Are we often tempted to think, in the depth of our hearts, that perhaps, after all, God is not quite enough. So many self-sufficient people seem successful while those who trust in the Lord often appear to be just that little bit behind the times. Is God really and truly sufficient for every situation and for every need? Our Lord died an apparent failure, discredited by the leaders of established religion, rejected by society, and forsaken by His friends. The man who ordered Him to the cross was the successful statesman whose hand the ambitious hack politician kissed. It took the Resurrection to demonstrate how gloriously Christ had triumphed and how tragically the governor had failed. —A. W. Tozer. p. 30
Wisdom from the biography of Zinzendorf
But it is with the human mind when God enables it to grasp some truth as it is with children or with savages when some one gives to them a compass or a watch. They are absorbed in it; they put it to all sorts of uses. They never rest till they have spoiled it. The human mind when in possession of some new truth is not content till it has turned it into an error. Every tendency, every school, every Church in this way parodies itself. In this way the pietiests exaggerated or rather falsified and denaturalised piety itself, just as the orthodox had exaggerated orthodoxy, and as we shall see the disciples of Zinzendorf transform into puerility that Christian simplicity which had been their most precious treasure.
Uplifting autobiography of Amanda Smith
Amanda Smith’s autobiography is an inspiring story of a former slave who experienced a “double redemption,”—first from slavery and secondly from the bondage of sin. Although a humble washerwoman, God remarkably used her as His instrument to tell the story of the sanctified life to high and low around the world. Constantly struggling against prejudice and injustice even within the Church, her spirit of forgiveness and courage both challenges and convicts the reader, while her simple faith, absolute honesty, and remarkable answers to prayer, make her autobiography both gripping and challenging.
—Trudy Harvey Tait
Lillian Harvey’s first and only novel.
The King’s Diamond is a “must” for all young people. Read how a Christian girl, facing many subtle pressures and fierce temptations, meets the tests put to her by a rich and skeptical young diamond merchant from South Africa. Exulting in his great “find”, this worldly young man discovers, to his chagrin, that Someone has outbid him! Read, and be encouraged that it is possible, even today, to prove that Christ can take our worthless ore and produce from it a gem of priceless value.
George Matheson, author of “O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go.”
Those of us who love singing hymns, will surely have sung, not once, but many times, this favorite, “O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go,” written by George Matheson, the blind poet from Scotland. Matheson’s Christian path was not an easy one by any standards. And so when he writes about humility, we stop and take note and we realize that here was a man who used his blindness to bring light to many. He allowed his handicap to become a tool of blessing in God’s hands.
Our Own God—Chapter 2
The things that God loves most, the devil hates most. Nothing is more precious to God than the everlasting, distinct personality of His creatures; but Satan and tyrants look upon men as only a bulk of “dumb driven cattle” to serve their greed and ambition.
God loves and prizes us in our individuality to such an extent that He has filled us with ten thousand private marks, in our souls, and bodies, and lives, and experiences, that never will be duplicated in any other creature.
Our Own God—Chapter 3
The reason why so few people love God is because they do not have in them by nature the kind of love to love Him with. God can only be truly loved with His own love. We must have Divine love imparted into our hearts, by the operation of the Holy Spirit, before we can truly and Scripturally love God.
There are two words in the Greek Testament for love. One word, philos, signifies any natural human affection, which all men have. The other word, agape, signifies Divine love, the feelings and character of God. Just as we get human affection by our natural birth, so we get the Divine love by our spiritual birth into the Kingdom of God.
Our Own God—Chapters 4, 5, & 6
The sun is another universally recognized emblem of God, both in Scripture and out of it. But the sun exists in a threefold form, as first the body of liquid fire, and then the light that is generated from that bosom of flame, and the heat penetrates and warms the solar system.
Love Me and Let Me Go—Trudy Harvey Tait
I say nothing. It’s all too sad, too unbelievable. “Allie was so demanding,” Paul goes on. I nod understandingly. “Everything had to be perfection—from clothes to husband. And when I would object just a little, she would chide me for not loving her as I had loved Madeline.” It was hard for him to get the last word out. “So her mom is blaming me for her death, well, blaming Dad even more so.”
I listen in silence, light dawning on me gradually. I begin to see the big picture and it scares me. I’m going home to face a father I do not know—a scared, frightened, disillusioned father, who seems to be the victim of his own sanctity.
Our Own God—Chapter 1, G.D. Watson
1. We know God, and appropriate Him to ourselves, pre-eminently in our spiritual nature, in our love nature. God is love. The substance of His character is pure love, including every perfection which the Bible reveals of Him in an infinite degree, and doubtless there are may perfections in God of which we have no conception in our present state. It is because God is love, that it is through our love nature we know Him, and go deeper down into a blessed acquaintance with His person, and life, and ways, than through any other part of our nature.