*** God loves you, not because of what you are, but because of what He is, and the will and heart of God is the source
of every blessing the heart can know.
*** There will never be a look, cross His face, that will remind us how much
we cost Him.
*** Though Christ can be grieved at a thousand things in us that no eye but His can see, yet none is
so easily pleased by our little endeavors of love as He.
*** The Spirit of God would ever search our hearts that the
motive spring of all our service should be love.
*** Every joy the Lord had came from above. It was not the weather
that made the Lord Jesus a happy joyful servant; it was communion with the Father
*** The Lord Jesus passed through
every form and kind of suffering that it was possible for a righteous man to pass through, apart from sin.
of the sufferings of Christ were not to put our sins away, but that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest, and to
tell out the depth of the divine bosom that we might know in richer measure how much He loves us.
*** Never try to
love the Lord more than you do - just sit down and think of how much He loves you. It will increase your love for Him.
*** Suffering can be pleasure if it is for someone you love. If you are following or serving the Lord, suffering can
be a special joy.
*** The more we have of Christ in our hearts, the less room there is for self. Self-denial is discipline
for life - the work of every hour.
*** Every person you meet is either living for self or for the Lord Jesus Christ.
I am delivered from self by occupation with Christ.
*** Joy will ever rise in proportion to prayer and thanksgiving.
To have power in prayer there must be purity in one's life.
*** The greatest victory you will ever gain in your Christian
life will be gained on your knees. We have been restored to apostolic position of the truth but not to apostolic power.
God takes into account all the extenuating circumstances of our lives.
*** There is no fault in the human character
but that the grace of God can help us to overcome. God is never frustrated or thwarted in His purposes.
*** If God
doesn't give guidance as to the path of faith no one else can, and if God does no one else need.
*** The Lord Jesus
in becoming a man took on Him a body capable of death but not subject to it.
*** Don't go to bed at night with an
unkind and unjudged thought toward anyone in the world.
*** Much self-judgement makes a man slow to judge others;
and the very gentleness of such an one gives a keen edge to his rebukes.
*** How long should we bear and forbear in
the path of devotedness and faithfulness to Christ? Until we get home to glory.
*** Do you want a happy Christian life? Knowledge won't give it to you. What will give it to you? The enjoyment of Christ
in your life.
*** True religion is the manifestation of the nature of God in His children.
*** If I have arthritis,
it is an infirmity of the flesh; if my arthritis makes me cranky or impatient that is sin.
*** It is alright to groan
but not to grumble.
*** Thirst, hunger and weariness are natural to the flesh, not infirmities of the flesh.
The Lord Jesus was perfect God and perfect man as He walked here on earth.
*** Christianity is the only religion in
the world that gives man a pure object for his hearts affection. All other religious founders lay in the grave.
The secret of a happy Christian life is learning to commune with the Lord as you would with a near and a dear friend.
The sin that we commit does not produce our state of soul but manifests it. Why do I sin, because I want to.
the things of God you have to taste and walk in them to know the blessedness of them. There is no enjoyment of the truth apart
from walking in it.
*** It is not what you know that controls your life, but it is the enjoyment of Christ in the
heart that truly separates us from the world and brings a peace, contentment and happiness of which the world knows nothing.
*** Practice the habit of meditation when you read. You will find the precious ore is there in its richness, but you
will have to do a little meditation to discover it.
*** It is not what you eat that nourishes your body. It is what
you digest, and it is the same with spiritual things.
*** Every time you eat, God is teaching you that life springs
out of death because everything you eat dies except salt.
*** There is not a ray of light that can pierce the inky
darkness that lies beyond the grave outside of the Word of God, the Bible.
*** Every time you say, "I think," you
think wrongly - on every moral and spiritual subject - unless your thoughts are formed by the Word of God.
that is not the truth [of the Word of God], is nonsense, and illogical.
*** A text without a context is a pretext.
Words get their meaning from the context in which they are found.
*** Never take your thoughts to the Word of God
- take your thoughts from the Word of God
*** Conscience speaks from within - never can it tell of God's character
- revelation gives this.
*** Faith doesn't reason, and reason isn't faith, though faith is never unreasonable.
The soul never imbibes truth in Living power but as it so requires.
*** It is the hardest thing to get even Christians
to see that the church's blessings are heavenly [and] not earthly.
*** Every school book, every magazine, every newspaper
that you read will make the horizon of all your thoughts the world in which you live. The Word of God is the only book that
tells you to lay up treasures in heaven.
*** Truth that requires faith to walk by, is resisted by the natural heart.
*** Not one right thought of God
ever entered the heart of man through his intellect, but through the conscience.
*** The conscience is the guide to
true knowledge. It never turns infidel.
*** He puts sorrow and joy together on our road home; tribulation and joy
together; deep poverty and joy together.
*** The thickest cloud brings the heaviest showers of blessing.
Little by little with the skill of a master's hand and the gentleness of a Father's heart He woos with His love and weans
us through circumstances from earth to heaven.
