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It is to be lamented that the term irresistible grace has ever been used, since it suggests the idea of a mechanical and coercive influence upon an unwilling subject, while, in truth, it is the transcendent act of the infinite Creator, making the creature spontaneously willing.

    Author: A.A. Hodge
    Topics: Grace

There are two ways of getting out of a trial. One is simply to try to get rid of the trial, and be thankful when it is over. The other is to recognize the trial as a challenge from God to claim a larger blessing than we have ever had, and to hail it with delight as an opportunity of obtaining a larger measure of divine grace.

    Author: A.B. Simpson
    Topics: Trials

Do you find life too difficult for you? So did we, but not now, with the amplitudes of grace there are for us in Jesus Christ, it grows satisfying and successful and exciting beyond measure, becomes another and a richer thing.

    Author: A.J. Gossip
    Topics: Life, Grace

If we are whimpering, and sniveling, and begging to be spared the discipline of life that is sent to knock some smatterings of manhood into us, the answer to that prayer may never come at all. Thank God! If you are not bleating to get off, but asking to be given grace and strength to see this through with honour, "The very day" you pray that prayer, the answer always comes.

    Author: A.J. Gossip
    Topics: Prayer, Strength

Just as the sinner's despair of any hope from himself is the first prerequisite of a sound conversion, so the loss of all confidence in himself is the first essential in the believer's growth in grace.

    Author: A.W. Pink
    Topics: Hope, Self-confidence, Growth

Growth in grace is growth downward. It is the forming of a lower estimate of ourselves. It is a deepening realization of our nothingness. It is a heartfelt recognition that we are not worthy of the least of God's mercies.

    Author: A.W. Pink
    Topics: Growth

The cross is the lightning rod of grace that short-circuits God's wrath to Christ so that only the light of His love remains for believers.

    Author: A.W. Tozer
    Topics: The Cross, Light

What then are we to do about our problems? We must learn to live with them until such time as God delivers us from them. We must pray for grace to endure them without murmuring. Problems patiently endured will work for our spiritual perfecting. They harm us only when we resist them or endure them unwillingly

    Author: A.W. Tozer
    Topics: Struggles, Patience

Alan Redpath is no different as a man from what he was as a youngster. And the sins that beset him then beset him now, were it not for a constant, continual dependence upon the blood of Jesus, and the grace of God, and the power of the Holy Spirit to keep me.

    Author: Alan Redpath
    Topics: Grace, Holy Spirit, Power

If life has not made you by God's grace, through faith, holy--think you, will death without faith do it? The cold waters of that narrow stream are no purifying bath in which you may wash and be clean. No! no! as you go down into them, you will come up from them.

    Author: Alexander MacLaren
    Topics: Death, Faith

Grieve not the Christ of God, who redeems us; and remember that we grieve Him most when we will not let Him pour His love upon us, but turn a sullen, unresponsive unbelief towards His pleading grace, as some glacier shuts out the sunshine from the mountainside with its thick-ribbed ice.

    Author: Alexander MacLaren
    Topics: Unbelief, Redemption

While the agent of renovation is the Divine Spirit, and the condition of renovation is our cleaving to Christ, the medium of renovation and the weapon which the transforming grace employs is "the word of the truth of the gospel," whereby we are sanctified.

    Author: Alexander MacLaren
    Topics: Renewal, Sanctification

And as grace is free, so is it sure. Nothing can change, or alter, or turn away sovereign grace.

    Author: Alexander Whyte
    Topics: Grace

Grace, then, is grace,--that is to say, it is sovereign, it is free, it is sure, it is unconditional, and it is everlasting.

    Author: Alexander Whyte
    Topics: Grace

But grace has only one direction that it can take. Grace always flows down.

    Author: Alexander Whyte
    Topics: Grace

And then, what is grace? Grace is love. But grace is not love simply, and purely, and alone. Grace and love are, in their innermost essence, one and the same thing.

    Author: Alexander Whyte
    Topics: Grace, Love

Let us remember the loving-kindness of the Lord and rehearse His deeds of grace. Let us open the volume of recollection, which is so richly illuminated with memories of His mercy, and we will soon be happy.

    Author: Alistair Begg
    Topics: Grace, Mercy

Within each of us exists the image of God, however disfigured and corrupted by sin it may presently be. God is able to recover this image through grace as we are conformed to Christ.

    Author: Alister McGrath
    Topics: Grace, Change

God has no more precious gift to a church or an age than a man who lives as an embodiment of his will, and inspires those around him with the faith of what grace can do.

    Author: Andrew Murray
    Topics: Obedience

Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.
- Abraham Lincoln

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Grace

The greater perfection a soul aspires after, the more dependent it is upon divine grace.
- Brother Lawrence

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Grace

If the Lord should bring a wicked man to heaven, heaven would be hell to him; for he who loves not grace upon earth will never love it in heaven.
- Christopher Love

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Heaven, Grace

In proportion to the size of the vessel of faith, brought by us to the Lord, is the measure we draw out of His overflowing grace.
- Cyprian

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Grace

Grace will not suffer a vacuum, any more than nature.
- Johann Albrecht Bengel

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Grace, Nature

A certain joyful, though humble, confidence becomes us when we pray in the Mediator's name. It is due to Him; when we pray in His name it should be without wavering. Remember His merits, and how prevalent they must be. "Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace."
- Nehemiah Adams

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Prayer, Joy

Will is to grace as the horse is to the rider.

    Author: Augustine
    Topics: Grace

Nothing whatever pertaining to godliness and real holiness can be accomplished without grace.

    Author: Augustine
    Topics: Godliness, Holiness

The law orders; grace supplies the power of acting.

    Author: Augustine
    Topics: Grace

Grace is free sovereign favor to the ill-deserving.

    Author: B.B. Warfield
    Topics: Grace

And yet, along comes this idea called Grace to upend all that "as you reap, so will you sow" stuff. Grace defies reason and logic. Love interrupts, if you like, the consequences of your actions, which in my case is very good news indeed, because I've done a lot of stupid stuff.I'm holding out for Grace. I'm holding out that Jesus took my sins onto the Cross, because I know who I am, and I hope I don't have to depend on my own religiosity.

