English Author and Clergyman
English Author and Clergyman
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.
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.
Nothing is more contrary to a heavenly hope than an earthly heart.
The regenerating Spirit is compared to the wind. His first attempts on the soul may be so secret that the creature knows not whence they come, or whither they tend; but, before he hath done, the sound will be heard throughout the soul.
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.
One Almighty is more than all mighties.
The storm may be tempestuous, but it is only temporary.
God, to prevent all escape, hath sown the seeds of death in our very constitution and nature, so that we can as soon run from ourselves, as run from death. We need no feller to come with a hand of violence and hew us down; there is in the tree a worm, which grows out of its own substance, that will destroy it; so in us, those infirmities of nature that will bring us down to the dust.
Paul was Nero's prisoner, but Nero was much more God's... But how does the great apostle spend his time in prison?... We read of no dispatches sent to court to procure his liberty; but many to the churches, to help them to stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ had made them free... 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.
There is no such way to be even with the devil and his instruments, for all their spite against us, as by doing what good we can wherever we become.
He that is impatient, and cannot wait on God for a mercy, will not easily submit to Him in a denial.