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More Bits Of Leonard Ravenhill

For I Am Not AshamedLeonard Ravenhill will never be counted among the passive or the neutral in the Church. His passion for evangelism and revival continue to ring from each quote below even though he now counts heaven as his home. The Church is just beginning to wake up–it needs to wake up–all across our country. In recent decades, we have lost any impact on the culture we live in and it is evident everywhere we look. No longer is the Church “salt” that preserves our culture. We have become a “comfort club” that affects few around us. Let these “Bits Of” Leonard Ravenhill be a call to action for all of us. There are those who will be lost for all eternity if we do not wake up and do the job Jesus Christ called us to do.

“Today’s church wants to be raptured from responsibility.”

“The world has lost the power to blush over its vice; the Church has lost her power to weep over it.”

“Many of us are hunting mice – while lions devour the land.”

“How can you pull down strongholds of Satan if you don’t even have the strength to turn off your TV?”

“That world outside there is not waiting for a new definition of Christianity, it’s waiting for a new demonstration of Christianity.”

“When there’s something in the Bible that churches don’t like, they call it ‘legalism.”

“The Church used to be a lifeboat rescuing the perishing. Now she is a cruise ship recruiting the promising.”

“You can have all of your doctrines right – yet still not have the presence of God.”

“Our seminaries today are turning out dead men.”

“Could a mariner sit idle if he heard the drowning cry? Could a doctor sit in comfort and just let his patients die? Could a fireman sit idle, let men burn and give no hand? Can you sit at ease in Zion with the world around you damned?”

“Today Christians spend more money on dog food than missions.”

“Our God is a consuming fire. He consumes pride, lust, materialism, and other sin.”

“A man may study because his brain is hungry for knowledge, even Bible knowledge. But he prays because his soul is hungry for God.”

“No man – I don’t care how colossal his intellect – No man is greater than his prayer life.”

“A popular evangelist reaches your emotions. A true prophet reaches your conscience.”

For more information on Leonard Ravenhill: http://www.ravenhill.org/

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More Bits Of C.S. Lewis

As my husband and I recently saw “The Screwtape Letters,” I include here more from C.S. Lewis.

“It is a poor thing to strike our colors to God when the ship is going down under us; a poor thing to come to Him as a last resort, to offer up ‘our own’ when it is no longer worth keeping.  If God were proud He would hardly have us on such terms; but He is not proud, He stoops to conquer. He will have us even though we’ve shown that we prefer everything else to Him, and come to Him because there is ‘nothing better’ left to be had.”

“The only things we can keep are the things we freely give to God.”

“The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.”

“The devil loves ‘curing’ a small fault by giving you a great one.”

Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man.”

“Christianity asserts that every individual human being is going to live for ever, and this must be either true or false. Now there are a good many things which would not be worth bothering about if I were going to live only seventy years, but which I had better bother about very seriously if I am going to live for ever.”

“You cannot make men good by law.”

“Fallen man is not simply an imperfect creature who needs improvement: he is a rebel who must lay down his arms.”

“The happiness which God designs for His higher creatures is the happiness of being freely, voluntarily united to Him and to each other in an ecstasy of love and delight compared with which the most rapturous love between a man and a woman on this earth is mere milk and water. And for that they must be free. Of course God knew what would happen if they used their freedom the wrong way: apparently He thought it worth the risk.”

“Enemy-occupied territory—–that is what this world is. Christianity is the story of how the rightful king has landed, you might say landed in disguise, and is calling us all to take part in a great campaign in sabotage.”

“When you come to knowing God, the initiative lies on His side. If He does not show Himself, nothing you can do will enable you to find Him. And, in fact, He shows much more of Himself to some people than to others—not because He has favourites, but because it is impossible for Him to show Himself to a man whose whole mind and character are in the wrong condition. Just as sunlight, though it has no favourites, cannot be reflected in a dusty mirror as clearly as in a clean one.”

“Like a good chess player, Satan is always trying to manuever you into a position where you can save your castle only by losing your bishop.”

“A world of nice people, content in their own niceness, looking no further, turned away from God, would be just as desperately in need of salvation as a miserable world—and might be even more difficult to save.”

“There is nothing progressive about being pig-headed and refusing to admit a mistake.”

“The enemy will not see you vanish into God’s company without an effort to reclaim you.”