    Author: Bono
    Topics: Grace

I am a friend to God, a sworn enemy of the saccharine and a believer in grace over karma.

    Author: Bono
    Topics: Grace

Love as distinct from "being in love" is not merely a feeling. It is a deep unity, maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit; reinforced by the grace which both partners ask, and receive from God. They can have this love for each other even at those moments when they do not like each other; as you love yourself even when you do not like yourself.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Source: Mere Christianity, p. 99.
    Topics: Love, Marriage

The present is the only time in which any duty may be done or grace received.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Topics: Time, Grace

A state of mind that sees God in everything is evidence of growth in grace and a thankful heart.

    Author: Charles Finney
    Topics: Grace, Growth, Thankfulness

The doctrines of grace humble man without degrading him and exalt him without inflating him.

    Author: Charles Hodge
    Topics: Doctrine, Grace

Christian humility does not consist in denying what there is of good in us; but in an abiding sense of ill-desert, and the consciousness that what we have of good is due to the grace of God.

    Author: Charles Hodge
    Source: An Exposition of the First Epistle to the Corinthians, 1959
    Topics: Humility

The bridge of grace will bear your weight, brother. Thousands of big sinners have gone across that bridge, yea, tens of thousands have gone over it. Some have been the chief of sinners and some have come at the very last of their days but the arch has never yielded beneath their weight. I will go with them trusting to the same support. It will bear me over as it has for them.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Grace, Faith

I have no faith in that woman who talks of grace and glory abroad, and uses no soap and water at home. Let the buttons be on the shirts, let the children's socks be mended, let the roast mutton be done to a turn, let the house be as neat as a new pin, and the home be as happy as home can be.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Family, Home

When Andrew went to find his brother, he little imagined how eminent Simon would become. You may be very deficient in talent yourself, and yet you may be the means of drawing to Christ one who shall become eminent in grace and service.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Evangelism, Grace, Service

Free grace can go into the gutter, and bring up a jewel!

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Grace

We believe, that the work of regeneration, conversion, sanctification and faith, is not an act of man's free will and power, but of the mighty, efficacious and irresistable grace of God.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Grace, Sanctification

Soar back through all your own experiences. Think of how the Lord has led you in the wilderness and has fed and clothed you every day. How God has borne with your ill manners, and put up with all your murmurings and all your longings after the 'sensual pleasures of Egypt!' Think of how the Lord's grace has been sufficient for you in all your troubles.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Grace

Saving faith is an immediate relation to Christ, accepting, receiving, resting upon Him alone, for justification, sanctification, and eternal life by virtue of God's grace.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Justification, Sanctification, Eternal Life

Patience is a grace as difficult as it is necessary, and as hard to come by as it is precious when it is gained.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Patience

A man is not saved against his will, but he is made willing by the operation of the Holy Ghost. A mighty grace which he does not wish to resist enters into the man, disarms him, makes a new creature of him, and he is saved.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: Sermons, 10.309.
    Topics: Salvation, Holy Spirit

Be not proud of race, face, place, or grace.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Pride

Between here and heaven, every minute that the Christian lives will be a minute of grace.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Christians, Grace

Born, as all of us are by nature, an Arminian, I still believed the old things I had heard continually from the pulpit, and did not see the grace of God. When I was coming to Christ, I thought I was doing it all myself, and though I sought the Lord earnestly, I had no idea the Lord was seeking me.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: Sermon, A Defense of Calvinism.
    Topics: Grace

Free will I have often heard of, but I have never seen it. I have met with will, and plenty of it, but it has either been led captive by sin or held in blessed bonds of grace.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Grace

From the Word of God I gather that damnation is all of man, from top to bottom, and salvation is all of grace, from first to last. He that perishes chooses to perish; but he that is saved is saved because God has chosen to save him.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Salvation, Grace

Grace puts its hand on the boasting mouth, and shuts it once for all.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Grace, Boasting

I am certain that I never did grow in grace one-half so much anywhere as I have upon the bed of pain.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: Christian History, n. 29.
    Topics: Pain

I believe the man who is not willing to submit to the electing love and sovereign grace of God has great reason to question whether he is a Christian at all, for the spirit that kicks against that is the spirit of the unhumbled, unrenewed heart.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: Sermons, 5.424.
    Topics: Rebellion

I do not come into this pulpit hoping that perhaps somebody will of his own free will return to Christ. My hope lies in another quarter. I hope that my Master will lay hold of some of them and say, "You are mine, and you shall be mine. I claim you for myself." My hope arises from the freeness of grace, and not from the freedom of the will.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Grace

I sometimes wonder that you do not get tired of my preaching, because I do nothing but hammer away on this one nail. With me it is, year after year, "None but Jesus!" Oh, you great saints, if you have outgrown the need of a sinner's trust in the Lord Jesus, you have outgrown your sins, but you have also outgrown your grace, and your saintship has ruined you!

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Jesus

If grace does not make us differ from other men, it is not the grace which God gives His elect.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Grace

If heaven were by merit, it would never be heaven to me, for if I were in it I should say, "I am sure I am here by mistake; I am sure this is not my place; I have no claim to it." But if it be of grace and not of works, then we may walk into heaven with boldness.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: Sermons, 6.354.
    Topics: Heaven, Grace

If the faith whereby I have laid hold on Christ to be my Savior be altogether wrought in me by the Holy Ghost through grace, then I defy the devil to take away that which he never gave me or to crush that which Jehovah Himself created in me. I defy my free will to fling what it never brought to me. What God has given, created, introduced, and established in the heart, He will maintain there.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: Sermons, 36.197.
    Topics: Assurance, Holy Spirit

If we give God service it must be because He gives us grace. We work for Him because He works in us.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: The Treasury of David, Commentary for Psalm 119:17.
    Topics: Service

In Gods case, if He had said in the infinite sovereignty of His absolute will, "I will have no substitute, but each man shall suffer for himself, he who sinneth shall die," none could have murmured. It was grace, and only grace which led the divine mind to say, "I will accept of a substitute. There shall be a vicarious suffering; and My vengeance shall be content, and My mercy shall be gratified."