*** The divine nature is shown by having God as its object.
His presence gives moral courage for Christian obedience.
*** Faith and salvation go together. Obedience and happiness
*** We get away with nothing! Beware of the government of God. There is a government of God. Every act
in your life and mine has both present and eternal consequences.
*** There is something in everyone of us, speaker
included, that only God can correct.
*** The Bible never brings comfort to a Christian who is walking carelessly.
Correction despised brings sharper correction.
*** God will never, never send trial into our life without a needs
be (1 Peter 1:6) on our part, and a purpose of love on His part.
*** He may test your faith but He will never disappoint
*** If you did everything right, nothing would be right, except the motive was right; it is the motive
that gives value to the act.
*** The motive that governs the heart is the true estimate of man's moral condition before
*** Happiness is a state of soul, not a question of circumstances. Circumstances do not produce your state of
soul, they only manifest it.
*** It is not by change of circumstances that we can be made happy, but by submission
to the will of God.
*** Never fear persecution; it will make your face shine like an angel's
*** Take your
circumstances from the Lord, and your difficulties to the Lord.
*** Every blessing of God is an apex, a mountain peak,
beyond which even God cannot go. If He has not won your heart and mine, what more could He do to win it.
*** Every unconverted man that you meet is governed by two things; his own lusts, and public opinion.
*** Never count your converts - you will never count enough.
*** We can have as much of Christ as we want, and our lives show how much we want of Him.
*** God has given
the work of Christ for our consciences, the Person of Christ for our meditation; and the love of Christ to warm our hearts.
*** This world is not an adequate platform for the manifestation of the ways of God in government [but Israel was].
*** Every exhortation of scripture is founded upon what we possess, it is not a matter of attainment, and God uses
exhortation to show us what we possess.
*** We break bread, if intelligently, not merely as forgiven sinners, but
as members of the body of Christ.
*** God intends that we should breath by faith, the atmosphere of heaven before
we get there.
*** Death is the principle of Christianity; resurrection is its power.
*** Christian obedience
is not law-keeping, but delight in love, giving subjection to the will of another, whether expressed or not.
blood of Christ puts my sins away - the death of Christ puts me away - the cross of Christ separates me from the world.
You never met a man who walked with God, who at the end of his life said, "I wish I hadn't done it?" and you never will.
The sovereignty of God does not lessen man's responsibility. Scripture treats man as a sinner, to be restored to God or judged.
Rationalists, as a race to be educated.
*** The unconverted mind of man is the plaything of the devil.
I never knew a man to get converted by getting a raise in pay. It's a man's need that brings him to Christ.
first great step, when a man desires to be saved, is unqualified self-condemnation.
*** Conversion is the turning
of the heart and will to God through grace. The fear of God is the setting aside of will.
*** God is sufficient unto
Himself in every thing but love. He must have objects to love.
*** Man measures sin by man's treatment of man. God
measures sin by man's treatment of Christ.
*** In God's presence sin is not measured by transgression, but by what
*** All our unhappiness and failure, whether as saint of sinner, springs from unbelief of the goodness that
is in the heart of God for us.
*** Anything that robs your soul of joy in the Lord, robs you of the richest treasure
you know in life's pathway.
*** All our intelligence and all our happiness depends upon how we treat the Divine guest
that dwells within.
*** You and I should love saints no matter how unlovely they appear outwardly. They are dear to Him; if we walk with
God we love them without effort.
*** Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, our minds make up our
moral history in this world. We are what we love and think about as an object, and this forms the whole pattern of our life
*** At His coming we are going to be like Christ - morally and physically.
*** Gift is not sanctified
[natural] ability. Gift is not godliness.
*** Communion with Christ can only be kept up by constant watchfulness.
The consciousness that God is with you gives power. There is no substitute for communion.
*** The minute I see a brother
or a sister trying to get folks on their side on any question, I know that they are not walking in the wisdom of God.
Walk with God and the Spirit of God will always testify as to the rightness of your ways.
*** If the world can understand
your life, you are not walking with God. The nearer we walk with God, the more we become an oddity to the world.
We should be humble and happy. Humble because we are so little like Him and happy because He loves us so.
*** If there
is one thing more than another that we need to guard against, it is to watch lest the heart's affections grow cold.
The moment my affections grow cold, my feet are going to wander and the world is going to get into my heart.
one longing desire of my heart in ministry is to so plant Christ in the affections of Christians that they will desire to
live in Him.
*** It is unbelief of the goodness that is in the heart of God that is in the root of all coldness, carelessness
and lack of earnestness in the things of God.
*** One of the evil fruits of long continued spiritual negligence, is
the soul's ignorance of its own state.
*** From the time you open your eyes in the morning till you close them at
night, everything you see and hear tends to put the world into your heart.
*** If you set your heart upon an automobile
it may burn up or you may have an accident and it will be destroyed; but if you set your heart on Christ you will never lose
*** The deception and power of present things is of the Devil, the perception of them is of God.
The higher we get in this world - the closer we get to the god and prince of it. God does not train His servants in the college
of brick and stone - He trains them in the school of adversity.
