Great Souls

This page is going to be interesting for you because I took the time to put in the thoughts and words spoken by great souls.  Nowadays people don’t find the time to sit down and read valuable books to enrich their intellect.  So, I thought why not putting in the precious words myself and make life easier for you.

You will come across spiritual sharing from various authors, which I believe will add more flavor towards your spiritual journey to attain God.

How Great Soul Winners Were Filled
With the Holy Spirit

by John R. Rice 

In the great book, The Holy Spirit: Who He Is, and What He Does, Dr. R. A. Torrey in chapter five gives three defining statements as to what the baptism of the Holy Spirit is.

  1. In the first place, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a definite experience of which one may know whether he has received it or not ….
  2. In the second place, the Baptism with the Holy Spirit is a work of the Holy Spirit distinct from and additional to His regenerating work ….
  3. In the third place, the Baptism with the Holy Spirit is a work of the Holy Spirit always connected with and primarily for the purpose of testimony and service.

THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT FOR SERVICE

In some sense, and to some extent, the Holy Spirit dwells with every believer; but there is another gift, which may be called the gift of the Holy Spirit for service. This gift, it strikes me, is entirely distinct and separate from conversion and assurance. God has a great many children that have no power, and the reason is, they have. not the gift of the Holy Ghost for service. God doesn’t seem to work with them, and I believe it is because they have not sought this gift.

In the opening of the eleventh chapter of Luke we find the disciples asking Christ to teach them how to pray. After doing so he goes on to explain it, and in the ninth, tenth, and thirteenth verses says: “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth …. If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children; how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him!”

Now the lesson to be learned from this is, that we must pray for the Holy Spirit for service; pray that we may be anointed and qualified to do the work that God has for us to do. I believe that Elisha was a child of God before Elijah met him; but he was not qualified for the work of a prophet until the spirit of Elijah came upon him. We have to ask for this blessing, to knock for it, to seek for it, and find out why it does not come. If we regard iniquity in our hearts, if we have some hidden sin, God is not going to give us the baptism of power. We are not as “an empty vessel”; we are not ready to receive the blessing, and so it doesn’t come.

In the third chapter of Luke we find that Christ was baptized by the Holy Ghost before he entered upon his ministry. This should teach us to get anointed before starting out to do the Lord’s work. Christ was the Son of God just as much before his baptism as afterward, but even he needed this power; and if the Son of God, who never had sinned, needed it, how much more do we need it, and how hopeless it will be if we attempt to work before we get it.

Again you will notice Mr. Moody’s teaching that the coming of the Holy Spirit upon Christians, what Moody and Torrey and most other great soul winners have called “the baptism of the Holy Spirit,” is simply an enduement of power for soul-winning service; that Christians should pray for this enduement of power from on high.

POWERFUL PRAYER TO RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT

‘O Lord, take all sin from me. Teach me what it is that hinders Thy coming. I will give up everything. Come, O Holy Spirit, come and take possession of me, and help me to win men.’

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Billy Sunday
Salty evangelist
posted 8/08/2008 12:56PM

Billy Sunday

“Nowadays we think we are too smart to believe in the Virgin birth of Jesus and too well educated to believe in the Resurrection. That’s why people are going to the devil in multitudes.”

For further information please visit:

www.jesus-is-savior.com/Books,Tracts&Preaching/Printed Books/Dr John Rice../soul_winning_and_holy_spirit_power.htm

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C. H. SpurgeonI do not come into this pulpit hoping that perhaps somebody will of his own free will return to Christ. My hope lies in another quarter. I hope that my Master will lay hold of some of them and say, “You are mine, and you shall be mine. I claim you for myself.” My hope arises from the freeness of grace, and not from the freedom of the will.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Witnessing Better Than Knowing the Future

“When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”—Acts 1:6-8.

HESE ARE AMONG THE LAST WORDS of our Lord. We greatly prize the last words of good men. Let us set high store by these later words of our ascending Lord. It is very curious to my mind that Jesus should make mention of John the Baptist and of John’s baptism in these last words. It is very usual for good men’s memories, in their last hours, to go back to their first hours. I trust that some of us will think of our baptism even when we are dying.

We have three things to talk about; first, some things which are not for us; secondly, some things for us to receive; and thirdly, something for us to be.

