Inspirational Quotes

Inspirational Quotes

A growing collection to ponder – in no particular order…

“You will not succeed by your own strength or power, but by my Spirit,” says the Lord All-Powerful.   — Zechariah 4:6

God has opened a door for you. Now you can choose to spend the rest of your life enslaved by guilt and remorse, or you can walk through that door and close it behind you.        — Max Lucado

Your days are made of moments and your moments are made of choices. — Andree Seu

Helplessness is the worst feeling in the world. Most of the time all I can do is pray. Then it dawns on me, that is the best thing I could do. And pray that the Lord will give me the strength to continue to take hands off and let Him do what he plans.      — Bobbie Eubanks (Missionary to Nigeria)

Prayer does not equip us for the greater work… prayer is the greater work.    — Oswald Chambers

I believe in the sun when it is not shining.
I believe in love when I do not feel it.
I believe in my Lord, Jesus, even when he is silent.
—  Karl Loes

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.  — Jim Elliot

Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.           Jim Elliot

You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.                            —  Amy Carmichael

Faith is knowing that, with God, even when nothing is happening, something is happening.     —  Dr. James Dobson

He gives…   Beauty for ashes, Strength for fear, Gladness for mourning, Peace for despair.    –praise song – Crystal Lewis  (from Isa. 61:3)

We laugh at honor… and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.  — C. S. Lewis

Unforgiveness is like drinking poison and hoping the other person will die.

Western democracy is like a three legged stool: One leg is political liberty, one is economic freedom, and the third moral responsibility.  Weaken any leg and the stool topples over. — Michael Novak

What is morally wrong cannot be politically right.   — Lord Shaftesbury

‘Thinking Christianly’ is thinking by Christians about anything and everything in a consistently Christian way — in a manner that is shaped, directed, and restrained by the truth of God’s Word and God’s Spirit.   — Os Guinness

We can stand affliction better than we can prosperity, for in prosperity we forget God.   — Dwight L. Moody

I don’t see the big picture. I don’t have a clue. But I know God does. I’m going to declare that, even if I don’t feel it right now.  — Steven Curtis Chapman

Wisdom is knowing what path to take; Integrity is taking it.   — anon.

Wishing will never be a substitute for prayer.    — Ed Cole

Pray, and let God worry.   — Martin Luther

Satan watches for those vessels that sail without convoy.   — George Swinnock

An idol of the mind is as offensive to God as an idol of the hand.  — A.W. Tozer

When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer.  — Corrie Ten Boom.

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.  —  Corrie ten Boom

“The moral test of government is how [it] treats those who are in the dawn of life … those who are in the twilight of life … and those who are in the shadows of life.”  —  Hubert Humphrey

Any system that denies truth, denies itself.  It’s so simple.  If you say there’s no truth, then you’ve just spoken something that doesn’t count.  — Dr. John Piper

Opinions divorced from knowledge are ugly things.  — Socrates

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.  — C.S. Lewis

Friendship is the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words.   — George Eliot

There is no neutral ground in the universe: every square inch, every split second, is claimed by God and counterclaimed by Satan.  — C.S. Lewis

There is a world of difference between activity and progress.  —  Discipleship Journal, Issue 97

When men cease to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing.  They then become capable of believing anything.     —  G.K. Chesterton

Silence is agreement.      —  the Talmud

You were born into a world at war, and you will live all your days in the midst of a great battle, involving all the forces of heaven and hell played out here on earth….  Until we come to terms with war as the context of our days we will not understand life.  We will misinterpret 90 percent of what is happening around us and to us.  It will be hard to believe that God’s intentions toward us are life abundant.   —  John Eldredge, in Waking the Dead

Casual Christians know nothing of spiritual warfare.   — Vance Havner

The difference between the blessing and the curse, the fruitfulness and the barrenness, Eden and exile, hinges on the object of our trust, not the difficulty of our circumstances. Whether we languish or thrive when the heat comes depends on where we look for help. – Ryan Chase (Jer. 17:5, 7)

Just because most of us ignore spiritual warfare doesn’t mean we’re not in the battle. It just means we’re losing. – Mark I. Bubeck

Regarding unanswered prayer:  “The possible answers seem to be “yes,” “no,” or “you have no idea what’s going on behind the curtain of your sensate reality so you better make up your mind once and for all – I do love you.  Will you trust Me?” ”  —  Andreé Seu

Faith never denies reality but leaves room for God to grant a new reality. —  Jim Cymbala

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.  —  Dwight Eisenhower

God whispers in your soul and speaks to your mind. Sometimes when you don’t have time to listen, He has to throw a brick at you.  It’s your choice: Listen to the whisper, or wait for the brick.    — Ray Ross

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.  —  Chuck Swindoll

Then again, a leap of faith is necessary if one is to sustain the belief that the specimen that designed the microchip and painted the Mona Lisa is no better than a monkey—a creature that has never created anything, lives in trees, throws coconuts, and hoots to communicate.   —   Ilana Mercer

Some day you will read in the papers that D.L. Moody of East Northfield, is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it! At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now; I shall have gone up higher, that is all, out of this old clay tenement into a house that is immortal-a body that death cannot touch, that sin cannot taint; a body fashioned like unto His glorious body.  — Dwight L. Moody

Lord, make my life a crossroads in the life of every person I meet.  — Jim Elliot

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.   — Abraham Lincoln

“God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way.”

Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.   —  C. S. Lewis

“Talent is a gift, but character is a choice.”   —  Gen Sir John C. Maxwell,

If you don’t forgive people, you are letting them live rent-free in your heart. “You took yesterday; you cannot have tomorrow.”   —  Wes Stafford

Sincerity is not a test of truth. We must not make this mistake: He must be right; he’s so sincere. Because, it is possible to be sincerely wrong. We can only judge truth by truth and sincerity by sincerity.     —  Jim Rohn

God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with him.  —  Jim Elliot

Rejoice in knowing that you belong to God and that He is conforming you to the image of His Son. See every event of this day as part of that process.  Yield to the Spirit’s prompting, and take heart that God will accomplish His will.              — John MacArthur

The fact that I’m a woman doesn’t make me a different kind of Christian, but the fact that I’m a Christian does make me a different kind of woman. — Elisabeth Elliot

Things happen which would not happen without prayer. Let us not forget that. — Elisabeth Elliot

Truth sounds like hate to those who hate the truth.

We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. — Jim Rohn

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. — Jim Rohn

Wherever you are, whoever you’re talking to, that’s your mission field at that moment. — Emily Long

The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God. — C.S. Lewis

Ideas have consequences, and bad ideas have victims.  – Eric Metaxas

Despondency is not a virtue; I believe it is a vice. I am heartily ashamed of myself for falling into it, but I am sure there is no remedy for it like a holy faith in God.  – Charles Spurgeon

When God answers your prayer with a donut, don’t complain about the hole.  – James Aist

Accept what God sends into your life whether you understand it or not.  – Tim Keller

The chief mark of the Christian ought to be the absence of fear and the presence of joy.  — Ray Stedman

On Christmas Day, 1938, Nelson had written to his mother: “This past Thursday it was my time to lead foreign prayer meeting, and I talked about the place of physical fear in the life of a Christian. Last week it dawned on me that our Lord, tempted in all points like we are, yet without sin, hungered, thirsted, was tired, became angry, and gave every evidence of humanity, but He was never fearful. Fear, therefore, must come from lack of faith – sin. Just as we never become sinless, so we entirely never lose fear, but surely it is His will for His children to live with peace in their hearts, trusting in him and His promises” — From A Foreign Devil in China, by John Pollock, p. 260  (Biography of Nelson Bell, missionary doctor in China & father-in-law of Billy Graham)

Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. — Dietrich Bonhoeffer in The Cost of Discipleship

There are meaningful warnings which history gives a threatened or perishing society. Such are, for instance, the decadence of art, or a lack of great statesmen.  — Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

There is nothing which shows our ignorance so much as our impatience under trouble. We forget that every cross is a message from God, and intended to do us good in the end. Trials are intended to make us think—to wean us from the  world—to send us to the Bible—to drive us to our knees. Health is a good thing but sickness is far better if it leads us to God. Prosperity is a great mercy; but adversity is a greater one if it brings us to Christ. Anything, anything is better than living in carelessness and dying in sin. — J. C. Ryle

Scripture sees hell as self-chosen…. Hell appears as God’s gesture of respect for human choice. All receive what they actually chose. Either to be with God forever, worshipping Him, or without God forever, worshipping themselves.  — J. I. Packer

When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.  – Socrates

When some liberals use the word “diversity” they are not talking about diversity of thought or ideology; they mean people who think alike but who are different in outward appearance. Otherwise the left would celebrate successful conservatives from different racial and ethnic groups. — Cal Thomas

Those who travel the high road of humility will not be troubled by heavy traffic.  — Alan Simpson

The surest way to make life hard for your children is to make it soft for them.  – Anon.

Sin is a problem of what you love before it’s a problem of what you do.    (Matthew 15:18–20)  — Jimmy  Needham

Silence is agreement   —  the Talmud

Sometimes opportunity knocks, but most of the time it sneaks up and then quietly steals away.     — Doug Larson

If you lose an opportunity you will be like one who lets the bird fly away; you will never get it back. — John of the Cross

Truth sounds like hate to those who hate the truth.

