Focus on the Fountain, Not the Streams

"Many in our churches make the serious blunder of confining their attention to the outer, to the neglect of the inner life.  They work at the streams, and fail to give their first and chief attention to their great necessity -- purity at the fountain.  They struggle in a life-long effort to raise the streams higher than the fountain or to purify the fountain by working at the streams."

"Their only success in this effort is to get the outward and apparent of their life out of all proportion or harmony with their inner and true character.  Who can bring a clean thing ouf of an unclean? Not one!"

-- J. A. Wood Purity and Maturity

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