When God wants to judge a nation, He gives them wicked rulers.— John Calvin
Practical Pastor quotations
Don't allow your past or present condition to control you.
It's just a process that you're going through to get you to the next level.
Let me remind you that this is God's universe, and He is doing things His way.
You may think you have a better way, but you don't have a universe to rule.
You’d be surprised at the things that look great on the outside but are dysfunctional on the inside. Be sure to function as good as you look
The voice you believe will determine the future you experience
First they came for the Jews, but I did nothing because I'm not a Jew.
Then they came for the socialists, but I did nothing because I'm not a socialist. Then they came for the Catholics, but I did nothing because I'm not a Catholic. Finally, they came for me, but by then there was no one left to help me.
Don't waste another moment crying over what went wrong! If it wasn't a blessing - it was a lesson.
Unhappiness does not come from the way things are, but from the difference between how things are and how we think they should be
To know that God knows everything about me and yet loves me is indeed my ultimate consolation.
When you follow God's will for your life, you can see how yesterday's events prepared you for today's challenges and tomorrow's opportunities.
Great moves of God are usually preceded by simple acts of obedience.
Remember, when something leaves your life, God is making room for something much better to enter! Get ready!
During the last times, men will be lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God.
When you think of our sports-driven society, and our media-driven society, and our leisure-driven society, then you understand we are living in the last days.
Humility is not a character trait to develop, it's the natural by-product of being with Jesus.
Comfort is the god of our generation, so suffering is seen as a problem to be solved, and not a providence from God.
The pastor ought to have two voices: one, for gathering the sheep;
and another, for warding off and driving away wolves and thieves. The Scripture supplies him with the means of doing both.
Faith is reacting positively to a negative situation.
Open your heart and invite God into every circumstance because when God enters the scene, miracles happen.
God doesn't bless us just to make us happy; He blesses us to make us a blessing.
You could remove the powerful preaching from our church and it would still continue. You could remove the administration of pastoral care through the cell group system and the church would still continue. But if you remove the prayer life of our church it would collapse.
God expects the ANC to rule this country because we are the only organisation which was blessed by pastors when it was formed. It is even blessed in Heaven. That is why we will rule until Jesus comes back. We should not allow anyone to govern our city [Cape Town] when we are ruling the country.
This is how God works. He puts people in positions where they are desperate for his power, and then he shows his provision in ways that display his greatness
The Kingdom of God is not a matter of getting individuals to heaven, but of transforming the life on earth into the harmony of heaven.
Prayer that is born of meditation upon the Word of God is the prayer that soars upward most easily to God's listening ears.
A man's respect for law and order exists in precise relationship to the size of his paycheck.
Sometimes we make the mistake of thinking God uses only 'special' people the strong, the intelligent, the beautiful. We don't think He has a place for the rest of us. We are so wrong!
Many pastors criticize me for taking the Gospel so seriously.
But do they really think that on Judgment Day, Christ will chastise me, saying, 'Leonard, you took Me too seriously'?
Within the soil of a discouraging season can often be the seeds of incredible blessing, miracles and breakthrough!
We should not pray for God to be on our side, but pray that we may be on God's side.
Love that goes upward is worship; Love that goes outward is affection; Love that stoops is grace.
There is no circumstance, no trouble, no testing, that can ever touch me until, first of all, it has gone past God and past Christ, right through to me. If it has come that far, it has come with great purpose.
The Sunday morning service shows how popular your church is.
The evening services show how popular your pastor is. Your private prayer time shows you how popular God is!
There is more grace in God's heart than there is sin in your past.
We are not to be anxious about the unknown future or to fret about it.
We are to live in a moment-by-moment dependence upon God.
God didn't give you the strength to get back on your feet so that you can run back to the same things that knocked you down.