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: Expiation, Sermon 561, Isa. 53:10.
    Topics: Atonement

Let this be to you the mark of true Gospel preaching - where Christ is everything, and the creature is nothing; where it is salvation all of grace, through the work of the Holy Spirit applying to the soul the precious blood of Jesus.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: Sermons, 42.586.
    Topics: Salvation

Praise is the rehearsal of our eternal song. By grace we learn to sing, and in glory we continue to sing. What will some of you do when you get to heaven, if you go on grumbling all the way? Do not hope to get to heaven in that style. But now begin to bless the name of the Lord.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Praise

The condition of the church may be very accurately gauged by its prayer meetings. So is the prayer meeting a grace-ometer, and from it we may judge of the amount of divine working among a people. If God be near a church, it must pray. And if He be not there, one of the first tokens of His absence will be slothfulness in prayer.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Church, Prayer

The higher a man is in grace. The lower he will be in his own esteem.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Humility

We hold that man is never so near grace as when he begins to feel he can do nothing at all.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: High Doctrine, June 3, 1860.
    Topics: Grace

When a man is saved by divine grace, he is not wholly cleansed from the corruption of his heart. When we believe in Jesus Christ all our sins are pardoned; yet the power of sin, albeit that it is weakened and kept under by the dominion of the new-born nature which God doth infuse into our souls, doth not cease, but still tarrieth in us, and will do so to our dying day.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: Indwelling Sin, Sermon from Job 40:3-4.
    Topics: Salvation, The Heart

When we bless God for mercies, we usually prolong them. When we bless God for miseries, we usually end them. Praise is the honey of life which a devout heart extracts from every bloom of providence and grace.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Praise

You will find all true theology summed up in these two short sentences: Salvation is all of the grace of God. Damnation is all of the will of man.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Theology, Salvation

The grace that does not make a man better than others is a worthless counterfeit. Christ saves His people, not IN their sins, but FROM their sins. Without holiness, no man shall see the Lord.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Grace, Holiness

You may suffer and yet be un-Christlike, but no man can be Christlike and fail to suffer. If you ever, by the grace of God, become a partaker of the divine nature you must also inevitably become a partaker of His sufferings.

    Author: Clovis G. Chappell
    Topics: Suffering

For the Christian church (even in its recently popular seeker services) to ignore, euphemize, or otherwise mute the lethal reality of sin is to cut the nerve of the gospel. For the sober truth is that without full disclosure on sin, the gospel of grace becomes impertinent, unnecessary, and finally uninteresting.

    Author: Cornelius Plantinga
    Topics: Sin, The Gospel

How dare you approach the mercy-seat of God on the basis of what kind of day you had, as if that were the basis for our entrance into the presence of the sovereign and holy God? No wonder we cannot beat the Devil. This is works theology. It has nothing to do with grace and the exclusive sufficiency of Christ. Nothing.

    Author: D.A. Carson
    Topics: Grace

I find that many Christians are in trouble about the future; they think they will not have grace enough to die by. It is much more important that we should have grace enough to live by. It seems to me that death is of very little importance in the meantime. When the dying hour comes, there will be dying grace; but you do not require dying grace to live by.

    Author: D.L. Moody
    Topics: The Future, Death

I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And that which I can do, by the grace of God, I will do.

    Author: D.L. Moody
    Topics: Service

A man can no more take in a supply of grace for the future than he can eat enough today to last him for the next 6 months, nor can he inhale sufficient air into his lungs with one breath to sustain life for a week to come. We are permitted to draw upon God's store of grace from day to day as we need it.

    Author: D.L. Moody
    Topics: Grace

The law tells me how crooked I am. Grace comes along and straightens me out.

    Author: D.L. Moody
    Topics: Grace

Look at that Roman soldier as he pushed his spear into the very heart of the God-man. What a hellish deed! But what was the next thing that took place? Blood covered the spear! Oh! thank God, the blood covers sin. There was the blood covering that spear-the very point of it. The very crowning act of sin brought out the crowning act of love; the crowning act of wickedness was the crowning act of grace.

    Author: D.L. Moody
    Topics: The Cross

We must not limit the mighty grace of God.

    Author: D.L. Moody
    Topics: Grace

Grace means undeserved kindness. It is the gift of God to man the moment he sees he is unworthy of God's favor.

    Author: D.L. Moody
    Topics: Grace

A man does not get grace till he comes down to the ground, till he sees he needs grace. When a man stoops to the dust and acknowledges that he needs mercy, then it is that the Lord will give him grace.

    Author: D.L. Moody
    Topics: Grace, Mercy

If you are ready to partake of grace you have not to atone for your sins--you have merely to accept of the atonement. All that you want to do is to cry, "God have mercy upon me," and you will receive the blessing.

    Author: D.L. Moody
    Topics: Grace, Atonement

The grace of God hath power to bring salvation to all men, and if a man is unsaved it is because he wants to work it out; he wants to receive salvation in some other way than God's way; but we are told that "he that climbeth up another way, the same is a thief and a robber."

    Author: D.L. Moody
    Topics: Salvation

When we get full of this grace we want to see every one blessed--we want to see all the churches blessed, not only all the churches here, but in the whole country. That was the trouble with Christ's disciples. He had hard work to make them understand that His gospel was for every one, that it was a stream to flow out to all nations of the earth. They wanted to confine it to the Jews, and He had to convince them that it was for every living being.

    Author: D.L. Moody
    Topics: Blessings

The difference between grace and works is the difference between worship and idolatry. The man inebriated with the thought that all he has is Yahweh's gift finds himself repeatedly on his knees, adoring, thanking, praising. But if we do not grasp grace we plummet into idolatry, for that is the inevitable corollary of self-sufficiency.

