Favorite Quotes on DEVOTION

January 5, 2017

“The cross is not a terrible end to an otherwise God-fearing and happy life, but it meets us at the beginning of our communion with Christ. When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer


“The bedrock of Christianity is personal passionate devotion to the Lord Jesus. We mistake the ecstasy of our first introduction into the kingdom for the purpose of God and getting us there; his purpose in getting us there is that we may realize all that identification with Jesus Christ means.” Oswald Chambers


“A list of rules without a walk with God will never culminate toward a Christ-like life.” Paul Chappell

“I must take care above all that I cultivate communion with Christ, for though that can never be the basis of my peace – mark that – yet it will be the channel for it.” Charles Spurgeon


When God desires an habitation in which to dwell, He prepares “a broken and a contrite heart.” David MacIntyre


“The soul which turns to God may clothe itself in quietness even in the crowded concourse or in the hurrying streets.” David MacIntyre

“If we are to have a quiet hour set down in the midst of a hurry of duties, and kept sacred, we must exercise both forethought and self-denial. We must be prepared to forgo many things that are pleasant, and some things that are profitable. We shall have to redeem time, it may be from recreation, or from social interaction, or from study, or from works of benevolence, if we are to find leisure daily to enter into our closet, and having shut the door, to pray to our Father who is in secret.”  David MacIntyre


“Our communion should be more than just having a quiet time in the morning; it should be an all day affair. Just as a house must have a foundation and framework to hold it together, so our all-day communion with God must have a foundation and a framework to hold it together. The foundation of our communion with God is the morning quiet time.” Jerry Bridges


“A mark of Christian maturity is to continually trust the Lord in the minutiae of daily life.” –Jerry Bridges


“Let us remember that the extraordinary circumstances in life are few; that much of life may slip past without their occurrence; and that if we be not faithful and trusting in that which is little, we are not likely to be so in that which is great…Let our trust be reared in the humble nursery of our daily experience, with its ever recurring little wants, and trials, and sorrows; and then, when need be, it will come forth, to do such great things as are required of it.” Phillip Bennett Power


“If God allows you to be stripped of the exterior portions of your life, He means for you to cultivate the interior.” Oswald Chambers


“I must secure more time for private devotions. I have been living far too public for me.  The shortening of devotions starves the soul, it grow lean and faint.  I have been keeping too late hours.” William Wilberforce


“Real expertise is developed only when we take what we have been doing instinctively, learn deliberately and intentionally to do it better, and practice it persistently until we do it habitually.” Tom Marshall


“In Christ we have life, hence we live unto God; and Christ as our Life, lives in us, hence we live for Him before men.” F.E. Marsh


“Our religious activities should be ordered in such a way as to leave plenty of time for the cultivation of the fruits of solitude and silence.  It should be remembered, however, that it is possible to waste such quiet periods as we may be able to snatch for ourselves out of the clamorous day. Our meditation must be directed toward God; otherwise, we may spend our time of retinal in quiet converse with ourselves.” A. W. Tozer


The fire of God in the human soul will always look foolish to those who like its effects but do not understand where those effects come from.” Dallas Willard


“When Jesus explains that he will not share your affection or devotion, he isn’t just saying how he wants to be loved of you; he is making it clear how he loves you.” Kyle Idleman


“The key to the church’s engagement with the world is the church’s engagement with God.” Richard Neuhaus


“Retire from the world each day to some private spot.  Stay in the secret place till the surrounding noises begin to fade out of your heart and a sense of God’s presence envelopes you.  Deliberately tune out the unpleasant sounds and come out of your closet determined not to hear them.  Listen for the inward Voice till you learn to recognize it.” A.W. Tozer

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