Charles Stanley quotes

  • Basically, there are two paths you can walk: faith or fear. It's impossible to simultaneously trust God and not trust God.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Two #Path #Trust In God

  • The main thing to avoid being a casualty is simply this: to have a kind of intimate personal relationship with Jesus Christ whereby you're able to hear God speak to your heart, you're sensitive to what He's saying to you to do, and that you're willing to be obedient to Him.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Jesus #Heart #Able

  • Our willingness to wait reveals the value we place on the object we're waiting for.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Waiting #Willingness #Values

  • The Scriptures contain many stories of people who waited years or even decades before the Lord's promises came to pass. What modern believers can learn from the patience of biblical saints like Abraham, Joseph, David, and Paul is that waiting upon the Lord has eternal rewards.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Patience #Biblical #Years

  • His voice leads us not into timid discipleship but into bold witness.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Prayer #Voice #Discipleship

  • The circumstances and events that we see as setbacks are oftentimes the very things that launch us into periods of intense spiritual growth
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Spiritual #Growth #Events

  • An unschooled man who knows how to meditate upon the Lord has learned far more than the man with the highest education who does not know how to meditate.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Prayer #Men #High School Graduation

  • When trouble comes, focus on God's ability to care for you.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #God #Focus #Care

  • The blood that poured from Christ's wounds bought your salvation. If you want to truly value what He did, think of Him hanging on that cross just for you. With that thought in your mind, consider how you should live. He gave Himself freely for you; are you giving yourself fully to Him?
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Christian #Jesus #Thinking

  • Often times God demonstrates His faithfulness in adversity by providing for us what we need to survive. He does not change our painful circumstances. He sustains us through them.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Adversity #Doe #Needs

  • If you tell God no because He won't explain the reason He wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is teaching us in our spirit.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Teaching #Blessing #What Matters

  • There is nothing worse than a life filled with adversity from which nothing good ever comes.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Christian #Adversity #Christian Inspirational

  • People don't like the idea of consequences. They want to be able to live their life freely and do what they want to do without any consequences. And we know that's just not the way life is.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Ideas #People #Want

  • We can be tired, weary and emotionally distraught, but after spending time alone with God, we find that He injects into our bodies energy, power and strength.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Strength #Prayer #Tired

  • You may go through difficulty, hardship, or trial—but as long as you are anchored to Him, you will have hope.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Long #Trials #Hardship

  • Our problems may stay, our circumstances may remain, but we know God is in control. We are focused on His adequacy, not our inadequacy.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Optimistic #May #Adequacy

  • The bottom line in the Christian life is obedience and most people don't even like the word.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Christian #People #Lines

  • No one enjoys feeling weak, whether it is emotionally, spiritually or physically. There is something within the human spirit that wants to resist the thought of weakness. Many times this is nothing more than our human pride at work. Just as weakness carries a great potential for strength, pride carries an equally great potential for defeat.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Pride #Feelings #Weakness

  • God’s Word is absolutely true. You may not understand how God is going to bring about what He’s promised you, but He is keeping every promise that He has ever made. He will never deceive you or disappoint you, and He will never change His mind about what He’s told you.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Promise #Mind #May

  • From Genesis to Revelation, here's the central message: God Almighty, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Spirit of God, the Triune God is in control of all things, period.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Christian #Jesus #Messages

  • Adversity is not simply a tool. It is God's most effective tool for the advancement of our spiritual lives. The circumstances and events that we see as setbacks are oftentimes the very things that launch us into periods of intense spiritual growth. Once we begin to understand this, and accept it as a spiritual fact of life, adversity becomes easier to bear.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Spiritual #Adversity #Growth

  • Wisdom is the capacity to see things from God's viewpoint.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Christian #Christian Inspirational #Viewpoints

  • God has loved you since before you were born-so much so that 2,000 years ago, He sent His Son Jesus to die in your place.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Wisdom #Jesus #Son