    Author: Dale Ralph Davis
    Source: 1 Samuel, p. 318.
    Topics: Grace, Idolatry

To attempt to pay for salvation with church membership, prayers, or good deeds is an insult to Christ, who paid the full price--and is a rejection of the gift of God's grace.

    Author: Dave Hunt
    Topics: Salvation, Pride

Worship is not a repetitious exercise of rituals and formulas. These create a veil that actually prevents us from enjoying the presence of the Lord. Worship is the heart poured out in gratitude and awe, expressing our appreciation of who He is and what He has done for us by His grace through Jesus Christ.

    Author: Dave Hunt
    Topics: Worship, The Heart

We desperately need to understand something of the magnitude of sin, of evil, and of gross wickedness in this world if we are to appreciate our redemption. God's love, grace, and mercy shine all the brighter against the awful reality of evil. Indeed, the very existence of evil is a powerful proof of God's existence and holiness.

    Author: Dave Hunt
    Topics: God, Good and Evil, Redemption

The more clearly we see the infinite chasm between God's glory and our sinful falling short thereof, the greater will be our appreciation of His grace and love in bridging that gulf to redeem us.

    Author: Dave Hunt
    Topics: Grace, Redemption

Once more, Never think that you can live to God by your own power or strength; but always look to and rely on him for assistance, yea, for all strength and grace.

    Author: David Brainerd
    Topics: Grace, Power, Pride

The fundamental problem in the evangelical world today is that God rests too inconsequentially upon the church. His truth is too distant, His grace is too ordinary, His judgment is too benign, His gospel is too easy, and His Christ is too common.

    Author: David F. Wells
    Topics: Apathy

God's love is his holiness reaching out to sinners; grace is but the price that his love pays to his holiness; the cross is but its victory over sin and death; and faith is but the way in which we bring our worship to him who is holy.

    Author: David F. Wells
    Topics: Grace, The Cross, Faith

That's what Jesus did. The gulf between God and human beings is far greater than the distance between humans and birds, yet His grace spanned the great divide.

    Author: David Jeremiah
    Topics: Grace

You may not be able to predict the time of a tornado, earthquake or the Lord's return. But you can know for a fact that He is coming back. Work today to share the escape route of God's grace with others, before the night cometh.

    Author: David Jeremiah
    Topics: Evangelism, Time

Saving us is the greatest and most concrete demonstration of God's love, the definitive display of His grace throughout time and eternity.

    Author: David Jeremiah
    Topics: Salvation, Time

Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ.

    Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    Topics: Grace, Discipleship, Confession

Cheap grace is the deadly enemy of our church. Cheap grace means grace sold on the market like cheapjack's wares. Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, without church discipline, communion without confession, absolution without personal confession.

    Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    Topics: Enemies, Grace

How easy it is to live more or less in the enjoyment of God's free grace, and yet not realize that we are called to fulfill a divinely appointed purpose.

    Author: Duncan Campbell
    Topics: Apathy

No erudition, no purity of diction, no width of mental outlook, no flowers of eloquence, no grace of person can atone for lack of fire. Prayer ascends by fire. Flame gives prayer access as well as wings, acceptance as well as energy. There is no incense without fire; no prayer without flame.

    Author: E.M. Bounds
    Topics: Prayer, Purity, Fire

The work of spirituality is to recognize where we are - the particular circumstances of our lives - to recognize grace and say, "Do you suppose God wants to be with me in a way that does not involve changing my spouse or getting rid of my spouse or my kids, but in changing me, and doing something in my life that maybe I could never experience without this pain and this suffering?

    Author: Edmund Clowney
    Topics: Suffering, Change

Paul's claim [was] that the message he preached was the authentic gospel of Christ. It is this: two things on which Paul pre-eminently insisted - that salvation was provided by God's grace and that faith was the means by which men appropriated it.

    Author: F.F. Bruce
    Source: Paul - Apostle of the Heart Set Free
    Topics: The Gospel

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It is only in proportion as the Christian manifests the fruit of a genuine conversion that he is entitled to regard himself and be regarded by others as one of the called and elect of God. It is just in proportion as we add to our faith the other Christian graces that we have solid ground on which to rest in the assurance we belong to the family of Christ. It is not those who are governed by self-will, but "as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God" (Rom. 8:14).

    Author: A.W. Pink
    Topics: Conversion

The true shepherd spirit is an amalgam of many precious graces. He is hot with zeal, but he is not fiery with passion. He is gentle, and yet he rules his class. He is loving, but he does not wink at sin. He has power over the lambs, but he is not domineering or sharp. He has cheerfulness, but not levity; freedom, but not license; solemnity, but not gloom.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: 28.573.
    Topics: Leadership, Zeal

It is a very human trait in us to feel that another's advancement is in some way a blow to ourselves. It is equally a human trait to feel that another's downfall and disgrace in some way adds a bit of luster to our own crowns. Of course, nothing could be more utterly false.

    Author: Clovis G. Chappell
    Topics: Envy

A man can counterfeit love, he can counterfeit faith, he can counterfeit hope and all the other graces, but it is very difficult to counterfeit humility.

    Author: D.L. Moody
    Topics: Humility

Faith, and hope, and patience and all the strong, beautiful, vital forces of piety are withered and dead in a prayerless life. The life of the individual believer, his personal salvation, and personal Christian graces have their being, bloom, and fruitage in prayer.

    Author: E.M. Bounds
    Topics: Prayer, Piety, Patience

Christian holiness is not a matter of painstaking conformity to the individual precepts of an external law code; it is rather a question of the Holy Spirit's producing His fruit in the life, reproducing those graces which were seen in perfection in the life of Christ.

    Author: F.F. Bruce
    Topics: Holiness

Just because the current giant you are facing looks like one you defeated in the past, don't buy the lie that you never really won the first battle! By the strength of God's grace, you trusted the Almighty and conquered your Goliath. The first giant is dead. Satan is masquerading as your former enemy so he can slip past your faith and regain entrance into your life. Resist him.

