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Nothing in the world so tends to defile the imagination, to pervert the affections, and to corrupt the morals, as self-consciousness. You know it is connected with every disease and morbid action of the body. ...All self-consciousness is of the very essence and nature of sin..

    Author: A.A. Hodge
    Topics: Morality

We must learn to live on the heavenly side and look at things from above. To contemplate all things as God sees them, as Christ beholds them, overcomes sin, defies Satan, dissolves perplexities, lifts us above trials, separates us from the world and conquers fear of death.

    Author: A.B. Simpson
    Topics: Heaven, Trials, Overcoming

We must never forget that Christ did not suffer just during His three years of public ministry or the last few days of His life when He was crucified. No, He suffered throughout His life on earth. He who was without sin lived daily with the corruption and sinfulness of lost humanity.

    Author: A.B. Simpson
    Topics: Christ, Suffering

Through the death of Christ on the cross making atonement for sin, we get a perfect standing before God. That is justification, and it puts us, in God's sight, back in Eden before sin entered. God looks upon us and treats us as if we had never sinned.

    Author: A.C. Dixon
    Topics: Justification

There is in the heart of every man or woman, under the conviction of the Holy Spirit, a sense of guilt and condemnation. Bunyan made it a heavy pack on the back of Pilgrim; and he did not lose it until he reached the Cross of Christ. When we realize how guilty sin is, and how condemned is the sinner, we begin to feel the weight of that load.

    Author: A.C. Dixon
    Topics: Conviction, Holy Spirit

In Jesus Christ on the Cross there is refuge; there is safety; there is shelter; and all the power of sin upon our track cannot reach us when we have taken shelter under the Cross that atones for our sins.

    Author: A.C. Dixon
    Topics: The Cross

At the very moment when the pulpit has fallen strangely silent about sin, fiction can talk of little except evil, not indeed viewed as sin, but apparently as the invariable ways of a peculiarly repulsive insect, which it can't help, poor thing; and there is no manner of use expecting anything from it, except the nastiness natural to it.

    Author: A.J. Gossip
    Topics: Good and Evil

The core and essence of the Gospel is its tremendous and glorious revelation of how deadly is God's hatred of sin, so that He cannot stand having it in the same universe as Himself, and will go any length, and will pay any price, and will make any sacrifice, to master and abolish it, is set upon so doing in our hearts, thank God, as elsewhere.

    Author: A.J. Gossip
    Topics: The Gospel

By faith we are taken into Christ, made at once safe from holy wrath against sin, and kept safe from all perils and penalties. He, our divine Redeemer, becomes to us the new sphere of harmony and unity with God and His law, with His life and His holiness.

    Author: A.T. Pierson
    Topics: Faith, Redemption

After grief for sin there should be joy for forgiveness.

    Author: A.W. Pink
    Topics: Forgiveness, Grief, Joy

Every Christian will readily allow that sin is insidious, but it is one thing to recognize this in theory and quite another to be regulated by it in practice.

    Author: A.W. Pink
    Topics: Sin

Sin is more than an act or a series of acts; it is a man's make-up.

    Author: A.W. Pink
    Topics: Sin

The nature of Christ's salvation is woefully misrepresented by the present-day evangelist. He announces a Saviour from Hell rather than a Saviour from sin. And that is why so many are fatally deceived, for there are multitudes who wish to escape the Lake of fire who have no desire to be delivered from their carnality and worldliness.

    Author: A.W. Pink
    Topics: Salvation, Heresy, Carnality

Though poor in this world's goods, though grieving the loss of loved ones, though suffering pain of body, though harassed by sin and Satan, though hated and persecuted by worldlings, whatever be the case and lot of the Christian, it is both his privilege and duty to rejoice in the Lord.

    Author: A.W. Pink
    Topics: Inspiration, Suffering

An ineffably holy God, who has the utmost abhorrence of sin, was never invented by any of Adam's descendents.

    Author: A.W. Pink
    Topics: Atheism, God, Theology

It is because of the hasty and superficial conversation with God that the sense of sin is so weak and that no motives have power to help you to hate and flee from sin as you should.

    Author: A.W. Tozer
    Topics: Sin, Power

When principles that run against your deepest convictions begin to win the day, then battle is your calling, and peace has become sin; you must, at the price of dearest peace, lay your convictions bare before friend and enemy, with all the fire of your faith.

    Author: Abraham Kuyper
    Topics: Obedience

None can hate [sin] but those that love the law of God; for all hatred comes from love. A natural man may be angry with his sin, but hate it he cannot; nay, he may leave it, but not loathe it; if he did, he would loathe all sin as well as any one sin.

    Author: Abraham Wright
    Source: A Puritan Golden Treasury
    Topics: Sin

If you find a reluctancy to go into the presence of God, there may be unconfessed, unrepented sin in your life. Part of your quiet time is to get your heart clean and pure. Each of us needs to take ourselves by the nap of our necks and confess and repent before we come into God's holy presence to fellowship.

