15 Dallas Willard quotes every Christian needs to hear

15 Dallas Willard quotes every Christian needs to hear


“In solitude and silence you’re learning to stop doing, stop producing, stop pleasing people, stop entertaining yourself, stop obsessing — stop doing anything except to simply be your naked self before God and be found by him.


“Churches only have to ask two questions 

    1. What is your plan for making disciples?
    2. How is that plan going?“


“The first and most basic thing we can and must do is to keep God before our minds… to direct and redirect our minds constantly to Him.  In the early time of our practicing, we may well be challenged by our burdensome habits of dwelling on things less than God.  But these are habits – not the law of gravity – and can be broken.  A new grace-filled habit [can be developed]… If God is the great longing of our souls, He will become the polestar of our inward beings”


“Suppose our failures occur, not in spite of what we are doing, but precisely because of it.”


“We don’t believe something by merely saying we believe it, or even when we believe that we believe it. We believe something when we act as if it were true.”


“A carefully cultivated heart will, assisted by the grace of God, foresee, forestall, or transform most of the painful situations before which others stand like helpless children saying “Why?”


“Jesus does not call us to do what he did, but to be as he was, permeated with love. Then the doing of what he did and said becomes the natural expression of who we are in him.”


“[Jesus] matters because of what he brought and what he still brings to ordinary human beings, living their ordinary lives and coping daily with their surroundings. He promises wholeness for their lives. In sharing our weaknesses he gives us strength and imparts through his companionship a life that has the quality of eternity.” 


“Great faith, like great strength in general, is revealed by the ease of its workings. Most of what we think we see as the struggle OF faith is really the struggle to act as IF we had faith when in fact we do not.”


“We live in a culture that has, for centuries now, cultivated the idea that the skeptical person is always smarter than the one who believes. You can be almost as stupid as a cabbage, as long as you doubt. The fashion of the age has identified mental sharpness with a pose, not with genuine intellectual method and character.”


What is thinking? It is the activity of searching out what must be true, or cannot be true, in the light of the given facts or assumptions.


“If we allow everything access to our mind, we are simply asking to be kept in a state of mental turmoil or bondage. For nothing enters the mind without having an effect for good or evil.”


“Why doesn’t God just force us to do the things he knows to be right? It is because that would lose precisely that which he has intended in our creation: freely chosen character.”


“The ultimate freedom we have as human beings is the power to select what we will allow or require our minds to dwell upon.


“History has brought us to the point where the Christian message is thought to be essential concerned only with how to deal with sin: with wrongdoing or wrong-being and its effects. Life, our actual existence, is not included in what is now presented as the heart of the Christian message, or it is included only marginally.”