Saturday, November 2, 2013

A Few Quotes to Share

The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer is a book I really appreciate as it pushes and encourages the believer to move into a deeper relationship with the Lord, leaving mediocrity and self behind. I have been reading it again as of late and thought I would share a couple of the quotes that especially stood out to me this time . . .

"Let any man turn to God in earnest, let him begin to exercise himself unto godliness, let him seek to develop his powers of spiritual receptivity by trust and obedience and humility, and the results will exceed anything he may have hoped in his leaner and weaker days. Any man who by repentance and a sincere return to God will break himself out of the mold in which he has been held, and will go to the Bible itself for his spiritual standards, will be delighted with what he finds there.
(The Pursuit of God, pg. 70-71)


"If you would follow on to know the Lord, come at once to the open Bible expecting it to speak to you. Do not come with the notion that it is a thing which you may push around at our convenience. It is more than a thing, it is a voice, a word, the very Word of the living God."
(The Pursuit of God pg. 82)


"As the sailor locates his position on the sea by 'shooting' the sun, so we may get our moral bearings by looking at God. We must begin with God. We are right when, and only when, we stand in a right position relative to God, and we are wrong so far and so long as we stand in any other position." (The Pursuit of God pg. 101)


"'Be thou exalted' is the language of victorious spiritual experience. It is a little key to unlock the door to great treasures of grace. It is central in the life of God in the soul. Let the seeking man reach a place where life and lips join to say continually, 'Be Thou Exalted,' and a thousand minor problems will be solved at once. His Christian life ceases to be the complicated thing it had been before and becomes the very essence of simplicity." (The Pursuit of God pg. 103)

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(The photos in this post were taken last night when the sun broke through a sliver opening in the clouds as it was setting . . . I was inside when Dad called me to get my camera and come outside, and these photos were the result! Hurriedly snapped before the brilliance disappeared.)

14 comments:

  1. What a lovely post Sarah! The quotes were a blessing, and your photos are beautiful.

    -Sarah

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  2. And what brilliance there was. Those photos, to m, show so much of God the Creator. Beautiful.

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  3. Linda Andrews SmithNovember 02, 2013

    Gorgeous pictures capturing God's beauty and good quotes to lift our spirits to worship our Lord and Creator~~Thanks for sharing Sarah!

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  4. Very challenging as ususl Sarah blesd you ~ such wonderful pictures agsin showing God's wonderful handiwork x

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  5. Beautiful quotes. I also enjoyed the photos of y'alls autumn foliage. Ours only lasted about 10 days before all the leaves were on the ground. I was so busy in my kitchen canning, I forgot to take my camera on the few occasions I was outside.
    Thanks for sharing with us,
    Blessings,
    Mrs.B

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  6. Thank you for sharing these nuggets, Sarah! The quote about coming to the Bible expecting it to speak to you instead of using it at your convenience was a good reminder. I think that I too often do use it too much in my way on my schedule.

    Beautiful photos, too!

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  7. Encouraging post, Sarah, and beautiful photos!
    Thanks,

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  8. I am glad that it was a blessing to you, Sarah! And thank you. :)

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  9. There was indeed, Elizabeth! It was definitely a treat to see, and as you shared, the beauty seen is a reflection of the One Who created it all. All of creation does indeed point to Him and bring Him praise!

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  10. You’re welcome, Linda! I am glad that it was a blessing to you!

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  11. Thank you, Marie! And I am glad that what was shared was a blessing to you!

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  12. They are indeed, Mrs. B! And so convicting.

    At least you were able to enjoy your Autumn colors for those ten days! We are having unusually pretty colors this year which is especially nice after last year’s drought and more drab colors.

    You’re welcome for sharing! I’m glad you enjoyed them.

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  13. You’re welcome, Anna! I am glad that they could be an encouragement to you. And thank you for what you shared! I think that is something we can all slip into. Instead of spending time in God’s Word being a priority, we may wait instead for a ‘convenient’ time. Yet how necessary is God’s life-giving and life-sustaining word to our lives! We wouldn’t miss many meals or nights without sleep, yet how often do we miss that even more necessary time with the Lord?

    And even worse, which I think Tozer is partially alluding to in this quote, is that instead of going to God’s Word with an open heart eager to have the Holy Spirit teach, refine and mold us, we go to it with our own presuppositions, hardness of heart, etc. and may even try to use it to justify what we are doing/believing/living instead of letting it speak to us. Or, we might have the mindset that it isn’t really applicable instead of recognizing that God’s word “endures forever", that it is “living and active” and that it is indeed applicable to all areas of our lives.

    May our hearts truly thirst for God’s Word and let His Word mold us more into His image and draw us closer to Him!

    Thank you again, Anna!

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  14. I am glad that it was encouraging to you, Mrs. Anne! And thank you. :)

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