Cliff Quotes

 

     The following is an expanding collection of short, present day, proverbs, quotes from teacher, author and composer C.H. James. There’s an exhortation to be found in each quote if you listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

 

 

001 Life is God’s gift to you, how you use it is your gift to God.

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002 God pours no more new wine until there’s room in your cup for more.

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003 God intended His church to be a ministry not an industry.

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004 Your music and words of worship will reach the ear of God only if they touch your heart on the way.

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005 I know of no man who did not embrace the bible in a literal sense, who was ever commonly regarded as a true man of God.

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006 Those who are called to teach or preach the word of God are forever in debt to God for the privilege.

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007 Why would anyone choose to learn from an ignorant fisherman when they can receive instruction from an educated pharisee?

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008 Jesus said, “If you suffer for my sake you shall be glorified with me”, in other words, no guts no glory.

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009 If the church be of Christ, those who teach or preach in it should suffer no losses by it nor show a material gain from it.

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010 The following should be inscribed above the chalkboard in today’s classrooms, “What does it profit a man if he should gain the whole world and lose his own soul?”

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011 If you're too busy to take time for God, then you're too busy.

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012 Godly men who attempt alone to counsel women alone often end up leaving their wife and children alone to face life alone but, in the end, such men will stand before God alone to face eternity alone.

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013 Legalism is not an act of obedience but rather an attitude of the heart.

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014 The pursuit of biblical knowledge leads to change, spiritual growth or spiritual pride depending on the seeker’s motive.

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015 A Christian woman has as much right to exercise spiritual authority over a man as the church does to hold authority over Christ.

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016 A Christian should not expect to find wisdom in the mouth of anyone who has no fear of the Lord.

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017 The first five chapters of the bible were inspired by the same God as the last twenty seven; if you don’t accept the literal meaning of the first how can you trust the literal meaning of the last?

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018 Respect is a catalyst formed by combining a little fear with a lot of love.

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019 Elders who counsel young women rob godly older women of the ministry God assigned to them.

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020 As in bodily exercise, godly counsel may hurt; just remember no pain, no gain.

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021 One should never place themselves under a leader whose teaching or counseling is not based firmly in God’s word or whose life does not reflect obedience to the biblical standard.

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022 Failure to confess Christ before men is nothing less than cowardice in the face of the enemy.

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023 Remember, when counseling another, that while you may be successful in removing the spiritual cancer, failing to close the open wound can result in severe emotional bleeding.

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024 When it comes to the bible, fools deny it, the arrogant add to it, the disobedient change it and false teachers twist it, while those who choose to ignore it, simply remain unsaved.

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025 Contrary to modern practice, Christianity is not a spectators sport nor is it obtained through the acquisition of biblical knowledge but rather is designed to serve two loving relationships; the first is your relationship with the Lord and the second is your relationship with the brethren.

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026 Forgetfulness is often viewed as a curse of age, but it may be the blessed result of a forgiving heart.

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027 A man’s word should be as solid as a rock when the rock of the man’s life is “The Word”.

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028 Those who make commitments they do not keep reveal the true depth of their integrity.

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029 Truth is a virgin often assaulted by the vain self indulgent, prideful and arrogant.

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030 The highest ground upon which one may stand is holy ground. This place is so high, that one could climb all their life and never reach it; you must be taken there on the wings of the Spirit.

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031 One who goes to marriage counseling, seeking to justify divorce, comes with the rebellious heart of Korah or the betraying heart of Judas.

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032 Counseling that requires no godly repentance is more likely supplying sinful reassurance.

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033 Bible teachers are a gift from God or a potential hazard depending on whose words their disciples follow.

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034 Accepting hand-me-down doctrine is like taking food from a stranger, it might contain harmful ingredients.

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035 The winning of a single soul has eternal value outweighing the material or intellectual accomplishments of a lifetime, no matter how many, varied or great.

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036 The depth to which we are able to hurt another is directly proportionate to the extent of the love they have for us.

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037 Be careful how you use the word, “heresy” its most often found in the accusing mouth of a pharisee.

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038 When it comes to worship, if it doesn’t fill you with joy, you’re not doing it right.

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039 I define stubbornness as a refusal to yield to a superior volume of evidence and steadfastness as standing firm on a superior volume of evidence against the forces of intimidation and rejection.

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040 When asked, “Where is the love, unity, power and miracles of the early church?” I reply, “Waiting in the early church for those willing to return for them.”

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041 The secret of success is simply making the right choices.

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042 True love is communicated by affection, demonstrated by service, and proven by loyalty.

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043 The things of this realm which are seen and touched are mere slaves of the unseen spiritual realm.

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044 If we reckon the word of God to be undependable at its beginning how can we be sure it’s trustworthy at the end?

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045 Don’t worship God as some lifeless idol, remember He has eyes that see, ears that hear and a hand that can reach you anytime, anyplace and anywhere.

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046 We stop maturing when we refuse correction in Christ.

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047 Sometimes, emotional hurt is nothing more than the growing pains of spiritual maturity.

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048 If you fail to pass one of God’s tests, don’t fret, be patient, it will return again and again until you get it right.

