Pearl of Great Value - Matt. 13:45-46


Holiness Quotes:  "Be ye holy, for I am holy."   

The only safe, prosperous, and happy place in all the world is in the will of God. But these testing times were not so severe or protracted. I can now see they were of the Lord. Whatever comes to us, if we are true, comes by His permission or direction. Whatever He permits or sends will be for our good and His glory. Many things may not be good within themselves but God works them for good.  --William Moses Tidwell              
[T]he heart and head do not always run equally together in the race for heaven. It is possible to be all right in soul, and not understand theology. The spiritual part of a divine blessing can come on the lightning express while the intellectual part may arrive some hours or days later on the freight. --Beverly Carradine 

I now saw the philosophy of faith. I breathe but one breath of air at a time; that is all I need; when I want another, it will be allowed. So I do not need a stock of the joys of salvation for future use, but take it, breathe it, by acts of faith just as I have need. Continuously acting faith brings a continuous supply. Faith to the soul is what breathing is to the body.  --John Wesley Redfield

It is not an accident that the men who have most given themselves to slavish observance of duty - Stoics, Pharisees, ascetic monks and Puritans - are, for the most part, hard and cheerless souls.  They seem to have been quarried, not born.  Noble and austerely splendid as their best types unquestionably are, they fail in one of the chief tests of true sanctity, and prove that this is a false path for us. They are not happy, and the flaw is fatal. They could not pray with George MacDonald, 'Lord, make my spirit good and gay.'  They do not recognize joy as a necessary mark of the saint, and they would make all life not merely serious (which of course it is) but solemn (which it need not be). --W. E. Sangster

The spirit of devotion puts God in all things. It puts God not merely in our praying and  church-going, but in all the concerns of life. "Whether, therefore, ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." The spirit of devotion makes the common things of earth sacred, and the little things great. With this spirit of devotion, we go to business on Monday directed by the very same influence, and inspired by the same influences by which we went to church on Sunday. The spirit of devotion makes a Sabbath out of Saturday; and transforms the shop and the office into a temple of God.  --E. M. Bounds

The Holiness of common Christianity is this: that the Holy Spirit gives the people faith in Christ and sanctifies them thereby; that is, makes a new heart, soul, body, work, and being and writes the law of God, not on tables of stone, but in fleshly hearts. He sanctifies them, not only by the forgiveness of sin, but also by the laying aside, expelling and destroying of sin. --Martin Luther

You are not here in the world for yourself. You have been sent here for others. The world is waiting for you! - Catherine Booth

The nature of Christ's salvation is woefully misrepresented by the present-day evangelist. He announces a Savior from hell rather than a Savior from sin. And that is why so many are fatally deceived, for there are multitudes who wish to escape the Lake of fire who have no desire to be delivered from their carnality and worldliness. - A. W. Pink

A generation which wishes for a religion without tears must find it difficult to adjust its beliefs to the teaching of the New Testament and of the facts of life… – W. R. Inge

There isn't anything higher or deeper in human experience than to be God-possessed--a temple of the Holy Ghost. This is the climax to the Atonement. It is the very cream and marrow of Christianity.  The Apostle says this mystery has been hidden for ages and generations, but is revealed in the last days to the saints. This mystery is Christ formed within you, the hope of glory; not merely Christ with us or for us; not Christ in prophecy or Christ on yonder cross, or Christ in the heavens, as wonderful as that is, but Christ enthroned in the human heart, reigning,  ruling,  controlling  the affections, conquering the will, bringing every appetite and passion of the soul and body under subjection.  --J. M. Hames

Those who have given themselves unreservedly to God are always happy.  They realize that the yoke of Jesus Christ is light and easy, that in Him they do indeed find rest, and that He lightens the load of all that are weary and heavy laden, as He promised.  But what can be more wretched than those hesitating, cowardly souls who are divided between God and the world?  They will and will not; they are torn asunder both by their own passions and by remorse at their indulgence; they are alike afraid of God's judgments and those of men; they are afraid of what is evil and ashamed of what is good; they have all the trials of goodness without its comfort!  If they had but the courage to despise idle talk, petty ridicule, and the rash judgments of men, what peace and rest they might enjoy in the bosom of God!  --Francois Fenelon

If we look carefully within ourselves, we shall find that there are certain limits beyond which we refuse to go in offering ourselves to God. We hover around these reservations, making believe not to see them, for fear of self-reproach. The more we shrink from giving up any such reserved point, the more certain it is that it needs to be given up. If we were not fast bound by it, we should not make so many efforts to persuade ourselves that we are free. ---François Fénelon

