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  • Believing prayer will lead to whole-hearted action.
  • Do not forget the importance of walking according to the light you have, while seeking for more.
  • For our Master's sake, may He make us willing to do or suffer all [for] His will.
  • Fruit-bearing involves cross-bearing.
  • God uses men who are weak and feeble enough to lean on him
  • God's work is not man working for God; it is God's own work, though often wrought through man's hands.
  • Has Christ become to us such a living, bright reality that no post of duty shall be irksome, that as His witnesses we can return to the quiet homeside, or to the distant service, with heart more than glad, more than satisfied, even it may be when stripped of earthly friends and treasures?
  • He gives the very best to those who leave the choice to Him.
  • How incomprehensible is the love of God! His ways are indeed past finding out.
  • It is in the path of obedience and self-denying service that God reveals Himself most intimately to His children. When it costs most we find the greatest joy. We find the darkest hour the brightest and the greatest loss the highest gain. While the sorrow is short-lived and will soon pass away, the joy is far more exceeding, and it is eternal.
  • Let us never forget that what we are is more important than what we do.
  • Perhaps if there were more of that intense distress for souls that leads to tears, we should more frequently see the results we desire. Sometimes it may be that while we are complaining of the hardness of the hearts of those we are seeking to benefit, the hardness of our own hearts and our feeble apprehension of the solemn reality of eternal things may be the true cause of our want of success.
  • The branch of the vine does not worry, and toil, and rush here to seek for sunshine, and there to find rain. No; it rests in union and communion with the vine; and at the right time, and in the right way, is the right fruit found on it. Let us so abide in the Lord Jesus.
  • The intense activities of our times may lead to zeal in service, to the neglect of personal comunion; but such neglect will not only lessen the value of the service, but tend to incapacitate us for the highest service.
  • Hudson Taylor was asked what he considered to be the three greatest qualities for a missionary. He replied, “The first is patience, the second is patience, and the third is patience.”
  • The Great Commission is not an option to be considered, but a command to be obeyed.
  • The real secret of an unsatisfied life lies too often in an unsurrendered will.
  • There is a living God. He has spoken in the Bible. He means what He says and will do all He has promised.
  • Unless there is an element of risk in our exploits for God, there is no need for faith.
  • We are not only to renounce evil, but to manifest the truth. We tell people the world is vain; let our lives manifest that it is so. We tell them that our home is above and that all these things are transitory. Does our dwelling look like it? O to live consistent lives!
  • We must triumph with God, and then we shall succeed with men, and be made blessings to them.
  • We may be sure that days of adversity, as well as days of prosperity, are full of blessing. The believer does not need to wait until he sees the reason of God’s afflictive dealings with him ere he is satisfied; he knows that all things work together for good to them that love God.
  • When His providential dispensations seem most dark and cloudy, or most contrary to our thoughts and out desires, there can be no questions as to who is right. It is our thoughts and desires which must have been wrong.
  • When you can serve the King of kings, why stoop to serve the king of England?
  • You can work without praying, but it is a bad plan; but you cannot pray in earnest without working. Do not be so busy with work for Christ that you have no strength left for praying. True prayer requires strength.
  • We did not come to China because missionary work here was either safe or easy but because He had called us. We did not enter upon our present positions under a guarantee of human protection but relying on the promise of His presence. The accidents of ease or difficulty, of apparent safety or danger, of man’s approval or disapproval, in no wise affect our duty. Should circumstances arise involving us in what may seem to be special danger, we shall have grace, I trust, to manifest the depth and reality of our confidence in Him, and by faithfulness to our charge to prove that we are followers of the Good Shepherd, who did not flee from death itself.


  • If it truly is a good gift then God will give it and if it is not a good gift, why want it?
    • (J. Hudson Taylor.)