It is the work of the Holy Spirit to bring back into the conscious mind the things that are stored in the subconscious. In studying the Bible, never think that because you do not understand it, therefore it is of no use. A truth may be of no use to you just now, but when the circumstances arise in which that truth is needed, the Holy Spirit will bring it back to your remembrance.
Oswald Chambers, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount (Grand Rapids: Discovery House Publishers, 1995), 14.
The preacher should not enter his pulpit claiming to have received a revelation; his claim should be that he is a man who reads the Word and prays and believes that the Holy Spirit illumines and enlightens his understanding, with the result that he has a message for the people.
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Christian Unity
Take heed how you hear: for upon your improving the grace you have, more shall be given, and you shall have abundance.
George Whitefield (1714 – 1770)
We cannot behold the glory of Christ by conjuring up pictures of him in the mind and by trying to form the shape of a person in heaven in our imaginations. The way to behold the glory of Christ is by the steady exercise of faith on the revelation of this glory of Christ given to us in Scripture. It is our duty, therefore, constantly to meditate on the glory of Christ. This will fill us with joy which will, in turn, move us to meditate on his glory more and more.
John Owne, (ed. by R. J. K Law), The Glory of Christ (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1994), 67.
Be careful how you hear preaching this weekend!
It is not mere words that nourish the soul, but God Himself, and unless and until the hearers find God in personal experience, they are not the better for having heard the truth.
A. W. Tozer (1897 – 1963)
I simply taught, preached, and wrote God’s Word; otherwise I did nothing.
Martin Luther (1483-1546)
I REALLY struggle with this!
“The plainest words are the profitablest oratory in the weightiest matters.”
Richard Baxter (1615-1691)
God will never reveal more truth about Himself to you, until you have obeyed what you know already.
Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest
Why is it that some Christians, although they hear many sermons, make but slow advances in the divine life? Because they neglect their closets, and do not thoughtfully meditate on God’s Word. From such folly deliver us, O Lord.
Charles Spurgeon (1834 – 1892)