  • If a person becomes content with what is average, minimally acceptable, or satisfactory, she will rarely exert the effort or work toward something that is truly excellent or outstanding.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Average #Effort #Excellent

  • Disappointment is inevitable. But to become discouraged, there's a choice I make. God would never discourage me. He would always point me to himself to trust him. Therefore, my discouragement is from Satan. As you go through the emotions that we have, hostility is not from God, bitterness, unforgiveness, all of these are attacks from Satan.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #God #Disappointment #Choices

  • There is only one secure foundation: a genuine, deep relationship with Jesus Christ, which will carry you through any and all turmoil. No matter what storms are raging all around, you'll stand firm if you stand on His love.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Jesus #Storm #Foundation

  • I certainly respect other people's opinions, but I would not vote for a woman to be the pastor of a church.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #People #Church #Opinion

  • You must never sacrifice your relationship with God for the sake of a relationship with another person.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Sacrifice #Sake #Our Relationship

  • Disappointments are inevitable; discouragement is a choice.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Disappointment #Optimistic #Choices

  • We are the product of our thinking, so it is important that we choose carefully where to focus our mental energy.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Thinking #Focus #Important

  • The Bible is clear that those who fail to heed the Lord's discipline - whether nations, cities, or individuals - suffer devastating consequences.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Cities #Discipline #Suffering

  • As you walk through the valley of the unknown, you will find the footprints of Jesus both in front of you and beside you.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Jesus #Anxiety #Overcoming

  • When we take our eyes off the whirl of day-to-day activity and concentrate on honoring Him and following in His way, we find a consistent peace that carries us through both plenty and poverty.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Eye #Way #Poverty

  • If the church marries herself to the spirit of the times, she will find herself a widow in the next generation.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Christian #Church #Generations

  • Motherhood is a great honor and privilege, yet it is also synonymous with servanthood. Every day women are called upon to selflessly meet the needs of their families. Whether they are awake at night nursing a baby, spending their time and money on less-than-grateful teenagers, or preparing meals, moms continuously put others before themselves.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Mom #Baby #Teenager

  • Your life is going to be determined by your prayer life.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Prayer #Determined #Life Is

  • The essence of wisdom, from a practical standpoint, is pausing long enough to look at our lives-invitations, opportunities, relationships-from God's perspective. And then acting on it
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Christian #Opportunity #Essence

  • We must remember that the shortest distance between our problems and their solutions is the distance between our knees and the floor.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Distance #Knees #Remember

  • God's voice is still and quiet and easily buried under an avalanche of clamour.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Prayer #Voice #Avalanches

  • Helen Keller was blind and deaf when she graduated from college with honors. So what's your problem?
    -- Charles Stanley

    #College #Honor #Problem

  • When we surrender to His timing, He does mighty things in and for us, according to His will and His timing. God acts on behalf of those who wait for Him.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Waiting #Doe #Timing

  • God is responsible for the consequences of our obedience, WE are responsible for the consequences of our disobedience
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Obedience #Responsible #Disobedience

  • Kindness is not something that we put on for certain occasions, like a piece of jewelry; rather, it is an attribute of God's that He desires to reproduce in us.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Wisdom #Kindness #Desire

  • Jesus set an example for us to follow: a life of loving, obedient service.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Jesus #Example

  • When God speaks, oftentimes His voice will call for an act of courage on our part.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Courage #Prayer #Voice

  • Since God knows our future, our personalities, and our capacity to listen, He isn't ever going to say more to us than we can deal with at the moment.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Prayer #Personality #Moments

  • Obey God and leave all the consequences to Him.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Consequence

  • I'm convinced that the man who has learned to meditate upon the Lord will be able to run on his feet and walk in his spirit. Although he may be hurried by his vocation, that's not the issue. The issue is how fast his spirit is going. To slow it down takes a period of time.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Running #Prayer #Men

  • Disappointments will come and go, but discouragement is a choice that you make.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Disappointment #Choices #Discouragement

  • He wants you all to Himself to put His loving, divine arms around you.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Prayer #Want #Arms

