Here are my Bible Study Notes for fellowship tonight.
There is unlimited power, overwhelming grandeur, breathtaking beauty, and glorious majesty in Christianity that has been all but lost in the modern day church. We have not caught the vision of what it means to be a Christian. We have fallen into a spiritual slumber and need a jostling of our soul as to the heart of our God when He gave His only begotten Son to crush the enemy and bring life in a manner never before seen on the earth. The voice of God in Ephesians still cries out: “Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”
Do you know the grandness of what it means to be a Christian? Do you understand who you are and your position as a son or daughter of God in the kingdom of God? We need to have an awakening of our soul to the magnificence of the gospel and the power, the glory and the strength of God that we can live in on this earth when we are in Christ. The picture has faded into gray and we have not seen the absolute triumph and victory that is supposed to be the norm in Christianity. We have become play-actors who have not experienced the exchanged life where our mighty Lord Jesus Christ lives his life, his very existence, in and through our lives. We need to have the rock of the living God as the cornerstone of our soul. We need a serious tutoring about the life of triumph in Jesus Christ. Are we tired of a Christianity that does not work? Are we tired of the futility of trying to live as a Christian? Why are we letting the Devil use us as his play thing? The Lord Jesus Christ came into the world to redeem us and to restore us to our true humanity and function, to restore us to the Life that was lost in Adam, so that we can be in Him and He can be in us.
Ravenhill: We are not saved to stagnate. Conversion is not a goal; it is a gateway. We are to progress from strength to strength, from glory to glory.
Romans 8:29 sets the goal for the life of every Christian: “ For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
The grandeur and majesty of Christianity is Jesus Christ. He is the head of the body of Christ and the Lord of our lives. We need to have an outflow of Jesus Christ in our lives.
God wants us conformed to the image of Jesus Christ in every detail of our life from our thoughts, to our words, to our actions and to our heart. This is what God wants to build. Do you know that your life is no longer your own? Do you know he purchased your body on the Christ? Give Him what is rightfully his.
I Corinthians 6:19,20 (Phillips):
Have you forgotten that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you, and that you are not the owner of your own body? You have been bought, and at what a price! Therefore bring glory to God both in your body and your spirit, for they both belong to him.
I Corinthians 3:23 (Phillips):
For you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God!
Do you have a limit to your obedience? If you have a limit to your obedience then something is wrong with your Christianity. Do you draw the line with God and say I will follow you this far and anything beyond that “No Way God!”-that is extreme. Doesn’t God own you? You belong to Christ. You submitted your life to Him and He can do with you what He wishes. Who are you to give your life to Jesus Christ and then define the terms how he will use your life? Is your prayer to God-“Please have me excused?” Are you willing to follow Him? Are you willing to go where he wants you to go? Are you willing to obey Him at all costs and do what He tells you to do? If you say “no”, who in this generation will say “yes?”
Living this grand vision of Christianity starts with realizing the truth that YOU CANNOT LIVE THE CHRISTIAN LIFE, but He can. You cannot walk in your own strength, your own ability, your own determination, your own power as you will fail. You cannot mount the white steed of Christian living, but he can.
Ian Thomas in The Indwelling Life of Christ: All of Him in All of Me:
The Christian life can be explained only in terms of Jesus, and if your life as a Christian can still be explained in terms of you -your personality, your willpower, your gift, your talent, your money, your courage, your scholarship, your dedication, your sacrifice, or your anything – then although you may have the Christian life, you are not yet living it! … True Godliness leaves the world convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that the only explanation for you, is Jesus Christ.
Tozer in The Divine Conquest says,
“The experience with men that walked with God in olden time agree to teach that the Lord cannot bless a man until He has first conquered Him. The degree of blessing enjoyed by any man will correspond exactly with the completeness of God’s victory over him…Only the conquered can know true blessedness…For life we are wholly and continually dependent upon God, the Source and Fountain of life. Only by full dependence upon Him are the hidden potentials of our natures realized. Apart from this we are but half-men, malformed and unbeautiful members of a noble race once made to wear the image of its Creator…It was to save Jacob from deceptive hope that God confronted him that night on the bank of the river. To save him from self-trust it was necessary for God to conquer him, to wrest control away from him, to take his great power and rule with a rod of love…We might pray well for God to invade and conquer us, for until he does, we remain in peril from a thousand foes. We bear within us the seeds of our own disintegration. The strength of our flesh is an ever present danger to our souls. Deliverance can only come to us by the defeat of our old life…Real faith must always mean more than passive acceptance. It dare mean nothing less than surrender of our doomed Adam like nature to a merciful end upon the cross…There begins the divine conquest of our lives.”