    Author: Adrian Rogers
    Topics: Prayer, Rebellion

Sin is not just breaking God's laws; it is breaking His heart.

    Author: Adrian Rogers
    Topics: Sin

Any battle for victory, power, and deliverance - from ourselves and from sin - which is not based constantly upon the gazing and the beholding of the Lord Jesus, with the heart and life lifted up to Him, is doomed to failure.

    Author: Alan Redpath
    Topics: Sin, Victory, Power

No sin which we are capable of committing has ever taken God by surprise for He knew we were just like that.

    Author: Alan Redpath
    Topics: Sin

It is only deliberate, willful sin that has not been confessed and forgiven that makes us feel that God has forsaken us, for that sin causes Him to hide His face from us.

    Author: Alan Redpath
    Topics: Sin, Confession

Surely scripture is right when it makes the sin of sins that unbelief, which is at bottom nothing else than a refusal to take the cup of salvation. Surely no sharper grief can be inflicted upon the Spirit of God than when we leave His gifts neglected and unappropriated.

    Author: Alexander MacLaren
    Topics: Unbelief

Every sin is a mistake, as well as a wrong; and the epitaph for the sinner is, "Thou fool!"

    Author: Alexander MacLaren
    Topics: Sin

Christ's voice sounds now for each of us in loving invitation; and dead in sin and hardness of heart though we be, we can listen and live. Christ Himself, my brother, sows the seed now. Do you take care that it falls not on, but in, your souls.

    Author: Alexander MacLaren
    Topics: Salvation

Embrace in one act the two truths--thine own sin, and God's infinite mercy in Jesus Christ.

    Author: Alexander MacLaren
    Topics: Mercy

You do not really care for God's mercy or His comfort either, so long as you live in any sin. And it is well that you do not; for you can have neither. Your peace will be like a river, when you put away your sin; but not one word of true peace, not one drop of true comfort, can you have till then.

    Author: Alexander Whyte
    Topics: SIn, Mercy, Comfort

Every kind of prayer, not intercessory prayer only, which is the highest kind of prayer, but all prayer, from the lowest kind to the highest, is impossible in a life of known and allowed sin.

    Author: Alexander Whyte
    Topics: Prayer, Intercession

Admit sin, and you banish prayer. But, on the other hand, entertain, and encourage, and practice prayer, and sin will sooner or later flee before it.

    Author: Alexander Whyte
    Topics: Prayer, Sin

No man living in any known sin is ever comforted of God. The Holy Ghost never yet spake one word of all His abounding consolations to any man so long as he lived in any actual sin, or in any neglect of known duty.

    Author: Alexander Whyte
    Topics: Sin

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

If I cast up a confessed, repented, and forsaken sin against another, and allow my remembrance of that sin to colour my thinking and feed my suspicions, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

    Author: Amy Carmichael
    Topics: Forgiveness, Confession

One great power of sin is that it blinds men so that they do not recognize its true character.

    Author: Andrew Murray
    Topics: Character, Sin, Men

Abide in Jesus, the sinless One - which means, give up all of self and its life, and dwell in God's will and rest in His strength. This is what brings the power that does not commit sin.

    Author: Andrew Murray
    Topics: Selfishness

The cross is a one time, visual representation of God's grief over sin.
- Dean H. Harvey

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Atonement, The Cross, Grief

Sin is a violation of moral light, a refusal to conform to what is known and perceived.
- Gordon Olson

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Sin, Light

We are sinners simply because we choose to sin or live selfishly. We are never held accountable for what we are not the author of. Ability is always the measure of responsibility. God has given us the ability to direct our lives, either according to intelligence in recognition of our obligation to God and our fellowmen, or according to selfishness and unintelligence in the supreme seeking of our own happiness.
- Gordon Olson

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Obedience, Responsibility

When you entertain any temptation to sin, you do as wisely as he who takes those into his house whom he knows are come on purpose to spoil him of what he esteems most precious.
- Lancelot Addison

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Sin

The blood of Christ stands not simply for the sting of sin on God but the scourge of God on sin, not simply for God's sorrow over sin, but for God's wrath on sin.
- P.T. Forsyth

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Justice

The empyrean heaven saved not the angels who in that heaven committed sin. The terrestrial Paradise saved not Adam, who in that paradise committed sin. And dost thou presume to hope in the Church for impunity of those evils which in the Church you perpetrate?
- Paolo Segneri

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Angels, Sin

No man taketh away sins (which the law, though holy, just and good, could not take away), but He in whom there is no sin.
- Venerable Bede

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Sin

If thou sin, the word of God is thy adversary. It is the adversary of thy will till it become the author of thy salvation.

    Author: Augustine
    Topics: Scripture, Salvation

Drunkenness is a flattering devil, a sweet poison, a pleasant sin; whosoever has it, has not himself.

    Author: Augustine
    Topics: Drunkenness

God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering.

