury, the sturdiest trees are found.” ~ Hudson Taylor (posted 7/10/13)

“Vision is the ability to see God’s presence, to perceive God’s power, to focus on God’s plan in spite of the obstacles. When you have vision it affects your attitude. Your attitude is optimistic rather than pessimistic.  Your attitude stays positive rather than negative. Not foolishly positive, as though in fantasy, for you are reading God into your circumstances.” ~ Chuck Swindoll (Today’s Insight 7/8/13)

“All our fretting and worrying is caused by planning without God.” ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 7/4/13)

“This is always the sign that a person is in the presence of God. There is never any vague sense of sin, but a focusing on the concentration of sin in some specific, personal area of life.” ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 7/3/13)

“Earnestness is not by any means everything; it is very often a subtle form of pious pride because it is obsessed with the method and not with the Master.” ~ Oswald Chambers (posted 7/1/13)

“The less we read the Word of God, the less we desire to read it, and the less we pray, the less we desire to pray.” ~ George Muller (posted 6/24/13)

“God will not permit any troubles to come upon us, unless He has a specific plan by which great blessing can come out of the difficulty.” ~ Peter Marshall (posted 5/30/13)

“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi (posted 5/22/13)

‘We are in danger of forgetting that we cannot do what God does, and that God will not do what we can do.” ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 5/1/13)

“A self-assured saint is of no value to God.” ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 5/1/13)

“A person’s character determines how he interprets God’s will.” ~ Oswald Chambers (4/26/13 Devotional)

“By perseverance the snail reached the ark.” ~ Charles H. Spurgeon (posted 4/22/13)

“Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool.” ~ Charles Spurgeon (posted 4/8/13)

“Love that goes upward is worship; love that goes outward is affection; love that stoops is grace.” ~ Donald Barnhouse (posted 4/3/13)

“The greatness of a man’s power is the measure of his surrender.” ~ William Booth (posted 3/29/13)

“God has given us two hands, one to receive with and the other to give with.” ~ Billy Graham (posted 3/18/13)

“If we are truly surrendered, we will never be aware of our own efforts to remain surrendered. Our entire life will be consumed with the One to whom we surrender.” ~ Oswald Chambers (3/13/13 Devotional)

“God sends no one away empty except those who are full of themselves.” ~ Dwight L. Moody (posted 3/11/13)

“When we no longer seek God for His blessings, we have time to seek Him for Himself.” ~ Oswald Chambers, The Moral Foundations of Life (posted 2/19/13)

“Letting go works against human nature. But God wants us to do just that—to free-fall into His everlasting arms and trust completely in Him.” ~ Chuck Swindoll (Today’s Insight 2/18/13)

“One and God make a majority.” ~ Frederick Douglass (posted 2/17/13)

“Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” ~ Corrie Ten Boom (posted 2/14/13)

“What hinders me from hearing is my attention to other things. It is not that I don’t want to hear God, but I am not devoted in the right areas of my life.” ~ Oswald Chambers (2/13/13 Devotional)

“We like to listen to personal testimonies, but we don’t want God Himself to speak to us.” ~ Oswald Chambers (2/12/13 Devotional)

“The purpose of prayer is that we get a hold of God, not of the answer.” ~ Oswald Chambers (2/7/13 Devotional)

“When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.” ~ Billy Graham (posted 2/5/13)

“Personal holiness is an effect of redemption, not the cause of it.” ~ Oswald Chambers (1/31/13 devotional)

“It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.” ~ Charles Spurgeon (posted 1/28/13)

“The busyness of things obscures our concentration on God.” ~ Oswald Chambers (1/23/13 devotional)

“We are not sent to do battle for God, but to be used by God in His battles.” ~ Oswald Chambers (1/18/13 devotional)

“A debt is never too old for an honest person to pay.” ~ Jennifer Benson Schuldt, Our Daily Bread (1/9/13 Devotional)

“Every choice we make has eternal consequences, so we need to choose wisely.” ~ Rick Warren (1/8/13 Devotional)

“We should choose the right because it is right, and leave consequences with God.” ~ Ellen White (posted 1/7/13)

“Nothing has any power over someone who has fought the battle before God and won there.” Oswald Chambers (Devotional: 12/27/12)

“Never support an experience which does not have God as its Source and faith in God as its result…Faith based on experience is not faith; faith based on God’s revealed truth is the only faith there is.” ~ Oswald Chambers (12/21/12 devotional)

“God does His most magnificent work when the situation seems totally impossible from a human point of view…” ~ Chuck Swindoll (Today’s Insight 12/20/12)

Seren-dip-ity–the dip of the serene into the common responsibilities of life… (God) dots our pilgrimage from earth to heaven with amazing serendipities.” ~ Chuck Swindoll (Today’s Insight 12/17/12)

“That one is truly wise who gains his wisdom from the experience of others.” ~ David Roper, Our Daily Bread (12/13/12 Devotional)

“Physical courage is grand, moral courage is grander, but the man who trusts Jesus Christ in the face of the terrific problems of life is worth a whole crowd of heroes.” ~ Oswald Chamber in ‘The Highest Good’ (posted 12/12/12)

“This Christmas — Stop trying to win arguments. Instead, make it your goal to love those who disagree with you or seem disagreeable to you. Go for the love, not the win. In fact, Jesus tells us love will always win…” ~ Jon Walker, Daily Hope with Rick Warren (12/10/12 Devotional)

“Seeing is never believing: we interpret what we see in the light of what we believe.” ~ Oswald Chamber in He Shall Glorify Me (posted 12/9/12)

“The remarkable thing about fearing God is that when you fear God you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God you fear everything else.” ~ Oswald Chambers, The Highest Good—The Pilgrim’s Song Book  (posted 12/3/12)

“Let us never forget that what we are is more important than what we do.” ~ James Hudson Taylor (posted 11/29/12)

“If you are properly devoted to the Lord Jesus, you have reached the lofty height where no one would ever notice you personally. All that is noticed is the power of God coming through you all the time.” ~ Oswald Chambers (11/16/12 devotional)

“The Christian life is the most satisfying, but only when we actually go all out and all the way.” ~ Billy Graham (BGEA 11/12/12)

“Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One Who is leading.” ~ Oswald Chambers (posted 11/7/12)

“When we no longer seek God for His blessings, we have time to seek Him for Himself. ” ~ Oswald Chambers in The Moral Foundations of Life (posted 11/06/12)

“What is morally wrong can never be politically right.” ~ Lord Shaftesbury (posted 11/02/12)

“You’re not saved by service, but you are saved for service…A saved heart is one that wants to serve.” ~ Rick Warren (11/01/12 devotional)

“…We spend more of our time concentrating and fretting over the things that can’t be changed than we do giving attention to the one that we can change—our choice of attitude.” ~ Chuck Swindoll (Today’s Insight 10/29/12)

“All of God’s people are ordinary people who have been made extraordinary by the purpose He has given them.” ~ Oswald Chambers  (posted 10/25/12)

“…God is more interested in what you become than what you do.” ~ Rick Warren (10/22/12 devotional)

