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I saw myself standing outside a house looking in on a tremendous party with laughter and joy. The Lord tracked me down and found me. I was surprised by grace. I became an avid Bible reader and my initial doubts soon evaporated in the atmosphere of solid Bible exposition at the Christian Union.

    Topics: Grace
    Source: Surprised by Grace in More than Conquerors, ed. John D. Woodbridge, Moody, 1992, p. 317.

What matters supremely, therefore, is not, in the last analysis, the fact that I know God, but the larger fact which underlies it - the fact that He knows me.

    Topics: Grace

The way to be truly happy is to be truly human, and the way to be truly human is to be truly godly.

    Topics: Happiness, Godliness

We are to order our lives by the light of His Law, not by our guesses about His plan.

    Topics: Holiness, Light

The weaker we feel, the harder we lean. And the harder we lean, the stronger we grow spiritually, even while our bodies waste away.

    Topics: Holiness

Any idea of getting beyond conflict, outward or inward, in our pursuit of holiness in this world is an escapist dream that can only have disillusioning and demoralizing effects on us as waking experience daily disproves it. What we must realize, rather, is that any real holiness in us will be under hostile fire all the time, just as our Lord's was.

    Topics: Holiness
    Source: God's Words: Studies of Key Bible Themes, Intervarsity Press, 1981, p. 195.

Not until we have become humble and teachable, standing in awe of God's holiness and sovereignty. acknowledging our own littleness, distrusting our own thoughts, and willing to have our minds turned upside down, can divine wisdom become ours.

    Topics: Humility, Wisdom

He sees all the twisted things about me that my fellow-men do not see (and I am glad!), and that He sees more corruption in me than that which I see in myself (which, in all conscience, is enough).

    Topics: Humility, Sin

The focus of health in the soul is humility, while the root of inward corruption is pride. In the spiritual life, nothing stands still. If we are not constantly growing downward into humility, we shall be steadily swelling up and running to seed under the influence of pride.

    Topics: Humility
    Source: Rediscovering Holiness. Christianity Today, v. 36, n. 13.

The impression of Jesus which the Gospels give is not so much one of deity reduced as of divine capacities restrained.

    Topics: Jesus

The truth is that, though we were justified by faith alone, the faith that justifies is never alone (it always produces fruit, "good works,"...a transformed life).

    Topics: Justification

Once you become aware that the main business that you are here for is to know God, most of life's problems fall into place of their own accord.

    Topics: Life, God

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