    Author: Augustine
    Topics: Jesus, Suffering

To abstain from sin when one can no longer sin is to be forsaken by sin, not to forsake it.

    Author: Augustine
    Topics: Sin

Sin comes when we take a perfectly natural desire or longing or ambition and try desperately to fulfill it without God. Not only is it sin, it is a perverse distortion of the image of the Creator in us. All these good things, and all our security, are rightly found only and completely in Him.

    Author: Augustine
    Source: The Confessions of Saint Augustine.
    Topics: Sin

Sin is believing the lie that you are self-created, self-dependent and self-sustained.

    Author: Augustine
    Topics: Self-esteem

The one is addressed generally to all intelligent creatures, and is therefore accessible to all men; the other is addressed to a special class of sinners, to whom God would make known His salvation. The one has in view to meet and supply the natural need of creatures for knowledge of their God; the other to rescue broken and deformed sinners from their sin and its consequences.

    Author: B.B. Warfield
    Source: Revelation and Inspiration.
    Topics: Sin

A revival does two things. First, it returns the Church from her backsliding and second, it causes the conversion of men and women; and it always includes the conviction of sin on the part of the Church. What a spell the devil seems to cast over the Church today!

    Author: Billy Sunday
    Topics: Revival, Conviction, Backsliding

I'm against sin. I'll kick it as long as I've got a foot, and I'll fight it as long as I've got a fist. I'll butt it as long as I've got a head. I'll bite it as long as I've got a tooth. And when I'm old and fistless and footless and toothless, I'll gum it till I go home to Glory and it goes home to perdition!

    Author: Billy Sunday
    Topics: Sin

St. Augustine teaches us that there is in each man a Serpent, an Eve, and an Adam. Our senses and natural propensities are the Serpent; the excitable desire is the Eve; and reason is the Adam. Our nature tempts us perpetually; criminal desire is often excited; but sin is not completed till reason consents.

    Author: Blaise Pascal
    Topics: Good and Evil

Without sin, the universe is a Solemn Game: and there is no good game without rules.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Source: A Preface to Paradise Lost
    Topics: Good and Evil

We have a strange illusion that mere time cancels sin. But mere time does nothing either to the fact or to the guilt of a sin.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Source: The Problem of Pain
    Topics: Sin, Conscience

Every uncorrected error and unrepented sin is, in its own right, a fountain of fresh error and fresh sin flowing on to the end of time.

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

Every sin is the distortion of an energy breathed into us.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Source: Letters to Malcolm
    Topics: Sin

We poison the wine as He decants it into us; murder a melody He would play with us as the instrument. Hence all sin, whatever else it is, is sacrilege.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Source: Letters to Malcolm
    Topics: Sin

This act of self-will on the part of the creature, which constitutes an utter falseness to its true creaturely position, is the only sin that can be conceived as the Fall.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Source: The Problem of Pain
    Topics: Sin, Rebellion

I think we all sin by needlessly disobeying the apostolic injunction to "rejoice" as much as by anything else.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Topics: Sin

Many do not recognize the fact as they ought, that Satan has got men fast asleep in sin and that it is his great device to keep them so. But if we awake the sleeping sinner he will gnash on us with his teeth.

    Author: Catherine Booth
    Topics: Evangelism, Satan

At the moment of temptation, sin and righteousness are both very near the Christian; but, of the two, the latter is the nearer. Those alone labor effectively among men who impetuously fling themselves upward towards God.

    Author: Charles H. Brent
    Topics: Temptation, Sin, Righteousness

Original sin is the only rational solution of the undeniable fact of the deep, universal and early manifested sinfulness of men in all ages, of every class, and in every part of the world.

    Author: Charles Hodge
    Topics: Sin

Throughout the Old Testament this was always the idea of a sin-offering - that of a perfect victim; without offense on its own account, taking the place of the offender; the transferrence of the offender's sin to that victim, and that expiation in the person of the victim for the sin done by another.

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

A sight of His death - if it is a true sight - is the death of all love of sin.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Death

As the salt flavors every drop in the Atlantic, so does sin affect every atom of our nature. It is so sadly there, so abundantly there, that if you cannot detect it, you are deceived.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Sin, Deception

Faith is the surest of all sin-killers.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: Sermons, 34.393.
    Topics: Faith

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

Great thoughts of your sin alone will drive you to despair; but great thoughts of Christ will pilot you into the haven of peace.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: Morning and Evening, Evening, March 27.
    Topics: Peace

How is it that some of us are converted, while our companions in sin are left to persevere in their godless career? Was there anything good in us that moved the heart of God to save us? God forbid that we should indulge the blasphemous thought!