“It is not what a man does that is of final importance, but what he is in what he does. The atmosphere produced by a man, much more than his activities, has the lasting influence.” ~ Oswald Chambers in “Baffled To Fight Better” (posted 10/17/12)

“The true test of a person’s spiritual life and character is not what he does in the extraordinary moments of life, but what he does during the ordinary times when there is nothing tremendous or exciting happening.” ~ Oswald Chambers (10/12/12 devotional)

“God will never reveal more truth about Himself to you, until you have obeyed what you know already.” ~ Oswald Chambers (10/10/12 devotional)

“Jesus Christ can afford to be misunderstood; we cannot. Our weakness lies in always wanting to vindicate ourselves. ” ~ Oswald Chambers  in “The Place of Help” (posted 10/3/12)

“We have all experienced times of exaltation on the mountain, when we have seen things from God’s perspective and have wanted to stay there. But God will never allow us to stay there. The true test of our spiritual life is in exhibiting the power to descend from the mountain.” ~ Oswald Chambers (10/1/12 devotional)

“The true mark of the saint is that he can waive his own rights and obey the Lord Jesus.” ~ Oswald Chambers (9/26/12 devotional)

“God does not hear us because we pray earnestly— He hears us solely on the basis of redemption. God is never impressed by our earnestness. Prayer is not simply getting things from God— that is only the most elementary kind of prayer. Prayer is coming into perfect fellowship and oneness with God.” ~ Oswald Chambers (9/16/12 devotional)

“We are not to preach the doing of good things; good deeds are not to be preached, they are to be performed.” ~ Oswald Chambers,  in So Send I You (posted 9/7/12)

“Get acquainted with God through reading the Scriptures, and faith will come naturally.” ~ A.W. Tozer (Tozer Devotional 9/4/12)

“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day. ” ~ Henri Nouwen (posted 9/2/12)

“The lives that have been the greatest blessing to you are the lives of those people who themselves were unaware of having been a blessing.” ~ Oswald Chambers (8/31/12 full devotional)

“If there is only one strand of faith amongst all the corruption within us, God will take hold of that one strand.” ~ Oswald Chambers, Not Knowing Whither (posted 8/29/12)

“There’s never a better time to start doing what God meant for you to do than right now.” ~ Daily Hope with Rick Warren (8/27/12 devotional)

“If you are not right with God, you can never turn your mind anywhere but on yourself.” ~ Oswald Chambers (full devotional)

“We are not responsible for the circumstances we are in, but we are responsible for the way we allow those circumstances to affect us; we can either allow them to get on top of us, or we can allow them to transform us into what God wants us to be.” ~ Oswald Chambers, Conformed to His Image (posted 8/21/12)

Who are the people who have influenced us most? Certainly not the ones who thought they did, but those who did not have even the slightest idea that they were influencing us. In the Christian life, godly influence is never conscious of itself. If we are conscious of our influence, it ceases to have the genuine loveliness which is characteristic of the touch of Jesus. ~ Oswald Chambers (8/21/12 Devotional)

“A child of God never prays to be made aware of the fact that God answers prayer, because he is so restfully certain that God always answers prayer.” ~ Oswald Chambers (8/20/12 devotional)

“His mercy is so great that it forgives great sins to great sinners, after great lengths of time, and then gives great favours and great privileges, and raises us up to great enjoyments in the great heaven of the great God.” ~ Charles Spurgeon (8/17/12 devotional)

“Re-state to yourself what you believe, then do away with as much of it as possible, and get back to the bedrock of the Cross of Christ.” ~ Oswald Chambers (posted 8/16/12)

“Ignoring a temptation is far more effective than fighting it. Once your mind is on something else, the temptation loses its power…Spiritually, your mind is your most vulnerable organ. To reduce temptation, keep your mind occupied with God’s Word and other good thoughts. You defeat bad thoughts by thinking of something better. This is the principle of replacement. You overcome evil with good.” ~ Daily Hope with Rick Warren (8/15/12 devotional)

“When you are joyful, be joyful; when you are sad, be sad. If God has given you a sweet cup, don’t make it bitter; and if He has given you a bitter cup, don’t try and make it sweet; take things as they come.” ~ Oswald Chambers, Shade Of His Hand (posted 8/14/12)

“Never allow this thought—“I am of no use where I am,” because you certainly can be of no use where you are not! Wherever He has engineered your circumstances, pray.” ~ Oswald Chambers, So Send I You (posted 08/13/12)

“If my life is fruitless, it doesn’t matter who praises me, and if my life is fruitful, it doesn’t matter who criticizes me.” ~ John Bunyan, author of “Pilgrim’s Progress”. (posted 8/10/12)

“The point of prayer is not to get answers from God, but to have perfect and complete oneness with Him.” ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 8/6/12)

“Sincerity means that the appearance and the reality are exactly the same.” ~ Oswald Chambers, Studies In the Sermon On The Mount (posted 8/3/12)

“Sanctification is an impartation, not an imitation…Sanctification means the impartation of the holy qualities of Jesus Christ to me. It is the gift of His patience, love, holiness, faith, purity, and godliness that is exhibited in and through every sanctified soul.” ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 7/23/12)

“Having the reality of God’s presence is not dependent on our being in a particular circumstance or place, but is only dependent on our determination to keep the Lord before us continually.” ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 7/20/12)

“We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.” ~ Oswald Chambers (posted 7/16/12)

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr (posted 07/02/12)

“God does not further our spiritual life in spite of our circumstances, but in and by our circumstances.” ~ Oswald Chambers (from ‘Not Knowing Whither’)

“Suffering is endurable if we do not have to bear it alone; and the more compassionate the Presence, the less acute the pain.” ~ Billy Graham (BGEA 06/18/12)

“One truth stands firm. All that happens in world history rests on something spiritual. If the spiritual is strong, it creates world history. If it is weak, it suffers world history.” ~ Albert Schweitzer (posted 06/15/12)

“The one true mark of a saint of God is the inner creativity that flows from being totally surrendered to Jesus Christ.” ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 6/13/12)

“You can be miserable with much, if you are out of His will; but you can have peace in your heart with little, if you are in the will of God.” ~ Billy Graham (BGEA 06/12/12)

“If you are the type who needs a lot of strokes from people, who has to be appreciated before you can continue very long, you’d better forget about being a servant. More often than not, you will be overlooked, passed up, placed behind the scenes, and be virtually unknown. Your reward will not come from without but from within. Not from people but from the satisfaction God gives you down inside.” ~ Chuck Swindoll (Today’s Insight 06/11/12)

“…the greatest concern of life is to place our relationship with God first, and everything else second.” ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 5/21/12)

“God is far more interested in having you establish a relationship with him than he is interested in having you follow a set of rules… Once this relationship is established, everything else — career, family, goals, recreation, ambitions, finances, health, and friendships — will begin to fall into their proper place.” ~ Rick Warren (Daily With Rick Warren 5/14/12)

“The more we understand God’s love for us the more love we’ll show to others.” ~ Daily Bread (see full devotional: 5/11/12)

We are in danger of forgetting that we cannot do what God does, and that God will not do what we can do. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 5/10/12)