    Author: Francis Frangipane
    Topics: Satan

Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self.

    Author: Francis of Assisi
    Topics: Selfishness, Gifts, Overcoming

The grace of God means something like: Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn't have been complete without you.

    Author: Frederick Buechner
    Topics: Grace

Grace is something you can never get but can only be given. There's no way to earn it or deserve it or bring it about anymore than you can deserve the taste of raspberries and cream or earn good looks.

    Author: Frederick Buechner
    Source: Wishful Thinking
    Topics: Grace

Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.

    Author: Frederick Buechner
    Source: Now and Then
    Topics: Life

Martin Luther said once, 'If I were God, I'd kick the world to pieces.' But Martin Luther wasn't God. God is God, and God has never kicked the world to pieces. He keeps re-entering the world. He keeps offering himself to the world by grace, keeps somehow blessing the world, making possible a kind of life which we all, in our deepest being, hunger for.

    Author: Frederick Buechner
    Source: From discussion with reporter Kim Lawton on Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly
    Topics: God, Life

With the help of grace, the habit of saying kind words is very quickly formed, and when once formed, it is not speedily lost.

    Author: Frederick W. Faber
    Topics: Kindness

The very attempt to be like our dearest Lord is already a well-spring of sweetness within us, flowing with an easy grace over all who come within our reach.

    Author: Frederick W. Faber
    Topics: Relationships

There is a grace of kind listening, as well as a grace of kind speaking. Many persons, whose manners will stand the test of speaking, break down under the trial of listening. But all these things should be brought under the sweet influences of religion.

    Author: Frederick W. Faber
    Topics: Kindness

Let a man begin with an earnest "I ought," and if he perseveres, by God's grace he will end in the free blessedness of "I will." Let him force himself to abound in small acts of duty, and he will, by and by, find them the joyous habit of his soul.

    Author: Frederick W. Robertson
    Topics: Perseverance, Joy

Let us ever remember that God recognises every expression of praise and of His people's love. He knows so well what His love and grace are to us that He must expect us to praise Him.

    Author: G.V. Wigram
    Topics: Praise

Knowledge is but folly unless it is guided by grace.

    Author: George Herbert
    Topics: Knowledge, Grace

George Mueller, nothing. The Lord Jesus, everything. In himself worse than nothing. By grace, in Christ, the son of the King.

    Author: George Mueller
    Topics: Christ

Christians do not practically remember that while we are saved by grace, altogether by grace, so that in the matter of salvation works are altogether excluded; yet that so far as the rewards of grace are concerned, in the world to come, there is an intimate connection between the life of the Christian here and the enjoyment and the glory in the day of Christ's appearing.

    Author: George Mueller
    Source: George Muller of Bristol and His Witness to a Prayer Hearing God, by Arthur T. Pierson
    Topics: Grace

And now let me address all of you, high and low, rich and poor, one with another, to accept of mercy and grace while it is offered to you; Now is the accepted time, now is the day of salvation; and will you not accept it, now it is offered unto you?

    Author: George Whitefield
    Topics: Salvation

The riches of His free grace cause me daily to triumph over all the temptations of the wicked one, who is very vigilant, and seeks all occasions to disturb me.

    Author: George Whitefield
    Topics: Temptation

Once I knew what it was to rest upon the rock of God's promises, and it was indeed a precious resting place, but now I rest in His grace. He is teaching me that the bosom of His love is a far sweeter resting-place than even the rock of His promises.

    Author: Hannah Whitall Smith
    Topics: Grace, Rest

Grace is the very opposite of merit... Grace is not only undeserved favor, but it is favor, shown to the one who has deserved the very opposite.

    Author: Harry Ironside
    Topics: Grace

Violent efforts to grow are right in earnestness, but wholly wrong in principle. There is but one principle of growth both for the natural and spiritual, for animal and plant, for body and soul. For all growth is an organic thing. And the principle of growing in grace is once more this, "Consider the lilies how they grow."

    Author: Henry Drummond
    Source: Natural Law, Growth, p. 125.
    Topics: Grace

Growth in grace is sometimes described as a strange, mystical, and unintelligible process. It is mystical, but neither strange nor unintelligible. It proceeds according to Natural Law, and the leading factor in sanctification is Influence of Environment.

    Author: Henry Drummond
    Source: Natural Law, Eternal Life, p. 242.
    Topics: Grace

Christ never said much in mere words about the Christian graces. He lived them, He was them. Yet we do not merely copy Him. We learn His art by living with Him.

    Author: Henry Drummond
    Source: Pax Vobiscum, p. 32.
    Topics: Christ

The natural life, not less than the eternal, is the gift of God. But life in either case is the beginning of growth and not the end of grace. To pause where we should begin, to retrograde where we should advance, to seek a mechanical security that we may cover inertia and find a wholesale salvation in which there is no personal sanctification--this is Parasitism.

    Author: Henry Drummond
    Source: Natural Law, p. 336.
    Topics: Eternal Life

God appoints our graces to be nurses to other men's weaknesses.

    Author: Henry Ward Beecher
    Topics: Charity, Weakness

In Shansi I found Chinese Christians who were accustomed to spend time in fasting and prayer. They recognized that this fasting, which so many dislike, which requires faith in God, since it makes one feel weak and poorly, is really a Divinely appointed means of grace. Perhaps the greatest hindrance to our work is our own imagined strength; and in fasting we learn what poor, weak creatures we are-dependent on a meal of meat for the little strength which we are so apt to lean upon."

    Author: Hudson Taylor
    Topics: Prayer, Faith, Fasting

All our difficulties are only platforms for the manifestations of His grace, power and love.

    Author: Hudson Taylor
    Topics: Trials

I am no longer anxious about anything, as I realize the Lord is able to carry out His will, and His will is mine. It makes no matter where He places me, or how. That is rather for Him to consider than for me; for in the easiest positions He must give me His grace, and in the most difficult, His grace is sufficient.