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: Sermons, 6.34.
    Topics: Conversion, Mercy

I believe that gluttony is as much a sin in the sight of God as drunkenness.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: Sermons, 59.134, 135.
    Topics: Sin

I daresay the devil finds himself at home in Hades. But if he could be converted into a seraph, he would not stop in hell for an hour. He would never want to go there again for pleasure. Of that I am certain. And when a man who professes to be converted says that he goes into the world and into sin for pleasure, it is as if an angel went into hell for enjoyment.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Hell

I do not know when I am more perfectly happy than when I am weeping for sin at the foot of the cross.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Happiness

I feel that if God should smite me now, without hope or offer of mercy, to the lowest hell, I should only have what I justly deserve; and I feel that if I be not punished for my sins, or if there be not some plan found by which my sin can be punished in another, I cannot understand how God can be just at all: how shall he be Judge of all the earth, if he suffer offenses to go unpunished?"

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

I was cradled in the home of piety, nurtured with the tenderest care, taught the gospel from my youth up, with the holiest example of my parents, the best possible checks all around to prevent me running into sin.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: 55.352.
    Topics: Piety, Parents

I would sooner be holy than happy if the two things could be divorced. Were it possible for a man always to sorrow and yet to be pure, I would choose the sorrow if I might win the purity, for to be free from the power of sin, to be made to love holiness, is true happiness.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Holiness, Purity

If Christ has died for me - ungodly as I am, without strength as I am - then I can no longer live in sin, but must arouse myself to love and serve Him who has redeemed me. I cannot trifle with the evil that killed my best Friend. I must be holy for his sake. How can I live in sin when He has died to save me from it?

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Service, Holiness

If I had a brother who had been murdered, what would you think of me if I...daily consorted with the assassin who drove the dagger into my brother's heart; surely I too must be an accomplice in the crime. Sin murdered Christ; will you be a friend to it? Sin pierced the heart of the Incarnate God; can you love it?"

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Sin, Murder

If there be a man before me who says that the wrath of God is too heavy a punishment for his little sin, I ask him, if the sin be little, why does he not give it up?

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Sin

If you will not have death unto sin, you shall have sin unto death. There is no alternative. If you do not die to sin, you shall die for sin. If you do not slay sin, sin will slay you.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: Sermons, 15.419.
    Topics: Sin

It does not spoil your happiness to confess your sin. The unhappiness is in not making the confession.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: 46.427.
    Topics: Happiness, Sin

Let your tears fall because of sin; but, at the same time, let the eye of faith steadily behold the Son of man lifted up, as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, that those who are bitten by the old serpent may look unto Jesus and live. Our sinnership is that emptiness into which the Lord pours his mercy.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Salvation, Mercy

Look to the cross, and hate your sin, for sin nailed your Well Beloved to the tree. Look up to the cross, and you will kill sin, for the strength of Jesus' love will make you strong to put down your tendencies to sin.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: The Cross

Our best performances are so stained with sin, that it is hard to know whether they are good works or bad works.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Good and Evil

Rebellion against divine election is often founded on the idea that the sinner has a sort of right to be saved, and this is to deny the full desert of sin.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: Sermons, 24.302.
    Topics: Rebellion

Remember that if you are a child of God, you will never be happy in sin. You are spoiled for the world, the flesh, and the devil. When you were regenerated there was put into you a vital principle, which can never be content to dwell in the dead world. You will have to come back, if indeed you belong to the family.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Backsliding

Repentance is as much a mark of a Christian, as faith is. A very little sin, as the world calls it, is a very great sin to a true Christian.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Repentance

Sin is a deliberate treason against the majesty of God, an assault upon His crown, an insult offered to His throne.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: A Jealous God, Sermon 502, March 29, 1863.
    Topics: Sin

Sin to a believer is horrible, because it crucified the Saviour; he sees in every iniquity the nails and spear.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Sin, The Cross

Some Christians overlook the blessing of sanctification, and yet to a thoroughly renewed heart this is one of the sweetest gifts of the covenant. If we could be saved from wrath, and yet remain unregenerate, impenitent sinners, we should not be saved as we desire, for we mainly and chiefly pant to be saved from sin and led in the way of holiness.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: Treasury of David, Psalm 23.
    Topics: Sanctification

The saints are sinners still. Our best tears need to be wept over, the strongest faith is mixed with unbelief, our most flaming love is cold compared with what Jesus deserves, and our intensest zeal still lacks the full fervor which the bleeding wounds and pierced heart of the crucified might claim at our hands. Our best things need a sin offering, or they would condemn us.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Sin, Zeal

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

There is nothing into which the heart of man so easily falls as pride, and yet there is no more vice which is more frequently, more emphatically, and more eloquently condemned in Scripture. Pride is a thing which should be unnatural to us, for we have nothing to be proud of. In almost every other sin, we gather us ashes when the fire is gone. But here, what is left? The covetous man has his shining gold, but what does the proud man have? He has less than he would have had without pride, and is no gainer whatever. Pride wins no crown.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Pride

This day, my God, I hate sin not because it damns me, but because it has done Thee wrong. To have grieved my God is the worst grief to me.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Sin