Perseverance means more than endurance— more than simply holding on until the end. A saint’s life is in the hands of God like a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer…He goes on stretching until His purpose is in sight, and then He lets the arrow fly. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 5/8/12)

(Dan: Perseverance is staying on a mission with the end in sight)

God will give us His touches of inspiration only when He sees that we are not in danger of being led away by them. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 5/1/12)

The proof that our relationship is right with God is that we do our best whether we feel inspired or not. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 4/25/12)

Your “wants” will pale in comparison when you realize that what you already have is more than enough. ~ Rick Warren (Daily With Rick Warren 4/20/12)

Be ready for the sudden surprise visits of God. A ready person never needs to get ready— he is ready. Think of the time we waste trying to get ready once God has called! The burning bush is a symbol of everything that surrounds the person who is ready, and it is on fire with the presence of God Himself. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 4/18/12)

The giving up of only external things may actually be an indication of your being in total bondage…It is a crisis of the will. You may come to that point many times externally, but it will amount to nothing…The true deep crisis of abandonment, or total surrender, is reached internally, not externally. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 4/17/12)

…God shows you something to do, don’t say, “I’ll do it”— just do it! ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 4/16/12)

When you stand for God, you stand with God. He’s got your back. So you can stand with confidence. ~  Chuck Swindoll (Day By Day 4/13/12)

We have to keep letting go, and slowly, but surely, the great full life of God will invade us, penetrating every part. Then Jesus will have complete and effective dominion in us, and people will take notice that we have been with Him. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 4/12/12)

God writes opportunity on one side of the door and responsibility on the other. ~ Daily Bread (see full devotional: 4/11/12)

…God is full of surprises, since He sees the big picture while we focus mainly on the here and now. ~  Chuck Swindoll (Day By Day 4/5/12)

Digging your own cistern will never satisfy…God will never help you dig your own cistern…He will never help us seek joy outside of himself. ~ Kay Warren (Daily With Rick Warren 4/9/12)

Resist the temptation to rethink God just because hard times come. Look deeper. Cling to Him tighter. ~ Chuck Swindoll (Day By Day 4/5/12)

God’s power is perfected in weakness…And all this time we thought power was perfected in success…We’ve been taught all our lives that it is achievement that makes us strong. No. A thousand times, no! Those things make us proud and self-sufficient and independent.  Painful thorns make us weak. But the good news is this: when we are weak, He pours His strength into us, which gives an entirely new perspective on pain and suffering, hardship and pressure. Those stresses and strains drive us to our knees. It’s at that point our God comes through, takes us by the hand, and by His grace lifts us up. ~ Chuck Swindoll (Day By Day 4/3/12)

There is nothing ordinary about access to God—yet sometimes we take this privilege for granted. He is almighty God, but He is also our Father who loves us and allows us to call on Him at any moment of any day. ~ Daily Bread (see full devotional: 4/2/12)

When we lose sight of God, we become hard and dogmatic. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 3/30/12)

If we are going to be ready for Jesus Christ, we have to stop being religious. In other words, we must stop using religion as if it were some kind of a lofty lifestyle-we must be spiritually real…You should trust no one, and even ignore the finest saint on earth if he blocks your sight of Jesus Christ. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 3/29/12)

Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait for the LORD; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the LORD.” Waiting is one of God’s preferred methods of preparing special people for significant projects. ~ Chuck Swindoll (Day By Day 3/28/12)

A practical help in keeping your personal purity unblemished in your relations with other people is to begin to see them as God does. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 3/26/12)

We limit the Holy One of Israel by remembering only what we have allowed Him to do for us in the past…~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 2/27/12)

…Whether for delight in our quietude, or for strength in our conflict, “He hath said” must be our daily resort. And this may teach us the extreme value of searching the Scriptures. ~ Charles Spurgeon (see full devotional: 02/21/12)

Sometimes God puts us through the experience and discipline of darkness to teach us to hear and obey Him. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 2/14/12)

We must mark God’s providence leading us; and if providence tarries, tarry till providence comes. He who goes before providence, will be very glad to run back again. ~ Charles Spurgeon (see full devotional: 02/09/12)

Paul was devoted to a Person, not to a cause. He was absolutely Jesus Christ’s. He saw nothing else and he lived for nothing else. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 1/24/12)

When you know God’s grace, you’ll want to show God’s grace. ~ Daily Bread (see full devotional: 1/20/12)

The Bible must always have the first and last word in your life. ~ Rick Warren ((see full devotional: 1/20/12)

When God speaks, things change. ~ Rick Warren ((see full devotional: 1/19/12)

Your fears reveal where you do not trust God. ~ Rick Warren ((see full devotional: 1/12/12)

In sanctification, the one who has been born again deliberately gives up his right to himself to Jesus Christ, and identifies himself entirely with God’s ministry to others. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 1/10/12)

Some of the great advances in God’s plans have come through “interruptions” to the normal routine…God’s surprises in our day are full of opportunities…Look for God’s purpose in your next interruption. ~ Daily Bread (see full devotional: 1/4/12)

We see only a pinpoint of time, but God’s view is panoramic. ~ Chuck Swindoll’s Day By Day Devotionals (see full devotional of 1/05/12)

On 1 Tim 4:8 – Love is godliness in action. ~ Daily Bread (see full devotional: 1/4/12)

The seeds we sow today determine the kind of fruit we’ll reap tomorrow. ~ Daily Bread (see full devotional: 12/28/11)

To “walk in the light” means that everything that is of the darkness actually drives me closer to the center of the light. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 12/26/11)

Every belief that is not firmly rooted in the Cross of Christ will lead people astray. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 12/20/11)

Sanctification means more than being freed from sin. It means the deliberate commitment of myself to the God of my salvation, and being willing to pay whatever it may cost. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 12/10/11)

We trample the blood of the Son of God underfoot if we think we are forgiven because we are sorry for our sins. The only reason for the forgiveness of our sins by God, and the infinite depth of His promise to forget them, is the death of Jesus Christ…The atonement by the Cross of Christ is the propitiation God uses to make unholy people holy. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 12/08/11)

The New Testament example of the Christian experience is that of a personal, passionate devotion to the Person of Jesus Christ…Today He is being portrayed as the figurehead of a religion— a mere example. He is that, but He is infinitely more. He is salvation itself; He is the gospel of God! ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 11/29/11)

Learn to discern and don’t make decisions based only on what you see and think. ~ Joyce Meyer (11/18/11 devotional)

If you are properly devoted to the Lord Jesus, you have reached the lofty height where no one would ever notice you personally. All that is noticed is the power of God coming through you all the time. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 11/16/11) ***

One of the hardest lessons to learn comes from our stubborn refusal to refrain from interfering in other people’s lives. It takes a long time to realize the danger of being an amateur providence, that is, interfering with God’s plan for others…Your part is to maintain the right relationship with God so that His discernment can come through you continually for the purpose of blessing someone else. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 11/15/11)

All your circumstances are in the hand of God, and therefore you don’t ever have to think they are unnatural or unique. Your part in intercessory prayer is not to agonize over how to intercede, but to use the everyday circumstances and people God puts around you by His providence to bring them before His throne, and to allow the Spirit in you the opportunity to intercede for them. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 11/7/11)

