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Blind zeal is soon put to a shameful retreat, while holy resolution, built on fast principles, lifts up its head like a rock in the midst of the waves.

    Topics: Holiness, Zeal

Bid faith look through the key-hole of the promise, and tell thee what it sees there laid up for him that overcomes; bid it listen and tell thee whether it cannot hear the shout of those crowned saints, as of those that are dividing the spoil, and receiving the reward of all their services and sufferings here on earth.

    Topics: Holiness, Overcoming

Say not that thou hast royal blood in thy veins and art born of God, unless thou canst prove thy pedigree by daring to be holy.

    Topics: Holiness

As a man, looking steadfastly on a dial, cannot perceive the shadow move at all, yet viewing it after a while, he shall perceive that it hath moved; so, in the hearing of the Word, but especially in the receiving of the Lord's supper, a man may judge even his own faith, and other graces of God, to be little or nothing increased, neither can he perceive the motion of God's Spirit in him at that time; yet by the fruits and effects thereof, he shall afterward perceive that God's Spirit hath little by little wrought greater faith and other graces in him.

    Topics: Holy Spirit, Grace

Hope fills the afflicted soul with such inward joy and consolation, that it can laugh while tears are in the eye, sigh and sing all in a breath; it is called "The rejoicing of hope."

    Topics: Hope, Joy, Laughter

Humble souls are fearful of their own strength.

    Topics: Humility, Strength

Humility is a necessary veil to all other graces.

    Topics: Humility

How can God stoop lower than to come and dwell with a poor humble soul? which is more than if he had said, such a one should dwell with him; for a beggar to live at court is not so much as the king to dwell with him in his cottage.

    Topics: Humility

While the Christian commits a sin he hates it; whereas the hypocrite loves it while he forbears it.

    Topics: Hypocrisy, Sin

Thou must be an attentive hearer; he that is awake, but wanders with his eye or heart, what doth he but sleep with his eyes open?

    Topics: Hypocrisy
    Source: A Puritan Golden Treasury

And when God comes to reckon with his workmen, the ploughman and the sower shall have his penny, as well as the harvest-man and the reaper.

    Topics: Justice, Work

The longer a soul hath neglected duty, the more ado there is to get it taken up.

    Topics: Laziness

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