Today’s word for the Five Minute Friday is ‘ten’ and I first thought about writing about ten commandments but figured I am not able to do it in mere five minutes. I prayed about it and felt lead to share ten of my favorite Andrew Murray quotes with you.
Andrew Murray (9 May 1828 – 18 January 1917) was a South African writer, teacher, and Christian pastor. He has been dead almost 100 years now but still his writings are relevant. How come? He wrote about eternal things. That’s the only way our own life’s work will ever be relevant for centuries and how its meaning will last forever and ever. Choose wisely, my friend, how you live your life!
Here are my ten favorite Andrew Murray quotes. They all talk about having flowing faith on one way or another. Go figure!
As one of His redeemed ones, you are His delight, and all His desire is to you, with the longing of a love which is stronger than death, and which many waters cannot quench. His heart yearns after you, seeking your fellowship and your love. Were it needed, He could die again to possess you… His life is bound up in yours; you are to Him inexpressibly more indispensable and precious than you ever can know.
We must begin to believe that God, in the mystery of prayer, has entrusted us with a force that can move the Heavenly world, and can bring its power down to earth.
The only humility that is really ours is not that which we try to show before God in prayer, but that which we carry with us, and carry out, in our ordinary conduct; the insignficances of daily life are the importances and the tests of eternity, because they prove what really is the spirit that possesses us.
Let every approach to God, and every request for fellowship with Him be accompanied by a new, very definite, and entire surrender to Him to work in you.
I need to spend time with God even when I do not know what to pray.
We find the Christian life difficult because we seek for God’s blessing while we live according to our own will. We make our own plans and choose our own work, and then we ask the Lord Jesus to watch and see that sin does not overtake us and that we do not wander too far from the path. But our relationship to Jesus ought to be such that we are entirely at His disposal. Every day we should go to Him first, humbly and straightforwardly, and say, “Lord, is there anything in me that is not according to your will, that has not been ordered by you, or that is not entirely given over to you? What would you have me do today?
Do not strive in your own strength; cast yourself at the feet of the Lord Jesus, and wait upon Him in the sure confidence that He is with you, and works in you. Strive in prayer; let faith fill your heart–so will you be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.
When feeling says, ‘In myself, I am sinful; I am dark; I am weak; I am poor; I am sad;’ let faith say. ‘In Christ, I am holy; I am light; I am strong; I am rich; I am joyful.
The deeper we are willing to enter into the death of self, the more shall we know of the mighty power of God, and the perfect blessedness of a perfect trust.
However strong the branch becomes, however far away it reaches round the home, out of sight of the vine, all its beauty and all its fruitfulness ever depend upon that one point of contact where it grows out of the vine. So be it with us too.
Thank you for the life’s work of Andrew Murray.
Thank you for his encouraging and spirit-filled words.
Help us to know what is worth doing,
enable us to choose wisely.
Fill us with your Spirit,
give us all flowing faith
in Jesus’ name,
Q4U: What is your favorite Andrew Murray quote?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you lead a Spirit-filled life!
* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses to Biblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.]