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Sin

Whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes off the delight for spiritual things, whatever increases the authority of your body over your mind, that thing is sin. — Susanna Wesley, letter to her son John Wesley

The exercise of the mouth cannot change the heart. Your sin is like a prostitute. You are speaking against your lover in public but embracing her in the bedroom. She is not particular about being run down in public if she can have your full attention in private. — Jim Elliff

No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good.  — C.S. Lewis

Sin is what you do when you are not satisfied in God.  — John Piper

Sin is believing the lie that you are self-created, self-dependent and self-sustained. — Augustine

What is sin? Sin is a species of rebellion against God. It is self-pleasing: it is the utter ignoring of God’s claims: being completely indifferent whether my conduct pleases or displeases Him.  — A.W. Pink

Sin is not merely wrong acts and thoughts, but sinfulness as well, an inherent inner disposition inclining us to wrong acts and thoughts. We are not simply sinners because we sin; we sin because we are sinners.  — Millard Erickson

We need to call sin what the Bible calls it and not soften it with modern expressions borrowed from our culture.  — Jerry Bridges

Sin is essentially a departure from God.  — Martin Luther

Sin is a deliberate treason against the majesty of God, an assault upon His crown, an insult offered to His throne.   — C.H. Spurgeon

Sin to a believer is horrible, because it crucified the Saviour; he sees in every iniquity the nails and spear. — Charles Spurgeon

Sin is not an unfortunate slip or a regrettable act; it is a posture of defiance against a holy God. — Max Lucado

Sinners, like those that are mad, destroy themselves with foolish lusts, and yet at the same time deceive themselves with foolish hopes; and they are, of all diseased persons, most enemies to their own cure. — Matthew Henry

The true Christian’s nostril is to be continually attentive to the inner cesspool. — C.S. Lewis

Either sin is with you, lying on your shoulders, or it is lying on Christ, the Lamb of God. Now if it is lying on your back, you are lost; but if it is resting on Christ, you are free, and you will be saved. — Martin Luther

Anybody who has once been horrified by the dreadfulness of his own sin that nailed Jesus to the Cross will no longer be horrified by even the rankest sins of a brother. Looking at the Cross of Jesus, he knows the human heart. He knows how utterly lost it is in sin and weakness, how it goes astray in the ways of sin, and he also knows that it is accepted in grace and mercy. Only the brother under the Cross can hear a confession. — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The joy of the Lord will arm us against the assaults of our spiritual enemies and put our mouths out of taste for those pleasures with which the tempter baits his hooks.  — Matthew Henry

God’s wounds cure, sin’s kisses kill. — William Gurnall

God is not against us because of our sin. He is with us against our sin. — Anon.

One leak will sink a ship; and one sin will destroy a sinner.  — John Bunyan

Sin wouldn’t be so attractive if the wages were paid immediately. — Anon.

We have a strange illusion that mere time cancels sin.  — C.S. Lewis

We are wearied with our sins, and have no satisfaction in them; we go to bed tonight weary of our sinful labors, and we will rise freshly tomorrow to the same sinful labors again. — John Donne

Fallen man is not simply an imperfect creature who needs improvement: he is a rebel who must lay down his arms. — C.S. Lewis

When sin is your burden, Christ will be your delight.  — Thomas Watson

Contentment, A Dump Truck Load

There are many of us that are willing to do great things for the Lord, but few of us are willing to do little things.  D.L. Moody

Spread out your petition before God, and then say, “Thy will, not mine, be done.” The sweetest lesson I have learned in God’s school is to let the Lord choose for me.  D.L. Moody

God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.   John Piper

Here’s what you need to keep in mind. You no longer have yesterday. You do not yet have tomorrow. You have only today. This is the day the Lord has made. Live in it.   Max Lucado

Consider Jesus. Know Jesus. Learn what kind of Person it is you say you trust and love and worship. Soak in the shadow of Jesus. Saturate your soul with the ways of Jesus. Watch Him. Listen to Him. Stand in awe of Him. Let Him overwhelm you with the way He is.   John Piper

I have held many things in my hands, and have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.   Martin Luther

What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me.  Helen Keller

The more wants we have, the further we are from God, and the nearer we approach him, the better can we dispense with everything that is not Himself.   Madame Guyon

I would fain know all that I need, and all that I may. I leave God’s secrets to himself. It is happy for me that God makes me of his court, and not of his council.   Joseph Hall