“If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth…”

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Bits Of William Gurnall

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”  Ephesians 6:10-20 (NKJV)

The book, “The Christian In Complete Armour” by William Gurnall (1617-1679), keeps popping up of late. It was also the subject of a dinner conversation almost two weeks ago between my husband and a friend of ours, but somehow I missed it.  So, I did what any self-respecting person would do when the title came up again (mentioned by a friend on Facebook): I looked it up on the internet to see what all the fuss was about. I now understand why my husband and Palmer were discussing this book so intensely. Below are some of the quotes credited to William Gurnall.  This book is currently published in two versions: one monstrous volume printed in the original olde English language and the other in today’s English (found in three paperback volumes).  After all of this, I guess I am going to have to read the book. Probably will have to stick to the updated language version though. The other just might turn by brain into a pretzel.

“It is true, Christian, the debt thou owest to God must be paid in good and lawful money, but, for thy comfort, here Christ is thy paymaster.”

“Your work and your life must go off the stage together.”

“Oh, it is sad for a poor Christian to stand at the door of the promise, in the dark night of affliction, afraid to draw the latch, whereas he should then come boldly for shelter as a child into his father’s house.”

“God hath made it a debt which one saint owes to another to carry their names to a throne of grace.”

“Let this encourage those of you who belong to Christ: the storm may be tempestuous, but it is only temporary. The clouds that are temporarily rolling over your head will pass, and then you will have fair weather, an eternal sunshine of glory. Can you not watch with Christ for one hour?”

“Every believer has Christ at his back, following him as he goes, with strength for every condition and trial.”

“We fear men so much, because we fear God so little. One fear cures another. When man’s terror scares you, turn your thoughts to the wrath of God.”

“As a man, looking steadfastly on a dial, cannot perceive the shadow move at all, yet viewing it after a while, he shall perceive that it hath moved; so, in the hearing of the Word, but especially in the receiving of the Lord’s supper, a man may judge even his own faith, and other graces of God, to be little or nothing increased, neither can he perceive the motion of God’s Spirit in him at that time; yet by the fruits and effects thereof, he shall afterward perceive that God’s Spirit hath little by little wrought greater faith and other graces in him.”

“He who has God’s heart does not lack for His arm.”

“Unbelief fears Satan as a lion; faith treds upon him as a worm.”

“Thou hast no life to lose, because thou hast given it already to Christ, nor can man take away that without God’s leave.”

“We have peace with God as soon as we believe, but not always with ourselves. The pardon may be past the prince’s hand and seal, and yet not put into the prisoner’s hand.”

“The gravest discipline that God can dispense this side of eternity is to leave a sinner to his own pursuits when he is hell bound in the company of Satan.”

“We must not confide in the armour of God, but in the God of this armour, because all our weapons are only ‘mighty through God.'”

“Never was a faithful prayer lost. Some prayers have a longer voyage than others, but then they return with their richer lading at last, so that the praying soul is a gainer by waiting for an answer.”

“Satan cannot deny but that great wonders have been wrought by prayer. As the spirit of prayer goes up, so his kingdom goes down. Satan’s stratagems against prayer are three. First, if he can, he will keep thee from prayer. If that be not feasible, secondly, he will strive to interrupt thee in prayer. And, thirdly, if that plot takes not, he will labour to hinder the success of thy prayer.”

“A minister, without boldness, is like a smooth file, a knife without an edge, a sentinel that is afraid to let off his gun. If men will be bold in sin, ministers must be bold to reprove.”

“And therefore you who think so basely of the Gospel and the professors of it, because at present their peace and comfort are not come, should know that it is on the way to them, and comes to stay everlastingly with them; whereas your peace is going from you every moment, and is sure to leave you without any hope of returning to you again. Look not how the Christian begins, but ends.”

“All the plots of hell and commotions on earth have not so much as shaken God’s hand to spoil one letter or line he has been drawing.”

“He that loves the Word and the purity of its precepts cannot turn traitor.”

“It is as impossible to understand the Scriptures without the Spirit’s help as it is to read a sundial without the sun.”

“In heaven we shall appear, not in armour, but in robes of glory. But here these are to be worn night and day; we must walk, work, and sleep in them, or else we are not true soldiers of Christ.”

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