The Christian life is a life that consists of following Jesus.
An honest heart ceases fighting against God.
The first step toward a daily following of Christ is the denying of self.
The Christian who has stopped repenting has stopped growing.
Afflictions are light when compared with what we really deserve. They are light when compared with the sufferings of the Lord Jesus. But perhaps their real lightness is best seen by comparing them with the weight of glory which is awaiting us.
Chastisement is designed for our good, to promote our highest interests. Look beyond the rod to the All-wise hand that wields it!
Instead of complaining at his lot, a contented man is thankful that his condition and circumstances are no worse than they are. Instead of greedily desiring something more than the supply of his present need, he rejoices that God still cares for him. Such an one is “content” with such as he has.
No verse of Scripture yields its meaning to lazy people.
Just as the sinner’s despair of any hope from himself is the first prerequisite of a sound conversion, so the loss of all confidence in himself is the first essential in the believer’s growth in grace.
Though poor in this world’s goods, though grieving the loss of loved ones, though suffering pain of body, though harassed by sin and Satan, though hated and persecuted by worldlings, whatever be the case and lot of the Christian, it is both his privilege and duty to rejoice in the Lord.
Taking up my “cross” means a life voluntarily surrendered to God.
Satan is not an initiator but an imitator.
As Christ has a Gospel, Satan has a gospel too; the latter being a clever counterfeit of the former. So closely does the gospel of Satan resemble that which it parades, multitudes of the unsaved are deceived by it.
The gospel of Satan announces salvation by character, which reverses the order of God’s Word–character by, as the fruit of, salvation.
In contradistinction to the Gospel of Christ, the gospel of Satan teaches salvation by works.
Satan is ever seeking to inject that poison into our hearts to distrust God’s goodness – especially in connection with his commandments. That is what really lies behind all evil, lusting and disobedience. A discontent with our position and portion, a craving from something which God has wisely held from us. Reject any suggestion that God is unduly severe with you. Resist with the utmost abhorrence anything that causes you to doubt God’s love and his lovingkindness toward you. Allow nothing to make you question the Father’s love for his child.
The Devil is well pleased if he can get the awakened sinner to look at anything rather than Christ — good works, repentance, feelings, resolutions, baptism, anything so long as it is not Christ Himself.
There is a Holy Trinity, and there is likewise a Trinity of Evil.
Sin is more than an act or a series of acts; it is a man’s make-up.
Unbelief, and a thousand evils, are still in our hearts: though their reign and dominion is at an end, they are not slain or eradicated; their efforts will be felt more or less sensibly, as the Lord is pleased more or less to afford or abate His gracious influence.
Every Christian will readily allow that sin is insidious, but it is one thing to recognize this in theory and quite another to be regulated by it in practice.
Faithful people have always been in a marked minority.
After grief for sin there should be joy for forgiveness.
Bring your beliefs to the test of the Scriptures, and you are likely to discover that it is much harder and more painful to unlearn some things than it is to learn new ones.
The permanence of God’s character guarantees the fulfillment of his promises.
Yes, give thanks for “all things” for, as it has been well said “Our disappointments are but His appointments.”
Prayer is not so much an act as it is an attitude – an attitude of dependency, dependency upon God.
Real prayer is communion with God, so that there will be common thoughts between His mind and ours. What is needed is for Him to fill our hearts with His thoughts, and then His desires will become our desires flowing back to Him.
The worldling thinks the real Christian is crazy, the Christian knows the poor worldling is spiritually insane.
When we complain about the weather, we are, in reality, murmuring against God.
The ultimate destiny of every individual is decided by the will of God, and blessed it is that such be the case; if it were left to our wills, the ultimate destination of us all would be the lake of fire.
The hardest task before most of us is not to learn, but to unlearn. Many of God’s own children have drunk so deeply of the sweetened poison of Satan, that it is by no means easy to get it out of their systems; and while it remains in them, it stupefies their understanding.
How little does the twentieth-century evangelist resemble those of the first.
God has the absolute right to do as He pleases with the creatures of His own hand.
Politics give Christ no place and where Christ has no place His followers must have none. The Lord Jesus has left us an example that we should follow His steps, but we search the records of His earthly life in vain to discover any mention of Him taking any part in the politics of Palestine in His day.
The cross is the only place where men can truly find God, and the incarnate Son the only One in whom God can be adequately known.