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We preach and pray, and you hear; but there is no motion Christ-ward until the Spirit of God blows upon them.

    Topics: Holy Spirit
    Source: A Puritan Golden Treasury

They that know God will be humble, and they that know themselves, cannot be proud.

    Topics: Humility

When the corn is nearly ripe it bows the head and stoops lower than when it was green. When the people of God are near ripe for heaven, they grow more humble and self-denying... Paul had one foot in heaven when he called himself the chiefest of sinners and least of saints.

    Topics: Humility
    Source: A Puritan Golden Treasury

It is easier to declaim like an orator against a thousand sins in others than to mortify one sin in ourselves; to be more industrious in our pulpits than in our closets; to preach twenty sermons to our people than one to our own hearts.

    Topics: Hypocrisy

Whatsoever we have over-loved, idolized, and leaned upon, God has from time to time broken it, and made us to see the vanity of it; so that we find the readiest course to be rid our comforts is to set our hearts inordinately or immoderately upon them.

    Topics: Idolatry

When the world smiles upon us, and we have got a warm nest, how do we prophesy of rest and peace in those acquisitions, thinking with good Baruch, great things for ourselves, but Providence by a particular or general calamity overturns our plans (Jer. 45:4,5), and all this to turn our hearts from the creature to God.

    Topics: Life

Let us consider and marvel that ever this great and blessed God should be so much concerned, as you have heard He is in all His providences, about such vile, despicable worms as we are! He does not need us, but is perfectly blessed and happy in Himself without us. We can add nothing to Him.

    Topics: Mercy

Look around in the world, and you may see some in every place who are objects of pity, bereaved by sad accidents of all the comforts of life, while in the meantime Providence has tenderly preserved you.

    Topics: Mercy

When our needs are permitted to grow to an extremity, and all visible hopes fail, then to have relief given wonderfully enhances the price of such a mercy (Isa. 41:17-18).

    Topics: Mercy

What a mercy was it to us to have parents that prayed for us before they had us, as well as in our infancy when we could not pray for ourselves!

    Topics: Parents
    Source: A Puritan Golden Treasury

What! At peace with the Father, and at war with His Children? It cannot be.

    Topics: Peace, War
    Source: A Puritan Golden Treasury

All the dark, intricate, puzzling providences at which we were sometimes so offended... we shall [one day] see to be to us, as the difficult passage through the wilderness was to Israel, "the right way to the city of habitation".

    Topics: Perseverance

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