Category Archives: Sanctuary of the Soul

How to Discern What You Hear is From God — A Quote by Richard Foster in “Sanctuary of the Soul”

“How can I be sure that I am hearing the voice of God? It is very important to have the answer to this question clear in your mind. Remember, Satan pushes and condemns, God draws and encourages. You can tell the difference. Get clear in your mind the great teaching in the New Testament of the Christlikeness of God . . . God is like Jesus. Then, become intimately familiar with Jesus, first from the Gospel records and then in your personal experience. Cling to the words of Jesus that he is the good Shepherd and that his sheep ‘know his voice’ (Jn 10:4). God will always draw you to what is life-giving, to those things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely and of a good report (Phil 4:8).”

— Richard Foster, “Sanctuary of the Soul”

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A Suggested First Step in Learning to Hear God’s Voice — A Quote by Richard Foster in “Sanctuary of the Soul”

“How do I get started [in learning to listen to God in meditative prayer] if I have never done this before? I suggest you begin with one verse from the Bible. Say, Psalm 23:1: ‘The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.’ Read it over prayerfully two or three times and then wait quietly, listening for anything the Lord may want to teach you or any experience God may desire to give you. It is quite straightforward, really. We are simply learning to develop a conversational relationship with talking with God and God talking with us.”

— Richard Foster, “Sanctuary of the Soul”

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The Main Spiritual Problem in Our Culture is Distraction — A Quote by Richard Foster in “Sanctuary of the Soul”

“The Internet culture is only a surface issue. Our problem is something far more fundamental. This deeper, more basic issue can be summed up in one word: distraction. Distraction is the primary spiritual problem in our day. The Internet, of course, did not cause this problem; people were distracted long before it came along.”

— Richard Foster, “Sanctuary of the Soul”

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Jesus Told Us Many Times to Listen to God’s Present Voice — A Quote by Richard Foster in “Sanctuary of the Soul”

“Jesus in his intimate relationship with the Father modeled for us the reality of this life of constantly hearing and obeying… Jesus declared (and continues to declare to us today) that he is the good Shepherd and that his sheep know his voice (Jn 10:4). He made it clear that the Comforter would come, the Spirit of truth who would guide his people into all truth (Jn 16:13).”

— Richard Foster, “Sanctuary of the Soul”

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How to Use Music for Finding Intimacy with God — A Quote by Richard Foster in “Sanctuary of the Soul”

“In beholding the Lord, music functions a little like Guyon’s teaching regarding the use of Scripture. As soon as the music brings us to the Mercy Seat, it has served its purpose. At this point we leave the music behind and attend to the Lord. Here we simply and purely behold the Lord.”

— Richard Foster, “Sanctuary of the Soul”

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The Manifest Glory Needs at Least a Few Who are Already Prepared — A Quote by Richard Foster in “Sanctuary of the Soul”

“Thomas Kelly notes that for a group to experience the Shekinah of God there needs to be some individuals who are already ‘gathered deep in the spirit of worship…. In them, and from them, begins the work of worship. The spiritual devotion of a few persons … is needed to kindle the rest, to help those others who enter the service with tangled, harried, distraught thoughts to be melted and quieted and released and made pliant, ready for the work of God and His Real Presence.'”

— Richard Foster, “Sanctuary of the Soul”

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How to Behold the Lord — A Quote by Richard Foster in “Sanctuary of the Soul”

“Beholding the Lord speaks of an inward steady gaze of the heart upon God, the divine Center. We bask in the warmth of God’s presence. We soak in God’s love and care… We begin, says Guyon, by reading a passage of Scripture, but as we read, we pause. Guyon explains, ‘The pause should be quite gentle. You have paused so that you may set your mind on the Spirit. You have set your mind Christ.’ We need to remember, explains Guyon, that we are not reading the Scripture to gain some understanding but to ‘turn your mind from outward things to the deep parts of your being. You are not there to learn or to read, but . . . to experience the presence of your Lord!'”

“In God’s presence we behold the Lord. We are fully aware of God’s presence because, as Guyon teaches us, all outward senses have ‘become very calm and quiet.’ We are no longer focused on the surface thoughts of the mind; ‘instead, sweetly and silently, your mind becomes occupied with what you have read and by that touch of His presence.'”

— Richard Foster, “Sanctuary of the Soul”

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You Can Learn to Know Which Voice is God’s — A Quote by Richard Foster in “Sanctuary of the Soul”

“You know how we are able to distinguish between human speakers by the quality of their voice, the spirit in their voice and, of course, the content of what is being said? It is much the same with the divine voice. The quality of God’s voice is one of drawing and encouraging. The spirit in God’s voice is all grace and mercy. And the content of what is being said is always consistent with what God has said before — we have a huge biblical witness upon which to test our leadings.”

— Richard Foster, “Sanctuary of the Soul”

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God Desires Your Presence — A Quote by Richard Foster in “Sanctuary of the Soul”

“LET ME TELL YOU HOW MUCH God desires our presence. How much God longs to hear from us. How much God yearns to communicate with us. At the very heart of God is the passionate disposition to be in loving fellowship with you… with me. From the human side of this equation it is meditative prayer that ushers us into this divine-human fellowship.”

— Richard Foster, “Sanctuary of the Soul”

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