It is impossible for a believer, no matter what his experience, to keep right with God if he will not take the trouble to spend time with God. Spend plenty of time with him; let other things go, but don't neglect Him.

— J. Oswald Sanders

The most seductive J. Oswald Sanders quotes that will inspire your inner self

The frontiers of the kingdom of God were never advanced by men and women of caution.


True leadership is found in giving yourself in service to others, not in coaxing or inducing others to serve you.


We are at this moment as close to God as we really choose to be.

True, there are times when we would like to know a deeper intimacy, but when it comes to the point, we are not prepared to pay the price involved.


Jesus drank a cup of wrath without mercy, that we might drink a cup of mercy without wrath.


There is no conceivable situation in which it is not safe to trust God.


Most men are notable for one conspicuous virtue or grace - Moses for meekness, Job for patience, John for love. But, in Jesus you find everything.


A great deal more failure is the result of an excess of caution than of bold experimentation with new ideas. The frontiers of the Kingdom of God were never advanced by men and women of caution.


The man of leadership caliber will work while others waste time, study while others sleep, pray while others play. There will be no place for loose or lazy habits in word or thought, deed or dress. He will observe a soldierly discipline, diet and deportment, so that he may wage a good warfare.


Eyes that look are common; eyes that see are rare.


Before we can conquer the world, we must first conquer the self.


Ambition that centers on the glory of God and welfare of the church is a mighty force for good.


If a man is known by the company he keeps, so also his character is reflected in the books he reads.


About J. Oswald Sanders

Quotes 71 sayings
Profession Author
Birthday October 17, 1902

One reason why people are unable to understand great Christian classics is that they are trying to understand without any intention of obeying them.


Pride takes many forms, but spiritual pride is the most grievous.

To become proud of spiritual gifts or leadership position is to forget that all we have is from God, all the position we occupy is God's appointment.


Sacrifice is the ecstasy of giving the best we have to the One we love most.


If a Christian is not willing to rise early and work late, to expend greater effort in diligent study and faithful work, that person will not change a generation. Fatigue is the price of leadership. Mediocrity is the result of never getting tired.


The spiritual leader will choose the hidden path of sacrificial service and approval of the Lord over the flamboyant self-advertising of the world.


Leaders who want to show sensitivity should listen often and long and talk short and seldom. Many so-called leaders are too busy to listen. True leaders know that time spent listening is well invested.


True greatness, true leadership, is achieved not by reducing men to one's service but in giving oneself in selfless service to them.


Faith never knows where it is being led, or it would not be faith.

True faith is content to travel under sealed orders.


The person who sees the difficulties so clearly that he does not discern the possibilities cannot inspire a vision in others.


Fatigue is the price of leadership. Mediocrity is the price of never getting tired.


Desiring to excel is not a sin. It is motivation that determines ambition's character. Our Lord never taught against the urge to high achievement, but He did expose and condemn unworthy motivation.


God prepares leaders with a specific place and task in mind.

Training methods are adapted to the mission, and natural and spiritual gifts are given with clear purpose.


There is no such thing as a self made spiritual leader.

He is able to influence others spiritually only because the Spirit is able to work in and through him to a greater degree than in those he leads.


Spirituality is not easy to define, but you can tell when it is present.

It is the fragrance of the garden of the Lord, the power to change the atmosphere around you, the influence that makes Christ real to others.


Vision involves optimism and hope. The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty. The pessimist tends to hold back people of vision from pushing ahead.


True leaders must be willing to suffer for the sake of objectives great enough to demand their wholehearted obedience.


The final estimate of men shows that history cares not an iota for the rank or title a man has borne, or the office he has held, but only the quality of his deeds and the character of his mind and heart.


God is always at work, though we cannot see it, preparing people he has chosen for leadership. When the crisis comes, God fits His appointee into the place ordained for him.


A visionary may see, but a leader must decide.


Are you responsibly optimistic? Pessimism and leadership do not mix.

Leaders are positively visionary.


The spiritual leader should outpace the rest of the church, above all, in prayer.


Spiritual leadership is the power to change the atmosphere by one's presence, the unconscious influence that makes Christ and spiritual things real to others.


Jesus was the meeting place of eternity and time, the blending of deity and humanity, the junction of heaven and earth.


The kings of terrors, the last enemy, will never be able to breach the pearly gates and disturb the bliss of heaven! No more deathbed vigils or funerals. The hearse will have made its last journey.


Disciples [deep people] are not manufactured wholesale.

They are produced one by one, because someone has taken the pains to discipline, to instruct and enlighten, to nurture and train one that is younger.


A leader is a person who has learned to obey a discipline imposed from without, and has then taken on a more rigorous discipline from within. Those who rebel against authority and scorn self-discipline - who shirk the rigors and turn from the sacrifices - do not qualify to lead.


Often truly authoritative leadership falls on someone who years earlier dedicated themselves to practice the discipline of seeking first the kingdom of God. Then, as that person matures, God confers a leadership role, and the Spirit of God goes to work through him.


Each of us is as full of the Spirit as we really want to be.


If we are meticulously careful with the use of the days, the years will take care of themselves.


I have seen the face of Jesus, Tell me not of aught beside, I have heard the voice of Jesus, All my soul is satisfied. All around is earthly splendour Earthly scenes lie fair and bright. But mine eyes no longer see them, For the glory of that light. Light that knows no cloud, no waning, Light wherein I see His face, All His love’s uncounted treasures, All the riches of His grace.


It is very possible to be proud of the spiritual gifts God has entrusted to us and to strut about ostentatiously, forgetting that we have nothing which we have not received, that grace is a gift, an undeserved favor. We can actually be filled with pride at the eloquence and brilliance of our sermon on humility.


People of vision gauge decisions on the future; the story of the past cannot be rewritten.


A leader is only able to lead others because he disciplines himself.

The person who does not know how to bow to discipline imposed from without, who does not know how to obey, will not make a good leader-nor will the one who has not learned to impose discipline within his own life. Those who scorn scripturally or legally constituted authority, or rebel against it, rarely qualify for high leadership positions.


If the world is to hear the church's voice today, leaders are needed who are authoritative, spiritual, and sacrificial. Sacrificial, because this trait follows the model of Jesus, who gave Himself for the whole world and who calls us to follow in His steps.


Time lost can never be retrieved. Time cannot be hoarded, only spent well.


Faith enables the believing soul to treat the future as present and the invisible as seen.


True greatness,true leadership,is found in giving yourself in service to others, not in coaxing or inducing others to serve you. True service is never without cost. Often it comes with a painful baptism of suffering. But the true spiritual leader is focused on the service he and she can render to God and other people, not on the residuals and perks of high office or holy title. We must aim to put more into life than we take out.

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