    Author: Hudson Taylor
    Topics: Anxiety, Grace

Among all the accomplishments of youth there is none preferable to a decent and agreeable behavior among men, a modest freedom of speech, a soft and elegant manner of address, a graceful and lovely deportment, a cheerful gravity and good-humor, with a mind appearing ever serene under the ruffling accidents of human life.

    Author: Isaac Watts
    Topics: Contentment, Youth, Freedom

When I hear Christians say, "I don't do this, and I don't do that, and I am following a set of rules," I immediately recognize that they know very little about the grace of God. They are trying to live the Christian life in their own strength. But Paul says, "Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus."

    Author: J. Vernon McGee
    Topics: Grace

Humility and love are precisely the graces which the men of the world can understand, if they do not comprehend doctrines. They are the graces about which there is no mystery, and they are within reach of all classes. The poorest Christian can every day find occasion for practicing love and humility.

    Author: J.C. Ryle
    Topics: Humility, Love, Doctrine

To be prayerless is to be without God, without Christ, without grace, without hope, and without heaven.

    Author: J.C. Ryle
    Topics: Prayer

Saving faith and real converting grace will always produce some conformity to the image of Jesus.

    Author: J.C. Ryle
    Topics: Salvation, Faith

Gradual growth in grace, growth in knowledge, growth in faith, growth in love, growth in holiness, growth in humility, growth in spiritual-mindedness - all this I see clearly taught and urged in Scripture, and clearly exemplified in the lives of many of God's saints. But sudden, instantaneous leaps from conversion to consecration I fail to see in the Bible.

    Author: J.C. Ryle
    Topics: Growth, Consecration

I doubt, indeed, whether we have any warrant for saying that a man can possibly be converted without being consecrated to God. More consecrated he doubtless can be, and will be as his grace increases; but if he was not consecrated to God in the very day that he was converted and born again, I do not know what conversion means.

    Author: J.C. Ryle
    Source: Holiness.
    Topics: Consecration

Many, I fear, would like glory, who have no wish for grace. They would [want to] have the wages, but not the work; the harvest, but not the labor; the reaping, but not the sowing; the reward, but not the battle. But it may not be.

    Author: J.C. Ryle
    Source: Holiness, p. 173.
    Topics: Laziness, Service, Rewards

The man who has nothing more than a kind of Sunday religion -- whose Christianity is like his Sunday clothes put on once a week, and then laid aside -- such a man cannot, of course, be expected to care about growth in grace.

    Author: J.C. Ryle
    Topics: Apathy

The storms of winter often bring out the defects in a man's dwelling, and sickness often exposes the gracelessness of a man's soul. Surely anything that makes us find out the real character of our faith is good.

    Author: J.C. Ryle
    Topics: Character

True repentance is no light matter. It is a thorough change of heart about sin, a change showing itself in godly sorrow and humiliation - in heartfelt confession before the throne of grace - in a complete breaking off from sinful habits, and an abiding hatred of all sin. Such repentance is the inseparable companion of saving faith in Christ.

    Author: J.C. Ryle
    Source: Commentary, Matthew 4.
    Topics: Repentance

(The Puritans believed in) the supreme importance of preaching. To the Puritans, the sermon was the liturgical climax of public worship. Nothing, they said, honours God more than the faithful declaration and obedient hearing of His truth. Preaching, under any circumstances, is an act of worship, and must be performed as such. Moreover, preaching is the prime means of grace to the church.

    Author: J.I. Packer
    Source: A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan View of the Christian Life, Crossway, 1990, p. 281.
    Topics: Preaching

I saw myself standing outside a house looking in on a tremendous party with laughter and joy. The Lord tracked me down and found me. I was surprised by grace. I became an avid Bible reader and my initial doubts soon evaporated in the atmosphere of solid Bible exposition at the Christian Union.

    Author: J.I. Packer
    Source: Surprised by Grace in More than Conquerors, ed. John D. Woodbridge, Moody, 1992, p. 317.
    Topics: Grace

Failing is not a disgrace unless you make it the last chapter of your book.

    Author: Jack Hyles
    Topics: Failure

All Christian power springs from communion with God and from the indwelling of divine grace.

    Author: James H. Aughey
    Topics: Grace, Worship, Power

Cheerfulness is the friend and helper of all good graces, and the absence of it is certainly a vice.

    Author: James H. Aughey
    Topics: Character, Cheerfulness

On the head of Christ are many crowns. He wears the crown of victory; He wears the crown of sovereignty; He wears the crown of creation; He wears the crown of providence; He wears the crown of grace; He wears the crown of glory - for every one of His glorified people owes his honor, happiness and blessedness to Him.

    Author: James H. Aughey
    Topics: Christ, Providence

Faith is a certain image of eternity. All things are present to it - things past, and things to come; it converses with angels, and antedates the hymns of glory. Every man that hath this grace is as certain there are glories for him, if he perseveres in duty, as if he had heard and sung the thanksgiving song for the blessed sentence of doomsday.

    Author: Jeremy Taylor
    Topics: Faith, Thankfulness

Love is the greatest thing that God can give us, for himself is love; and it is the greatest thing we can give to God, for it will also give ourselves, and carry with it all that is ours. The apostle calls it the bond of perfection; it is the old, the new, and the great commandment, and all the commandments, for it is the fulfilling of the law. It does the work of all the other graces without any instrument but its own immediate virtue.

    Author: Jeremy Taylor
    Topics: Love

Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God's grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God's grace.

    Author: Jerry Bridges
    Topics: Grace

We could not take one step in the pursuit of holiness if God in His grace had not first delivered us from the dominion of sin and brought us into union with His risen Son. Salvation is by grace and sanctification is by grace.

    Author: Jerry Bridges
    Topics: Sanctification, Salvation, Grace

Christ's death to sin and His satisfaction of God's justice opened the way for the reign of grace in our lives.

    Author: Jerry Bridges
    Topics: Justice, Grace

We tend to give an unbeliever just enough of the gospel to get him or her to pray a prayer to receive Christ. Then we immediately put the gospel on the shelf, so to speak, and go on to the duties of discipleship. The grace that brought salvation to you is the same grace that teaches or disciplines you. But you must respond on the basis of grace, not law.