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049 The true man of God doesn’t focus on winning the debate but on gaining the truth.

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050 One is more likely to snare integrity when using wisdom for bait.

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051 Have you ever met a soul qualified to edit God’s word; if not, why do so many try?

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052 Human knowledge is often the adversary of godly wisdom.

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053 A temptation is only effective when we put it in the realm of possibility.

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054 We must either accept or refuse God’s gift of salvation; it insults the giver when we condescend to accept it later.

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055 One must truly know God before it’s possible to blaspheme Him.

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056 The desire to know God’s word should stem from the need to know more about the one you love.

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057 Obedience grudgingly given from a rebellious heart is not obedience at all but mechanically rendered legalism.

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058 Correct the rebellious attitudes of a child and you’ll prevent the disobedient conduct that follows.

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059 Before God can work through you He must first work in you.

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060 We can’t say humanistic social sciences have had no effect on society today; for indeed, they have demonstrated a strong negative impact.

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061 When God gives you over to your own evil imaginings and desires, you join the ranks of the walking dead.

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062 A disciple is always a student of Gods word but…a student of God’s word is not always a disciple.

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063 You deny the power of God when you doubt His redemptive ability to cleanse you from all sin.

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064 Discipleship can’t be learned academically it must be acquired experiencially.

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065 Any doctrine that can’t withstand scriptural examination should not stand at all.

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066 God’s principles work no matter who applies them.

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067 Lord, save me from those who believe they are blessed with the knowledge of all truth and deliver me into the hands of those who still seek it.

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068 A cult is a group claiming its a church but teaching any doctrine which could put a soul in jeopardy.

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069 A sect is an assembly of Christians claiming to be a church but not conforming to the doctrines or traditions of the apostles.

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070 A wife’s lack of respect for her husband often leads to a husband’s lack of interest in his wife and a husbands lack of interest in his wife leads to a wife’s lack of respect for her husband.

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071 Don’t waste your life pursuing righteousness, serve Christ and righteousness will follow.

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072 When it comes to doctrine, make it a point never to disagree with the truth no matter who speaks it.

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073 While it may be true that great men of God spend hours on their knees, it is not true that spending hours on your knees will make you a great man of God.

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074 While its possible to have works without faith its impossible to have faith without works thus no works, no faith, no faith, no grace, no grace, no salvation.

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075 Sometimes the search has as much to teach us as the discovery made at the end.

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076 Those eager to claim spiritual titles are most often not worthy to wear them.

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077 Standing fast for biblical truth is not for the faint of heart.

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078 If Jesus isn’t your Lord, he’s not your savior either.

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079 If we’re not in compliance with God, we are in defiance of Him.

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080 No true member of God’s holy nation holds dual citizenship.

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081 Our physical bodies are mere slaves to the unseen spiritual forces within.

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082 Most liberal, institutional churches are like old wine skins. They can’t hold new wine but serve as an excellent storage barn for sweet, thick skinned, dried up and wrinkled raisins.

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083 Love of God gives way to passion, passion to expression and expression to reproduction. Are you bearing fruit for Jesus?

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084 If “compromise” had a mate it would be “justification” for where you find compromise, you’ll find justification holding its hand.

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085 We serve a God whose powers are limited by righteousness yet greatly exceed those of His enemy whose powers exceed all restraint.

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086 Works of faith coming from the heart speak louder of one’s love than words spilled from one’s lips.

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087 There can be but one truth and we become unified in Christ when together we seek to find it.

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088 Truth resisted builds hardness of heart.

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089 The promises made under the new covenant are given to those who keep it.

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090 When we study the bible like never before, we learn things we never understood before and see things we’ve never seen before though its words remain as they’ve always been before.

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091 Salvation is an event that begins a process that continues to the grave.

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092 Truth isn’t always what we’d like it to be.

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093 The early church at Jerusalem fought to hold onto legalistic tradition while the gentile church of Antioch sought to escape it. Some things never change.

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094 We enter and leave life with nothing, but what happens after its conclusion depends on what took place in between.

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095 The bible is planted in history, proven by prophecy, magnified by hyperbole, made clear by metaphor and spiritually discerned through parables.

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096 Baptism has two parts. Through the water, we enter into Christ’s death, burial and resurrection and through the Spirit, we are indwelt, empowered, anointed and appointed.

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097 Friendship requires your personal investment; just remember all investments carry with them certain risks.

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098 When you know the truth, you owe the truth; we are responsible to live the truth we possess.

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099 The greatest contribution that man makes toward his own destruction is his failure to properly teach, train and discipline the next generation in the ways of the Lord.

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100 Those who seek their own identity are of the world. God's true children have found their identity in Christ and seek no other.

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101 When it comes to the bible, if we can't trust it for everything, we can't trust it for anything.

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102 God created a world full of choices and consequences. He gave us choices to establish our free will and consequences to teach us, the proper way to use it.

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103 Condemn not, what the bible has not condemned nor approve what it has not approved. The lesser details not found in His word will be revealed by the still, small voice within if we have the spiritual ears to hear what the Spirit is saying.

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104 The inner beauty of a Christian is more easily seen when outer adornments aren't copeting with it.

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