THESE BIBLE VERSES AND CHRISTIAN QUOTES ARE TAKEN DIRECTLY FROM THE BIG BOOK OF CHRISTIAN QUOTES.
Dallas Albert Willard
September 4, 1935 – May 8, 2013 was an American philosopher also known for his writings on Christian spiritual formation.
- Few people arise in the morning as hungry for God as they are for cornflakes or toast and eggs.
- The key, then, to loving God is to see Jesus, to hold him before the mind with as much fullness and clarity as possible. It is to adore him.
- The greatest issue facing the world today, with all its heartbreaking needs, is whether those who, by profession or culture, are identified as ‘Christians’ will become disciples – students, apprentices, practitioners – of Jesus Christ, steadily learning from him how to live the life of the Kingdom of the Heavens into every corner of human existence.
- I’m practicing the discipline of not having to have the last word.
- The most important thing in your life is not what you do; it’s who you become. That’s what you will take into eternity.
- My central claim is that we can become like Christ by doing one thing — by following him in the overall style of life he chose for himself.
- We don’t believe something by merely saying we believe it, or even when we believe that we believe it. We believe something when we act as if it were true.
- Suppose our failures occur, not in spite of what we are doing, but precisely because of it.
- We are invited to make a pilgrimage – into the heart and life of God.
- Spiritual formation for the Christian basically refers to the Spirit-driven process of forming the inner world of the human self in such a way that it becomes like the inner being of Christ himself.
- Ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.
- A great part of the disaster of contemporary life lies in the fact that it is organized around feelings. People nearly always act on their feelings, and think it only right. The will is then left at the mercy of circumstances that evoke feelings. Christian spiritual formation today must squarely confront this fact and overcome it.
- We live in a culture that has, for centuries now, cultivated the idea that the skeptical person is always smarter than one who believes. You can almost be as stupid as a cabbage as long as you doubt.
Fasting confirms our utter dependence upon God by finding in Him a source of sustenance beyond food.
The kingdom of God is the true ecology of the human soul.
- You cannot trust Jesus in areas in which you don’t think him competent.
- The world can no longer be left to mere diplomats, politicians, and business leaders. They have done the best they could, no doubt. But this is an age for spiritual heroes- a time for men and women to be heroic in their faith and in spiritual character and power. The greatest danger to the Christian church today is that of pitching its message too low.
- Happiness in reality consists only in rest, and not in being stirred up. This instinct conflicts with the drive to diversion, and we develop the confused idea that leads people to aim at rest through excitement.
- Individually the disciple and friend of Jesus who has learned to work shoulder to shoulder with his or her Lord stands in this world as a point of contact between heaven and earth, a kind of Jacob’s ladder by which the angels of God may ascend from and descend into human life. Thus the disciple stands as an envoy or a receiver by which the kingdom of God is conveyed into every quarter of human affairs.
- Grace is not opposed to effort, it is opposed to earning. Earning is an attitude. Effort is an action. Grace, you know, does not just have to do with forgiveness of sins alone.
- What a child does when not told what to do is the final indicator of what and who that child is.
- Spiritual people are not those who engage in certain spiritual practices; they are those who draw their life from a conversational relationship with God.
- A carefully cultivated heart will, assisted by the grace of God, foresee, forestall, or transform most of the painful situations before which others stand like helpless children saying “Why?
- In many cases, our need to wonder about or be told what God wants in a certain situation is nothing short of a clear indication of how little we are engaged in His work.
- Actions are not impositions on who we are, but are expressions of who we are. They come out of our heart and the inner realities it supervises and interacts with God’s address is at the end of your rope.
- There is no avoiding the fact that we live at the mercy of our ideas This is never more true than with our ideas about God.
- You can live opposite of what you profess, but you cannot live opposite of what you believe.
- Sometimes we get caught up in trying to glorify God by praising what He can do and we lose sight of the practical point of what He actually does do.
- Jesus, Willard says, “does not call us to do what he did, but to be as he was, permeated with love. Then the doing of what he did and said becomes the natural expression of who we are in him.
- The more we pray, the more we think to pray, and as we see the results of prayer-the responses of our Father to our requests-our confidence in God’s power spills over into other areas of our life.
- Great faith, like great strength in general, is revealed by the ease of its workings. Most of what we think we see as the struggle of faith is really the struggle to act as if we had faith when in fact we do not.
- The truly powerful ideas are precisely the ones that never have to justify themselves.
- To withhold our bodies from religion is to exclude religion from our lives.
- Discipleship is the process of becoming who Jesus would be if he were you.
God may not guide us in an obvious way because he wants us to make decisions based on faith and character.
Jesus is actually looking for people he can trust with his power.
- The will is transformed by experience, not information.
- The acid test for any theology is this: Is the God presented one that can be loved, heart, soul, mind, and strength? … If it fails to set a lovable God–a radiant, happy, friendly, accessible, and totally competent being–before ordinary people, we have gone wrong.
- Everyone gets a spiritual formation. It’s like education. Everyone gets an education; it’s just a matter of which one you get.
The sinner is not the one who uses a lot of grace… The saint burns grace like a 747 burns fuel on take off.
What is truly profound is thought to be stupid and trivial, or worse, boring, while what is actually stupid and trivial is thought to be profound. That is what it means to fly upside down.