    Author: Jerry Bridges
    Topics: The Gospel, Grace, Discipleship

We are brought into God's Kingdom by grace; we are sanctified by grace; we receive both temporal and spiritual blessings by grace; we are motivated to obedience by grace; we are called to serve and, finally, we are glorified by grace. The entire Christian life is lived under the reign of God's grace.

    Author: Jerry Bridges
    Topics: Grace, Sanctification

God says to us, "Pray, because I have all kinds of things for you; and when you ask, you will receive. I have all this grace, and you live with scarcity. Come unto me, all you who labor. Why are you so rushed? Where are you running now? Everything you need, I have."

    Author: Jim Cymbala
    Source: Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire
    Topics: Prayer

If the times are indeed as bad as we say they are... if the darkness in our world is growing heavier by the moment... if we are facing spiritual battles right in our own homes and churches... then we are foolish not to turn to the One who supplies unlimited grace and power. He is our only source. We are crazy to ignore him.

    Author: Jim Cymbala
    Source: Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire
    Topics: Faith

Take heed of driving so hard after this world, as to hinder thyself and family from those duties towards God, which thou art by grace obliged to; as private prayer, reading the scriptures, and Christian conference. It is a base thing for men so to spend themselves and families after this world, as that they disengage their heart to God's worship.

    Author: John Bunyan
    Topics: Apathy

It could be a sign of pride in your life if a word of reproof or admonition is not able to be received with the same grace, whether it be given by the poorest of saints or the most educated person.

    Author: John Bunyan
    Topics: Pride

Do not even such things as are most bitter to the flesh, tend to awaken Christians to faith and prayer, to a sight of the emptiness of this world, and the fadingness of the best it yield? Doth not God by these things (ofttimes) call our sins to remembrance, and provoke us to amendment of life? How then can we be offended at things by which we reap so much good?.... Therefore if mine enemy hunger, let me feed him; if he thirst, let me give him drink. Now in order to do this, (1) We must see good in that, in which other men can see none. (2) We must pass by those injuries that other men would revenge. (3) We must show we have grace, and that we are made to bear what other men are not acquainted with. (4) Many of our graces are kept alive, by those very things that are the death of other men's souls.... The devil, (they say) is good when he is pleased; but Christ and His saints, when displeased.

    Author: John Bunyan
    Topics: Bitterness

Augustine does not disagree with this when he teaches that it is a faculty of the reason and the will to choose good with the assistance of grace; evil, when grace is absent.

    Author: John Calvin
    Topics: Good and Evil

All our words ought to be filled with true sweetness and grace; and this will be so if we mingle the useful with the sweet.

    Author: John Calvin
    Topics: Character

In the maxims of the law, God is seen as the rewarder of perfect righteousness and the avenger of sin. But in Christ, His face shines out, full of grace and gentleness to poor, unworthy sinners.

    Author: John Calvin
    Topics: Christ, Grace, Rewards

Good men do not always have grace and favor, lest they should be puffed up, and grow insolent and proud.

    Author: John Chrysostom
    Topics: Grace, Men

His great act of condescension in becoming man and His willingness to be completely humiliated in the death on the cross is set before us here as the supreme example of what our attitude should be. If Jesus Christ the Lord of glory was willing to be obedient unto death, how much more should sinners saved by grace who owe everything to God give back to the God who saved them the life which He has redeemed.

    Author: John F. Walvoord
    Topics: Attitude

In the meantime the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ work with thee, gentle reader, in all thy studious readings.

    Author: John Foxe
    Topics: Grace, Jesus, Reading

Let us seek the grace of a cheerful heart, an even temper, sweetness, gentleness, and brightness of mind, as walking in His light, and by His grace. Let us pray to Him to give us the spirit of ever-abundant, everspringing love, which overpowers and sweeps away the vexations of life by its own richness and strength, and which, above all things, unites us to Him who is the fountain and the centre of all mercy, loving-kindness, and joy.

    Author: John Henry Newman
    Topics: Grace, Cheerfulness, Gentleness

A spiritual gift is a supernaturally designed ability granted to every believer by which the Holy Spirit ministers to the body of Christ. A spiritual gift cannot be earned, pursued or worked up. It is merely "received" through the grace of God.

    Author: John MacArthur
    Topics: Gifts

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me! I once was lost but now am found, Was blind but now I see.

    Author: John Newton
    Topics: Grace

I am not what I ought to be. I am not what I want to be. I am not what I hope to be. But still, I am not what I used to be. And by the grace of God, I am what I am.

    Author: John Newton
    Topics: Grace

Prayer is the great engine to overthrow and rout my spiritual enemies, the great means to procure the graces of which I stand in hourly need.

    Author: John Newton
    Topics: Prayer, Grace, Enemies

You are coming to a King, Large petitions with you bring, For his grace and power are such, None can ever ask too much.

    Author: John Newton
    Topics: Grace

Our righteousness is in Him, and our hope depends, not upon the exercise of grace in us, but upon the fullness of grace and love in Him, and upon His obedience unto death.

    Author: John Newton
    Topics: Grace, Righteousness

Through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come; 'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far, And grace will lead me home.

    Author: John Newton
    Topics: Grace

A measure of trials is necessary for the exercise and manifestation of your graces; to give you a more convincing proof of the truth and sweetness of the promises made to a time of affliction; to mortify the body of sin; and to wean you more effectually from the world.

    Author: John Newton
    Source: Letters.
    Topics: Trials

Faith upholds a Christian under all trials, by assuring him that every painful dispensation is under the direction of his Lord; that chastisements are a token of His love; that the season, measure, and continuance of his sufferings, are appointed by Infinite Wisdom, and designed to work for his everlasting good; and that grace and strength shall be afforded him, according to his need.

    Author: John Newton
    Source: Letters.
    Topics: Faith, Trials, Chastisement

If the Lord be with us, we have no cause of fear. His eye is upon us, His arm over us, His ear open to our prayer - His grace sufficient, His promise unchangeable.