Content makes poor men rich; discontent makes rich men poor. Unknown

It is His joy that remains in us that makes our joy full.   A.B. Simpson

When you become satisfied with God, however, everything else so loses its charm that He can give it to you without harm.   A.B. Simpson

As long as a man is alive and out of hell, he cannot have any cause to complain.   Charles Spurgeon

The remarkable thing is, we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.   Chuck Swindoll

Grant that we may hold the world with a loose hand.   William Tiptaft

Just remaining quietly in the presence of God, listening to Him, being attentive to Him, requires a lot of courage and know-how.   Thomas Merton

Being “contented” ought to mean in English, as it does in French, being pleased. Being content with an attic ought not to mean being unable to move from it and resigned to living in it; it ought to mean appreciating all there is in such a position.   G.K. Chesterton

I will not meddle with that which I cannot mend.   Thomas Fuller

These things are not strange, Small One, though they are beyond our senses.   C.S. Lewis

The very nature of Joy makes nonsense of our common distinction between having and wanting.   C.S. Lewis

There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, “All right, then, have it your way.”   C.S. Lewis

You play the hand you’re dealt. I think the game’s worthwhile.   C.S. Lewis

A man who is eating or lying with his wife or preparing to go to sleep in humility, thankfulness and temperance, is, by Christian standards, in an infinitely higher state than one who is listening to Bach or reading Plato in a state of pride.   C.S. Lewis

If the sun of God’s countenance shine upon me, I may well be content to be wet with the rain of affliction.   Joseph Hall

The joy of the Lord will arm us against the assaults of our spiritual enemies and put our mouths out of taste for those pleasures with which the tempter baits his hooks.   Matthew Henry

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.   A.W. Pink

There are many wells today, but they are dry. There are many hungry souls today that are empty. But let us come to Jesus and take Him at His Word and we will find wells of salvation, and be able to draw waters out of the well of salvation, for Jesus is that well.   William J. Seymour

He who is able to accept everything gladly from the Lord – including darkness, dryness, flatness – and completely disregard self is he who lives for Him.   Watchman Nee

Great offices will have great talents, and God gives to every man the virtue, temper, understanding, taste, that lifts him into life, and lets him fall just in the niche he was ordained to fill.  William Cowper

If my life is surrendered to God, all is well. Let me not grab it back, as though it were in peril in His hand but would be safer in mine!   Elisabeth Elliot

If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.   Martin Luther King, Jr.

If the wicked flourish, and thou suffer, be not discouraged; they are fatted for destruction, thou art dieted for health.   Thomas Fuller

 

 

Billy Sunday– Some Great Quotes

billy_sunday_fighting_sinEnthusiasm is as good a thing in the Church as fire is in a cook stove.

The only way to keep a broken vessel full is to keep it always under the tap.

If you live wrong you can’t die right.

If you have no joy, there’s a leak in your Christianity somewhere.

Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile.

Try praising your wife, even if it does frighten her at first.

Better die an old maid, sister, than marry the wrong man.

Your reputation is what people say about you. Your character is what God and your wife know about you.

Personal liberty is not personal license.

I dare not exercise personal liberty if it infringes on the liberty of others.

Hell is the highest reward that the devil can offer you for being a servant of his.

Give your face to God, and He will put his shine on it.

Conversion is a complete surrender to Jesus. It’s a willingness to do what he wants you to do.

Temptation is the devil looking through the keyhole. Yielding is opening the door and inviting him in.

Deathbed repentance is burning the candle of life in the service of the devil, and then blowing the smoke into the face of God.

I challenge you to show me where the saloon has ever helped business, education, church, morals or anything we hold dear.

After all is said that can be said upon the liquor traffic, its influence is degrading upon the individual, the family, politics and business, and upon everything that you touch in this old world.

One reason sin flourishes is that it is treated like a cream puff instead of a rattlesnake.

The Bible will always be full of things you cannot understand, as long as you will not live according to those you can understand.

If you took no more care of yourself physically than spiritually, you’d be just as dried up physically as you are spiritually.

They tell me that I rub the fur the wrong way. I don’t; let the cat turn around.

The reason you don’t like the Bible, you old sinner, is because it knows all about you.

I believe that a long step toward public morality will have been taken when sins are called by their right names.

I don’t believe there are devils enough in hell to pull a boy out of the arms of a godly mother.

Be careful, father, or while you are taking one lap around the devil’s track your boy will make six.

The Lord is not compelled to use theologians. He can take snakes, sticks or anything else, and use them for the advancement of his cause.

 

 

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