William Gurnall


English Author and Clergyman

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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.

It is the image of God reflected in you that so enrages hell; it is this at which the demons hurl their mightiest weapons.

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!

We must come to good works by faith, and not to faith by good works.

Cease to pray and thou will begin to sin.

It is the saint's duty, and should be their care, not only to believe that God is Almighty, but also to strongly believe that His almighty power is engaged for our defense and help in all of our straits and temptations.

Set a strong guard about thy outward senses: these are Satan's landing places, especially the eye and the ear.

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.

Cease to pray and thou will begin to sin. Prayer is not only a means to prevail for mercy but also to prevent sin.

Job's friends chose the right time to visit him, but took not the right course of improving their visit; had they spent the time in praying for him which they did in hot disputes with him, they would have profited him, and pleased God more.

Sometimes, perhaps, thou hearest another pray with much freedom and fluency, whilst thou canst hardly get out a few broken words. Hence thou art ready to accuse thyself and admire him, as if the gilding of the key made it open the door the better.

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

Few are made better by prosperity, whom afflictions make worse.

Let thy hope of heaven master thy fear of death.

The chains of love are stronger than the chains of fear.

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.

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. Why shouldst thou be afraid to die, who hopest to live by dying!

The devil had as good have let Paul alone, for he no sooner comes into prison but he falls a preaching, at which the gates of Satan's prison fly open, and poor sinners come forth.

Furnish thyself with arguments from the promises to enforce thy prayers, and make them prevalent with God. The promises are the ground of faith, and faith, when strengthened, will make thee fervent, and such fervency ever speeds and returns with victory out of the field of prayer. The mightier any is in the Word, the more mighty he will be in prayer.

Never venture near the door where sin dwells, lest you are dragged in.

The longer a soul hath neglected duty, the more ado there is to get it taken up.

God is almighty to pardon, but He will not use His power for a shameless sinner. He is able to save and help in time of need, but if you have not repented, how can you expect His aid? The same power God expends on the believer's salvation will be spent on your damnation, for He has bound Himself under oath to destroy every impenitent soul.

No torment in the world is comparable to an accusing conscience.

The mightier any is in the word, the more mighty he will be in prayer.

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English Author and Clergyman