True religion consists in the living relationship of God, made alive in us by the Holy Spirit who comes to us through the witness of the revelation in Jesus Christ, recorded in the Scripture, proclaimed in preaching, and practiced in the fellowship of the church.  --John Wesley

Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not whether they be clergymen or laymen, they alone will shake the gates of Hell and set up the kingdom of Heaven upon Earth.  - John Wesley 

We must wake ourselves up!  Or somebody else will take our place, and bear our cross, and thereby rob us of our crown. - William Booth  

Why does the Church stay indoors? They have a theology that has dwindled into a philosophy, in which there is no thrill of faith, no terror of doom and no concern for souls. Unbelief has put out the fires of passion, and worldliness garlands the altar of sacrifice with the tawdry glitter of unreality. The Holy Ghost cannot conquer the world with unbelief, nor can He save the world with a worldly Church. He calls for a crusade, a campaign, and an adventure of saving passion. For this enterprise He wants a separated, sanctified and sacrificial people. – Samuel Chadwick

We give ourselves to prayer. We preach a Gospel that saves to the uttermost, and witness to its power. We do not argue about worldliness; we witness. We do not discuss philosophy; we preach the Gospel. We do not speculate about the destiny of sinners; we pluck them as brands from the burning. We ask no man's patronage. We beg no man's money. We fear no man's frown…Let no man join us who is afraid, and we want none but those who are saved, sanctified and aflame with the fire of the Holy Ghost. – Samuel Chadwick

It is wonderful what God can do with a broken heart, if He gets all the pieces. –Samuel Chadwick

I have said that there is nothing in the world or the Church, except it’s disobedience, to render the evangelization of the world in this generation an impossibility… – Robert E. Speer

I long to be filled with divine knowledge, divine wisdom, divine love, divine holiness, to the utmost extent of my capacity. I want to feel that all the currents of my soul are interfused in one channel deep and wide, and all flowing towards the heart of Christ. – Griffith John

Before we go to our knees to receive the Baptism of Fire, let me beg of you to see to it that your souls are in harmony with the will and purpose of the Holy Spirit whom you seek. - William Booth

To some of you we say, Go forward rather than pray. Think not that we would, as these words might imply, cast discredit on prayer. But, beloved our hearts are deceitful, and although we should at every moment have an upward eye and a thirsting heart for the guidance and the presence of the living God, still there are times and circumstances when it becomes almost a sin to pray. Sometimes it is unbelief that makes us pray, or rather seem to pray, else what does that word mean, 'Why criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel that they go forward.' (Ex 14:15) –William C. Burns

Our power in drawing others after the Lord mainly rests in our joy and communion with Him ourselves. - J. G. Bellett

By the time the average Christian gets his temperature up to normal, everybody thinks he has a FEVER! - Watchman Nee 

Here is the great secret of success, my Christian reader. Work with all your might, but never trust in your work. Pray with all your might for the blessing in God, but work at the same time with all diligence, with all patience, with all perseverance. Pray, then, and work. Work and pray. And still again pray, and then work. And so on, all the days of your life.  --George Mueller

If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies. Yet distance makes no difference. He is praying for me. - Robert Murray M’Cheyne

We must feel toward our people as a father toward his children; yea, the most tender love of a mother must not surpass ours. We must even travail in birth, till Christ be formed in them. They should see that we care for no outward thing, neither liberty, nor honor, nor life, in comparison to their salvation... When the people see that you truly love them, they will hear anything from you...Oh therefore, see that you feel a tender love for your people in your hearts, and let them perceive  it in your speech and conduct. Let them see that you spend and are spent for their sakes. - Richard Baxter

A church in the land without the Spirit is rather a curse than a blessing. If you have not the Spirit of God, Christian worker, remember that you stand in somebody else's way; you are a fruitless tree standing where a fruitful tree might grow.– C. H. Spurgeon

As I was walking in the fields, the thought came over me with almost overwhelming power, that every one of my flock must soon be in heaven or hell. Oh how I wished that I had a tongue like thunder, that I might make all hear; or that I had a frame like iron, that I might visit every one and say, 'Escape for thy life! Ah sinner! You little know how I fear that you will lay the blame of your damnation at my door. - Robert Murray M'Cheyne

If revival is being withheld from us it is because some idol remains still enthroned; because we still insist in placing our reliance in human schemes; because we still refuse to face the unchangeable truth that 'It is not by might, but by My Spirit. - Jonathan Goforth