Those children who are of sufficient years to sin and be saved by faith have to listen to the gospel and receive it by faith. And they can do this, God the Holy Spirit helping them. There is no doubt about it, because great numbers have done it. I will not say at what age children are first capable of receiving the knowledge of Christ, but it is much earlier than some fancy.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Children, Salvation

We cannot bear sin - when it is near us, we feel like a wretch chained to a rotting carcass; we groan to be free from the hateful thing.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Sin

We must keep from sin. If Christ has indeed saved us from sin, we cannot bear the thought of falling into it. Those who take delight in sin are not the children of God. If you are a child of God, you hate it with a perfect hatred, and your very soul loathes it.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: Spiritual Warfare in a Believer's Life, Sermon Matthew 4:4.
    Topics: Sin

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 men talk of a little hell, it is because they think they have only a little sin, and believe in a little Saviour; it is all little together. But when you get a great sense of sin, you want a great Saviour, and fell that, if you do not have Him, you will fall into a great destruction, and suffer a great punishment at the hands of the great God.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: Joy Hindering Faith, 38.512.
    Topics: Sin, Justice

You and your sins must separate or you and your God will never come together. No one sin may you keep; they must all be given up, they must be brought out like Canaanite kings from the cave and be hanged up in the sun.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Sin

You cannot control your children, you say. Then the Lord have mercy on you! It is your business to do it, and you must do it, or else you will soon find they will control you. No one knows what judgment will come from God upon those who allow sin in children to go unrebuked.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Parents

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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

No one truth is rightly held till it is clearly conceived and stated, and no single truth is adequately comprehended till it is viewed in harmonious relations to all the other truths of the system of which Christ is the centre.

    Author: A.A. Hodge
    Topics: Truth

If professing Christians are unfaithful to the authority of their Lord in their capacity as citizens of the State, they cannot expect to be blessed by the indwelling of the Holy Ghost in their capacity as members of the Church.

    Author: A.A. Hodge
    Topics: Holy Spirit

The Christian that is bound by his own horizon, the church that lives simply for itself, is bound to die a spiritual death and sink into stagnancy and corruption. We never can thank God enough for giving us not only a whole Gospel to believe, but a whole world to give it to.

    Author: A.B. Simpson
    Topics: Church, The Gospel

We begin life with the natural, next we come into the spiritual; but then, when we have truly received the kingdom of God and His righteousness, the natural is added to the spiritual, and we are able to receive the gifts of His providence and the blessings of life without becoming centered in them or allowing them to separate us from Him.

    Author: A.B. Simpson
    Topics: Blessings, Gifts, Providence

Christ is not a reservoir but a spring. His life is continual, active and ever passing on with an outflow as necessary as its inflow. If we do not perpetually draw the fresh supply from the living Fountain, we shall either grow stagnant or empty, It is, therefore, not so much a perpetual fullness as a perpetual filling.

    Author: A.B. Simpson
    Topics: Christ

Superficial Christians are apt to be eccentric. Mature Christians are so near the Lord that they are not afraid of missing His guidance. They are not always trying to promote their loyalty to God by their independence from others.

    Author: A.B. Simpson
    Topics: Apathy

The safe place lies in obedience to God's Word, singleness of heart and holy vigilance.

    Author: A.B. Simpson
    Topics: Obedience, The Heart

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

You will have no test of faith that will not fit you to be a blessing if you are obedient to the Lord. I never had a trial but when I got out of the deep river I found some poor pilgrim on the bank that I was able to help by that very experience.

    Author: A.B. Simpson
    Topics: Trials

We have accounts of the deification of men in pagan mythology. But I do not remember any account of a god becoming a man, to help man. Whoever heard of Jupiter or Mars or Minerva coming down and attempting to bear the burdens of men? The gods were willing enough to receive the gifts of men, but Christianity is unique in the fact that our God became a man with human infirmity and emptied Himself of the glory of heaven, in order that He might take upon Himself the sins, diseases and weakness of our humanity.

    Author: A.C. Dixon
    Topics: God

Justification is away beyond anything that a human court of justice ever realizes. It is putting the sinner in the condition before God as if he had never sinned at all. It is giving him a standing in the merit of Jesus Christ of absolute innocency before God.

    Author: A.C. Dixon
    Topics: Justification

A basic trouble is that most Churches limit themselves unnecessarily by addressing their message almost exclusively to those who are open to religious impression through the intellect, whereas ... there are at least four other gateways -- the emotions, the imagination, the aesthetic feeling, and the will -- through which they can be reached.

    Author: A.J. Gossip
    Topics: Church, Evangelism

A century or so since, they spoke of sharing our Lord with the heathen, and the world rocked with laughter at so crazy a scheme, with the Church joining loudly in the merriment. Yet today, who laughs now? We ought to be the gladdest and the most exultant people in the world; for we have found the key to our difficulties, and it turns; have come on a solution of life's problems, and it works.

