Missionary to China
(Polish - to give perfecting touches.) "The children were polished by love, truthfulness, hard work, discipline, reinforced by Scripture, prayer and song."
"God works with souls like a jeweler works with gems. Once He finds and brings them to the Light, they are cut, polished and placed in a setting of His choice."
"God, as our captain, does not shelve His soldiers as though they were cracked pottery. Soldiers are simply assigned to other tasks, some to suffer for His sake, some to wage war in a field of prayer."
"The Blood does not cleanse excuses, but always cleanses sins, confessed as sin."
Eric H. Liddell
Missionary to China
"One word stands out from all others as the key to knowing God, to having his peace and assurance in your heart; it is OBEDIENCE.
To obey God's will was like food to Jesus, refreshing His mind, body and spirit. 'My heart is to do the will of Him that sent me.'
Obedience to God's will is the secret of spiritual knowledge and insight. It is not willingness to know, but willingness to do (obey) God's will that brings certainty.
'If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.'
Obedience is the secret of guidance. Every Christian should live a God-guided life. If you are not guided by God you will be guided by something else. The Christian that doesn't know this sense of guidance in his life is missing something vital. Take obedience with you into your prayer hour, for you will know as much of God, and only as much of God, as you are willing to put into practice."
"Father, I pray that no circumstances however bitter or however long drawn out, may cause me to break Thy Law, the Law of Love to Thee and to my neighbor. That I may not become resentful, have hurt feelings, hate or become embittered by life's experiences, but that in and through all I may see They guiding hand and have a heart full of gratitude for Thy daily mercy, daily love, daily power and daily presence."
"We are all missionaries. We carry our religion with us, or we allow our religion to carry us. Wherever we go, we either bring people nearer to Christ, or we repel them from Christ. We are working for the great Kingdom of God - the time when all people will turn to Christ as their leader, and will not be afraid to own him as such."
"Victory over all the circumstances of life comes not by might, nor by power, but by a practical confidence in God and by allowing His Spirit to dwell in our hearts and control our actions and emotions.
Learn in the days of ease and comfort, to think in terms of the prayer that follows, so that when the days of hardship come you will be fully prepared and equipped to meet them."
"There can be no neutrality where Christianity is concerned. Each one must come to the crossroads at some period in their life, and must make his decision for or against the Master."
Martyred Missionary to Ecuador
"May we who know Christ hear the cry of the damned as they hurtle headlong into the Christless night without ever a chance. May we be moved with compassion as our Lord was. May we shed tears of repentance for those we have failed to bring out of darkness. Beyond the smiling scenes of Bethlehem may we see the crushing agony of Golgotha. May God give us a new vision of His will concerning the lost and our responsibility."
Martyred Missionary to China
"Will our God who once commanded us to preach the Gospel to every nation order a retreat because conditions seem impossible? Let us remind ourselves that the Great Commission was never qualified by clauses that called for advance only if funds were plentiful and if no hardships or self-denial were involved. On the contrary, we were told to expect tribulation and even persecution, but with it victory in Christ.
The challenge of our task with all its attendant difficulties is enough to fill our hearts with dismay. And if we look only to ourselves and our weaknesses, we are overcome with forebodings of defeat. But the answering challenge in our Master's command to go forward should fill us with the expectation of victory. He knows our weakness and our lack of supplies; He knows the roughness of the way, and His command carries with it the assurance of all we need for the work. The faithfulness of God is the only certain thing in the world today, and we need not fear the result of trusting Him.
Our way is plain. We must not retrench in any work which we are convinced is in His will and for His glory. We dare not turn back because the way looks dark. Of this we may be sure, that if we have been redeemed by Christ's blood, and are called into His service, His work done in His way and for His glory will never lack His support.
We, too, must press forward, for it is no time for delay when a million souls a month pass into Christless graves in China, with other countries adding their hundreds of thousands. We must bring them that message that will deliver them from the power of Satan and bring them into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
People of God, does it not thrill our hearts today to realize that we do not answer such a challenge in our own strength? Think of it! God Himself is with us as our Captain; the Lord of Hosts is present in person in every field of conflict to encourage us and to fight for us. With such a Captain, Who never lost a battle, or deserted a solder in distress, or failed to get through the needed supplies, who would not accept the challenge to 'Go forward, bearing precious seed.'"
Father of John Stam
"When God is second, you will get second best; but when God is really first, you have His best."
Missionary to China and Founder of China Inland Mission
"I have never known disobedience to the definite command of a parent, even if that parent were mistaken, that was not followed by retribution."
"Depend upon it; God's work, done in God's way, will never lack God's supplies."
"Set ten men to work instead of doing the work of ten men."
"It's good to make plans but it's never wise to think the future is in our control."
"You sow a thought; you reap a deed.
You sow a deed; you reap a habit.
You sow a habit; you reap a character.
You sow a character; you reap a destiny."
"Burn out; don't rust out."