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April 22, 2008

“Most of God’s people are contented to be saved from the hell that is without; they are not so anxious to be saved from the hell that is within.”

“Depend upon it, it is God’s Word, not our comment upon God’s Word, that saves souls.”

“It is a sure mark of grace to desire more.”

“If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies. Yet distance makes no difference. He is praying for me.”

“Unfathomable oceans of grace are in Christ for you. Dive and dive again, you will never come to the bottom of these depths. How many millions of dazzling pearls and gems are at this moment hid in the deep recesses of the ocean caves.”

” ‘If I knew I were one of God’s elect, I would come to Christ; but I fear I am not.’ To you I answer: nobody ever came to Christ because he knew himself to be one of the elect. It is quite true that God has of His mere good pleasure elected some to everlasting life, but they never knew it until they believed in Christ. Christ nowhere commands the elect to come to him. He commands all men everywhere to repent and believe the gospel. The question for you is not, ‘Am I one of the elect?’ but ‘Am I a sinner?’ Christ came to save sinners.”

“A man who loves you the most is the man who tells you the most truth about yourself.”

“The greatest need of my people is my personal holiness.”

“A man is what he is on his knees before God, and nothing more.”

“Get your texts from God—your thoughts, your words, from God. In great measure, according to the purity and perfection’s of the instrument, will be success. It is not great talents God blesses so much as great likeness to Jesus. A holy minister is an awful weapon in the hand of God. A word spoken by you when your conscience is clear, and your heart full of God’s Spirit, is worth ten thousands words spoken in unbelief and sin.”

“No one ever came to Christ because they knew themselves to be of the elect. It is quite true that God has of his mere good pleasure elected some to everlasting life, but they never knew it until they came to Christ. Christ nowhere invites the elect to come to Him. The question for you is not, Am I one of the elect? But, Am I one of the human race?”

April 20, 2008

We are too apt to imagine that holiness consists in mere good feeling toward God. It does not! It consists in obedience in heart and life to the divine requirements. To be holy is to be set apart for God and devoted to God’s service, “The Lord has set apart him who is godly for himself.” But if we are set apart for God in this sense, it necessarily follows that we must live for God. We belong wholly to him, and any use of our life in any other service is sacrilege, as if one would rob the very altar of its smoking sacrifice, to gratify one’s common hunger.

Our hands are God’s—and can fitly be used only in doing his work. Our feet are God’s—and may be employed only in walking in his ways and running his errands. Our lips are God’s—and should speak only words which honor him and bless others. Our hearts are God’s—and must not be profaned by thoughts and affections which are not pure.

Biblical holiness is no vague sentiment—it is intensely practical. It is nothing less than the bringing of every thought and feeling and act—into obedience to Christ.

April 14, 2008

The mature worshiper is easily edified.

April 12, 2008

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”
Corrie Ten Boom

“God could have shown up at any time, but over and over in the Bible, He revealed Himself when people began to pray.”
- Jim Cymbala

April 5, 2008

Let the love of Jesus constrain you to go out into the highways and hedges to compel poor sinners to come in. Some may say, ‘This is not proceeding with a zeal according to knowledge;’ but I am persuaded … the Gospel must be propagated in the same manner as it first established, by itinerant preaching. Go on, dear sir, go on and follow your glorious Master without the camp, bearing His reproach. Never fear the scourge of the tongue, or the threatenings that are daily breathed out against the Lord, and against His Christ. Suffer we must. Perhaps, we may sing in a prison, and have our feet in the stocks; but faith in Jesus turns a prison into a palace, and makes a bed of flames become a bed of [feathers].

-George Whitefield

The Use of Fear

I further believe, although certain persons deny it, that the influence of fear is to be exercised over the minds of men, and that it ought to operate upon the mind of the preacher himself: “Noah. . . moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house” (Hebrews 11:7).