O GOD BUILD YOURSELF IN ME!
Major Ian Thomas in The Indwelling Life of Christ: All of Him in All of Me states:
God so engineered you and me that His presence is indispensable to our humanity, teaching our minds, controlling our emotions, directing our wills, and governing our behavior. Your new birth put God into action in you…What kind of Christian do you want to be? To choose to be a carnal Christian is spiritual oblivion. But if you decide genuinely that Christ be everything and have everything in your life…then He is ready to lead you into discoveries that can completely revolutionize your whole humanity for time and eternity…Consent, therefore, to die to all that you are which does not derive from all that Christ is and thank Him for His willingness to make it real…The resurrected Christ now lives, to continue His Life in you…You must die to your own natural ability to deal with the flesh, for you cannot crucify yourself. That is God’s business…You realize that it was never God’s purpose to improve the flesh, to educate it or tame it, let alone Christianize it. It has always been God’s purpose that the flesh-condemned, sentenced, an crucified with Jesus Christ-might be left buried in the tomb and replaced by the resurrection Life of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. The risen Christ must exercise control in your mind, in your emotions and in your will, expressing Himself through your personality.
Eric Ludy-When the gospel it truly received it costs you everything, your life, your old ways, your old mannerisms, your old self. This is a cost that comes in knowing God and the Lord Jesus Christ. You cannot hold on to a scrap of the old you. The problem is us. We have a born disposition that is in rebellion against the most High God. I want my life on my terms. I want the benefit of Jesus Christ and have Jesus Christ and my Heavenly Father on my terms. I want a little of the peace, a little of the joy, a little of the power and of course then get out of hell free card. But that is about all I want now because I want to be a Christian on MY terms. You can have all that Jesus Christ is but there is a little caveat: He gets all that you are. Oh the glow, the soul satisfaction, the radiance that comes from giving our all, our entire lives, EVERYTHING to Him. Few want to live Christianity like this. Can you look God square in face and say you made me, you fashioned me for a purpose and a destiny, you gave your Son to set me free, and I now give you my life and will do what you require me to do. I don’t want my way. I want your way.
Eric Ludy-Do you know you have a thousand moments in every day that you need to be rescued and delivered? From what? From YOU, from the problem of you. You have a desire; you have an esteem for that very throne in your life. You want to be in control; you want it to be your way. You are a problem; you are a rebel against the kingdom agenda.
Galatians 2:20 (NIV): 20I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
The old you, what the Bible calls “the old man,” died on the cross. It is dead in Christ. We must reckon it dead and not allow it to be raised and control one inch of our life. Every ounce of this fleshly nature must be eradicated from the throne of our heart. Christ must live through our body.
Are you a true disciple of Jesus Christ? “It is enough that a disciple become as his master” Matthew 10:25. The whole purpose of discipleship is to align yourself with someone, with the intent of becoming like him. A disciple is simply a student whose desire is to be ultimately like his master or tutor. The test of our discipleship is how much our life resembles him.
The disciples were first called Christians at Antioch. What is a Christian-it is a disciple who has arrived at his goal of being Christlike. “You are Christlike. We can tell you have spent time with Jesus. You act like Him, you walk like him, you talk like him, you love like him; clearly you are a Christian.”
The Communion ceremony is wonderfully symbolic of this. It is a covenant. It is an exchange of lives. We are giving up of our old life in exchange for a new life. There is an exchange of body and life. My body for His body; my blood for His blood. Bread: remembering covenant engaged in with the living God. My body for yours Lord Jesus. He can do with it whatever he sees fit. Blood represents –life. Jesus gave up his life for you. You take my life God so I can have yours. Your life belongs to Jesus.
These truths in Romans must burn in our souls for if we want to live this Christian life by Jesus Christ living through us, we must not let sin reign in our mortal body. Our body is his and it must remain undefiled and pure for our Master’s use. The flesh became unemployed for every Christian at Pentecost. Keep it that way.
Romans 6:1- What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. 13 And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
It is important to know that the old man is immutable! He will never change! He is ever and always CORRUPT! The old man will never improve himself (in fact, when you are saved the old man will seem even worse!). The old man will never reform. He is incorrigible! He is utterly depraved and will always be so. When a person is saved the old man is not changed and the old man is not transformed. How then does (did) God deal with the old man? God does not change the old man. God does not transform the old man. What did God do with your old self? What did God do with all that you are and all that you have in Adam? Romans 6:6 answers this: “OUR OLD MAN WAS (past tense) CRUCIFIED WITH HIM.”
