Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Let us Look At - Richard Sibbes

There can be no victory where there is no combat. The victory lieth not upon us but upon Christ, who hath taken upon him, as to conquer for us, so to conquer in us. Let us not look so much who are our enemies, as who is our Judge and Captain; not what they threaten, but what He promiseth.
Richard Sibbes
Quoted in the book A Puritan Golden Treasury
Page 294

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

We Live Upon - John Owen

For the most part we live upon successes, not promises: - unless we see and feel the print of victories, we will not believe.
John Owen 1616-1683
Quoted in the book A Puritan Golden Treasury

Monday, October 29, 2012

Praise Is - Thomas Watson

Praise is a soul in flower.
Thomas Watson 1620-1686
Taken from the book A Puritan Golden Treasury

Friday, October 26, 2012

God Will Not - Oswald Chambers

God will do everything I cannot do, but He will do nothing He has constructed me to do.


Taken from the book The Quotable Oswald Chambers 

Oswald Chambers 1874-1917

Page 231

Thursday, October 25, 2012

A Thorough Knowledge of the Bible Is the Foundation - J.C. Ryle

A thorough knowledge of the Bible is the foundation of all clear views of religion. He that is well-grounded in it will not generally be found a waverer, and carried about by every wind of new doctrine. Any system of training which does not make a knowledge of Scripture the first thing is unsafe and unsound.


Taken from the book The Duties of Parents by JC Ryle 1816-1900

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

If You Want To Scatter Your Doubts - Moody

If you want to scatter your doubts, look at the blood; and if you want to increase your doubts look at yourself. You will get doubts enough for years by being occupied with yourself only a few days.


Taken from the book Day by Day with DL Moody DL Moody 1837-1899

Page 89

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Servants of God - C.H. Spurgeon

I very much disagree with those who decry ministers of slender gifts, sneering at them, as though they ought not to occupy the pulpit at all. Are we, after all, as servants of God, to be measured by mere oratorical ability? Is this after the fashion of Paul, when he renounced the wisdom of words lest the faith of the disciples should stand in the wisdom of men, and not in the power of God? If you could blot out from the Christian church all the minor stars, and leave nothing but those of the first magnitude, the darkness of this poor world would be increased seven fold.


Taken from the book Council for Christian Workers

by Charles Spurgeon 1834-1892

Page 59

Monday, October 22, 2012

It Is One Thing to Have Sin Alarmed, It Is Another To - Joseph Alleine

An apostate may be an enlightened man (Heb vi 4), and a Felix tremble under conviction (Acts xxiv 25), and a Herod do many things (Mk of 20). It is one thing to have sin alarmed only by convictions, and another to have it crucified by converting grace.


Taken from the book A Sure Guide to Heaven by Joseph Alleine 1671

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Friday, October 19, 2012

A Great Faith Is Like - Thomas Watson

A great faith is like the anchor or cable of a ship that holds it steady in the midst of storms. A Christian who is steeled with this heroic faith is settled in the mysteries of religion. The Spirit of God has so firmly printed heavenly truths upon his heart that you may we well remove the sun out of the firmament as remove him from those holy principles he has absorbed. Behold here, a pillar in the temple of God (Rev. 3:12).


Taken from the book The Lords Supper by Thomas Watson 1665

Page 70

Thursday, October 18, 2012

They Will Not Cut Corn Until - Samuel Bolton

Men cut down weeds at any time, but their corn they will not cut down till the best time. 'You are God's husbandry' says the apostle; you are His wheat, and when you are ripe, when you have done your work, then, and not till then, shall you be gathered into your Master's garner.


Taken from the book The True Bounds of Christian Freedom

by Samuel Bolton 1645

Page 46

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Why Should It Be a Grievous Command - Hugh Binning

If I be convinced that there is any equity and beauty in that command which charges others to love me, forgive me, forbear with me, and restore me in meekness, why, then, should it be a grievous command that I should pay that debt of love and tenderness to others?


Taken from the book Christian Love by Hugh Binning 1627-1653

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

We Must Have Great Notions of the Work of Grace - Richard Sibbes

You see, then, that the grace in the gospel is not mere persuasion and entreaty, but a powerful work of the Spirit entering into the soul and changing it, and altering the inclination of the will heavenward. We must have great notions of the work of grace. The Scripture has great words of it. It is an alternation, a change, a new man, a new creation, a new birth.