I. First, then, let us consider SOME THINGS WHICH ARE NOT FOR US. It is not for us to know the times and the seasons, and to be able to make a map of the future. There are some great events of the future very clearly revealed. The prophecy is not at all indistinct about the facts that will occur; but as to when they will occur, we have no data. Some think that they have; but our Lord here seems to say that we do not know the times and the seasons, and that it is not for us to know them.

Let us, then, not seek to unroll the map of the future, but calmly say,—

“My God, I would not long to see
My fate with curious eyes,
What gloomy lines are writ for me,
Or what bright scenes arise;”
but just leave it all with God. The Father hath it in his own hands, and there we wish it to be.

II. And now, secondly, there are SOME THINGS FOR US TO RECEIVE. The Savior said to the eleven that they were to wait at Jerusalem till they had received power by the Holy Ghost coming upon them. This is what we want; we want the Holy Ghost. We often speak about this; but, in truth, it is unspeakable, the power of the Holy Ghost, mysterious, divine. When it comes upon a man, he is bathed in the very essence of the Deity. The atmosphere about him becomes the life and power of God.

The Holy Spirit gives to his people power which may be looked at from different points. He gave to some of them in the olden times miraculous power, and they went forth, having received the Spirit of God, to do great signs and wonders in the name of Christ. If you have not that, you may hope to have mental power. The Holy Spirit does not educate us, or give us culture after the common method of men, and yet there is an inner education and a higher culture which is much more to be desired, which comes from him.

It is amazing how persons, of very scanty gifts, and very small attainments, have, nevertheless, become wise toward God, their mental faculties being quickened with regard to heavenly things in a very remarkable manner.

The power of the Spirit is also, in part, moral power. He gives to men qualities that make them strong and influential over their fellow-men, he imparts dauntless courage, calm confidence, intense affection, burning zeal, deep patience, much-enduring perseverance.

It were better to be dumb than to speak only in the power of our own spirit. It were better to lay the finger on the lip than to begin to talk before our message has been burnt into us by the Holy Ghost. Wait for the live coal from off the altar to blister thy lip, for then only canst thou speak with power when thou thyself hast felt the fire of the Spirit.

III. Now we pass on to the third point, which is a very important practical one, SOMETHING FOR US TO BE. If you are a disciple of Christ, you are not to look into the times and the seasons which the Father hath put in his own power; you are to receive the Spirit of God, and then there is something for you to be. Did you expect me to say that then there is something for you to do? Well, there is a great deal for you to do; but the text says, “Ye shall be witnesses”; not “Ye shall act as witnesses” only, but “Ye shall be witnesses.”

Dear friends, we are to be witnesses of what Christ has done. If we have seen Christ, if we believe in Christ, let us tell it honestly. These apostles had a great deal to tell. They had been with Christ in private; they had seen his miracles; they had heard his choicest and more secret words; they had to go and bear witness to it all. And you, who have been let into the secrets of Christ, you who have communed with him more closely than others, you have much to tell. Tell it all, for whatever he has said to you in the closet you are to proclaim upon the housetop. You are to witness what you have seen, and tasted, and handled, concerning your Lord.

Let this be your prayer and your resolve,—

“Give me thy strength, O God of power!
Then let winds blow, or thunders roar,
Thy faithful witness will I be:
‘Tis fixed: I can do all through thee.”

I do not doubt that it is so and, beloved, if you and I can live wholly and alone for Christ, if we can live nobly, if we can get out of ourselves, if we can rise superior to worldly advantages, and prove that we believe all we say, we shall convince our fellow-men of the truth of our religion. This is what the Holy Spirit would have us to be.

For further deeper insight on the sermon’s of this great soul, you can visit at: http://www.spurgeon.org

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ARCHBISHOP FULTON SHEEN

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A master communicator, he had the great gift of preaching and teaching the Gospel in a way easy to understand.

Some precious words from the mouth of this great soul!

“Show me your hands. Do they have scars from giving? Show me your feet. Are they wounded in service? Show me your heart. Have you left a place for divine love?”

“Every mother, when she picks up the young life that has been born to her, looks up to the heaven to thank GOD for the gift which made the world young again. But here was a Mother, a Madonna, who did not look up. She looked down to Heaven for this was Heaven in her arms.”

“Our brains today are big enough. could it be that our hearts are too small?”