Our lives and walks must be free from hypocrisy. We cannot live a duplicitous life where we say one thing and do another. We cannot live a double life.
Romans 12:11: Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.
Philippians 1:10 (KJV):
That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ.
The word “sincere” has an interesting etymology in the Latin. It comes from two words meaning “without wax.” In Roman and Greek culture the sculptors would hide the flaws in their work with wax to deceive the viewer. When a work had no wax it was honesty in all its perfection. Our lives are to be without wax; our love is to be without wax. The Greek word means “found pure when unfolded and examined by the son’s light; unmarred in its purity.” God wants us pure in our character until the day Christ returns. We continually test things that come into our lives and only allow into our lives things that are excellent, pure and undefiled by the world. Our lives are to be sincere, without wax and pure in love until the day Christ returns. Love and purity together is the inseparable pair. We see this is in Scripture with the words “heart and the reins (kidneys).” Kidneys keep the blood pure and the heart is the center of you and pumps the blood throughout the body. We want all wax to melt
away in our heart. No hypocrisy. No wax.
God is not a fan of playacting. God is not a fan of leading a double life. God hates hypocrisy for it is like a cancer to the church of Jesus Christ and destroys the witness of a son or daughter of God for their entire generation. There may not be a greater sin that more damage to the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world than leading a double life. Too many pastors, too many Christians and too many churches are leading double lives. God did not call us into defeat. God did not call us so we could live in mediocrity. God did not call us so we live in confused unbelief. Isn’t it time to start living what we are preaching? Isn’t time to bring the majesty, grandeur and splendor of God back to Christianity? Isn’t it time to stop making excuses for our lack of faith, our lack of trust and our lack of living the gospel? Isn’t it time to take God at His Word and simply believe it? Why are we so weak? Why are we so pathetic in our Christian walks where we talk, live and act no different than the world? Why don’t our lives present a picture of the magnificence of Jesus Christ and reflect the glory of our God. Why are we wrapped up in the trivial and consumed with the temporal things of this age? We have become too busy for God and we do not seek His face diligently or run after His heart with passion. We are tepid; we are lukewarm; we are barely awake and this spiritual apathy is a serious detriment to our walk in Christ. Why are we playing with sin? Why are we so in love with the world?
We have a strange brand of religion (often misunderstood to be Christianity) that gives the called “liberty” to live in a constant state of excess and self-seeking pleasure. Welcome to the world of the flesh where our sin nature reigns supreme and controls our lives.
In much of modern day America and Christianity our god is our belly: our idol is our appetite, our self-seeking pleasure. Our appetites and not the spirit of God is controlling and leading us. We have become gluttons of the flesh. Unmitigated self-appetite can have a forceful and terrorizing grip on both an individual life and the life of society. To be American used to carry with it (whether it was deserving or not) the Puritan ideals of integrity, chastity, prudence, temperance, goodwill, generosity, and mercy. But times have certainly changed. Now, it appears that around the world today, the “American” is often known instead for their bizarre sense of entitlement. The once noble and honorable word “American,” has become a synonym for “Glutton.” Oh, for the Church of Jesus Christ to come out from among this and be separate.
Philippians 3:18-20: For I have told you often before, and I say it again with tears in my eyes, that there are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth. 20 But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior.Verse 19 (ESV): Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.
Are we serving our appetite instead of serving our God? Do we go running to serve every time our appetite rings the bell? “Yes appetite! Anything you want belly, you get. I want to make sure you are happy!” Are we pampering our self in detriment to our walk about God? The cry of the belly: “It’s mine! I want! I need! It’s my life! It’s my body! It’s my time! I can do with it what I want. I will give a little to God and the rest of it belongs to me!” It’s like the tithe mentality: I will God 10 percent of my money and the rest belongs to me. It’s like we are doing God a favor. All our money belongs to God. None of your time, none of your body, and none of your life belongs to you. It belongs to God. It was purchased on the cross. In the Kingdom of God you relinquish your rights and life. It is HIS! Every aspect of your body, mind and life belongs to God. Philippians says we do nothing out of selfish ambition and deceit. Our heart is “God I am here at your disposal!” Living sacrifices. Are we even available to God when He needs us? The Bible says no Christian is to seek his own; we are servants to the most High God and each other. Do you know the belly is a symbol of the curse laid on the Serpent in Genesis? Making your appetite your God is what got Eve in trouble and this lifestyle was cursed in the Garden. Satan has crawling on his belly was cursed and the belly is a symbol of an appetite gone wild. We are filled with the gift of holy spirit, Christ in us, and our spiritual womb, our spiritual belly should be given over to God Almighty so that Christ may be birthed and grow in every aspect of our character and in every fiber of who we are. Out of our belly is to flow living waters. Is your belly the center of your life? Or is God the center of your life? Whom do you serve this day?