    Author: John Newton
    Topics: Fear

The Lord afflicts us at times; but it is always a thousand times less than we deserve, and much less than many of our fellow-creatures are suffering around us. Let us therefore pray for grace to be humble, thankful, and patient.

    Author: John Newton
    Topics: Affliction

Oh, what great happiness and bliss, what exaltation it is to address oneself to the Eternal Father. Always, without fail, value this joy which has been accorded to you by God's infinite grace.

    Author: John of Kronstadt
    Topics: Happiness, Joy

Poor souls are apt to think that all those whom they read of or hear of to be gone to heaven, went thither because they were so good and so holy. Yet not one of them, not any man that is now in heaven (Jesus Christ alone excepted), did ever come thither any other way but by forgiveness of sins. And that will also bring us higher, though we come short of many of them in holiness and grace.

    Author: John Owen
    Topics: Heaven, Salvation

The house built on the sand may oftentimes be built higher, have more fair parapets and battlements, windows and ornaments, than that which is built upon the rock; yet all gifts and privileges equal not one grace.

    Author: John Owen
    Topics: Hypocrisy, Gifts

If I have observed anything by experience, it is this: a man may take the measure of his growth and decay in grace according to his thoughts and meditations upon the person of Christ, and the glory of Christ's Kingdom, and of His love.

    Author: John Owen
    Source: A Puritan Golden Treasury
    Topics: Growth

There is an infinite distance between God and His creatures, and it is an act of sheer grace for Him to take notice of earthly things. Christ, as God, is completely self-sufficient in His own eternal blessedness. How great, then, is the glory of His self-humiliation in taking our nature that He might bring us to God! Such humiliation was not forced on Him; He freely chose to do it.

    Author: John Owen
    Source: Meditation on the Glory of Christ, 1684, ch. 4.
    Topics: Grace, The Cross

There is only one way to be revived and healed from our backslidings so that we may become fruitful even in old age. We must take a steady look at the glory of Christ in His special character, in His grace and work, as shown to us in the Scripture.

    Author: John Owen
    Source: Meditation on the Glory of Christ, 1684, ch. 16.
    Topics: Backsliding

To suppose that whatever God requireth of us that we have power of ourselves to do, is to make the cross and grace of Jesus Christ of none effect.

    Author: John Owen
    Topics: The Cross

As rivers, the nearer they come to the ocean whither they tend, the more they increase their waters, and speed their streams; so will grace flow more fully and freely in its near approaches to the ocean of glory.

    Author: John Owen
    Topics: Grace

God has given us prayer as a wartime walkie-talkie so that we can call headquarters for everything we need as the kingdom of Christ advances in the world. Prayer gives us the significance of front-line forces, and gives God the glory of a limitless Provider. The one who gives the power gets the glory. Thus prayer safeguards the supremacy of God in missions while linking us with endless grace for every need.

    Author: John Piper
    Topics: Prayer, Grace, Missions

Grace is not simply leniency when we have sinned. Grace is the enabling gift of God not to sin. Grace is power, not just pardon.

    Author: John Piper
    Topics: Grace, Power

God's interest is to magnify the fullness of His glory by spilling over in mercy to us. Therefore the pursuit of our interest and our happiness is never above God, but always in God. God's greatest interest is to glorify the wealth of His grace by making sinners happy in Him.

    Author: John Piper
    Topics: Happiness

Grace is the enabling gift of God not to sin. Grace is power, not just pardon.

    Author: John Piper
    Topics: Grace

Interest is to magnify the fullness of His glory by spilling over in mercy to us. Therefore the pursuit of our interest and our happiness is never above God, but always in God. God's greatest interest is to glorify the wealth of His grace by making sinners happy in Him.

    Author: John Piper
    Topics: Happiness

Love is the overflow of joy in God! It is not duty for duty's sake, or right for right's sake. It is not a resolute abandoning of one's own good with a view solely to the good of the other person. It is first a deeply satisfying experience of the fullness of God's grace, and then a doubly satisfying experience of sharing that grace with another person.

    Author: John Piper
    Topics: Love

My burden is to plead for the supremacy of God in preaching--that the dominant note of preaching be the freedom of God's sovereign grace, the unifying theme be the zeal that God has for his own glory, the grand object of preaching be the infinite and inexhaustible being of God, and the pervasive atmosphere of preaching be the holiness of God.

    Author: John Piper
    Topics: Preaching, Grace

The deepest need that you and I have in weakness and adversity is not quick relief, but the well-grounded confidence that what is happening to us is part of the greatest purpose of God in the universe - the glorification of the grace and power of his Son - the grace and power that bore Him to the cross and kept him there until the work of love was done.

    Author: John Piper
    Topics: Weakness, Adversity

The key to Christian living is a thirst and hunger for God. And one of the main reasons people do not understand or experience the sovereignty of grace and the way it works through the awakening of sovereign joy is that their hunger and thirst for God is too small.

    Author: John Piper
    Topics: Christianity

And seldom if ever do I leave the pulpit without a sense of partial failure, a mood of penitence, a cry to God for forgiveness, and a resolve to look to Him for grace to do better in the future.

    Author: John Stott
    Topics: Preaching, Failure

Knowledge is indispensable to Christian life and service. If we do not use the mind that God has given us, we condemn ourselves to spiritual superficiality and cut ourselves off from many of the riches of God's grace.

    Author: John Stott
    Topics: Knowledge

We must never think of salvation as a kind of transaction between God and us in which He contributes grace and we contribute faith. For we were dead and had to be quickened before we could believe. No, Christ's apostles clearly teach elsewhere that saving faith too is God's gracious gift.

    Author: John Stott
    Topics: Salvation

Bear up the hands that hang down, by faith and prayer; support the tottering knees. Have you any days of fasting and prayer? Storm the throne of grace and persevere therein, and mercy will come down.

    Author: John Wesley
    Topics: Prayer, Fasting


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