39+ James MacDonald Quotes

James MacDonald was the pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel. He is a best-selling author of many books. Below are some of his greatest quotes you will find.


God brings tests into your life because your faith in Him--your belief that He is in control and that He is good--can be proved only in times when life is hard.

James MacDonald


Let God Himself be the main attraction at church again, and let us be tireless in our insistence that church is for God, about God, through God, and to the glory of His great Son.

James MacDonald


Church leaders raised on rationalism lead ministries where the supernatural, the Vertical, is suppressed and where God Himself is at best an observer and certainly seldom, if ever, and obvious participant in church.

James MacDonald


The reason God responds to persistence is because prayer is changing the one who prays. As we pray, God is making us spiritually fit to receive what He is already willing to do.

James MacDonald


In a society where rationality has ruled so long, the church frequently fails to see that in forsaking the weekly pursuit of the transcendent, we have given up the only ground that was uniquely ours in this world.

James MacDonald


Remember, it’s not “stand firm for the faith” but “stand firm in the faith.” You’ve got to own it and live it.

James MacDonald


God’s Word doesn’t change, the message doesn’t shift. It can’t be compromised in any way. It’s where we stand firm.

James MacDonald


We should be offended and repulsed in the same way when God's image bearers are desecrated – abused, beaten, neglected, discriminated against, and not loved and taken care of as they should be.

James MacDonald


To disrespect a person made in the image and likeness of God is a lot worse than desecrating a flag.

James MacDonald


Suffering always reveal idols of the heart.

James MacDonald


The body of Christ is about doing life together, and by doing life together sin is revealed.

James MacDonald


Satan's kryptonite is separation through slander. He slanders God to us and us to God.

James MacDonald


Praying is what confirms our true belief that we cannot succeed without God, and its absence confirms the exact opposite.

James MacDonald


God forgive the church of Jesus Christ for trading its birthright access to the transcendent for the pot of stew that is horizontal helpfulness. 

James MacDonald


Counseling is ultimately not about the counselee or the counselor, but about the Divine Counselor.

James MacDonald


Our hearts are wired for worship, and our worship is directly tied to our sense of hope.

James MacDonald


The reason God responds to persistence is because prayer is changing the one who prays.

James MacDonald


Prayer changes us into the people who can participate in the greater work of God without being spoiled by it through pride or becoming discouraged by the increased weight of greater fruitfulness.

James MacDonald


As we pray, God is making us spiritually fit to receive what He is already willing to do.

James MacDonald


Whether you realize it or not, your ongoing battle with unbelief drives all your sinful thoughts, emotions, desires, and actions.

James MacDonald


When the people of God are not told the works of God, they lose the wonder of God, and everyone does that which is right in his or her own eyes.

James MacDonald


God’s love is not a pampering love. God’s love is a perfecting love. 

James MacDonald


God does not get up every day trying to figure how He can plant a bigger smile on your face. God is in the process of growing us and changing us. His love is a transforming love.

James MacDonald


The role of biblical counselors is facilitate the discovery of a greater God awareness through spiritual eyes that look at life through scriptural lenses.

James MacDonald


To complain is to say in effect; “God, You blew it! You had a chance to meet my expectations, but You couldn’t handle it! Nice try, God, close—but not close enough.” So complaining definitely injures you and the Lord.

James MacDonald


More of anything other than God will never fill that longing for fulfillment He has placed within you and me.

James MacDonald


With God, we can be satisfied and fulfilled with very little, but without Him, all that we have will always be dry and deeply disappointing.

James MacDonald


Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired.

James MacDonald


Whenever you are in a critical temper, it is impossible to enter into communion with God.

James MacDonald


In healthy churches, the pastors life, not just his words, sets the tone for the church.

James MacDonald


If we believe God is present in our worship as He promises to be,20 then we must frame all language of worship as to Him and not merely about Him.

James MacDonald


If counseling is to be restored to the church, affection must be restored to reflection. 

James MacDonald


 Tender contrition must be restored to tough conviction. Communication with God must be restored to contending for God.

James MacDonald


Church was never intended to be a place where we serve God to the exclusion of meeting with Him.

James MacDonald


While the culture is constantly focused on fluff and positivity, God’s Word offers not just a competing worldview but a contrary one.

James MacDonald


The Bible is not some retouched photo of the human condition, sanitized to save everyone the heartache of reality.

James MacDonald


The Bible brings far more than a smiley preacher with platitudes that fade before sunset. The Scriptures bring stark reality, the depravity of the human heart apart from God.

James MacDonald


But extraordinary life is possible—find it. There’s a better, higher, eternal life that can begin during this earthly life. It is an awesome life found in Christ! And we can live it now!

James MacDonald


When your soul is satisfied, you have everything even if you have nothing. And when your soul is not at peace, you have nothing no matter what you have attained or acquired.

James MacDonald


Small groups are the place to push past Bible knowledge and on to life application so that we can see people's lives transform more and more into the image of Christ.

James MacDonald


New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.