“When we say we fear God, we mean we shrink from hurting One whom we love.”

“We do not need a voice that is right when everyone else is right. We need a voice that is right when everyone else is wrong.”

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THOMAS DE WITT TALMAGE

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The Laughter of the Bible

Thirty-eight times does the Bible make reference to this configuration of the features and quick expulsion of breath which we call laughter. My theme this morning is the laughter of the Bible—namely, Sarah’s laugh, or that of skepticism; David’s laugh, or that of spiritual exultation; the fool’s laugh, or that of sinful merriment; God’s laugh, or that of infinite condemnation; heaven’s laugh, or that of eternal triumph.

I have preached this sermon with five prayerful wishes: that you might see what a mean thing is the laughter of skepticism; what a bright thing is the laugh of spiritual exultation; what a hollow thing is the laugh of sinful merriment; what an awful thing is the laugh of condemnation; what a radiant, rubicund thing is the laughter of eternal triumph. Avoid the ill, choose the right; be comforted, be comforted. Blessed are ye that weep now, for ye shall laugh—ye shall laugh!

If you want to read more on this sermon:

http://www.newsforchristians.com/clser1/talmage020.html

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St. Maria Faustina Kowalska

Born: August 25, 1905

Died: October 5, 1938

When St. Faustina left this earth for her heavenly home in 1938, she left behind an incomprehensible gift to mankind – her diary. In this, we can read about God’s gift of Mercy to an individual soul and to the whole world. St. Faustina’s struggles were like our own and on the outside her life was ordinary. But, on the inside her soul was transformed daily through prayer and God’s mercy. Through St. Faustina, Jesus commissioned a painting that would portray His mercy; it is now known as the Divine Mercy image. Jesus also taught her to pray the chaplet – for sinners, for the world.

Words of St Faustina:

“My goal is God…and my happiness is in accomplishing His will, and nothing in the world can disturb this happiness for me:  no power, no force of any kind.”

“Francis never criticized anyone.  He believed that if evil was all around, it was he, and not others, who must first be converted.  …The more rot and scandal that St. Francis saw around him, the more he desired to conform to the image of Christ in purity, humility, and poverty.  It was he, Francis, whose fault it was that the world was so evil; therefore, it was he, Francis, who had to be radically converted – and history proved that he was right.  For when Francis was converted, when he became so “transparent” to the Lord that the image of Christ could be reflected in him, Europe then began to heave itself up from the fall….”

Most pleasing prayer to God: prayer for sinners
Jesus continued: “The prayer most pleasing to Me is prayer for the conversion of sinners. Know, My
daughter, that this prayer is always heard and answered.” (#1397)

Reward for patience and hardships
St. Faustina once complained to the Lord Jesus because she saw how much her confessor was suffering
due to the carrying out of this work. She said: “Jesus, this is Your affair, so why are You acting this way toward him? It
seems to me that You are making difficulties for him, while at the same time ordering him to act.”
The Lord Jesus answered: “Write that by day and night My gaze is fixed upon him, and I permit
these adversities in order to increase his merit. I do not reward for good results but for the patience and
hardships undergone for My sake.” (#86)

THE HOLY EUCHARIST
The Glorious Face of Jesus in the Eucharistic Monstrance
Sister Faustina related that one time during her deep prayer she was transported in spirit to the chapel
where she saw the Lord Jesus, exposed in the monstrance. In place of the monstrance, she saw the glorious face
of Jesus, and He said to her:
“What you see in reality, these souls see through faith. Oh, how pleasing to Me is their great faith!
You see, although there appears to be no trace of life in Me, in reality, it is present in its fullness in each
and every Host. But for Me to be able to act upon a soul, the soul must have faith. O how pleasing to Me is
living faith!” (#420)

To read more please visit:

http://www.miraclesofdivinemercy.com/Data/Jesus’%20Words%20to%20St.Faustina.pdf

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Meera Bai

Human being don’t forget your reality, this gift of life is for a few days only. Take advantage of this opportunity, you came here for a beautiful reason.

Don’t let greed delude you into sleep, don’t waste your resources following desires. Wake up and realize your fortune.

Find the living master, He teaches how to awaken.

