Let us look upon a crucified Christ, the remedy of all our miseries. His cross hath procured a crown, his passion hath expiated our transgression. His death hath disarmed the law, his blood hath washed a believer's soul. This death is the destruction of our enemies, the spring of our happiness, and the eternal testimony of divine love.— Stephen Charnock
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When we believe that we should be satisfied rather than God glorified in our worship, then we put God below ourselves as though He had been made for us rather than that we had been made for Him.
Power is God's hand or arm, omniscience is God's eye, mercy is God's delight, eternity is God's duration, but holiness is God's beauty!
A man may be theologically knowing and spiritually ignorant.
God knows all that is done in the most secret caverns of the heart.
No place is deprived of his presence.
Adoption gives us the privilege of sons, regeneration the nature of sons.
Without the heart it is no worship; it is a stage play; an acting a part without being that person really which is acted by us: a hypocrite, in the notion of the word, is a stageplayer.
Our ignorance of God is too great, because our estimations of God are too little.
In regard of God, patience is a submission to His sovereignty.
To endure a trial, simply because we cannot avoid or resist it, is not Christian patience. But to humbly submit because it is the will of God to inflict the trial, to be silent because the sovereignty of God orders it - is true godly patience.
Self is the great antichrist and anti-God in the world, that sets up itself above all else.
How comfortable it is to have One, day and night, before the throne to control the charge of our enemy, and the despondencies of our souls.
Assurance is the fruit that grows out of the root of faith.
Works make not the heart good, but a good heart makes the works good.
God doth not govern the world only by his will as an absolute monarch, but by his wisdom and goodness as a tender father. It is not his greatest pleasure to show his sovereign power, or his inconceivable wisdom, but his immense goodness, to which he makes the other attributes subservient.
Unbelief was the first sin, and pride was the first-born of it.
What a curious workmanship is that of the eye, which is in the body, as the sun in the world; set in the head as in a watch-tower, having the softest nerves for receiving the greater multitude of spirits necessary for the act of vision!
Since we are dead in sin, a spiritual light and flame in the heart suitable to the nature of the object of our worship, cannot be raised in us without the operation of supernatural grace... such a worship God must have, whereby he is acknowledged to be the true sanctifier and quickener of the soul.
It is the black work of an ungodly man or an atheist, that God is not in all his thoughts. What comfort can be had in the being of God without thinking of him with reverence and delight? A God forgotten is as good as no God to us.
Had it been published by a voice from heaven, that twelve poor men, taken out of boats and creeks, without any help of learning, should conquer the world to the cross, it might have been thought an illusion against all reason of men; yet we know it was undertaken and accomplished by them.
Without the heart it’s not worship, it’s a stage play.
Regeneration is a spiritual change; conversion is a spiritual motion.
The little time that remains between this moment and our death, should quicken our diligence to inherit the endless and unchangeable eternity of God.
In natures, we see God, as it were, like the sun in a picture;
in the law, as the sun in a cloud; in Christ we see Him in His beams; He being 'the brightness of His glory, and the exact image of His person.
No man is an unbeliever, but because he will be so;
and every man is not an unbeliever, because the grace of God conquers some, changes their wills, and binds them to Christ.
Accustom yourself to serious meditation every morning.
Fresh airing our souls in heaven will engender in us a purer spirit and nobler thoughts. A morning seasoning will secure us for all the day.
We often learn more of God under the rod that strikes us than under the staff that comforts us.
Sin endeavors to subject the blessed God to the humor and lust of every person in the world
How worthy it is to remember former benefits when we come to beg for new.
We may be truly said to worship God, though we lack perfection;
but we cannot be said to worship Him if we lack sincerity.
God often lays the sum of His amazing providences in very dismal afflictions;
as the limner first puts on the dusky colors, on which he intends to draw the portraiture of some illustrious beauty.
Let us not satisfy ourselves with a knowledge of God in the mass;
a glance upon a picture never directs you to the discerning the worth and art of it.
Paul was so much taken with Christ, that nothing sweeter than Jesus could drop from his lips and pen.
Since nothing but God is eternal, nothing but God is worth the loving.
All worship is shot wrong that is not directed to, and conducted by, the thoughts of the power of God, whose assistance we need.
Frequently renew settled and holy resolutions.
A soldier unresolved to fight may be easily defeated...The weakness of our graces, the strength of our temptations, and the diligence of our spiritual enemies, require strong resolutions.
This little member can behold the earth, and in a moment view things as high as heaven.
Pride is self contending with God for preeminence.
A proud faith is as much a contradiction as a humble devil.
It is less injury to Him to deny His being, than to deny the purity of it;
the one makes Him no God, the other a deformed, unlovely, and a detestable God. He that saith God is not holy speaks much worse that he that saith there is no God at all.
All the prayers in the Scripture you will find to be reasoning with God, not a multitude of words heaped together.
Since therefore all things are ordered in subserviency to the good of man, they are so ordered by Him that made both man and them.