    Author: A.J. Gossip
    Topics: Christianity

Christ holds that prayer is a tremendous power which achieves what, without it, was a sheer impossibility. And this amazing thing you can set into operation. And the fact that you are not so using it, and simply don't believe in it and its efficiency and efficacy as our fathers did, and that so many nowadays agree with you, is certainly a major reason why the churches are so cold, and the promises seem so tardy of fulfillment.

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

Closet communion needs time for the revelation of God's presence. It is vain to say, "I have too much work to do to find time." You must find time or forfeit blessing. God knows how to save for you the time you sacredly keep for communion with Him.

    Author: A.T. Pierson
    Topics: Prayer, Time

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

Thousands are deceived into supposing that they have "accepted Christ" as their "personal Saviour", who have not first received Him as their LORD.

    Author: A.W. Pink
    Topics: Salvation, Deception

Gospellers have much to say about what Christ's death accomplished for those who believe in Him, but very little is said about what that Death accomplished Godwards. The fact is that the death of Christ glorified God if never a single sinner had been saved by virtue of it.

    Author: A.W. Pink
    Topics: The Cross

Prayer is not appointed for the furnishing of God with the knowledge of what we need, but it is designed as a confession to Him of our sense of the need. In this, as in everything, God's thoughts are not as ours. God requires that His gifts should be sought for. He designs to be honoured by our asking, just as He is to be thanked by us after He has bestowed His blessing.

    Author: A.W. Pink
    Topics: Prayer, Gifts, Confession

Prayer is the way and means God has appointed for the communication of the blessings of His goodness to His people.

    Author: A.W. Pink
    Topics: Prayer, Providence

In almost everything that touches our everyday life on earth, God is pleased when we're pleased. He wills that we be as free as birds to soar and sing our maker's praise without anxiety.

    Author: A.W. Tozer
    Topics: Life, Praise, Freedom

Christians don't tell lies they just go to church and sing them.

    Author: A.W. Tozer
    Topics: Christians, Church

God wants us to worship Him. He doesn't need us, for He couldn't be a self-sufficient God and need anything or anybody, but He wants us. When Adam sinned it was not He who cried, "God, where art Thou?" It was God who cried, "Adam, where art thou?"

    Author: A.W. Tozer
    Topics: Worship

He remembers our frame and knows that we are dust. He may sometimes chasten us, it is true, but even this He does with a smile, the proud, tender smile of a Father who is bursting with pleasure over an imperfect but promising son who is coming every day to look more and more like the One whose child he is.

    Author: A.W. Tozer
    Topics: Chastisement

Religion today is not transforming the people - it is being transformed by the people. It is not raising the moral level of society - it is descending to society's own level and congratulating itself that it has scored a victory because society is smiling accepting its surrender.

    Author: A.W. Tozer
    Topics: Religion

In the total expanse of human life there is not a single square inch of which the Christ, who alone is sovereign, does not declare, 'That is mine!'

    Author: Abraham Kuyper
    Topics: Christ

The curse should no longer rest upon the world itself, but upon that which is sinful in it, and instead of monastic flight from the world the duty is now emphasized of serving God in the world, in every position in life.

    Author: Abraham Kuyper
    Topics: Service

God built into the creation a variety of cultural spheres, such as the family, economics, politics, art, and intellectual inquiry. Each of these spheres has its own proper "business" and needs its own unique pattern of authority. When we confuse spheres, by violating the proper boundaries of church and state, for instance, or reducing the academic life to a business enterprise, we trangress the patterns that God has set.

    Author: Abraham Kuyper
    Topics: Creation, Authority

It is a great cause oftentimes why God blesseth not means, because we are so apt to trust in them, and rob God of his glory, not waiting for a blessing at his hands.

    Author: Abraham Wright
    Topics: Finances

The cause why our oppressors prevail oft against us is, because we trust too much in our own wits, and lean too much upon our own inventions opposing subtility to subtility, one evil device to another, matching and maintaining policy by policy, and not committing our cause to God.

    Author: Abraham Wright
    Topics: Pride

God loves importunate prayer so much that He will not give us much blessing without it.

    Author: Adoniram Judson
    Topics: Prayer, Perseverance

After many painful trials, which none can know, but those who are taught to relinquish a system in which they had been educated, I settled down in the full persuasion, that the immersion of a professing believer in Christ is the only Christian baptism.

    Author: Adoniram Judson
    Topics: Baptism

The same Jesus Who turned water into wine can transform your home, your life, your family, and your future. He is still in the miracle-working business, and His business is the business of transformation.

    Author: Adrian Rogers
    Topics: Transformation

You can sing all you want about how you love Jesus, you can have crocodile tears in your eyes, but the consecration that doesn't reach your purse has not reached your heart.

    Author: Adrian Rogers
    Topics: Giving, Money, The Heart

You cannot obey God without your obedience spilling out in a blessing to all those around you.

