All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.
T. E. Lawrence (aka Lawrence of Arabia)
Faith is not an aimless act of the soul, but a looking to God and a resting upon His promises. Just as love and hope have always an objective so, also, has faith. Faith is not believing just anything; it is believing God, resting in Him, trusting His Word.
Edward M. Bounds, The Necessity of Prayer
(Oak Harbor: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1999).
All that we build is going to be inspected by God. Is God going to detect in His searching fire that we have built on the foundation of Jesus some enterprise of our own? These are days of tremendous enterprises, days when we are trying to work for God, and therein is the snare. Profoundly speaking, we can never work for God. Jesus takes us over for His enterprises, His building schemes entirely, and no soul has any right to claim where he shall be put.
Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest : Selections for the Year (Grand Rapids: Discovery House Publishers, 1993) May 7th Entry.
A world where everything was easy would be a nursery for babies, but not at all a fit place for men.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (aka C.H. Spurgeon)
“Can an individual or a society live with complete disregard for a moral and spiritual center and not suffer from the wounds of wickedness? Can the soul of a people who have lived without restraint be left unravaged? Is there a point at which one must cry a halt to the passions and the whims of unbridled appetite and admit that enough is enough?”
Ravi Zacharias, Deliver Us From Evil: Restoring The Soul in a Disintegrating Culture (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1997), xiv.