The Christian faith is ultimately not only a matter of doctrine or understanding or of intellect, it is a condition of the heart.— Martyn Lloyd-Jones
The most perspective Martyn Lloyd-Jones quotes that will activate your inner potential
Whenever you put happiness before righteousness, you will be doomed to misery.
That is the great message of the Bible from beginning to end. They alone are truly happy who are seeking to be righteous.
The terrible, tragic fallacy of the last hundred years has been to think that all man's troubles are due to his environment, and that to change the man you have nothing to do but change his environment. That is a tragic fallacy. It overlooks the fact that it was in Paradise that man fell.
I am not asking whether you know things about Him but do you know God, are you enjoying God, is God the centre of your life, the soul of your being, the source of your greatest joy? He is meant to be.
Always respond to every impulse to pray.
The impulse to pray may come when you are reading or when you are battling with a text. I would make an absolute law of this: always obey such an impulse.
I sometimes think that the very essence of the whole Christian position and the secret of a successful spiritual life is just to realize two things... I must have complete, absolute confidence in God and no confidence in myself."
Have you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself?
If you look at your past and are depressed it means that you are listening to the devil.
The most vital question to ask about all who claim to be Christian is this: Have they a soul thirst for God? ... Is their life centered on Him? Do they press forward more and more that they might know Him.
The church is always to be under the Word;
she must be; we must keep her there. You must not assume that because the church started correctly, she will continue so. She did not do so in the New Testament times; she has not done so since. Without being constantly reformed by the Word the church becomes something very different.
What is preaching? Logic on fire! Preaching is theology coming through a man who is on fire. A true understanding and experience of the Truth must lead to this. I say again that a man who can speak about these things dispassionately has no right whatsoever to be in a pulpit; and should never be allowed to enter one.
The ultimate test of our spirituality is the measure of our amazement at the grace of God.
The Christian is a man who can be certain about the ultimate even when he is most uncertain about the immediate.
We all tend to go to extremes; some rely only on their own preparation and look for nothing more; others, as I say, tend to despise preparation and trust to the unction, the anointing and the inspiration of the Spirit alone. But there must be no "either/or" here; it is always "both/and." These two things must go together.
Man is at his greatest and highest when upon his knees he comes face to face with God.
You can have knowledge, and you can be meticulous in your preparation;
but without the unction of the Holy Spirit you will have no power, and your preaching will not be effective.
We should go into His presence as a child goes to his father.
We do it with reverence and godly fear, of course, but we should go with a childlike confidence and simplicity.
You pray and make your requests made known unto God, and God will do something.
' It is not your prayer that is going to do it, it is not you who is going to do it, but God. 'The peace of God that passeth all understanding'-He, through it all, 'will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus'.
The eternal everlasting God has become our Father and the moment we realize that, it transforms everything.
The ultimate cause of spiritual depression is unbelief.
For if it were not for unbelief, even the devil could do nothing. It is because we listen to the devil instead of listening to God that we go down before him and fall before his attacks.
There is a very real danger of our putting our faith in our sermon rather than in the Spirit. Our faith should not be in the sermon, it should be in the Holy Spirit Himself.
The Gospel is open to all; the most respectable sinner has no more claim on it than the worst.
We must cease to think of the church as a gathering of institutions and organizations, and we must get back to the notion that we are the people of God.
Though we claim to believe the whole of Scripture, in practice we frequently deny much of it by ignoring it.
Prayer, in many ways, is the supreme expression of our faith in God.
There are powers that can counterfeit almost everything in the Christian life.
You must go on to remind yourself of God - who God is, and what God is, and what God has done, and what God has pledged Himself to do.
People who think that once they are converted all will be happy, have forgotten Satan.
Faith is this extraordinary principle which links man to God;
faith is this thing that keeps a man from hell and puts him in heaven; it is the connection between this world and the world to come; faith is this mystic astounding thing that can take a man dead in trespasses and sins and make him live as a new being, a new man in Christ Jesus.
If in a Christian pulpit you have no business saying, "I suggest to you" No! "These things I declare to you."
A revival means days of heaven upon earth.
...There is a great need of more familiarity with the Scriptures and their teaching in order that we may be crushed to our knees with a sense of humility and be made to cry to God that He would visit us again.
We must re-grasp the idea of church membership as being the membership of the body of Christ and as the biggest honour which can come man's way in this world.
If you can explain what is happening in a church, apart from the sovereign act of God, it is not revival.
The very God whom we have offended has Himself provided the way whereby the offense has been dealt with. His anger, His wrath against sin and the sinner, has been satisfied, appeased and He therefore can now thus reconcile man unto Himself.
The whole man is involved, the mind, the heart and the will, and a common cause of spiritual depression is the failure to realize that the Christian life is a whole life, a balanced life.
The introduction is the first and best chance to win the attention of people who otherwise would not care. The first thing you have to do is make people believe that what you have to say is relevant and important.
Human will-power alone is not enough.
Will-power is excellent and we should always be using it; but it is not enough. A desire to live a good life is not enough. Obviously we should all have that desire, but it will not guarantee success.
First of all, the evangelical is one who is entirely subservient to the Bible.
This is true of every evangelical. He is a man of one book; he starts with it; he submits himself to it; this is his authority.
Grace is favor shown to people who do not deserve any favor at all.
There is no happiness finally, there is no peace, there is no joy except we be right with God. The miserable Christian is wrong in his ideas as to how this rightness with God is to be obtained.
All teaching and all truth and all doctrine must be tested in the light of the scriptures.
There is nothing which so certifies the genuineness of a man's faith as his patience and his patient endurance, his keeping on steadily in spite of everything.
People are often unhappy in the Christian life because they have thought of Christianity, and the whole message of the gospel, in inadequate terms.
The gospel is not something partial or piecemeal: it takes in the whole life, the whole of history, the whole world. It tells us about creation and the final judgment and everything in between.
The nearer a man gets to God, the greater he sees his sin.
What is the chief end of preaching? I like to think it is this: It is to give men and women a sense of God and His presence.
To love to preach is one thing; to love to whom you preach is quite another.
A Christian is something before he does anything;
and we have to be Christian before we can act as Christians.
I will not glory, even in my orthodoxy, for even that can be a snare if I make a god of it... Let us rejoice in Him in all His fullness and in Him alone.