    Author: Adrian Rogers
    Topics: Obedience

How does it secure the blessings of liberty to our posterity, to those generations yet unborn, to kill them, aborting them in the womb?

    Author: Alan Keyes
    Topics: Abortion, Liberty

If the Declaration of Independence states our creed, there can be no right to abortion, since it means denying the most fundamental right of all to the unborn child, the right to life.

    Author: Alan Keyes
    Topics: Abortion, Life

There's not a single thing on offer in this all-too-temporary world for which you should ever sell your soul.

    Author: Alan Keyes
    Topics: Eternity

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

God's mercy with a sinner is only equalled and perhaps outmatched by His patience with the saints, with you and me.

    Author: Alan Redpath
    Topics: Mercy

You are never used of God to bring blessing until God has opened your eyes and made you see things as they are.

    Author: Alan Redpath
    Topics: Service

It's Satan's delight to tell me that once he's got me, he will keep me. But at that moment I can go back to God. And I know that if I confess my sins, God is faithful and just to forgive me.

    Author: Alan Redpath
    Topics: Satan, Repentance, Forgiveness

I refuse to become panicky, as I lift up my eyes to Him and accept it as coming from the throne of God for some great purpose of blessing to my own heart.

    Author: Alan Redpath
    Topics: Blessings

We are not saved in order to be a blessing to other people--you will be that inevitably--but primarily we are saved in order to be conformed to the likeness of Jesus Christ, God's Son.

    Author: Alan Redpath
    Topics: Salvation

Christians should be grave and serious, though cheerful and pleasant. They should feel that they have great interests at stake, and that the world has too. They are redeemed--not to make sport; purchased with precious blood--for other purposes than to make men laugh. They are soon to be in heaven--and a man who has any impressive sense of that will habitually feel he has much else to do than to make men laugh. The true course of life is midway between moroseness and levity; sourness and lightness; harshness and jesting. Be benevolent, kind, cheerful, bland, courteous--but serious. Be solemn, thoughtful, deeply impressed with the presence of God and with eternal things--but pleasant affable and benignant. Think not a smile sinful; but think not levity and jesting harmless.

    Author: Albert Barnes
    Topics: Christians

Christianity may produce agitation, anger, tumult as at Ephesus; but the diffusion of the pure gospel of Christ, and the establishment of the institutions of honesty and virtue, at whatever cost, is a blessing to mankind.

    Author: Albert Barnes
    Topics: Christianity, The Gospel

It has become a settled principle that nothing which is good and true can be destroyed by persecution, but that the effect ultimately is to establish more firmly, and to spread more widely, that which it was designed to overthrow. It has long since passed into a proverb that "the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church."

    Author: Albert Barnes
    Topics: Persecution

It is, in a great measure, by raising up and endowing great minds that God secures the advance of human affairs, and the accomplishment of His own plans on earth.

    Author: Albert Barnes
    Topics: God

Our earthly possessions will indeed perish in the final wreck of all things; but let the ship perish, let all we have sink in the deep, if we may come "safe to land." From these storms and billows--these dangerous seas--these tempestuous voyages--may we all be brought at last safe to heaven.

    Author: Albert Barnes
    Topics: Heaven

Revenge... is like a rolling stone, which, when a man hath forced up a hill, will return upon him with a greater violence, and break those bones whose sinews gave it motion.

    Author: Albert Schweitzer
    Topics: Morality, Revenge

We must have the glory sink into us before it can be reflected from us. In deep inward beholding we must have Christ in our hearts, that He may shine forth from our lives.

    Author: Alexander MacLaren
    Topics: The Heart

The risen life of Jesus is the nourishment and strengthening and blessing and life of a Christian. Our daily experience ought to be that there comes, wavelet by wavelet, that silent, gentle, and yet omnipotent influx into our empty hearts, this very life of Christ Himself.

    Author: Alexander MacLaren
    Topics: Resurrection

No unwelcome tasks become any the less unwelcome by putting them off till tomorrow. It is only when they are behind us and done, that we begin to find that there is a sweetness to be tasted afterwards, and that the remembrance of unwelcome duties unhesitatingly done is welcome and pleasant. Accomplished, they are full of blessing, and there is a smile on their faces as they leave us. Undone, they stand threatening and disturbing our tranquillity, and hindering our communion with God. If there be lying before you any bit of work from which you shrink, go straight up to it, and do it at once. The only way to get rid of it is to do it.

    Author: Alexander MacLaren
    Topics: Responsibility

Do not let the empty cup be your first teacher of the blessings you had when it was full. Do not let a bard place here and there in the bed destroy your rest. Seek, as a plain duty, to cultivate a buoyant, joyous sense of the crowded kindnesses of God in your daily life.

    Author: Alexander MacLaren
    Topics: Joy

If you want to live in this world, doing the duty of life, knowing the blessings of it, doing your work heartily, and yet not absorbed by it, remember that the one power whereby you can so act is, that all shall be consecrated to Christ, and done for His sake.