God’s plan never missed a beat. Exit Elijah. Enter Elisha. ~ Chuck Swindoll’s Day By Day Devotionals (see full devotional of 11/01/11)

We have the idea that God rewards us for our faith, and it may be so in the initial stages. But we do not earn anything through faith— faith brings us into the right relationship with God and gives Him His opportunity to work…Faith by its very nature must be tested and tried. And the real trial of faith is not that we find it difficult to trust God, but that God’s character must be proven as trustworthy in our own minds. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 10/31/11)

The one great challenge to us is— do I know my risen Lord? Do I know the power of His indwelling Spirit? Am I wise enough in God’s sight, but foolish enough according to the wisdom of the world, to trust in what Jesus Christ has said? ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 10/27/11)

The more time you spend with God, the more fruit you will have resulting from that relationship. It is good fruit that glorifies God and it is good fruit that speaks most loudly to people. ~ Joyce Meyer (10/25/11 devotional)

Our most vulnerable moments usually come after a great victory, especially if that victory is a mountaintop experience with God. That’s when we need to set up a defense against the enemy. ~ Chuck Swindoll’s Day By Day Devotionals (see full devotional of 10/24/11)

Part of God’s plan is for me to invest in the lives of others, just as others have invested in me…~ Mary McKheen (Upper Room Daily Devotional of 10/6/11)

God promises that He will pour His power into us (Philippians 4:13) and supply all we need if we will simply operate under His full control. When we think correctly, we instantly begin to respond correctly. ~ Chuck Swindoll’s Day By Day Devotionals (see full devotional of 9/16/11)

We use the means, but the blessing does not spring from the means. We dig a well, but heaven fills it with rain…Oh, what are means and ordinances without the smile of heaven! They are as clouds without rain, and pools without water. O God of love, open the windows of heaven and pour us out a blessing! ~ Charles Spurgeon (see full devotional: 09/2/11)

There is no way to lose when we believe; because if we believe, we are liable to get what we are believing for. But even if we don’t, we will stay happy and peaceful. So it is vital that we keep a believing heart. ~ Joyce Meyer (09/12/11 devotional)

The warfare is not against sin; we can never fight against sin— Jesus Christ conquered that in His redemption of us. The conflict is waged over turning our natural life into a spiritual life. This is never done easily, nor does God intend that it be so. It is accomplished only through a series of moral choices. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 09/07/11)

We are to be fountains through which Jesus can flow as “rivers of living water” in blessing to everyone. Yet some of us are like the Dead Sea, always receiving but never giving, because our relationship is not right with the Lord Jesus. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 09/07/11)

Never focus your eyes on the obstacle or the difficulty. The obstacle will be a matter of total indifference to the river that will flow steadily through you if you will simply remember to stay focused on the Source. Never allow anything to come between you and Jesus Christ— not emotion nor experience— nothing must keep you from the one great sovereign Source. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 09/06/11)

God is oftener in little huts than in rich palaces. ~ Charles Spurgeon (see full devotional: 09/2/11)

Beware of the people who make their request for help on the basis of someone’s usefulness. If you make usefulness the test, then Jesus Christ was the greatest failure who ever lived. For the saint, direction and guidance come from God Himself, not some measure of that saint’s usefulness. It is the work that God does through us that counts, not what we do for Him. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 08/30/11)

God doesn’t give you patience on credit… Whenever you realize that there’s nothing you can do, wait…When you wait, your situation may not change, but you will. ~ Chuck Swindoll’s Day By Day Devotionals (see full devotional of 8/16/11)

The Holy Spirit does not come to give us extraordinary manifestations but to give us life and light. The nearer we come to Him the more simple will His illumination and leading be. ~ Simpson Devotional (see full devotional: 08/15/11)

At your “Bethel” you will find yourself at your wits’ end but at the beginning of God’s wisdom. When you come to your wits’ end and feel inclined to panic— don’t! Stand true to God and He will bring out His truth in a way that will make your life an expression of worship. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 08/11/11)

Jesus never measured His life by how or where He was of the greatest use. God places His saints where they will bring the most glory to Him, and we are totally incapable of judging where that may be. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 08/10/11)

Many feel that it would be a great privilege to visit the scenes of Christ’s life on earth, to walk where He trod, to look upon the lake beside which He loved to teach, and the hills and valleys on which His eyes so often rested. But we need not go to Nazareth, to Capernaum, or to Bethany, in order to walk in the steps of Jesus. We shall find His footprints beside the sickbed, in the hovels of poverty, in the crowded alleys of the great city, and in every place where there are human hearts in need of consolation. In doing as Jesus did when on earth, we shall walk in His steps. . . .~ Ellen G. White “My Life Today” (see full devotional: 08/09/11)

If we are in fellowship and oneness with God and recognize that He is taking us into His purposes, then we will no longer strive to find out what His purposes are. As we grow in the Christian life, it becomes simpler to us, because we are less inclined to say, “I wonder why God allowed this or that?” And we begin to see that the compelling purpose of God lies behind everything in life, and that God is divinely shaping us into oneness with that purpose. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 08/05/11)

We do not know what God’s compelling purpose is, but whatever happens, we must maintain our relationship with Him…The most important aspect of Christianity is not the work we do, but the relationship we maintain and the surrounding influence and qualities produced by that relationship. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 08/04/11)

We do what we think is right, and yet the compelling purpose of God remains upon us. The work we do is of no account when compared with the compelling purpose of God. It is simply the scaffolding surrounding His work and His plan. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 08/03/11)

God does not give us overcoming life— He gives us life as we overcome. The strain of life is what builds our strength. If there is no strain, there will be no strength…God never gives us strength for tomorrow, or for the next hour, but only for the strain of the moment. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 08/02/11)

“Wait on the Lord” and He will work…Waiting is not sitting with folded hands doing nothing, but it is learning to do what we are told. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 08/01/11)

There is a connection between the strange providential circumstances allowed by God and what we know of Him, and we have to learn to interpret the mysteries of life in the light of our knowledge of God. Until we can come face to face with the deepest, darkest fact of life without damaging our view of God’s character, we do not yet know Him. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 07/29/11)

Goliath had all the things that would normally impress and intimidate… David had been given the ability to see as God always sees, and he was neither impressed nor intimidated. Because no matter how big the giant might be, God is greater. And no matter how powerful he might be, God is all-powerful. ~ Chuck Swindoll’s Day By Day Devotionals (see full devotional of 7/28/10)

When one loves, it is impossible to neglect the other virtues. Love is joyful. Loves makes peace. Love forgives, keeps promises, and acts tenderly and unselfishly. ~ MBI (see full devotional: 07/27/11)

What we need is to act, and to act with the best light we have. As we step out into the present duty and full obedience, many things will be made plain which it is no use waiting to decide. ~ Simpson Devotional

The Sermon on the Mount is not a set of rules and regulations— it is a picture of the life we will live when the Holy Spirit is having His unhindered way with us. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 07/25/11)

Many people begin coming to God once they stop being religious, because there is only one master of the human heart— Jesus Christ, not religion. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 07/18/11)

If we have the idea that we have to put on our “spiritual face” before we can come near to God, then we will never come near to Him. We must come as we are. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 07/5/11)