Freedom in Christ Jesus is freedom from the power of sin and the power of the power of the flesh to rule our life. It is to be free to obey the living God, its freedom to glorify God, its freedom to do what is pleasing in God’s sight. It is not to be free do whatever you want to do. We cannot sin like a trooper and think that it doesn’t matter to God or the advancement of His kingdom. It is like a dog returning to his vomit according to II Peter.
Ray Steadman: All too frequently they feel they have been set free to do as they please, to live as they want to live. But they are set free in order to battle. That is the call which comes to all Christians. We are not set free in order to enjoy ourselves. We are set free to do battle, to engage in the fight, to overcome in our own lives, and to become the channels by which others are set free. Thus there comes this call to us in this closing chapter in the letter to the Ephesians: Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, (Ephesians 6:10-11a RSV)
WE MUST LIVE IN CHRIST AND WALK WITH THE SWAGGER OF A SUPER_CONQUEROR, THROWING OFF EVERY REMNANT OF THE FLESH AND WALKING IN COMPLETE VICTORY AND TRIUMPH. THIS IS CHRISTIANITY! .
One of the names of God is THE LORD OF HOSTS-THE LORD OF BATTLES; The Great Warrior God. Do you know that God has never lost a battle? NEVER! Do you know if you are with God you always win? Obey God you win.
David has the Heart of a Warrior-the Swagger of the Freshly Anointed. We need the Growl for Glory: Gritted Teeth: Absolutely take no guff from the enemy. David: The
Lion, The Bear and the Man Beast.
I Samuel 17:34-37 (KJV):
And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:
And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.
Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.
David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.
This is a picture of Jesus Christ and our Christianity as a father, a husband and a pastor. Nothing touches our flock; nothing touches our family. Don’t mess with God’s children and you don’t mess with truth.
Luke 10:19 (Phillips): It is true that I have given you the power to tread on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the enemy’s power—there is nothing at all that can do you any harm.
CT Studd: If you don’t want the Devil to hit you, hit him first, and hit him with all your might, so that he may be too crippled to hit back. ‘Preach the Word’ is the rod the Devil fears and hates.
I Samuel 17:26b (KJV) for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?
45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
46 This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
47 And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give you into our hands.
48 And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came, and drew nigh to meet David, that David hastened, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.Hastened: To Move with Liquid Ferocity Like a Lion Toward Its Prey. He sprints into the jaws of danger for He knows His God does the impossible.
We take no junk from the enemy. We don’t listen to his voice mocking us. He is defeated. He is powerless to stop us. We need to get the spiritual growl for glory; the heavenly audacity; the firebrand in our soul; and a volcanic eruption in my heart for the living God. We must rise up and be a man; rise up and be a woman! We need to develop that fight, that vigor, that holy zeal in our soul. Grit your teeth and tell the Devil “Not on my watch!” O God make this man; make this woman live like that man, David. God honors the patriot. God honors the good soldier and warrior. Do you understand the nuclear power created in you at the new birth? Do you know what resides in you when the Bible says “It is Christ in You the Hope of Glory?” We are to make war against darkness. We are to break down every stronghold in our life; we demolish them for the glory of God. We subjugate every thought that enters human mind to the obedience of Christ. Are you ready and built for battle with our enemy or are you the great pushover? The Church of Jesus Christ is to bring violence against the kingdom of darkness. Grit your teeth and believe the word of God and don’t back down. If God promised, He will come thru. We do not let go of our God. We are not the cowards of this generation anymore. Let hell tremble because the church is being awakened. We follow in the train of the conqueror. Know your position church of Jesus Christ! This is not playacting! This is life! We do not back down; we don’t quit walking. We continually say in confidence-“Watch what my God will do!” My God wins.
We are princes and princesses representing a kingdom. We walk in this world as citizens of another realm demonstrating in this realm the behavior of our beloved Lord Jesus Christ. We are not of this world and we do not behave like it! This is what it means to be holy. We must have a practical holiness in our lives. God commands us in I Peter to be holy as God is holy. Maybe this is not our favorite verse to decoupage and hang above our sink, but it is a command of the Lord. Everyone should see Jesus in us. God is shaping us into a greater picture of Himself. How exciting is this! That our life becomes a representation of God’s glory.
