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Standing in the glory of God

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As American prophetic teacher Ruth Heflin liked to say “Praise Him until the spirit of worship comes. Worship Him until the Glory comes, then stand in the Glory of God.”

Charlie Cleverly

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Adoption the highest blessing of the Gospel

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Phil WilthewJI Packer presents adoption as the highest blessing of the gospel:

What is a Christian? The richest answer I know is that a Christian is one who has God as his Father. If you want to know how well someone understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God’s child and having God as his Father. If this is not the thought that prompts and controls his worship and prayers and his whole outlook on life, it means that he does not understand the Gospel very well at all… adoption is the highest blessing of the Gospel

Phil Wilthew

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Happy in the Lord

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George MullerAccording to my judgement the most important point to be attended to is this: above all things see to it that your souls are happy in the Lord. Other things may press upon you, the Lord’s work may even have urgent claims upon your attention, but I deliberately repeat, it is of supreme and paramount importance that you should seek above all things to have your souls truly happy in God Himself! Day by day seek to make this the most important business of your life. This has been my firm and settled condition for the last five and thirty years. For the first four years after my conversion I knew not its vast importance, but now after much experience I specially commend this point to the notice of my younger brethren and sisters in Christ: the secret of all true effectual service is joy in God, having experimental acquaintance and fellowship with God Himself.

George Mueller

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Two types of people

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Givers and takers.
Lovers and fighters.
Type As and Type Bs.
Free spirits and list makers.

Some of these traits seem to be inborn; others are more the result of choices we make in life. But depending on which side that we either find ourselves or place ourselves, the result is a whole different set of outlooks and actions from those who operate out of the other camp. Two kinds of people. Optimists and pessimists. Early risers and night owls. Yankee fans and Red Sox fans. Grateful people and ungrateful people. Those who whine and those who worship. You can hardly be both. Maybe in spots, maybe in seasons. But throughout the balance of your life, one or the other will dominate the way you view and respond to most everything. You will choose to either be thankful or unthankful, to recognize a blessing or to overlook it, to acknowledge a kindness or to mindlessly ignore it. You decide.

Nancy Leigh DeMoss

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Whine or worship

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The importance of this matter of gratitude can hardly be overstated. I’ve come to believe that few things are more becoming in a child of God than a grateful spirit. By the same token, there is probably nothing that makes a person more unattractive than the absence of a grateful spirit. I have learned that in every circumstance that comes my way, I can choose to respond in one of two ways: I can whine –or–I can worship!

Nancy Demoss

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Everyone Singing

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The Sunday gathering is not a concert where gifted performers entertain a group of passive spectators. The church gathers to build one another up, stir up one another for love and good works, and be equipped for the various works of ministry God has assigned us (1 Cor. 14:12; Heb. 10:24-25; Eph 4:11-16). Every member is valuable, even the “unpresentable” ones, and every member is meant to sing, although not necessarily with a microphone (1 Cor. 12:14-26; Eph. 5:19).

Bob Kauflin

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Website: http://www.worshipmatters.com/2016/02/04/whats-so-special-about-singing-on-sundays/

I would we took

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I would we took the power of the Spirit into our calculations always. You have a class at school and do not feel fit to teach it—ask Him to help you and you do not know how well you will teach! You are called to preach, but you feel you cannot—you are dull and your talk will be flat, stale, unprofitable. Bring the Holy Spirit into it and if He fires you, you shall find even the slender materials you have collected will set the people on a blaze! We ought to reckon upon the Spirit—He is our main force—what if I say He is our only force and we grieve Him exceedingly when we do not reckon upon Him?

Love the Spirit. Worship the Spirit. Trust the Spirit. Obey the Spirit, and, as a Church, cry mightily to the Spirit! Beseech Him to let His mighty power be known and felt among you. The Lord fire your hearts with this sacred flame, for as this made Pentecost stand out from all other days, may it make the close of this year stand out in our history from all other years. Come, Holy Spirit, now! You are with us, but come with power and let us feel Your sacred might!

C.H. Spurgeon

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‘Ecstasy and delight are essential

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‘Ecstasy and delight are essential to the believer’s soul and they promote sanctification. We were not meant to live without spiritual exhilaration and the Christian who goes for a long time without the experience of heart-warming will soon find himself tempted to have his emotions satisfied from earthly things and not, as he ought, from the Spirit of God.

‘The soul is so constituted that it craves fulfilment from things outside itself and will embrace earthly joys for satisfaction when it cannot reach spiritual ones. The believer is in spiritual danger if he allows himself to go for any length of time without tasting the love of Christ and savouring the felt comforts of a Saviour’s presence.

‘When Christ ceases to fill the heart with satisfaction, our souls will go in silent search of other lovers. By the enjoyment of the love of Christ in the heart of a believer, we mean an experience of the “love of God shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given to us” (Rom. 5:5).’

John Flavel

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From the book "The Mystery of Providence (Puritan Paperbacks)"

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