One way to tell if you are following a desire of your flesh is that when you step out to do it, you will lose your peace and face a struggle. If it is not of God, you will feel like you are pushing a dead horse uphill. If it is a God-given desire of the Spirit, it will work like a well-oiled machine. It will flow, with what I call a “Holy ease.” Start your day right, and follow your heart. ~ Joyce Myer Ministries (posted 06/17/11)

To have a balanced life, I need to check my heart as I check my garden to make sure that good activities are not crowding out the best in my life… ~ Amy Peterson from Upper Room (see full devotional: 06/15/11)

Never try to make your experience a principle for others, but allow God to be as creative and original with others as He is with you. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 06/13/11)

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. ~ C. S. Lewis (posted 06/10/11)

Despite all appearances, Judas did not repent. This makes sense only when we remember that repentance is not about our sin, but God’s grace. ~ MBI (see full devotional: 06/08/11)

s it my work, service, and sacrifice for others, or is it my striving to work for God? It should be none of these— what ought to exert the greatest power in my life is the atonement of the Lord. It is not on what we spend the greatest amount of time that molds us the most, but whatever exerts the most power over us. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 06/07/11)

It is much easier to do something than to trust in God; we see the activity and mistake panic for inspiration. That is why we see so few fellow workers with God, yet so many people working for God. We would much rather work for God than believe in Him. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 06/01/11)

Our Lord never put His trust in any person. Yet He was never suspicious, never bitter, and never lost hope for anyone, because He put His trust in God first. He trusted absolutely in what God’s grace could do for others…Never trust anything in yourself or in anyone else, except the grace of God. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 05/31/11)

“With God’s Word as your map and His Spirit as your compass, you’re sure to stay on course.” ~ Daily Bread (see full devotional: 05/27/11)

The greatest enemy of the life of faith in God is not sin, but good choices which are not quite good enough. The good is always the enemy of the best…Many of us do not continue to grow spiritually because we prefer to choose on the basis of our rights, instead of relying on God to make the choice for us. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 05/25/11)

God can do nothing for me until I recognize the limits of what is humanly possible, allowing Him to do the impossible. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 05/24/11)

Jesus said there is only one way to develop and grow spiritually, and that is through focusing and concentrating on God…not from focusing directly on it (spiritual growth)…and if we will stay focused on Him, instead of our circumstances, we will grow spiritually. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 05/18/11)

His Cross is the door by which every member of the human race can enter into the life of God; by His resurrection He has the right to give eternal life to anyone, and by His ascension our Lord entered heaven, keeping the door open for humanity. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 05/17/11)

If we give way to self-pity and indulge in the luxury of misery, we remove God’s riches from our lives and hinder others from entering into His provision. No sin is worse than the sin of self-pity, because it removes God from the throne of our lives, replacing Him with our own self-interests…And yet all of Almighty God is ours in the Lord Jesus! And He will reach to the last grain of sand and the remotest star to bless us if we will only obey Him. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 05/16/11)

Your god may be your little Christian habit— the habit of prayer or Bible reading at certain times of your day. Watch how your Father will upset your schedule if you begin to worship your habit instead of what the habit symbolizes. We say, “I can’t do that right now; this is my time alone with God.” No, this is your time alone with your habit…The right thing to do with godly habits is to immerse them in the life of the Lord until they become such a spontaneous expression of our lives that we are no longer aware of them. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 05/12/11)

Neither natural love nor God’s divine love will remain and grow in me unless it is nurtured. Love is spontaneous, but it has to be maintained through discipline. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 05/11/11)

Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important. ~ C.S. Lewis (posted 05/10/11)

To resolve our identity crisis we must be identified with Christ. ~ Strength For The Journey (full devotional 05/09/11)

Whenever we step back from our close identification with God’s interest and concern for others and step into having emotional sympathy with them, the vital connection with God is gone…~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 05/03/11)

Defend the truth with love. ~ Daily Bread (see full devotional: 04/28/11)

A person’s character determines how he interprets God’s will… ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 04/26/11)

It is our own opinions that make us dense and slow to understand, but when we are simple we are never dense; we have discernment all the time. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 04/21/11)

As you cannot take a day off morally and remain moral, neither can you take a day off spiritually and remain spiritual. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 04/15/11)

Commit to God whatever burden He has placed on you. Don’t just cast it aside, but put it over onto Him and place yourself there with it. You will see that your burden is then lightened by the sense of companionship. But you should never try to separate yourself from your burden. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 04/13/11)

I can have the resurrection life of Jesus here and now, and it will exhibit itself through holiness. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 04/11/11)

Our greatest privilege is to enjoy God’s presence. ~ Daily Bread (see full devotional: 04/05/11)

Until Jesus Christ is truly our Lord, we each have goals of our own which we serve. Our faith is real, but it is not yet permanent. And God is never in a hurry. If we are willing to wait, we will see God pointing out that we have been interested only in His blessings, instead of in God Himself. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 04/04/11)

Beware of getting ahead of God by your very desire to do His will. We run ahead of Him in a thousand and one activities, becoming so burdened with people and problems that we don’t worship God, and we fail to intercede. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 04/01/11)

All whom God uses greatly are first hidden in the secret of His presence, away from the pride of man. It is there our vision clears. It is there the silt drops from the current of our life and our faith begins to grasp His arm. ~ Chuck Swindoll (see full devotional: 03/30/11)

Responding gently and carefully to angry people can promote unity, for God’s glory. ~Daily Bread (see full devotional: 03/29/11)

Faith, however, is not intellectual understanding; faith is a deliberate commitment to the Person of Jesus Christ, even when I can’t see the way ahead. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 03/28/11)

Sometimes there is nothing to obey and our only task is to maintain a vital connection with Jesus Christ, seeing that nothing interferes with it. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 03/25/11)

The real measure of our wealth is what will be ours in eternity. ~ Daily Bread (see full devotional: 03/24/11)

We ask much from God, and when God proceeds to give it to us we are not found equal to His expectation.
~ Simpson Devotional (see full devotional: 03/22/11)

A gentle word of compliment falls lightly
but it carries great weight. ~ David McCasland, Daily Bread (see full devotional: 03/21/11)

Christ never spoke of His right to Himself, but always maintained an inner vigilance to submit His spirit continually to His Father.~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 03/18/11)

There is no power within the human soul itself that is capable of breaking the bondage of the nature created by yielding…When you yield to something, you will soon realize the tremendous control it has over you…But yielding to Jesus will break every kind of slavery in any person’s life. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 03/14/11)

Showing no concern for the uncertainties that lie ahead is the secret of walking with Jesus. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 03/09/11)

Huge waves that would frighten an ordinary swimmer produce a tremendous thrill for the surfer who has ridden them…We are super-victors with a joy that comes from experiencing the very things which look as if they are going to overwhelm us. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 03/07/11)

Every day we have a chance to get involved in what God is doing. His providence goes hand in hand with our obedience to Him in every circumstance of our lives. ~ Strength For The Journey (full devotional 02/25/11)