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Swami Vivekananda

Born: January 12, 1863
Died: July 4, 1902

#. Remember the words of Christ — “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” These words are literally true, not figures or fiction. They were the outflow of the heart’s blood of one of the greatest sons of God, who have ever come to this world of ours; words which came as the fruit of realization, from a man who had felt and realized God Himself; who had spoken with God, lived with God, a hundred times more intensely, than you or I see this building.

#. Be strong and stand up and seek the God of Love. This is the highest strength. What power is higher than the power of purity? Love and purity govern the world. This love of God cannot be reached by the weak; therefore be not weak, either physically, mentally, morally, or spiritually.

#. In this world of many, he who sees the One, in this ever-changing world, he who sees Him, who never changes, as the Soul of his own soul, as his own Self, he is free, he is blessed, he has reached the goal.

“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, that is the way great spiritual giants are produced.”

“Love never fails, my son; today or tomorrow or ages after, truth will conquer. Love shall win the victory. Do you love your fellow men? Where should you go to seek for God — are not all the poor, the miserable, the weak, Gods? Why not worship them first? Why go to dig a well on the shores of the Ganga? Believe in the omnipotent power of love. Who cares for these tinsel puffs of name? I never keep watch of what the newspapers are saying. Have you love?– you are omnipotent. Are you perfectly unselfish? If so, you are irresistible. It is character that pays everywhere. It is the Lord who protects His children in the depths of the sea. Your country requires heroes; be heroes! God bless you!”

“Look upon every man, woman, and every one as God. You cannot help anyone, you can only serve: serve the children of the Lord, serve the Lord Himself, if you have the privilege. If the Lord grants that you can help any one of his children, blessed you are; do not think too much of yourselves. Blessed you are that that privilege was given to you when others had it not. Do it only as a worship. I should see God in the poor, and it is for my salvation that I go and worship them. The poor and the miserable are for our salvation, so that we may serve the Lord, coming in the shape of the diseased, coming in the shape of the lunatic, the leper, and the sinner!”

The Divine Incarnation Or Avatara
Jesus Christ was God — the Personal God become man. He has manifested Himself many times in different forms and these alone are what you can worship. God in His absolute nature is not to be worshipped. Worshipping such God would be nonsense. We have to worship Jesus Christ, the human manifestation, as God. You cannot worship anything higher than the manifestation of God. The sooner you give up the worship of God separate from Christ, the better for you. Think of the Jehovah you manufacture and of the beautiful Christ. Any time you attempt to make a God beyond Christ, you murder the whole thing. God alone can worship God. It is not given to man, and any attempt to worship Him beyond His ordinary manifestations will be dangerous to mankind. Keep close to Christ if you want salvation; He is higher than any God you can imagine. If you think that Christ was a man, do not worship Him; but as soon as you can realise that He is God, worship Him. Those who say He was a man and then worship Him commit blasphemy; there is no half – way house for you; you must take the whole strength of it. “He that hath seen the Son hath seen the Father”, and without seeing the Son, you cannot see the Father. It would be only tall talk and frothy philosophy and dreams and speculations. But if you want to have a hold on spiritual life, cling close to God as manifest in Christ.

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Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

Mahatma Gandhi
(1869-1948)

 Jesus was certainly the highest example of one who wished to give everything, asking nothing in return, and not caring what creed might happen to be professed by the recipient. I am sure that if he were living here now among men, he would bless the lives of many who perhaps have never even heard his name, if only their lives embodied the virtues of which he was a living example on earth; the virtues of loving one’s neighbour as oneself and of doing good and charitable works among one’s fellowmen.

What, then, does Jesus mean to me? To me, he was one of the greatest teachers humanity has ever had. To his believers, he was God’s only begotten Son.* Could the fact that I do or do not accept this belief make Jesus have any more or less influence in my life? Is all the grandeur of his teaching and of his doctrine to be forbidden to me? I cannot believe so.

To me, it implies a spiritual birth. My interpretation, in other words, is that in Jesus’ own life is the key of his nearness to God; that he expressed, as no other could, the spirit and will of God. It is in this sense that I see him and recognize him as the Son of God.

The lives of all have, in some greater or lesser degree, been changed by his presence, his actions, and the words spoken by his divine voice. And because the life of Jesus has the significance and the transcendency to which I have alluded, I believe that he belongs not solely to Christianity, but to the entire world; to all races and people, it matters little under what flag, name or doctrine they may work, profess a faith, or worship a God inherited from their ancestors.

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