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God is looking for men and women who will never be content with mere experiences and "blessings," but who will take up the cross daily and follow Jesus and thus manifest in their lives and in their service the reality of those words, "It is no longer I, but Christ that lives in me." This, and this alone is the Spirit-filled life.

    Author: Zac Poonen

The most important qualification for a servant of God is that he does not seek his own.

    Author: Zac Poonen

At each stage of [spiritual] growth, more self-denial is required, more painful blows to self, more reckless decision to serve the Lord Christ with consequent abandonment of one's own life.

    Author: Walter J. Chantry
    Source: The Shadow of the Cross - Studies in Self-Denial

Bearing a cross is an elaboration of Christ's demand for self-denial. Bearing a cross is every Christian's daily, conscious selection of those options which will please Christ, pain self, and aim at putting self to death.

    Author: Walter J. Chantry
    Source: The Shadow of the Cross - Studies in Self-Denial

Self-denial is a practice which lies very near to the heart of true religion. Without its exercise there can be no conversion to Christ. Qualities most basic to a Christian frame of heart - notably humility and meekness - would dissolve without its active expression.

    Author: Walter J. Chantry
    Source: The Shadow of the Cross - Studies in Self-Denial

Self must be denied as to time and attention for prayer. All-prayer cannot be wielded without the expenditure of time. "A minute with God" seldom lays hold of Him. Sustained prayer is necessary. Such time may only be found by snatching it from personal pursuits, however legitimate they may be.

    Author: Walter J. Chantry
    Source: The Shadow of the Cross - Studies in Self-Denial

Self-denial corrects two evil tendencies ever attacking Christian ethics. There is a tendency to give more attention to outward standards than to the inward state of the heart. And there is a tendency to be strict with others and lenient with oneself... These two dragons are slain by the sword of self-denial when their heads appear in the land of Christian liberty.

    Author: Walter J. Chantry
    Source: The Shadow of the Cross - Studies in Self-Denial

I have now concentrated all my prayers into one, and that one prayer is this, that I may die to self, and live wholly to Him.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon

If a man could make himself humble to order, it might simplify matters, but we do not find that this happens. Hence we must all go through the mill. Hence death, death to the lower self, is the nearest gate and the quickest road to life.

    Author: Henry Drummond
    Source: Pax Vobiscum, p. 35.

To abandon all, to strip one's self of all, in order to seek and to follow Jesus Christ naked to Bethlehem, where he was born; naked to the hall where he was scourged; and naked to Calvary, where he died on the cross, is so great a mercy, that neither the thing, nor the knowledge of it is given to any, but through faith in the Son of God.

    Author: John Wesley

We should be continually labouring to cut off all the useless things that surround us; and God usually retrenches the superfluities of our souls in the same proportion as we do those of our bodies.

    Author: John Wesley

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