Religion and business are not two separate things; they are one. Bible religion is to be interwoven with all we do or say. Divine and human agencies are to combine in temporal as well as in spiritual achievements. ~ Ellen White, God’s Amazing Grace (see full devotional)

I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love. ~ Mother Teresa (posted 2/23/11)

Perseverance is more than endurance. It is endurance combined with absolute assurance and certainty that what we are looking for is going to happen. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 02/22/11)

To be surrendered to God is of more value than our personal holiness. Concern over our personal holiness causes us to focus our eyes on ourselves…We should quit asking ourselves, “Am I of any use?” and accept the truth that we really are not of much use to Him. The issue is never of being of use, but of being of value to God Himself. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 02/21/11)

The remarkable thing about spiritual initiative is that the life and power comes after we “get up and get going.” God does not give us overcoming life—He gives us life as we overcome. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 02/16/11)

Any love that doesn’t begin with God is actually a form of selfishness. ~ Our Daily Journey (see full devotional: 02/14/11)

If your power to see has been blinded, don’t look back on your own experiences, but look to God. It is God you need. Go beyond yourself and away from the faces of your idols and away from everything else that has been blinding your thinking. Wake up and accept the ridicule that Isaiah gave to his people, and deliberately turn your thoughts and your eyes to God. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 02/10/11)

Discouragement keeps us humble, we confess, for we are never discouraged and bigheaded at the same time…In humbleness, Father, we call upon You as Your children. We ask You to lift our spirits by transforming our minds. Strengthen us to see the value of dwelling on things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report. Help us to fix our minds on heavenly things rather than on those earthly things that drag us down. ~ Chuck Swindoll (see full devotional: 02/08/11)

…The miracle of the redemptive reality of God is that the worst and the vilest offender can never exhaust the depths of His love. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 02/03/11)

Paul refers to personal experiences only by way of illustration, never as the end of the matter. We are not commissioned to preach salvation or sanctification— we are commissioned to lift up Jesus Christ… ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 02/01/11)

Aiming at heaven also involves keeping Jesus in our sights. Looking forward to the day when “we shall see Him as He is” fills us with hope—not a worldly, wish-list kind of hope, but a hope that reflects the certainty of what is to come. It’s the kind of hope that keeps us from distractions and rivets our attention on what really matters in the long run; the kind of hope that purifies us…Strength For The Journey (full devotional 01/28/11)

“Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.”

~ C.S. Lewis

It is the inconsistent Christian who helps the devil the most… ~ Our Daily Bread (see full devotional: 01/26/11)

Keep your life so constantly in touch with God that His surprising power can break through at any point. Live in a constant state of expectancy, and leave room for God to come in as He decides. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 01/25/11)

If you are depending on something else as your source of freshness and strength, you will not realize when His power is gone…~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 01/20/11)

When God gives you a vision and darkness follows, wait. God will bring the vision He has given you to reality in your life if you will wait on His timing. Never try to help God fulfill His word. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 01/19/11)

The call of God is not for the special few, it is for everyone. Whether or not I hear God’s call depends upon the state of my ears; and what I hear depends upon my disposition. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 01/14/11)

Knowing the reality of our weaknesses, we can find great freedom in realizing that the key to becoming a loving person lies not with us but with God. It is God’s love that we seek to share, not a love manufactured on our own…~ Gary Chapman (Week of January 12)

God created the world out of nothing, and so long as we are nothing, He can make something out of us. ~ Martin Luther (posted 01/12/11)

We can disobey God if we choose, and it will bring immediate relief to the situation, but we shall be a grief to our Lord. Whereas if we obey God, He will look after those who have been pressed into the consequences of our obedience. We have simply to obey and to leave all consequences with Him. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 01/11/11)

Take time to meditate before God and offer the blessing back to Him in a deliberate act of worship..God will never let you hold a spiritual thing for your self, it has to be given back to Him that He may make it a blessing to others. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 01/06/11)

No matter what changes God has wrought in you, never rely upon them, build only on a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ, and on the Spirit He gives. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 01/05/11)

Wait for God’s time to bring it round and He will do it without any heartbreak or disappointment. When it is a question of the providential will of God, wait for God to move. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 01/04/11)

Only after the amazing delight and liberty of realizing what Jesus Christ does, comes the impenetrable “darkness” of realizing who He is. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 01/03/11)

What is deadly to the church is when the external forms of religion are maintained while their substance is discarded. This we call practical atheism. Practical atheism appears when we live as if there were no God...In The Presence Of God (see full devotional December 27)

…Honest questions reflect a better relationship with God than superficial, outward, religious behavior… ~ Our Daily Journey (see full devotional: 12/20/10)

Our battles are first won or lost in the secret places of our will in God’s presence, never in full view of the world… Nothing has any power over someone who has fought the battle before God and won there. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 12/27/10)

Belief must come from the will to believe. There must be a surrender of the will, not a surrender to a persuasive or powerful argument. I must deliberately step out, placing my faith in God and in His truth. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 12/22/10)

Faith based on experience is not faith; faith based on God’s revealed truth is the only faith there is. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 12/21/10)

Some sins are understandable, but none are excusable—and all are devastating. ~ Our Daily Journey (see full devotional: 12/20/10)

Always make it a practice to stir your own mind thoroughly to think through what you have easily believed. Your position is not really yours until you make it yours through suffering and study. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 12/15/10)

To master this life, spend time with the Master. ~ Our Daily Bread (see full devotional: 12/13/10)

There is only one way in which I can get right with God, and that is by the Death of Jesus Christ. I must get rid of the lurking idea that I can ever be right with God because of my obedience – which of us could ever obey God to absolute perfection! ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 12/01/10)

There is only one relationship that matters, and that is your personal relationship to a personal Redeemer and Lord. Let everything else go, but maintain that at all costs, and God will fulfil His purpose through your life. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 11/30/10)

We read some things in the Bible three hundred and sixty-five times and they mean nothing to us, then all of a sudden we see what God means, because in some particular we have obeyed God, and instantly His nature is opened up. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 11/17/10)

A saint is never consciously a saint; a saint is consciously dependent on God. .~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 11/15/10) ***

No flowers wear so lovely a blue as those which grow at the foot of the frozen glacier; no stars gleam so brightly as those which glisten in the polar sky; no water tastes so sweet as that which springs amid the desert sand; and no faith is so precious as that which lives and triumphs in adversity. ~ Charles Spurgeon (see full devotional: 11/12/10)

If God has made your cup sweet, drink it with grace; if He has made it bitter, drink it in communion with Him. If the providential order of God for you is a hard time of difficulty, go through with it, but never choose the scene of your martyrdom.~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 11/11/10)

How many Christians think that in the morning and evening they ought to come into the company of Jesus, and may then give their hearts to the world all the day: but this is poor living; we should always be with him, treading in his steps and doing his will. ~ Charles Spurgeon (see full devotional: 11/09/10)

If you are going to be used by God, He will take you through a multitude of experiences that are not meant for you at all, they are meant to make you useful in His hands, and to enable you to understand what transpires in other souls so that you will never be surprised at what you come across.~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 11/05/10)

The passion of Christianity is that I deliberately sign away my own rights and become a bond-slave of Jesus Christ. Until I do that, I do not begin to be a saint. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 11/03/10)