  • God will never tell us to do something that gratifies the flesh.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Prayer #Flesh #Gods Will

  • When we learn from experience, the scars of sin can lead us to restoration and a renewed intimacy with God.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Restoration #Scar #Sin

  • Fear stifles our thinking and actions. It creates indecisiveness that results in stagnation. I have known talented people who procrastinate indefinitely rather than risk failure. Lost opportunities cause erosion of confidence, and the downward spiral begins.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #New Year #Fear #Opportunity

  • Discipline is something we despise for the moment.... We all look for a place to run, an excuse with which to stall. No one enjoys it. Yet those of us who have endured it know that the fruit it produces and the pain from which it ultimately spares us makes it worth the agony.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Running #Pain #Agony

  • Our heavenly Father understands our disappointment, suffering, pain, fear, and doubt. He is always there to encourage our hearts and help us understand that He's sufficient for all of our needs. When I accepted this as an absolute truth in my life, I found that my worrying stopped.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Pain #Disappointment #Father

  • God wants to cast out the fear and doubt in your life. Go before Him right now and say, "Lord, this is what I am afraid of ..."
    -- Charles Stanley

    #God #Christian #Doubt

  • Adversity is always unexpected and unwelcomed. It is an intruder and a thief. But in the hands of God, adversity becomes the means through which HIS Supernatural Power is demonstrated.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Mean #Adversity #Hands

  • A man can preach no better than he prays.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Men #Praying

  • It is not the trials in your life that develop or destroy you, but rather your response to those hardships.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Trials #Hardship #Response

  • If the Lord says to give more than you think you are able to give, know that He will provide for you. Whether things are sailing smoothly or the bottom has dropped out, He is always trustworthy. You can count on Almighty God to keep His everlasting Word.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Thinking #Giving #Sailing

  • One of Satan's most deceptive and powerful ways of defeating us is to get us to believe a lie. And the biggest lie is that there are no consequences to our own doing. Satan will give you whatever you ask for if it will lead you where he ultimately wants you.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Powerful #Lying #Believe

  • The gate is small because truth guards the entrance. The way is narrow because the Lord protects us with wise boundaries.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Wise #Way #Boundaries

  • From the world’s perspective, there are many places you can go to find comfort. But there is only one place you will find a hand to catch your tears and a heart to listen to your every longing. True peace comes only from God.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Heart #Hands #Perspective

  • God takes full responsibility for the life wholly devoted to Him.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Responsibility

  • If we rationalize our problems when He points them out, we will spend less and less time meditating because we won't want to face God in that area of our lives.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Christian Inspirational #Want #Faces

  • Earthly wisdom is doing what comes naturally. Godly wisdom is doing what the Holy Spirit compels us to do.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Godly #Spirit #Holy Spirit

  • I hear people all the time say, well I read through the Bible last year. Well, so what? I'm all for reading through the Bible. But how much of that got on the inside, or did they just cover three more chapters today? I would never discredit reading the Scriptures, but it is important to meditate on it.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Reading #Years #People

  • Think about the comfortable feeling you have as you open your front door. That's but a hint of what we'll feel some day on arriving at the place our Father has lovingly and personally prepared for us in heaven. We will finally - and permanently - be 'at home' in a way that defies description.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Father #Home #Thinking

  • Helping someone come to a saving knowledge of Christ is the greatest achievement possible.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Achievement #Saving #Helping

  • A Christian has no right being in a fight unless it's a spiritual fight.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Christian #Spiritual #Fighting

  • God is honored by large, difficult, and impossible requests when we ask, seek, knock, and trust our loving Father always to answer for our good.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Father #Religion #Answers

  • God will never direct us to be prideful, arrogant and unforgiving, immoral or slothful or full of fear. We step into these things because we are insensitive to the leadership of the Holy Spirit within us.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Leadership #Arrogant #Steps

  • Thank the Lord for using each person as a tool in your life to deepen your insight into His grace and conforming you to the image of His Son.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Son #Grace #Tools

