Friday, March 24, 2017

John R. Rice Quotes of the Week

   Praying is asking, and the answer to prayer is receiving.
   Prayer is seeking, and an answer to prayer is finding.
   Prayer is knocking, and an answer to prayer is having God open the door to you.
   Prayer is asking, and the answer to prayer is having!
   Oh, Christians, I beg you, enter into your privileges, and get the things you want and need and ask for from God! - John R. Rice

   How often I have met the sin of unbelief as regards God's willingness to give physical blessings! Frequently people tell me, "Earthly blessings were for the Jews, but God gives to Christians heavenly blessings." I do not know who invented that wicked alibi of unbelief; I have known many good men to quote it. But it is certainly not true. God is as willing to give daily bread to Christians in the New Testament as in the Old Testament. His plan has never changed. In James 1:17 we are told, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." On this matter of supplying Christians' needs God never varies; there is never a shadow of turning away from His goodness in providential care for His own! - John R. Rice

   The Bible says about Christians, "Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted?" (Matt. 5:13). That is, if you don't have enough saving power to get a lost sinner saved, if you don't have any influence; if you can't condemn and warn and plead and get people saved, then nobody is going to get saved. It is a terrible thing when God's people lose their salt. - John R. Rice

   "the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives." Who are the "sons of God"? That is the godly line like Abel and Seth and their descendants who serve the Lord. They are children of God like saved people are now the children of God.
"The daughters of men"? They were the natural people, unsaved of Cain's wicked group who went on in their wickedness against God.
   So a terrible thing comes about - the compromise of God's saved people who join in and intermarry with the wicked unsaved. That always brings trouble. - John R. Rice

   Somebody said to me about a certain preacher who was having modernists on his platform, 'Why does God use him? Why doesn't God slap him down?"
   I said, "Do you want God to slap you down every time you miss it a little bit somewhere? Do you want God to slap everybody down who is not perfect? If so, then He would have to slap everybody down." Oh, the mercy of God! - John R. Rice

   "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God." Now a man who says there is no God is a fool. I do not care how wise he thinks he is, he is a crackpot; there is nobody home upstairs; he has rooms to let, unfurnished, in the upper story; he has bats in the belfry--God says he is a fool. A man who is an atheist and says there is no God is a fool, because of two outstanding things. These two things are true of all those that the Bible calls fools. First, he doesn't face the facts. He is not willing to take the evidence. And second, he has an animosity in his heart against the truth. His heart is set against the truth because he does not want to believe. He does not want to look at the evidence, and he will not investigate the facts. It is evident that any man with half sense knows there is a God, and only a fool would say that there is no God. For instance, you may look at me--I am not much to look at, but I prove there is a God. The fact that I am here proves there is a God. David said, "I am fearfully and wonderfully made." - John R. Rice

   A few years ago a man got real bright and made a camera. He thought he was sure smart. But God made a camera in every human eye. There is the lens, back of that the dark box, then the super-sensitive film or plate. But God's camera is automatic, self-developing, instantaneous, self-repairing, all-color film, and is infinitely beyond any camera built by science. Yet fools think nobody made man! - John R. Rice

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