God loves you just the way you are, but he refuses to leave you that way. ~ Max Lucado (posted 11/01/10)

Don’t get “out of control” because you’re so determined
to stay “in control.
..we need to be in firm control of ourselves . . . but not controlling of others. ~ Chuck Swindoll (see full devotional: 10/29/10)

Sinful men and women can be changed into new creatures, not by their repentance or their belief, but by the marvellous work of God in Christ Jesus which is prior to all experience. The impregnable safety of justification and sanctification is God Himself. We have not to work out these things ourselves; they have been worked out by the Atonement. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 10/28/10)

God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply. ~ Hudson Taylor (posted 10/27/10)

All God’s men are ordinary men made extraordinary by the matter He has given them…It is not that you have got God but that He has got you…~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 10/25/10)

It is inbred in us that we have to do exceptional things for God; but we have not. We have to be exceptional in the ordinary things… ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 10/21/10)

The key to missionary devotion means being attached to nothing and no one saving Our Lord Himself, not being detached from things externally. Our Lord was amazingly in and out among ordinary things; His detachment was on the inside towards God. External detachment is often an indication of a secret vital attachment to the things we keep away from externally. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 10/18/10)

We have all had times on the mount, when we have seen things from God’s standpoint and have wanted to stay there; but God will never allow us to stay there. The test of our spiritual life is the power to descend; if we have power to rise only, something is wrong…The moments on the mountain tops are rare moments, and they are meant for something in God’s purpose. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 10/01/10)

Every journey is accomplished one step at a time. Don’t stop now. ~ Chuck Swindoll (full devotional: 09/30/10)

If a commission by an earthly king is considered a honour, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice? ~ David Livingstone (posted 09/29/10)

Leave the broken, irreversible past in God’s hands, and step out into the invincible future with Him. ~ Oswald Chambers (posted 09/28/10)

The aim of the missionary is to do God’s will, not to be useful, not to win the heathen; he is useful and he does win the heathen, but that is not his aim. His aim is to do the will of his Lord. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 09/23/10)

Our Lord never enforces obedience; He does not take means to make me do what He wants. At certain times I wish God would master me and make me do the thing, but He will not; in other moods I wish He would leave me alone, but He does not. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 09/22/10)

The antidote to frustration is a calm faith, not in your own
cleverness, or in hard toil, but in God’s guidance. ~ Norman Vincent Peale

Prayer is not simply getting things from God, that is a most initial form of prayer; prayer is getting into perfect communion with God. .~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 09/16/10)

Surrender is not the surrender of the external life, but of the will; when that is done, all is done…~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 09/13/10)

Our Lord’s teaching is always anti -self-realization. His purpose is not the development of a man; His purpose is to make a man exactly like Himself, and the characteristic of the Son of God is self-expenditure. If we believe in Jesus, it is not what we gain, but what He pours through us that counts…Spiritually, we cannot measure our life by success, but only by what God pours through us, and we cannot measure that at all.~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 09/02/10)

It is an insult to use the word happiness in connection with Jesus Christ. The joy of Jesus was the absolute self-surrender and self-sacrifice of Himself to His Father, the joy of doing that which the Father sent Him to do. “I delight to do Thy will.”…The lives that have been of most blessing to you are those who were unconscious of it. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 08/31/10)

Beware of not acting upon what you see in your moments on the mount with God. If you do not obey the light, it will turn into darkness…Beware of not acting upon what you see in your moments on the mount with God. If you do not obey the light, it will turn into darkness. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 08/27/10)

If you are not right with God, you can never turn your mind anywhere but on yourself….~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 08/26/10)

Many step out of God’s will because of discontentment…(from 12 requirements for finding and following God’s will)…Check out the excellent sermon of Dr. Derek Morris on contentment

Have I a personal history with Jesus Christ? The one sign of discipleship is intimate connection with Him, a knowledge of Jesus Christ which nothing can shake. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 08/16/10)

There are stages in life when there is no storm, no crisis, when we do our human best; it is when a crisis arises that we instantly reveal upon whom we rely.~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 08/12/10)

Humility is the recipe for success…
~ Our Daily Bread (see full devotional 08/09/10)

We have an idea that God is leading us to a particular end, a desired goal; He is not. The question of getting to a particular end is a mere incident. What we call the process, God calls the end. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 07/28/10)

The golden rule for understanding spiritually is not intellect, but obedience…No man ever receives a word from God without instantly being put to the test over it. We disobey and then wonder why we don’t go on spiritually. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 07/27/10)

Sanctification is not drawing from Jesus the power to be holy; it is drawing from Jesus the holiness that was manifested in Him, and He manifests it in me. Sanctification is an impartation, not an imitation. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 07/23/10)

It must be God first, God second, and God third, until the life is faced steadily with God and no one else is of any account whatever.

~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 07/13/10)

I am here not to realize myself, but to know Jesus. . ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 07/11/10)

When we stop sin while it is still in our hearts and heads, we avoid making others the victim of our sin, and we avoid many of the serious consequences of sin. ~ Our Daily Bread (see full devotional: 07/07/10)

God gives us the vision, then He takes us down to the valley to batter us into the shape of the vision, and it is in the valley that so many of us faint and give way. Every vision will be made real if we will have patience. Think of the enormous leisure of God! He is never in a hurry. ~Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 07/06/10)

Discipleship means personal, passionate devotion to a Person, Our Lord Jesus Christ. There is a difference between devotion to a Person and devotion to principles or to a cause. Our Lord never proclaimed a cause; He proclaimed personal devotion to Himself. ~Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 07/02/10)

It is better to enter into life maimed and lovely in God’s sight than to be lovely in man’s sight and lame in God’s. ~Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 06/29/10)

We have to recognize that sin is a fact, not a defect; sin is red-handed mutiny against God. Either God or sin must die in my life. ~Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 06/23/10)

The great characteristic of a saint is humility… ~Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 06/22/10)

Every wrong thing that I see in you, God locates in me. Every time I judge, I condemn myself (see Romans 2:17-20). Stop having a measuring rod for other people. There is always one fact more in every man’s case about which we know nothing. ~Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 06/17/10)

We are not made for brilliant moments, but we have to walk in the light of them in ordinary ways. There was only one brilliant moment in the life of Jesus, and that was on the Mount of Transfiguration…~Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 06/16/10)

We are not meant to be illuminated versions, but the common stuff of ordinary life exhibiting the marvel of the grace of God…There are times when there is no illumination and no thrill, but just the daily round, the common task. Routine is God’s way of saving us between our times of inspiration. Do not expect God always to give you His thrilling minutes, but learn to live in the domain of drudgery by the power of God. ~Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 06/15/10)

“Wonder is involuntary praise.”
~ Chuck Swindoll Day-By-Day Devotional (posted 6/14/10)

“I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all, but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.” ~ Martin Luther (posted 06/11/10)

Experience is a gateway, not an end. Beware of building your faith on experience… ~Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 06/10/10)

It is a great deal better to fulfil the purpose of God in your life by discerning His will than to perform great acts of self-sacrifice. “To obey is better than sacrifice.” ~Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 06/8/10)