Many do not recognize the fact as they ought, that Satan has got men fast asleep in sin and that it is his great device to keep them so. He does not care what we do if he can do that. We may sing songs about the sweet by and by, preach sermons and say prayers until doomsday, and he will never concern himself about us, if we don't wake anybody up. But if we awake the sleeping sinner he will gnash on us with his teeth. This is our work - to wake people up. - Catherine Booth

While women weep, as they do now, I'll fight; while children go hungry, as they do now I'll fight; while men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, I'll fight; while there is a drunkard left, while there is a poor lost girl upon the streets, while there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I'll fight - I'll fight to the very end! - William Booth

Work as if everything depended upon your work, and pray as if everything depended upon your prayer. - William Booth

Go for souls and go for the worst. – William Booth

Lord grant that the FIRE of my heart may melt the lead in my feet. - Unknown

In Shansi I found Chinese Christians who were accustomed to spend time in fasting and prayer. They recognized that this fasting, which so many dislike, which requires faith in God, since it makes one feel weak and poorly, is really a Divinely appointed means of grace. Perhaps the greatest hindrance to our work is our own imagined strength; and in fasting we learn what poor, weak creatures we are--dependent on a meal of meat for the little strength which we are so apt to lean upon.  - J. Hudson Taylor

The depth of a revival will be determined exactly by the depth of the spirit of repentance. - Frank Bartleman

All God’s giants have been weak men, who did great things for God because they believed that God would be with them. - Hudson Taylor

Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer. - John Bunyan

It will not do for us to go to Heaven by ourselves. We must be on fire, friends, for saving others. To be workers will draw heaven down and will draw others to heaven.  Without a readiness to work, the Spirit of prayer will not come. - Evan Roberts

A man who is intimate with God will never be intimidated by men. – Leonard Ravenhill

Truth without enthusiasm, morality without emotion, ritual without soul, are things Christ unsparingly condemned.  Destitute of fire, they are nothing more than a godless philosophy, an ethical system, and a superstition. - Samuel Chadwick

How shall I feel at the judgment, if multitudes of missed opportunities pass before me in full review, and all my excuses prove to be disguises of my cowardice and pride? - W. E. Sangster

It is better to have God’s approval, than the world’s applause: there is a time shortly coming when a smile from God's face will be infinitely better than all the applause of men: how sweet will that word be, ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant.’ (Matt. 25: 21).  - Thomas Watson

"I have need of nothing." -The Laodicean Church

Every thing that a man leans upon but God, will be a dart that will certainly pierce his heart through and through. He, who leans only upon Christ, lives the highest, choicest, safest, and sweetest life.  - Thomas Brooks

The only saving faith is that which casts itself on God for life or death. -Martin Luther

An unholy church! it is useless to the world, and of no esteem among men. It is an abomination, hell's laughter, heaven's abhorrence. The worst evils which have ever come upon the world have been brought upon her by an unholy church.  - C. H. Spurgeon

I am not afraid that the people called Methodists should ever cease to exist either in Europe or America. But I am afraid lest they should only exist as a dead sect, having the form of religion without the power. And this undoubtedly will be the case unless they hold fast both the doctrine, spirit, and discipline with which they first set out. - John Wesley

Would ye then wait aright for Christian perfection? Impartially admit the two gospel axioms, and faithfully reduce them to practice. In order to this, let them meet in your hearts as the two legs of a pair of compasses meet in the rivet, which makes them one compounded free grace and Christ's righteousness fix your mind upon God, as you fix one of the legs of your compasses immovably in the center of the circle which you are about to draw: so shall you stand still.... And then let your faith in the doctrine of free will and evangelical obedience make you steadily run the circle of duty around that firm center; so shall you imitate the other leg of the compasses, which evenly moves around the center, and traces the circumference of a perfect circle. By this activity subordinate to grace, you will take the kingdom of heaven by force. - John Fletcher

Hence it follows, that the most evangelical method of following after the perfection to which we are immediately called, is that of seeking it now, by endeavoring fully to lay hold on the promise of that perfection through faith,
just as if our repeated acts of obedience could never help us forward
. But in the meantime we should do the work of faith, and repeat our internal and external acts of obedience, with as much earnestness and faithfulness, according to our present power, as if we were sure to enter into rest merely by a diligent use of our talents, and a faithful exertion of the powers which Divine grace has bestowed upon us. If we do not attend to the first of these directions, we shall seek to be sanctified by works like the Pharisees; and if we disregard the second, we shall slide into solifidian [faith only] sloth with the Antinomians.  - John Fletcher