- Solitude well practiced will break the power of busyness, haste, isolation, & loneliness.
- God has yet to bless anyone except where they actually are, and if we faithlessly discard situation after situation, moment after moment, as not being “right,” we will simply have no place to receive his kingdom into our life.
- The assumption of Jesus’ program for his people on earth was that they would live their lives as his students and co-laborers.
- Kingdom praying and its efficacy is entirely a matter of the innermost heart’s being totally open and honest before God. It is a matter of what we are saying with our whole being, moving with resolute intent and clarity of mind into the flow of God’s action.
- Our failure to hear His voice when we want to is due to the fact that we do not in general want to hear it, that we want it only when we think we need it.
- It would be strange if we came to shun the genuine simply because it resembled the counterfeit.
- God is the treasure, and where the treasure is, there is the heart. By this we may test our love to God. What are our thoughts most upon? Can we say we are ravished with delight when we think on God? Have our thoughts got wings? Are they fled aloft? Do we contemplate Christ and glory? A sinner crowds God out of his thoughts. He never thinks of God, unless with horror, as the prisoner thinks of the judge.
- See, once you have begun to experience solitude and silence, you discover that you actually have a soul and that there is a God. Then you can begin to practice Sabbath and that will enable you to re-enter community. You can’t have community without Sabbath.
- Theology is a part of our lives. It’s unavoidable. A thoughtless theology guides our lives with just as much force as a thoughtful and informed one.
- Blessing is the projection of good into the life of another.
- The hardest thing about leadership is the intimacy it requires.
- Keep eternity before the children.
- Knowing the ‘right answers’ does not mean we believe them. To believe them means to act as though they’re true.
- Theology is just what you really think about God, and if you’re going to do that, you’d better use your mind and not just let it be a receptacle – a catch-all for whatever beliefs happen to be passing by.
- We should, to begin with, think that God leads a very interesting life, and that he is full of joy. Undoubtedly he is the most joyous being in the universe. The abundance of his love and generosity is inseparable from his infinite joy. All of the good and beautiful things from which we occasionally drink tiny droplets of soul-exhilarating joy, God continuously experiences in all their breadth and depth and richness.
- We Christians should be aware that there’s something at stake in cultural participation that we wouldn’t have been concerned about if all we did was worry about the messages in culture.
- Disciples are those who have been so ravished with Christ that others want to be like them.
- Find a person who has embraced anger, and you will find a person with a wounded ego.
- Discipleship’ as a term has lost its content, and this is one reason why it has been moved aside. I’ve tried to redeem the idea of discipleship, and I think it can be done; you have to get it out of the contemporary mode.
- If you don’t have a teacher you can’t have a disciple.
- Does the Gospel I preach and teach have a natural tendency to cause people who hear it to become full-time students of Jesus? Would those who believe it become his apprentices as a natural ‘next step’? What can we reasonably expect would result from people actually believing the substance of my message?
- Human beings are at their core defined by what they worship rather than primarily by what they think, know, or believe. That is bound up with the central Augustinian claim that we are what we love.
- Most problems in contemporary churches can be explained by the fact that members have never decided to follow Christ.
- One of the hardest things in the world is to be right and not hurt other people with it.
- Today it is the skeptics who are the social conformists, though because of powerful intellectual propaganda they continue to enjoy thinking of themselves as wildly individualistic and unbearably bright.
- And God has set up prayer in such a way that, if you want to explain it away, you can. That’s the human mind. God set it up like that for a reason, which is this: God ordained that people should be governed in the end by what they want.
- The idea of having faith in Jesus has come to be totally isolated from being his apprentice and learning how to do what he said.
- The humility that cringes in order that reproof may be escaped or favor obtained is as unchristian as it is profoundly immoral.
- God’s aim in human history is the creation of an inclusive community of loving persons, with himself included as its primary sustainer and most glorious inhabitant.
- The people to whom we minister and speak will not recall 99 percent of what we say to them, but they will never forget the kind of persons we are.
- No one need worry about our getting the best of God in some bargain with him, or that we might somehow succeed in using him for our purposes. Anyone who thinks this is a problem has seriously underestimated the intelligence and agility of our Father in the heavens. He will not be tricked or cheated.
- The main thing God gets out of your life is not the achievements you accomplish. It’s the person you become.
- There is absolutely nothing in what Jesus himself or his early followers taught that suggests you can decide just to enjoy forgiveness at Jesus’ expense and have nothing more to do with him.
- A disciple is a person who has decided that the most important thing in their life is to learn how to do what Jesus said to do.
- Consumer Christianity is now normative. The consumer Christian is one who utilizes the grace of God for forgiveness and the services of the church for special occasions, but does not give his or her life and innermost thoughts, feelings, and intentions over to the kingdom of the heavens. Such Christians are not inwardly transformed and not committed to it.
- It is the responsibility of every Christ-centred follower to carve out a satisfying life under the loving rule of God or else sin will start to look good.
- Projects of personal transformation rarely if ever succeed by accident, drift or imposition.
- A disciple is a learner, a student, an apprentice – a practitioner… Disciples of Jesus are people who do not just profess certain views as their own but apply their growing understanding of life in the Kingdom of the Heavens to every aspect of their life on earth.
- If our gospel does not free the individual up for a unique life of spiritual adventure in living with God daily, we simply have not entered fully into the good news that Jesus brought.