1) "Peace, direction, power - the fullness of life - await the complete surrender of ourselves to God for His purposes. This is the Great experiment that is waiting to be made - giving God control
2) "This initial surrender, if it is thorough and honest, is met at once from God's side
3) A Christian is not a man who is trying to do something. He is a man who has received something. He is a man raised to a new level of power.
4) Selfishness, fear, resentment, pride, do not live in the air. They live in men.
5) One of God’s most effective ways of introducing us to ourselves is to send us to another person, whom we can trust, to tell them the whole truth about our lives as far as we know it.
6) the necessity of putting into words to another person the hard facts about our sin makes us see it more clearly and hate it more thoroughly.
7) Frankness, trust, understanding, free and happy co- operation cannot exist between people who are hiding from each other.
8) We do not want to change. We should hate to change. And so those little reticence’s and petty deceptions begin and grow until we are living two lives the one other people see and the one we hope they do not see!
9) The most frequent reason for our isolation is fear. It is fear which makes us hide.
We are afraid of many things. We fear the loss of reputation. We think that if other people saw what we are really like, they would laugh at our mistakes and despise us for our failures. So we cover up our mistakes and failures with silence or self-excuse. We pose as confident, when we are nothing of the kind. The face we present to the world is really a mask.
10) What can we expect as we grow more experienced in this listening to God? Probably the first thing we realize will be that the whole level of our thinking has been altered
11) It is all or nothing. Before you begin to listen to God, you must get rid of any known reservations.
12) Prayer, when it consists of this one-sided address by us to God, becomes increasingly unreal and is eventually dropped or only formally retained. Christian prayer begins with the desire to know God’s will for us and be brought under His control.
Our attitude when we have prayed has been, ‘Listen, Lord, for Thy servant speake. We have made our plans and decisions first, and then sought God’s blessing and assistance.
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