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Prayer is not a substitute for work, thinking, watching, suffering, or giving; prayer is a support for all other efforts.

Prayer does not change God, but changes him who prays.
Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
Pray to God but continue to row to the shore.
Just pray for a tough hide and a tender heart.
We often want one thing and pray for another, not telling the truth even to the gods.
If you can't pray a door open, don't pry it open.
Pray that you will never have to bear all that you are able to endure.
The single greatest cause of atheism in the world today is Christians, who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, then walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable
There are two sorts of hypocrites; ones that are deceived with their outward morality and external religion; and the others; those that are deceived with false discoveries and elevation; which often cry down works, and men's own righteousness, and talk much of free grace; but at the same time make righteousness of their discoveries, and of their humiliation, and exalt themselves to heaven with them.
If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth.
My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and thou sewest up mine iniquity. [Job 14:17]
Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.
The future is as bright as the promises of God.
The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.
Create your future from your future not your past.
All things come to him who waits -- provided he knows what he is waiting for.
Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting. That is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow -- that is patience.
Waiting is a trap. There will always be reasons to wait. The truth is, there are only two things in life, reasons and results, and reasons simply don't count.
A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him.
A wise man doesn't just wait for the right opportunity, He creates the right opportunity.
Do not wait for ideal circumstances nor for the best opportunities; they will never come.
Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
Faith is to believe what we do not see; and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe.
We are twice armed if we fight with faith.
It's easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you're a winner, when you're number one. What you've got to have is faith and discipline when you're not yet a winner.
Remember that the faith that moves mountains always carries a pick.
Faith is trust in what the spirit learned eons ago.
A faith that hasn't been tested can't be trusted.
Faith is: dead to doubts, dumb to discouragements, blind to impossibilities.
Faith does not deny the evil, but it sees around it.
The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.
The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.
I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace.
First keep peace with yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.
When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.
You may call for peace as loudly as you wish, but where there is no brotherhood there can in the end be no peace.
Let him who desires peace prepare for war.
The peace makers shall be called the children of God.
You never will be the person you can be if pressure, tension and discipline are taken out of your life.
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
The weak are more likely to make the strong weak than the strong are likely to make the weak strong.
Our business is to present the Christian faith clothed in modern terms, not to propagate modern thought clothed in Christian terms. Confusion here is fatal.
The early Christian rules of life were not made to last, because the early Christians did not believe that the world itself was going to last.
The Christian is not one who has gone all the way with Christ. None of us has. The Christian is one who has found the right road.
Christian means coming from Christ. Just as a Californian comes from California and a Bostonian is someone who comes from Boston, A Christian is one who comes from Christ.
If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.
The Christian's chief occupational hazards are depression and discouragement.
Is your Christianity ancient history--or current events?
Don't feel superior just because you go to church, it doesn't make you a Christian.
A Christian is like a tea bag -- he's not worth much until he's been through some hot water.
Praise God even when you don't understand what He is doing.
Anyone who is popular is bound to be disliked.
With every deed you are sowing a seed, though the harvest you may not see.
Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.
You must give to get, You must sow the seed, before you can reap the harvest.
Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples don't count on harvesting golden Delicious .
How can they expect a harvest of thought who have not had the seed time of character.
Before the reward there must be labor. You plant before you harvest. You sow in tears before you reap joy.
Talk unbelief, and you will have unbelief; but talk faith, and you will have faith. According to the seed sown will be the harvest.
The law of harvest is to reap more than you sow. Sow an act, and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.
The glue that holds all relationships together -- including the relationship between the leader and the led is trust, and trust is based on integrity.
Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation.
The toughest thing about the power of trust is that it's very difficult to build and very easy to destroy. The essence of trust building is to emphasize the similarities between you and the customer.
Jesus promised His disciples three things: that they would be entirely fearless, absurdly happy, and that they would get into trouble.
The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.
Problems are the price of progress. Don't bring me anything but trouble. Good news weakens me.
The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.
To be right with God has often meant to be in trouble with men.
The trouble with some of us is that we have been inoculated with small doses of Christianity which keep us from catching the real thing.
Victory becomes, to some degree, a state of mind. Knowing ourselves superior to the anxieties, troubles, and worries which obsess us, we are superior to them.
Never bear more than one kind of trouble at a time. Some people bear three kinds; all they have had, all they have now, and all they expect to have.
I have no trouble with my enemies. I can take care of my enemies all right. But my damn friends. They're the ones that keep me walking the floor nights!
I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.
Worry not about the possible troubles of the future; for if they come, you are but anticipating and adding to their weight; and if they do not come, your worry is useless; and in either case it is weak and in vain, and a distrust of God's providence.
A Decalogue of Canons for observation in practical life. 1. Never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day. 2. Never trouble another for what you can do yourself. 3. Never spend your money before you have it. 4. Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap; it will be dear to you. 5. Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst and cold. 6. We never repent of having eaten too little. 7. Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly. 8. How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened. 9. Take things always by their smooth handle. 10. When angry, count ten, before you speak; if very angry, an hundred.
1. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. 2. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. 3. You cannot help small men up by tearing big men down. 4. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. 5. You cannot lift the wage-earner up by pulling the wage-payer down. 6. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income. 7. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. 8. You cannot establish sound social security on borrowed money. 9. You cannot build character and courage by taking away a mans initiative and independence. 10. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.
