10 Quotes to Rock Your World

By Michael Brown Published on March 28, 2017

Over the years, I have committed to memory numerous quotes that have stirred my heart and impacted my life.

To help a light a spiritual fire in your own heart this spring day, here are ten of my all-time favorites.

1) “For the sake of a dying, suffering world count the cost, pay the price, and set the captives free.” (John G. Lake) It is true that God freely shares his gifts with his children. It is also true that many times, there are obstacles to overcome and prices to pay before we attain the goal of our faith. How badly do we want to see Jesus touch this dying world by his Spirit through us?

2) “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) I read this quote more than 30 years ago in Leonard Ravenhill’s classic book Why Revival Tarries, and I have reflected on it as much as I have quoted it. It still pierces the heart.

3) “The man whose little sermon is ‘repent’ sets himself against his age, and will for the time being be battered mercilessly by the age whose moral tone he challenges. There is but one end for such a man — ‘off with his head!’ You had better not try to preach repentance until you have pledged your head to heaven.” (Joseph Parker) This quote was another of the jewels found in Why Revival Tarries, and it ultimately inspired Keith Green to write the song, “I Pledge My Head to Heaven.” Are you really ready to preach repentance?

4) “When I really enjoy God I feel my desires of him the more insatiable and my thirstings after holiness the more unquenchable. O’ this pleasing pain. It makes my soul press after God.” (David Brainerd) People who are sick sometimes lose their appetite, and when the appetite returns, it is often a sign of health. The same applies spiritually. How hungry are you? That says a lot about your spiritual health.

“Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.”

5) “Satan is so much more in earnest than we are — he buys up the opportunity while we are wondering how much it will cost.” (Amy Carmichael) This lifelong missionary challenges us afresh today. Why are Satan’s people often so much more devoted to their cause than we are to ours? And why were some of us more zealous for sin before we were saved than we are zealous for the Lord now that we are saved? (While I’m at it, here’s a bonus quote from Amy: “I don’t wonder apostolic miracles have died. Apostolic living certainly has.”)

6) “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.” (G. K. Chesterton) This brilliant thinker had a way of getting straight to the point, and he nailed it here. What is stopping you (or me) from taking God at his Word and going for it? That question leads right into this next quote.

7) “One of these days some simple soul will pick up the Book of God, read it, and believe it. Then the rest of us will be embarrassed.” (Leonard Ravenhill) Enough said.

8) “The world may frown — Satan may rage — but go on! Live for God. May I die in the field of battle.” (James B. Taylor) I have said for many years that what the world calls fanaticism and much of the church calls extremism, God calls normal. So it is with this quote.

9) “If God were not my friend, Satan would not be so much my enemy.” (Thomas Brooks) The Puritans had a way with words and specialized in short, pithy sayings, ideal for tweeting. Let the 17th century meet the 21st century, and let’s be sure that God is our friend and we are his.

10) “The greatness of a man’s power is the measure of his surrender.” (William Booth) Here’s another one that’s easier to tweet than it is to live out, but God is not impressed with our great abilities and frenzied activities. He is looking for a surrendered life. How powerful in God are you really?

With the frenzy of activity surrounding the new administration, all eyes are on Washington, understandably so.

But as important as the issues being debated are, the greatest change will come to America as you and I live our lives to the full in the service of God and man.

These quotes should help us do just that.

Forward in faith and with fire!

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  • Bob Brooke

    With fire, indeed!

  • Sonnys_Mom

    One more great quote, and it came from you, Dr Brown. A few years ago, our Boston area Salem radio stations sponsored a “listener rally” and you were the speaker. It was a presidential election year, and I raised my hand and asked a question about the possible consequences.

    “Look,” you began your response, “Jesus is Lord!” In the years since, that simple phrase has meant so much to me, an anchor in the midst of the storms satan has unleashed against us.

  • john appleseed

    Great quotes, Sir.
    I think my all-time favorite is also inspiring:
    “A ship in harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are made for.” (William Shedd, missionary to Iraq, circa 100 years ago)

    • john appleseed

      BTW, that quote helped spur my wife & me into full-time service in Davao City, Philippines.

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