*** Our special mark of a "sound mind" is readiness
to take counsel of God.
*** All true knowledge, all moral knowledge, begins by putting God in His place; nothing is
right and true without that.
*** The world says, "You must know something of evil." God says, "Be wise unto that which
is good, and simple concerning evil." You get just as black fighting a chimney sweep as you do hugging him.
wisdom of God is not an extension of man's wisdom, it is not an improvement of man's wisdom, but in every case, it is the
opposite of man's wisdom.
*** The book of Proverbs gives us heavenly wisdom for an earthly pathway.
true knowledge, all moral knowledge, begins by putting God in His place: nothing is right or true without that.
What are we in this world for, to get rich - no - we are here to learn the manifold grace and wisdom of God.
ceremonial is worth a straw if the heart does not honour Christ.
*** By religious forms, man is made religious without
possessing holiness. Anything that exalts man is not of God.
*** False religion will send more people to hell than
*** Not one thing that you know is the result of your reason; it is either testimony or experience.
What do you know? - Did reason tell you or faith?
*** Are you a mother? Do not be satisfied to tell your children
the way of salvation. Tell them about the beauties of Christ; give the wisdom of the Word and seek to guide their footprints
through this world into that faith and faithfulness that should characterize the family of God (2 Tim. 1:5)
*** There is no such thing as "Good Luck" or being fortunate. Nothing happens by chance to the Christian. Why not say
"through mercy" or "through the Lord's goodness." Why not His ordering?
*** When we get home to glory and have a backward
look over our history, we will find He was doing the very best He could for us each day of our lives according to our state
*** The grandest truth that I have discovered in all the word of God is this - that God became a man in Christ,
walked throughout this world as a man, died on the cross as a man, then arose from among the dead, to remain a man forever
- why - that He might enjoy our companionship for all eternity. (1 Cor. 15:28)
*** The Word of God came not by the
will of man but rather is addressed to all with authority from God. It is the only book in the world whose prophecies are
unfailingly true, because man cannot tell the future. It is also the only book that the natural man cannot understand. It
is not written so as to work on the emotions and does not record the physical characteristics of Christ or the Apostles but
rather gives us their moral features. There is nothing in Scripture contrary to reason - yet it does contain what is beyond
reason, and must necessarily do so, because it comes from God. It brings together the answer to the truth of Light and Love
and nothing is needed outside the Word to receive life, or to walk in godliness.
*** Read the Word of God, the Bible,
until your mind is so saturated with it that you think and act in the light of Scripture.
*** Psalm 94:12-13 is the
key to the whole book of the Psalms. Isaiah 5:4 is the key to the whole of the Old Testament. John 11:52 is the key to the
book of Acts. Ephesians 1:10 is the key to the whole Bible.
*** The only failure of an Old Testament saint recorded
in the New Testament is that of Elijah making intercession to God against Israel (Romans 11:2-3).
*** The book of
Proverbs gives us heavenly wisdom for an earthly pathway.
*** "The children ought not to lay up for the parents, but
the parents for the children" (2 Cor. 12:14), and that does not just mean money!
*** What are we in the world for,
to get rich - no - we are here to learn the manifold grace and wisdom of God.
*** The world says, "You must know something
of evil." God says, "Be wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil." You get just as black fighting a chimney
sweep as you do hugging him.
*** No ceremonial is worth a straw if the heart does not honour Christ.
religious forms, man is made religious without possessing holiness. Anything that exalts man is not of God.
religion will send more people to hell than anything else.
*** Christianity is not an adjunct of Judaism but an entirely
separate and distinct work of God.
*** Not one thing that you know is the result of your reason; it is either testimony
or experience. What do you know? - Did reason tell you or faith?
*** Faith and salvation go together. Obedience and
happiness go together.
*** Do not look at the people that persecute you, but the reason why you are persecuted.
God never takes us out of the difficulties into which our folly has plunged us, but He will be with us in them.
*** The moral principles of God do not change with dispensations.
*** If we delight in God's glory, we shall
delight to honour those whom God honours.
*** Love your brethren, serve them faithfully, overlook all the faults you
can but make none of them the object of your Christian life - let it be Christ.
*** If I were asked what characterizes
this present dispensation I would say the presence of the Holy Spirit as a divine Person here on earth.
*** The Lord's
coming - the moment when Christ takes His bride - is the moment for which all other moments were made for the Christian.
It is wonderful to lay our head on our pillow at night and know that we have walked with God through the day. Keep it as a
*** If it gives you pleasure to speak about the failures of your brethren, you are not walking with
*** Do not expect righteousness from an unrighteous world.
*** When we give to the Lord [of our resources]
He repays so bountifully that we are ashamed to take it.
*** When heaven was opened upon Jesus, it looked down with
delight -- we look up and are changed.
*** If you could have chosen a period of time in which to have lived you couldn't
have chosen a more blessed time than the present - especially with the Lord's coming so imminent.