The things that make God dear to us are not so much His great big blessings as the tiny things, because they show His amazing intimacy with us; He knows every detail of our individual lives….~Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 06/4/10)

If we think of prayer as the breath in our lungs and the blood from our hearts, we think rightly…Prayer is not an exercise, it is the life. ~Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 05/26/10)

We have to get into the habit of hearkening to God about everything, to form the habit of finding out what God says. If when a crisis comes, we instinctively turn to God, we know that the habit has been formed. We have to take the initiative where we are, not where we are not. ~Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 05/10/10)

Certainty is the mark of the common-sense life: gracious uncertainty is the mark of the spiritual life…The nature of spiritual life is that we are certain in our uncertainty, consequently we do not make our nests anywhere.. ~Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 04/29/10)

There is nothing easier than getting into a right relationship with God except when it is not God Whom you want but only what He gives. ~Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 04/27/10)

We have to keep letting go, and slowly and surely the great full life of God will invade us in every part, and men will take knowledge of us that we have been with Jesus. ~Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 04/12/10)

The centre of salvation is the Cross of Jesus, and the reason it is so easy to obtain salvation is because it cost God so much. ~Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 04/06/10)

When we lose sight of God we become hard and dogmatic. ~Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 03/30/10)

If we are going to be ready for Jesus Christ, we have to stop being religious (that is, using religion as a higher kind of culture) and be spiritually real…Trust no one, not even the finest saint who ever walked this earth, ignore him, if he hinders your sight of Jesus Christ. ~Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 03/29/10)

We cannot stay on the mount of transfiguration, but we must obey the light we received there; we must act it out. When God gives a vision, transact business on that line, no matter what it costs. ~Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 03/22/10)

Paul is like a musician who does not heed the approval of the audience if he can catch the look of approval from his Master. ~Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 03/16/10)

It is not only God who punishes for sin; sin confirms itself in the sinner and gives back full pay. No struggling nor praying will enable you to stop doing some things, and the penalty of sin is that gradually you get used to it and do not know that it is sin…The deadliest Pharisaism to-day is not hypocrisy, but unconscious unreality. ~Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 03/16/10)

We cannot attain to a vision, we must live in the inspiration of it until it accomplishes itself. ~Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 03/11/10)

“Afflictions, though they seem severe, in mercy oft are sent.” ~ Charles Spurgeon (see full devotional 03/10/10)

Never try to live the life with God on any other line than God’s line, and that line is absolute devotion to Him…do not try to keep yourself in that relationship by any particular method, but live a natural life of absolute dependence on Jesus Christ. ~Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 03/09/10)

The real test of the saint is not preaching the gospel, but washing disciples’ feet, that is, doing the things that do not count in the actual estimate of men but count everything in the estimate of God. ~Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 2/25/10)

It is discipline of spirit, cleanness of heart and thought that is needed. This is of more value than brilliant talent, tact, or knowledge. An ordinary mind, trained to obey a “Thus saith the Lord,” is better qualified for God’s work than are those who have capabilities, but do not employ them rightly…. Daily Devotional from EGW (full devotional 2/24/10)

The mainspring of Paul’s service is not love for men, but love for Jesus Christ. If we are devoted to the cause of humanity, we shall soon be crushed and broken-hearted, for we shall often meet with more ingratitude from men than we would from a dog; but if our motive is love to God, no ingratitude can hinder us from serving our fellow men. ~Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 2/23/10)

It seems that just like with a pot of boiling water, we only respond to the bubbles. The fact that there is a lot of heat beneath the bubbles does not seem to interest us. And instead of doing something to reduce the heat–we often add fuel to the fire….We do not respond by overlooking their behavior, but by underlooking it. That is to say, we recognize the behavior as the bubbles on the surface of a deeper problem. We can then see more clearly to help them find the cause, and with the love of God, help the person to deal with it.

~Day By Day Devotionals (see full devotional of 2/19/10)

He came with a spiritual initiative against their despair and said – “Arise and do the next thing.” If we are inspired of God, what is the next thing? ~Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 2/18/10

At times God puts us through the discipline of darkness to teach us to heed Him. ~Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 2/14/10)

We do not consciously disobey God, we simply do not heed Him. ~Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 2/12/10)

Write your plans in pencil and let God have the eraser. ~ Our Daily Bread (see full devotional 2/11/10)

We spend a significant amount of time each day preparing meals and feeding our physical bodies. Imagine how God could transform our lives if we gave that kind of time and attention to feeding from His Word every day. We would be amazed just how much of a difference it would make. ~ Day By Day Devotionals (see full devotional of 2/10/10)

Spiritual exhaustion never comes through sin but only through service, and whether or not you are exhausted will depend upon where you get your supplies….Where did you start the service from? From your own sympathy or from the basis of the Redemption of Jesus Christ? Continually go back to the foundation of your affections and recollect where the source of power is.
~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 01/29/10)

It will cost an intense narrowing of all our interests on earth, and an immense broadening of all our interests in God. Sanctification means intense concentration on God’s point of view. It means every power of body, soul and spirit chained and kept for God’s purpose only.
~Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 2/8/10)

It is imperative that we as Christians keep our heads in the days to come, so that we can be lifting a fallen people up to God. Otherwise, we will be facing the frantic times just as anyone who does not know God. We will be depending on ourselves, our own strength and our own abilities to get us through. And like the rest of the world, we will only be concerned for our own, rather than praying for all.
~ Day By Day Devotionals (see devotional of 2/6/10)

I could be moody with out losing my cool…~ Day By Day Devotionals (see full devotional of 2/5/10)

(Patience) is a beautiful paradox of being a non-action and yet a conscious exercise of free will. It is the basis for the merciful ways the Lord deals with us. Patience provides the path in proper time, and promises that faith will be rewarded. ~ Shawn McEvoy, Crosswalk.com

One step forward in obedience is worth years of study about it. ~ Oswald Chambers

Be Content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. ~ Lao Tzu

A simple statement of Jesus is always a puzzle to us if we are not simple…”Consider the lilies of the field” – they grow where they are put. Many of us refuse to grow where we are put, consequently we take root nowhere. Jesus says that if we obey the life God has given us, He will look after all the other things.
~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 01/26/10)

Staleness is an indication of something out of joint with God – “I must do this thing or it will never be done.” That is the first sign of staleness. Are we freshly born this minute or are we stale, raking in our minds for something to do? ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 01/20/10)

Nothing that other saints do or say can ever perturb the one who is built on God. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 01/19/10)

Worship is giving God the best that He has given you. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 01/06/10)

No matter what changes God has wrought in you, never rely upon them, build only
on a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ, and on the Spirit He gives.

~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional: 01/05/10)

Our Lord never patches up our natural virtues, He re-makes the whole man on the
inside. ~ Oswald Chambers (see full devotional:12/30/09)

The battle is lost or won in the secret places of the will before God, never
first in the external world. ~ Oswald Chambers (12/27/09)

“The seeds we sow today determine the kind of fruit we’ll reap tomorrow.” ~ Our Daily Bread

“No contribution is too small in God’s sight.” ~ Our Daily Bread

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.” ~ Jim Elliot*

*A missionary who died in the hands of the tribal people whom his wilfe later helped bring to Christ.

“Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool.

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