Friday, September 09, 2016

John R. Rice Quotes of the Week

The fullness of the Holy Spirit, too, is called a filling of the Spirit. But Jesus said, "You will be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence." What does that mean? It means "covered, surrounded, buried, overwhelmed" in the power of God. Then He said, "The Holy Ghost shall come upon you." That is a term used in the Old Testament also for the Holy Spirit for service. The Holy Spirit within you is a matter of salvation now, and constant for every Christian. But the Holy Spirit upon you for service and soul winning is a ministry out towards the world, the soul-winning help that every Christian needs and can have. And that is what they got at Pentecost.
Some say the church started at Pentecost. Well, the Bible never mentions it. Here is the whole story of the preaching of the Gospel, the power of the Holy Spirit and three thousand people saved - and you are interested in the origin of the church! Why don't you get interested in what God is talking about, what God is interested in? Praise God! When the power of God came, they won three thousand souls! That is a fulfillment! - John R. Rice 

The Bible has definite and detailed instructions concerning marriage and the relationships of husband and wife. God made man and then made woman to be a helpmeet for man. He performed the first marriage ceremony. He placed man as the head of the home then, and since that time no home has ever been successful and happy which has violated God's plain command. The failure of modern marriage is caused by failure to follow God's plan for the home. Where a man disobeys God's plain command about his duty as head of the home, and where a woman refuses to obey her husband as God commanded and usurps authority which God forbade her, sin reigns in that home and sin always brings heartache and trouble. - John R. Rice

Whether he wants it so or not, a man is responsible for his family. All the lying excuses will not change the fact that a man can raise his family and so teach them, lead them, and discipline them so they will serve the Lord. In Proverbs 22:6 the Lord says, "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." The Lord did not say that a child properly reared would COME BACK to his father's way and a righteous life; the Lord plainly says the THE CHILD WILL NEVER LEAVE IT even "when he is old" or grown and out from under the father's care! Fathers are responsible for their children, even responsible for the welfare of their eternal souls. - John R. Rice

If women knew and cared about what God expects their attitude to be toward their husbands, they would be much more careful in accepting a husband, and marriage would last longer and be more happy. - John R. Rice

Husband, your wife is a part of yourself. You should love her as you love your own body, love her with the unselfish compassion that Christ has for His church. That standard is so high that it should make every man humble as he tries to be a good husband. If the man is stronger, he should be better. If the man has more authority, he should have more responsibility. As the salvation of a sinner and the security of His saints depends on Christ, not on us, so the Lord places more heavily on man the responsibility for a happy home. - John R. Rice

True happiness in marriage is based on faith. The woman who does not trusts her husband's judgment and character enough to submit to his will, cannot have the happiness which comes from full confidence. Then the husband cannot trust completely a wife who thinks first, not of what is right or best for the home, but of her own selfish will. The companionship of husband and wife is not worth the name when faith and confidence are gone. - John R. Rice

Some people who do not know much about evangelism foolishly say that revival is one thing and evangelism is another. They say you ought not call it a revival when you set out to be an evangelist and have evangelistic services. They are mistaken, They are making much about nothing. The simple truth is it always means that when God's people are revived they set out to win souls. When God's people do right, God helps them to win souls, and people get revived. There is no way to separate what God has put together here- soul winning and revival. - John R. Rice

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