Opportunity's favorite disguise is trouble.
Trouble is the common denominator of living. It is the great equalizer.
I have had more trouble with myself than with any other man.
Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.
Man only likes to count his troubles, but he does not count his joys.
Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.
Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.
The only way around is through.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
The higher we rise, the more isolated we become; all elevations are cold.
It is only when men begin to worship that they begin to grow.
Man is made to adore and to obey: but if you will not command him, if you give him nothing to worship, he will fashion his own divinities, and find a chieftain in his own passions.
When you are happy you can forgive a great deal.
Let the motive be in the deed and not in the event. Be not one whose motive for action is the hope of reward.
Don't wait. The time will never be just right.
Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.
A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your successes.
Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.
Time invested in improving ourselves cuts down on time wasted in disapproving of others.
Take time to gather up the past so that you will be able to draw from your experience and invest them in the future.
Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give.
By learning you will teach, by teaching you will learn.
Don't just learn the tricks of the trade. Learn the trade.
Gratitude is our most direct line to God and the angels. If we take the time, no matter how crazy and troubled we feel, we can find something to be thankful for. The more we seek gratitude, the more reason the angels will give us for gratitude and joy to exist in our lives.
Who we are never changes. Who we think we are does.
Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.
Change is the end result of all true learning. Change involves three things: First, a dissatisfaction with self -- a felt void or need; second, a decision to change to fill the void or need; and third, a conscious dedication to the process of growth and change -- the willful act of making the change, doing something.
Every one comes between men's souls and God, either as a brick wall or as a bridge. Either you are leading men to God or you are driving them away.
The Lord doesn't ask about your ability, only your availability; and, if you prove your dependability, the Lord will increase your capability.
Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.
My prayer to God is a very short one: O Lord, make my enemies look ridiculous! God has granted it.
They do not love that do not show their love. The course of true love never did run smooth. Love is a familiar. Love is a devil. There is no evil angel but Love.
God is infinite and without end, but the soul's desire is an abyss which cannot be filled except by a Good which is infinite; and the more ardently the soul longeth after God, the more she wills to long after him; for God is a Good without drawback, and a well of living water without bottom, and the soul is made in the image of God, and therefore it is created to know and love God.
Blessed is the man who finds out which way God is moving and then gets going in the same direction.
We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, 'Blessed are they that mourn
Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us.
Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.
Grace is free sovereign favor to the ill-deserving.
Grace means the free, unmerited, unexpected love of God, and all the benefits, delights, and comforts which flow from it. It means that while we were sinners and enemies we have been treated as sons and heirs.
May God bless you to live as long as you want to; and want to as long as you live!
Change, like sunshine, can be a friend or a foe, a blessing or a curse, a dawn or a dusk.
Blessed is the servant who loves his brother as much when he is sick and useless as when he is well and an be of service to him. And blessed is he who loves his brother as well when he is afar off as when he is by his side, and who would say nothing behind his back he might not, in love, say before his face.
No matter what looms ahead, if you can eat today, enjoy the sunlight today, mix good cheer with friends today, enjoy it and bless God for it. Do not look back on happiness -- or dream of it in the future. You are only sure of today; do not let yourself be cheated out of it.
Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play, and you will finally be able to move forward the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence.
God is concerned with nations, but nations also need to be concerned with God. No nation can have a monopoly on God, but God will bless any nation whose people seek and honor His will as revealed by Christ and declared through the Holy Spirit.
Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience and we soon shall see them in their proper figures.
Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy, to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter, and to lead but not manipulate.
God will not permit any troubles to come upon us, unless He has a specific plan by which great blessing can come out of the difficulty.
Wherever we find the Word of God surely preached and heard, and the sacraments administered according to the institution of Christ, there, it is not to be doubted, is a church of God.
The root of almost every schism and heresy from which the Christian Church has suffered, has been because of the effort of men to earn, rather than receive their salvation; and the reason preaching is so commonly ineffective is, that it often calls on people to work for God rather than letting God work through them.
Whatever the price, identify it now. What will you have to go through to get where you want to be? There is a price you can pay to be free of the situation once and for all. It may be a fantastic price or a tiny one -- but there is a price.
The devil will let a preacher prepare a sermon if it will keep him from preparing himself.
The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.
The price of greatness is responsibility.
You must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing.
Theologians always try to turn the Bible into a book without common sense.
You should look at the entire Bible as a whole rather then narrowly, if you can, under close scrutiny and with juxtaposition of passages
As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
It's easy to be independent when you've got money. But to be independent when you haven't got a thing -- that's the Lord's test.
One is never more on trial than in the moment of excessive good fortune.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.
Trials teach us what we are; they dig up the soil, and let us see what we are made of.
God prepares great men for great tasks by great trials.
Trials, temptations, disappointments -- all these are helps instead of hindrances, if one uses them rightly. They not only test the fiber of character but strengthen it. Every conquering temptation represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before.
Our trials, our sorrows, and our grieves develop us...
Life has meaning only in the struggle. Triumph or defeat is in the hands of the Gods. So let us celebrate the struggle!
We are always on the anvil; by trials God is shaping us for higher things.
Do you think that you shall enter the Garden of Bliss without such trials as came to those who passed before you?

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