  • The time you spend alone with God will transform your character and increase your devotion. Then your integrity and godly behavior in an unbelieving world will make others long to know the Lord.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Inspirational #Integrity #Character

  • Romantic love reaches out in little ways, showing attention and admiration. Romantic love remembers what pleases a woman, what excites her, and what surprises her. Its actions whisper; you are the most special person in my life.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Romantic #Romance #Special

  • We are either in the process of resisting God's truth or in the process of being shaped and molded by his truth.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #God #Prayer #Christian Inspirational

  • Attitude and the spirit in which we communicate are as important as the words we say.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Attitude #Important #Spirit

  • As children of a sovereign God, we are never victims of our circumstances.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Children #Sovereign #Victim

  • Too many Christians have a commitment of convenience. They'll stay faithful as long as it's safe and doesn't involve risk, rejection, or criticism. Instead of standing alone in the face of challenge or temptation, they check to see which way their friends are going.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Christian #Commitment #Long

  • I think a lot of people, even Christians, are willing to be satisfied with gaining lots and lots of biblical knowledge - and many people go to Bible studies and don't realize it isn't enough to know what's right, it's applying the information and the knowledge that you have.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Christian #Biblical #Thinking

  • The difficulties we face originate from one of three sources. Some are sent to us by the Lord to test our faith, others are the result of Satan's attacks, and still others are due to our own sinful choices.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Choices #Three #Tests

  • All of us have areas of weakness. God wants these character flaws to show us how totally dependent we are upon Him. When we handle them properly, they drive us into a deeper, more intimate relationship with the Lord. But uncontrolled weakness wreaks havoc in a person's life.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Christian #Character #Weakness

  • When you become consumed by God's call on your life, everything will take on new meaning and significance. You will begin to see every facet of your life - including your pain - as a means through which God can work to bring others to Himself.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Christian #Pain #Mean

  • Suffering prepares you by training you to trust God and know that He is always at work in your life.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Christian #Training #Suffering

  • In giving us children, God places us in a position of both leadership and service. He calls us to give up our lives for someone else's sake - to abandon our own desires and put our child's interests first. Yet, according to His perfect design, it is through this selflessness that we can become truly fulfilled.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Children #Giving Up #Perfect

  • The best way in the world to deceive believers is to cloak a message in religious language and declare that it conveys some new insight from God.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Religious #Hype #World

  • You always have God's undivided attention.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Attention #Undivided Attention

  • Of all the things Christ wants for us, loving Him and focusing our attention on Him are the most important.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Important #Attention #Want

  • Behavior is the substance of religion. Belief is the substance of relationship.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Substance #Belief #Behavior

  • To have God speak to the heart is a majestic experience, an experience that people may miss if they monopolize the conversation and never pause to hear God's responses.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Prayer #Heart #People

  • Every test, every trial, every heartache that's been significant, I can turn it over and see how God has turned it into good no matter what.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Heartache #Trials #Tests

  • The amount of time we spend with Jesus - meditating on His Word and His majesty, seeking His face - establishes our fruitfulness in the kingdom.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Jesus #Prayer #Kingdoms

  • You have to have courage to be obedient to God.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Have Courage

  • God will never reject you. Whether you accept Him is your decision.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Decision #Accepting #Gods Will

  • God is looking for imperfect men and women who have learned to walk in moment-by-momen t dependence on the Holy Spirit. Christians who have come to terms with their inadequacies, fears, and failures. Believers who have become discontent with 'surviving' and have taken the time to investigate everything God has to offer in this life.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Christian #Taken #Men

  • Yieldedness is vital in listening to what He has to say.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Listening

  • Brokenness is God’s requirement for maximum usefulness.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Requirements #Maximum #Brokenness

  • With God, there is always a future.
    -- Charles Stanley

  • Fight all your battles on your knees and you win every time.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Fighting #Winning #Battle

  • Relationship is the difference between grace and law.
    -- Charles Stanley

    #Law #Differences #Grace