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The true spirit of prayer is no other than God's own Spirit dwelling in the hearts of the saints. And as this spirit comes from God, so doth it naturally tend to God in holy breathings and pantings. It naturally leads to God, to converse with him by prayer.

    Topics: Holy Spirit, Prayer

True liberty consists only in the power of doing what we ought to will, and in not being constrained to do what we ought not to will.

    Topics: Humility, Power, Liberty

Nothing sets a person so much out of the devil's reach as humility.

    Topics: Humility, Satan

The surest way to know our gold is to look upon it and examine it in God's furnace, where he tries it that we may see what it is. If we have a mind to know whether a building stands strong or no, we must look upon it when the wind blows. If we would know whether a staff be strong, or a rotten, broken reed, we must observe it when it is leaned on and weight is borne upon it. If we would weigh ourselves justly we must weigh ourselves in God's scales that he makes use of to weigh us.

    Topics: Humility

There are two sorts of hypocrites: ones that are deceived with their outward morality and external religion; and the others are those that are deceived with false discoveries and elevation; which often cry down works, and men's own righteousness.

    Topics: Hypocrisy, Righteousness, Deception

Some persons are always ready to level those above them down to themselves, while they are never willing to level those below them up to their own position. But he that is under the influence of true humility will avoid both these extremes. On the one hand, he will be willing that all should rise just so far as their diligence and worth of character entitle them to; and on the other hand, he will be willing that his superiors should be known and acknowledged in their place, and have rendered to them all the honors that are their due.

    Topics: Jealousy, Diligence, Character

Such is man's nature, that he is very inactive and lazy unless he is influenced by some affection, either love or hatred, desire, hope, fear, or some other. These affections we see to be the springs that set men agoing, in all the affairs of life, and engage them in all their pursuits: these are the things that put men forward, and carry them along.

    Topics: Laziness

Resolved to live with all my might while I do live, and as I shall wish I had done ten thousand ages hence.

    Topics: Life

Love is the sum of all virtue, and love disposes us to good.

    Topics: Love

Find preacher's of David Brainerd's spirit, and nothing can stand before them. Let us be followers of him, as he was of Christ, in absolute self-devotion, in total deadness to the world, and in fervent love to God and man.

    Topics: Obedience
    Source: Biography of David Brainerd

Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will.

    Topics: Obedience

The way to Heaven is ascending; we must be content to travel uphill, though it be hard and tiresome, and contrary to the natural bias of our flesh.

    Topics: Perseverance

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