I became convinced that noncooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good.  —  Martin Luther King, Jr.

Perseverance is faith with running shoes on.  —  Andree Seu Peterson

There is nothing so fatal to character as half-finished tasks. — David Lloyd George

Bitterness is a poison you mix for someone else and drink yourself.

Cowardice asks the question – is it safe? Expediency asks the question – is it politic? Vanity asks the question – is it popular? But conscience asks the question – is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular; but one must take it because it is right.—   Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Gratitude is the mother of all virtues.  —  G.K. Chesterton

The most dangerous ideas in a society aren’t the ones that are argued, but the ones that are assumed.  — C.S. Lewis

Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you’re alive, it isn’t. — Richard Bach

The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with. — Bobby Jindal

You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.  —  Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men. — Abraham Lincoln

Not to speak is to speak.  Not to act is to act. — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Life is a meandering pilgrimage of one whose experience of faith has been punctuated by hard decisions, harsh persecution, broken relationships, lingering uncertainty and silence.”  One thing is certain: through the struggles of faith, God will never let us go. — Makoto Fujimura, in The Beauty of Silence

There is a wonderful story in the Bible told from two perspectives. From the west side we see freaked out Philistine pagan priests, who can’t get rid of their troublesome war booty fast enough—loading the Ark of the Covenant on a cart with replicas of gold tumors and mice for appeasing Israel’s God, watching two yoked and driverless milk cows head straight for Beth-shemesh, neither turning to the left or to the right. From the east side, we see Israelite farm workers quietly plying in a field, suddenly spotting on the horizon a driverless milk cow–drawn cart carrying home their pride and joy.      I think funerals are like that. On our end there is mourning and a bit of freaking out. But on the other side, where angels unseen wait, they take what we hand off to them and celebrate a long expected homecoming.   — Andree Seu

If Christ is not Lord over our money and possessions, he is not our Lord. — Randy Alcorn, in Managing God’s Money

Once you become aware that the main business that you are here for is to know God, most of life’s problems fall into place of their own accord.  — J. I. Packer

It’s not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.  — Seneca

You stir us to take pleasure in praising you, because you have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you. – Augustine

Each temptation leaves us better or worse; neutrality is impossible. – Erwin W. Lutzer

God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.  — John Piper

I don’t so much pray that my death will be without pain, but that it will be without doubt.   — John Piper

Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.  — G. K. Chesterton

Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. Faith is the belief that God will do what is right.  — Max Lucado

We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful. — C.S. Lewis, in The Abolition of Man

“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms…”(Deuteronomy 33:27).

Worship is not an experience. Worship is an act, and this takes discipline. We are to worship ‘in spirit and in truth.’ Never mind about the feelings. We are to worship in spite of them. — Elisabeth Elliot

Am I ignitable? God deliver me from the dread asbestos of “other things.” Saturate me with the oil of the Spirit that I may be aflame.  — Jim Elliot

Venezuela is a woeful reminder that no country is so rich that it can’t be driven into the ground by revolutionary socialism.    — Rich Lowry

Laws which prescribe what everyone must believe, and forbid men to say or write anything against this or that opinion, are often passed to gratify, or rather to appease the anger of those who cannot abide independent minds.  —Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677)

… a congregation learns its theology, and takes it down into the crevices of their soul, by the songs that they sing, not just by the preaching they hear. Historically, it’s the hymnody of the church that has, alongside preaching, been one of the most powerful means by which a church is taught.  — John Piper

The true measure of the greatness of sin is not the way it ruins human life, but the way it dishonors God. – John Piper

God permits what He hates to accomplish what He loves.  – Joni Eareckson Tada

It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities.  — Josiah Stamp

Providence: it’s not the world’s idea of fate or luck, but the reality of God’s divine intervention. He orchestrates the lives of His children to accomplish His good purposes. – Chuck Colson

Sin makes you stupid – Greg Laurie

I foresee a time when every sincere Christian will be compelled to openly confess and freely declare their faith.  — Paul Schneider  (1937, first martyr of the Nazi)

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.   —  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.  – Albert Einstein

God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things that should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.  — Reinhold Niebuhr

The best way to prepare for the coming of Christ is never to forget the presence of Christ.  — William Barclay

Anxiety is the natural result when our hopes are centered in anything short of God and his will for us.  — William Franklin (Billy) Graham

One of Satan’s most effective schemes is simply to wear God’s people out. Satan uses exhaustion and profound discouragement to persuade us to give up opposing him. — Beth Moore

Putting God’s will above your own is how one takes up their own cross. – Greg Laurie

The chief mark of the Christian ought to be the absence of fear and the presence of joy.  — Ray Stedman

The question is not how much of my money I give to God, but rather how much of God’s money I keep for myself.   —   R. G. LeTourneau