Taken from the book Glorious Freedom by Richard Sibbes 1639

Page 106

Monday, October 15, 2012

Be Frequent In Closet Prayer - Thomas Brooks

Be frequent in closet prayer, and not now and then only. He will never have a yearning for closet prayer who is not frequent in closet prayer.


Taken from the book The Secret Key To Heaven by Thomas Brooks 1665

Page 183

Friday, October 12, 2012

Our Daily Dependence - Charles Spurgeon

The glory that overflows to Christ from our daily dependence is seen in His becoming to us our daily bread. His flesh is meat indeed, his blood is drink indeed (John 6:55), and we must feed upon these continually or die. Eating is not an operation to be performed only once, but it is to be done, throughout life. Likewise, we have to go to Jesus again and again and find sustenance in him as long as life lasts.


Taken from the book God Loves You by Charles Spurgeon 1834-1892

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Some Sins of Omission Are Like - George Swinnock

Some sins of omission are like great men, that never go without followers.


George Swinnock 1627 -1673

Taken from the book A Puritan Golden Treasury

Page 265

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

He Rejoices That He Can Grieve For Sin - William Bridge

True humiliation is no enemy but a real friend unto spiritual joy, to our rejoicing in God. The more a man is humbled for sin committed, the more he will rejoice in God, and rejoice that he can grieve for sin. He grieves, and rejoices that he can grieve for sin.


Taken from the book A Lifting Up For The Downcast by William Bridge 1649

Page 82

Monday, October 8, 2012

God Has No Dumb Children - JC Ryle

The Lord Jesus when He quickens them, gives them a voice and a tongue, and says to them, "Be dumb no more." God has no dumb children. It is as much a part of their new nature to pray, as it is of a child to cry. They see their need of mercy and grace. They feel their emptiness and weakness. They cannot do otherwise than they do. They must pray.


Taken from the book A Call to Prayer by JC Ryle 1816-1900

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Friday, October 5, 2012

For What Should My Soul More Pray - Richard Baxter

O then, for what should my soul more pray, than for a clearer and stronger faith? 'I believe; Lord, help my unbelief!' I have many thousand times groaned to thee under this burden of remaining darkness and unbelief; I have many thousand times thought of the evidences of Christianity, and of the necessity of a lively, powerful, active faith. I have cried to thee night and day, 'Lord, increase my faith!'


Taken from the book Dying Thoughts by Richard Baxter 1683

Page 34

Thursday, October 4, 2012

If We Are Struggling In Prayer - Oswald Chambers

If we are struggling in prayer it is because the wiles of the enemy are getting the upper hand, and we must look for the cause in our lack of discipline. There are some things we have not been strenuously practicing. We used to pray in the morning, do we now? We used to commune with God over the Bible, do we now? We used to be in contact with God wherever we went, are we now? Put on the whole armor of God and continuously practice, then the wiles of the devil cannot get you unaware.


Taken from the book If You Will Ask by Oswald Chambers 1874-1917

Page 30

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

We Would Never Be Afraid - John Bunyan

If this God be our God; or if our God be such a God, and could we but attain to that knowledge of the breath, and length, and depth, and height that is in him, as the apostle here prays, and desires we may, we should never be afraid of anything we shall meet with, or that shall assault us in this world.


Taken from the book All Loves Excelling by John Bunyan 1692

Page 39

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

To Sing With the Soul Is - Charles Spurgeon

To sing with the soul is to offer the only acceptable praise. We do not come together to amuse ourselves, to display our powers of melody, or our aptness in creating harmony. We come to pay our adoration at the footstool of the Great King, to whom alone be glory forever and ever. True praise is for God and for God alone.


Taken from the book Spurgeon on Praise Charles Spurgeon 1834-1892

Page 121

Monday, October 1, 2012

No Saint Shall Die Till - Ralph Venning

No saint shall die till he has attained the utmost of what he was designed to. As none of God's elect die before they are converted, so no converted ones die till they come to their maturity and ripen, like a shock of corn, for the harvest of God. God gathers only ripe fruits, though some are ripe sooner than others. And I may say, some are summer and other winter fruit.


Taken from the book Learning in Christ's School by Ralph Venning 1675

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