Satan will be ready to help forward such thoughts as a fit medium to lift thee up , and slacken thy care in duty for the future. Such discoveries do indeed bear witness to the truth of thy grace, but not to the degree and measure of it. The weak child may be, yea, is, oftener in the lap than the strong.— William Gurnall
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We fear men so much, because we fear God so little.
Hope fills the afflicted soul with such inward joy and consolation, that it can laugh while tears are in the eye, sigh and sing all in a breath; it is called "the rejoicing of hope" (Hebrews 3:6).
It is the image of God reflected in you that so enrages hell;
it is this at which the demons hurl their mightiest weapons.
Cowards never won heaven. Do not claim that you are begotten of God and you have His royal blood running in your veins unless you can prove your lineage by His heroic spirit: to dare to be holy in spite of men and devils.
We are justified, not by giving anything to God,--what we do,--but by receiving from God, what Christ hath done for us.
God would not rub so hard if it were not to fetch out the dirt that is ingrained in our natures. God loves purity so well He had rather see a hole than a spot in His child's garments.
Compare Scripture with Scripture. False doctrines, like false witnesses, agree not among themselves.
Humble souls are fearful of their own strength.
Never was a faithful prayer lost. Some prayers have a longer voyage than others, but then they return with their richer lading at last, so that the praying soul is a gainer by waiting for an answer.
God's wounds cure, sin's kisses kill.
Of all creatures in this visible world, light is the most glorious;
of all light, the light of the sun without compare excels the rest.
Weak faith will as surely land the Christian in heaven as strong faith, for it is impossible the least dram of true grace should perish
Christ is the door that opens into God's presence and lets the soul into His very bosom, faith is the key that unlocks the door; but the Spirit is He that makes this key.
Never venture near the door where sin dwells, lest you are dragged in.
He that is impatient, and cannot wait on God for a mercy, will not easily submit to Him in a denial.
Say not that thou hast royal blood in thy veins;
say not that thou art born of God if thou canst not prove thy pedigree by daring to be holy!
Godliness, as well as the doctrine of our faith, is a mystery.
We must not confide in the armour of God, but in the God of this armour, because all our weapons are only mighty through God.
The soldier is summoned to a life of active duty and so is the Christian.
And while God had work for Paul, he found him friends both in court and prison.
Let persecutors send saints to prison, God can provide a keeper for their turn.
Justifying faith is not a naked assent to the truths of the gospel.
What is Jordan that I should wash in it? What is the preaching that I should attend on it, while I hear nothing but what I knew before? What are these beggarly elements of water, bread, and wine? Are not these the reasonings of a soul that forgets who appoints the means of grace?
How can God stoop lower than to come and dwell with a poor humble soul? Which is more than if he had said, such a one should dwell with him; for a beggar to live at court is not so much as the king to dwell with him in his cottage.
Let thy hope of heaven master thy fear of death.
A minister, without boldness, is like a smooth file, a knife without an edge, a sentinel that is afraid to let off his gun. If men will be bold in sin, ministers must be bold to reprove.
Truly, hope is the saint's covering, wherein he wraps himself, when he lays his body down to sleep in the grave: "My flesh," saith David, "shall rest in hope."
For a beggar to live at court is not so much as the King to dwell with him in his cottage.
Blind zeal is soon put to a shameful retreat, while holy resolution, built on fast principles, lifts up its head like a rock in the midst of the waves.
Mercy should make us ashamed, wrath afraid to sin.
God hath made it a debt which one saint owes to another to carry their names to a throne of grace.
Bid faith look through the key-hole of the promise, and tell thee what it sees there laid up for him that overcomes; bid it listen and tell thee whether it cannot hear the shout of those crowned saints, as of those that are dividing the spoil, and receiving the reward of all their services and sufferings here on earth.
When people do not mind what God speaks to them in His word, God doth as little mind what they say to Him in prayer.
Paul was Nero's prisoner, but Nero was much more God's.
The chains of love are stronger than the chains of fear.
The Christian is bred by the Word, and he must be fed by it.
Few are made better by prosperity, whom afflictions make worse.
It is no policy to let thy lusts have arms, which are sure to rise and declare against thee when thine enemy comes.
God loves the saints as the purchase of his Son's blood.
They cost him dear, and that which is so hardly got shall not be easily lost. He that was willing to expend his Son's blood to gain them, will not deny his power to keep them.
Set a strong guard about thy outward senses: these are Satan's landing places, especially the eye and the ear.
Can Christ be in thou heart and thou not know it? Can one king be dethroned and another crowned in thy soul and thou hear no scuffle?
Christ hath told us He will come, but not when, that we might never put off our clothes, or put out the candle.
Godliness is the child of truth, and it must be nursed by its own mother.
The grace thou hast will soon be less, if thou addest not more to it.
The longer a soul hath neglected duty, the more ado there is to get it taken up.
The storm may be tempestuous, but it is only temporary.
Therefore tremble, O man, at any power thou hast, except thou usest it for God.
Art thou strong in body; who hath thy strength? God, or thy lusts?
As the eye of the body once put out, can never be restored by the creature's art, so neither can the spiritual eye lost by Adam's sin be restored by the teaching of men or angels. It is one of the diseases which Christ came to cure.
How many, alas, of the precious saints of God must we shut out from being believers, if there is no faith but what amounts to assurance.... shall we say their faith went away in the departure of their assurance?
The mightier any is in the word, the more mighty he will be in prayer.