'I believe in the doctrine of election, because I am quite certain that, if God had not chosen me, I should never have chosen him; and I am sure He chose me before I was born, or else He never would have chosen me afterwards; and He must have elected me for reasons unknown to me, for I never could find any reason in myself why He should have looked upon me with special love.'
Charles Spurgeon in CJ Mahaney, Humility: True Greatness, p.103.
'Laughter is a divine gift to the human who is humble. A proud man cannot laugh because he must watch his dignity; he cannot give himself over to the rocking and rolling of his belly. But a poor and happy man laughs heartily because he gives no serious attention to his ego.'
Terry Lindvall in CJ Mahaney, Humility: True Greatness, p.94.
'Worship is the God-centred focus and response of the inner man; it is being preoccupied with God. So no matter what you are saying or singing or doing at any moment, you are worshiping God only when you are focused on Him and thinking of Him. But whenever you do focus on the infinite worth of God, you will respond as surely as the moon reflects the sun.'
Donald S Whitney, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, p.88.
'It is a help to knowledge, thereby your knowledge is raised. Thereby your memory is strengthened. Thereby your hearts are warmed. Thereby you will be freed from sinful thoughts. Thereby your hearts will be tuned to every duty. Thereby you will fill up all the chinks and crevices of your lives, and know how to spend your spare time, and improve that for God. Thereby you will draw good out of evil. And thereby you will have communion with God, and enjoy God. And I pray, is not here profit enough to sweeten the voyage of your thoughts in meditation?'
William Bridge in Donald S Whitney, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, p.62.