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"Pilgrim and Sojourner." - 1 Peter 2:11

 General Maxims -follette

[b]General Maxims[/b]

If we know HIM, we know enough!

Christ's character is built in us; not given to us. Righteousness is imputed.

Never take the initiative in moving into anything unless you have the Word of God to garrison you. --As soon as the Spirit takes hold of that Word, He makes it a throbbing reality.

The motto of Jesus' life: "I have come to do Thy will, O God."

Some leave the great essentials, and involve themselves with doctrinal issues.

Don't crowd God into two thousand years.

We were not made for the here and now; we were made for the heart of God.

The spiritual, mental and physical should all have their source in the Christ.

It is not a reformation, but a total deliverance when He comes.

When we move in the will of God, it answers about a thousand prayers.

There is such a difference between being religious and being spiritual.

Always watch out that you have not too many possessions. If you are not careful, those possessions will possess you!

Don't develop a devil consciousness; develop a God consciousness.

Too many are conscious of their limitations. Count HIM in! Remember what He did with five loaves and two fishes.

We should give to God our very best--and all that we have.

We can be just as holy, just as devoted to Jesus as we want to be; and we can walk just as near to Him as we want to.

We can let the hour of our visitation slip right away from us. Awareness--we have to be aware.

The highest vocation of any spiritual manifestation is worship and adoration; not service.

The whole issue between broken humanity and God is a question of life and death; not heaven and hell.

Lord, keep me alive until I die.

Humility is something which is birthed within, and, if we think we have it; we haven't!

In the realm of the Spirit, there is no distinction between secular and holy. Everything in God's sight, in this new life, is holy.

We learn the laws of living in the realm of spiritual reality by living.

"I don't want your gifts, your services, what you are doing; I want your HEART."

He has so many who serve Him, but so few who love Him!

Everybody wants the fruitage; nobody wants the death that causes the fruitage.

When He gives a word, it is creative, and has a measure of faith every time.

Miracles are for beginners, but, for disciples, He expounds all things.

Miracles appeal to the cosmic curiosity of the flesh. Don't commercialize them. Have spiritual adjustment in God. "Rejoice not in miracles, but that your name is written in heaven.."

Many have the Christ, but they have not discovered the hidden treasures in Him. (Colossians 2:3)

Never "Why" God: Worship Him!

Truth is never ours until it is personalized inour lives.

It is good to have a disappointment once in a while. It will throw us into God like nothing else will.

He is always and forever the same, but He is seeking to change us.

You and I are basically made for His pleasure.

Don't read traditionally, or perfunctorily, because you think you have to read!

Just to please the heart of God one day at a time is wonderful. Don't let your life pattern project so far ahead that it swallows up the importance of the moment.

I like what I call an overall pattern and perspective in my thinking.

My ministry is only a means unto the end; it is not the end.

The instrument is always of greater value than what the instrument can do.

No experience, in itself, ever matures us.

The more we see and know Him: The more we love Him.

Anybody can stand a blessing, but few people can take a defeat, a disappointment.

Here (on earth) is the place of decision.

Then (in heaven) is the place of expression.

I am saved;

I am being saved;

I am yet to be saved.

Jesus: "I made the testing; also a way of escape."

Everybody has enough entertainment -- they need instruction!

God has all eternal ages to work out the problems that we can't work out here.

Every heart has its own discipline, its own cross, and its own dealings with God.

"Be still and know that I am God." -- Don't clatter so much!

My motto: Keep in the middle of the road.

We learn to pray by praying.

In a consecrated life, there are no accidents.

The martyrs in the arena in Rome had an inner 'fife element: They had agape love. Some can't face a lion, because they cannot face themselves for five minutes!

The devil will tempt us with the identical setup God uses to test us. Temptation is always unto defeat and death. Testing is always unto strength and life.

A walk in the Spirit is not a gift; it is an attainment.

SI Moderator - Greg Gordon

 2005/8/11 23:54Profile

Joined: 2003/7/18
Posts: 6566
Reading, UK

 Re: General Maxims -follette

some interesting aphorisms here. Not sure what to make of this one

My motto: Keep in the middle of the road.

...seen one or two flattened hedgehogs over here that would make me question this advice ;-)

Ron Bailey

 2005/8/12 3:10Profile

Joined: 2004/2/12
Posts: 4636
Independence, Missouri

 Re: General Maxims -follette

Some leave the great essentials, and involve themselves with doctrinal issues.

Finney talkes about this as a hindrance to revival. I would agree to an extent. Yet I have heard certain doctrines taught with unction that did not wear me down or get me side tracked digging into issues that don't directly relate to [i]Christian practice[/i]. When we talk about 'doctrine' today I think we mean something different than the writers of the New Testament. Much of what we teach was forged years after the New Testament was completed so it is reasonable to assume they did not mean those doctrines.

The highest vocation of any spiritual manifestation is worship and adoration; not service.

Glad this has been brought up. I have really been thinking about this of late. I believe this is taken from the Mary and Martha passage and believe it to be generally true, but I am not so sure we should go full bore with it. Reasons being are a few passages:

[i]Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.[/i] (James 1:27)

And again...

Matthew 25:

[i]When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:

32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

35 [u]For [b]I[/b] was an hungred, and ye gave [b]me[/b] meat: [b]I[/b] was thirsty, and ye gave [b]me[/b] drink: [b]I[/b] was a stranger, and ye took [b]me[/b] in[/u]:

36 [u]Naked, and ye clothed [b]me[/b]: [b]I[/b] was sick, and ye visited [b]me[/b]: [b]I[/b] was in prison, and ye came unto [b]me[/b].

37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, [b]Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me[/b].

41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:

43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.[/i]

It seems to me that since Christ is gone into heaven and we can not literally 'sit at his feet' as could the disciples; Christ has said that those who are in need are to some extent the point of contact for our exercise of religion in the earth... [i]Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.[/i] This is almost a one to one here. You mean to tell me that I can help a person who is in need and it is as if I have done it to Christ? Could it be that in our attempts to create an 'atmosphere' to worship Christ in- we do these things in a figure- but in reality we could have been just as or even more pleasing to God if we had just simply obeyed God and went out to visit the fatherless and widows. Could that orphan really be Christ before my eyes or that elderly lady in the wheelchair wearing oxygen? I thought Christ was back home in my prayer closet? You mean He could really be 'in a figure' more excellently in the face of that homeless man down at the park? Wow, how easy it would be to come into His presence if we would just get about His business?

Make sense?

God Bless,


Robert Wurtz II

 2005/8/12 9:21Profile

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