The whole design of God was to restore man to his image, and raise him from the ruins of his fall; in a word, to make him perfect; to blot out all his sins, purify his soul, and fill him with all holiness, so that no unholy temper, evil desire, or impure affection or passion shall either lodge or have any being within him. This and this only is true religion, or Christian perfection; and a less salvation than this would be dishonourable to the sacrifice of Christ and the operation of the Holy Ghost.... Call it by what name we please, it must imply the pardon of all transgression and the removal of the whole body of sin and death.... This, then, is what I plead for, pray for, and heartily recommend to all true believers, under the name of Christian perfection.  - Adam Clarke

If men would but spend as much time in fervently calling upon God [for entire sanctification] as they spend in decrying this doctrine, what a glorious state of the church should we soon witness! . . . This moment we may be emptied of sin, filled with holiness and become truly happy.... The perfection of the gospel system is not that it makes allowance for sin, but that it makes an atonement for it, not that it tolerates sin, but that it destroys it.... Let all those who retain the apostolic doctrine . . . press every believer to go on to perfection, and expect to be saved, while here below, into the fulness of the blessing of the Gospel of Jesus.... Art thou weary of that carnal mind which is enmity to God? Canst thou be happy whilst thou art unholy? Arise, then, and be baptized with a greater effusion of the Holy Ghost.... Reader, it is the birthright of every child of God to be cleansed from all sin, to keep himself unspotted from the world, and so to live as never more to offend his Maker. All things are possible to him that believeth, because all things are possible to the infinitely meritorious blood and energetic Spirit of the Lord Jesus.   - Adam Clarke

The whole period of life is a state of probation, in every part of which a sinner may repent and turn to God, and in every part of it a believer may give way to sin and fall from grace; and that this possibility of rising, and liability to falling, are essential to a state of trial or probation.  - Adam Clarke

It is the Spirit of God alone which imparts significancy and power to the word preached, without which, as one has expressed it, 'all the threatenings of the Bible will be no more than thunder to the deaf, or lightning to the blind.' A seal requires weight, a hand upon it, in order to an impression. The soul of the penitent sinner is the wax; Gospel truth is the seal; but, without the Almighty hand of the Holy Ghost, that seal is powerless. A bullet demands its powder, without which it is as harmless as any other body. The careless sinner is the mark; truth is the ball that must pierce him; but it cannot reach, much less penetrate him, separate from this influence from heaven. In apostolic times, they 'preached the Gospel with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven.' - James Caughey

No man has ever been signally successful in winning souls to Christ without the help of the Spirit. With it the humblest talent may astonish earth and hell by gathering thousands for the skies, while without it the most splendid talents are comparatively useless.  - James Caughey

A longing desire after holiness is as a wall of fire around your soul. - James Caughey

Lord grant that the FIRE of my heart may melt the lead in my feet. - Unknown

The neglect of prayer is a grand hindrance to holiness. - John Wesley

Live near to God, and so all things will appear to you little in comparison with eternal realities. - Robert Murray M’Cheyne

I came to Christ bankrupt. My capacity to blunder drove me to his feet, and to my astonishment he took me, forgave me, and sent my happy soul singing its way down the years. By grace was I saved, through faith, and that not of myself — it was the gift of God. I walked in the joy of that for months and then the clouds began to gather. There was something within me not redeemed, something else down in the cellar that seemed to be sullenly at war with this new life. I was at war with myself. I think I can see what happened. We live in two minds — the conscious and the subconscious.
The subconscious is the residing place of the driving instincts: self, sex, and the herd. These instincts have come down through a long racial history and they have bents toward evil. Into the conscious mind there is introduced at conversion a new life, a new loyalty, a new love. But the subconscious mind does not obey this new life. Its driving instincts drive for fulfillment apart
from any morality built up in the conscious mind. There ensues a clash between the new life in the conscious mind and the instincts of the subconscious. The house of man-soul becomes a house divided against itself. I wondered if this was the best that Christianity could do — to leave one in this divided condition? I found to my glad surprise the teaching concerning the Holy Spirit, and I found that the area of the work of the Holy Spirit is largely, if not entirely, in the subconscious. I found that if I would
surrender to the Holy Spirit this conscious mind — all I knew and all I did not know — He would cleanse at these depths I could not control. I surrendered and accepted the gift by faith. He did cleanse as a refining fire. In that cleansing there was a unifying. Conscious and subconscious minds were brought under a single control and redemption. That control was the Holy Spirit. I was no longer at war with myself. Life was on a permanently higher level. It was no longer up and down.  The soul had caught its stride. I went on my way singing a new song. That song has continued. It is fresher today than then. - E. Stanley Jones