Never forget we live in hostile territory. We are an enemy of the state when we sided with Jesus Christ. We cannot pander the world for approval and pander God for approval at the same time. No One can serve two masters! You have to choose your side! Is it God or the world? It is our belly or God? We have to choose which way we are going to live and whose approval we are going to seek. Are we a servant of Jesus Christ or a servant of this world? You can’t have it both ways. There is nothing more detestable to any kingdom than someone who attempts to serve both sides. Who are you going to be? A servant of God or a servant of the enemy? Do we look at the pantry of God for our appetite or is our belly raiding every other pantry of the flesh. Is it all about satisfying our needs, our wants, our appetites and our pleasures? If so, this is not how Christianity is supposed to operate.
Too many think lightly of sin, and therefore think lightly of the Saviour. He who has stood before his God, convicted and condemned, with the rope about his neck, is the man to weep for joy when he is pardoned, to hate the evil which has been forgiven him and to live to the honor of the Redeemer by Whose blood he has been cleansed. (Spurgeon)
Ravenhill: God’s goal is not to raise a generation of sandbox Christians. It’s fine for children to play and putter around in the sand, but grown-ups who insist upon remaining at that level of maturity will never enjoy the satisfaction of being used of God. Their lives will be wasted on foolish, fruitless pleasures rather than fulfilling God’s purpose in their generation.
Excerpt from my new book on the heart:
We are a new creation in Christ and the flesh which allowed sin to rule our mind, thinking and body is now dead. The flesh has no right to exercise any authority, power or control over any part of our mind or body for it was crucified with Jesus and died on the cross. Its reign is over. Its kingship has been overthrown. Its right to rule has ended. We must declare its death sentence daily and never give sin and the flesh one inch of our thought life or soon it will be building strongholds and ruling our thinking. The risen Christ has imparted His new life to our mind and body and He has the right to rule every single part our mind and body including our thinking.
We have a choice to make. We can allow our mind, thoughts and body to be instruments and weapons of sin or instruments and weapons of righteousness. My eyes are now His eyes, I only see what He would see; my ears are now His ears, I only hear what He would hear; my thoughts are now His thoughts, I only think what He would think; my mouth is now His mouth, I only speak what He would speak; my hands are now His hands, I only work the work that He would work; My heart is now His heart and out of my new heart comes His love, His compassion, His kindness, His tenderness and His mercies. We now have the mind, thoughts and motives of Christ because of our new nature birthed within us and the mind of Christ is the new ruler of our thought life. Allow Him to do the impossible in our thought life. Allow Him to separate the chaff form the wheat in our thought life. Allow Him to bring the fires of holiness and purity to our thought life. Allow Him to build Himself in our thought life. If we allow Jesus Christ to be the king of our thought life, our heart will be transformed into the most beautiful picture of our Lord that the world has ever seen and will become a brilliant lighthouse to all the world of the glory and splendor of our God.
My prayer for you from Philippians 1:
2 May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
3 Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. 4 Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, 5 for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. 6 And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
7 So it is right that I should feel as I do about all of you, for you have a special place in my heart. You share with me the special favor of God, both in my imprisonment and in defending and confirming the truth of the Good News. 8 God knows how much I love you and long for you with the tender compassion of Christ Jesus.
9 I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. 10 For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. 11 May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God.
CT Studd: Too long have we been waiting for one another to begin! The time of waiting is past! The hour of God has struck! War is declared! In God’s Holy Name let us arise and build! ‘The God of Heaven, He will fight for us’, as we for Him. We will not build on the sand, but on the bedrock of the sayings of Christ, and the gates and minions of hell shall not prevail against us. Should such men as we fear? Before the world, aye, before the sleepy, lukewarm, faithless, namby-pamby Christian world, we will dare to trust our God, we will venture our all for Him, we will live and we will die for Him, and we will do it with His joy unspeakable singing aloud in our hearts. We will a thousand times sooner die trusting only our God, than live trusting in man. And when we come to this position the battle is already won, and the end of the glorious campaign in sight. We will have the real Holiness of God, not the sickly stuff of talk and dainty words and pretty thoughts; we will have a Masculine Holiness, one of daring faith and works for Jesus Christ.
Some wish to live within the sound Of Church or Chapel Bell. I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of Hell.
Let us not glide through this world and then slip quietly into heaven, without having blown the trumpet loud and long for our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Let us see to it that the devil will hold a thanksgiving service in hell, when he gets the news of our departure from the field of battle.