    Author: Alexander MacLaren
    Topics: Service, Power, Consecration

Transiency is stamped on all our possessions, occupations, and delights. We have the hunger for eternity in our souls, the thought of eternity in our hearts, the destination for eternity written on our inmost being, and the need to ally ourselves with eternity proclaimed by the most short-lived trifles of time. Either these things will be the blessing or the curse of our lives. Which do yon mean that they shall be for you?

    Author: Alexander MacLaren
    Topics: Eternity

Ah, there is nothing more beautiful than the difference between the thought about sinful creatures which is natural to a holy being, and the thought about sinful creatures which is natural to a self-righteous being. The one is all contempt; the other, all pity.

    Author: Alexander MacLaren
    Topics: God, Self-righteousness

Only once did God choose a completely sinless preacher.

    Author: Alexander Whyte
    Topics: Jesus, Preaching

No prayer!--No faith!--No Christ in the heart. Little prayer!--Little faith!--Little Christ in the heart. Increasing prayer!--Increasing faith!--Increasing Christ in the heart!. Much prayer!--Much faith!--Much Christ in the heart! Praying always!--Faith always!--Christ always!

    Author: Alexander Whyte
    Topics: Prayer

No man's prayer is acceptable with God whose life is not well pleasing before God.

    Author: Alexander Whyte
    Topics: Prayer, Life

There is an old joke that went around - it goes, in the beginning God made man in His own image, and since the fall, man has been seeking to return the compliment.

    Author: Alistair Begg
    Topics: Self-love

Unfortunately, preachers who distort God's Word are all too common today. Sometimes this springs from a sincere desire to soften hard hearts, but hearts aren't changed by compromise.

    Author: Alistair Begg
    Topics: Preaching, Heresy

The Christian will be sure to make enemies. It will be one of his objects to make none; but if doing what is right and believing what is true should cause him to lose every earthly friend, he will regard it as a small loss, since his great Friend in heaven will be even more friendly and will reveal Himself to him more graciously than ever.

    Author: Alistair Begg
    Topics: Enemies

At best we are but clay, animated dust; but viewed as sinners, we are monsters indeed. Let it be published in heaven as a miracle that the Lord Jesus should set His heart's love upon people like us.

    Author: Alistair Begg
    Topics: Mercy

The Protestant work ethic finds its application in many contexts in the twenty-first century. Perhaps the most obvious is the phenomenon of 'faith based activism': religious groups using their faith both as a platform and a guiding principle for social engagement and voluntary work.

    Author: Alister McGrath
    Topics: Work, Service

Atheism, I began to realize, rested on a less-than-satisfactory evidential basis. The arguments that had once seemed bold, decisive, and conclusive increasingly turned out to be circular, tentative, and uncertain.

    Author: Alister McGrath
    Topics: Atheism

If I can easily discuss the shortcomings and the sins of any; if I can speak in a casual way even of a child's misdoings, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

    Author: Amy Carmichael
    Topics: Sin

Blessed are the single-hearted, for they shall enjoy much peace... If you refuse to be hurried and pressed, if you stay your soul on God, nothing can keep you from that clearness of spirit which is life and peace. In that stillness you know what His will is.

    Author: Amy Carmichael
    Topics: Peace

We have not been men of prayer. The spirit of prayer has slumbered among us. The closet has been too little frequented and delighted in. We have allowed business, study or active labor to interfere with our closet-hours. And the feverish atmosphere in which both the church and the nation are enveloped has found its way into our prayer closets...

    Author: Andrew Bonar
    Topics: Prayer

God will not let me get the blessing without asking. Today I am setting my face to fast and pray for enlightenment and refreshing. Until I can get up to the measure of at least two hours in pure prayer every day, I shall not be contented. Meditation and reading besides.

    Author: Andrew Bonar
    Topics: Prayer

Let it be your business every day, in the secrecy of the inner chamber, to meet the holy God. You will be repaid for the trouble it may cost you. The reward will be sure and rich.

    Author: Andrew Murray
    Topics: Prayer, Holiness, Rewards

A believer may pass through much affliction, and yet secure very little blessing from it all. Abiding in Christ is the secret of securing all that the Father meant the chastisement to bring us.

    Author: Andrew Murray
    Topics: Affliction, Chastisement

If the spiritual life be healthy, under the full power of the Holy Spirit, praying without ceasing will be natural.

    Author: Andrew Murray
    Topics: Prayer

May not a single moment of my life be spent outside the light, love and joy of God's presence and not a moment without the entire surrender of myself as a vessel for Him to fill full of His Spirit and His love.

    Author: Andrew Murray
    Topics: Surrender

The coming revival must begin with a great revival of prayer. It is in the closet, with the door shut, that the sound of abundance of rain will first be heard. An increase of secret prayer with ministers will be the sure harbinger of blessing.

    Author: Andrew Murray
    Topics: Prayer, Revival

The greatest test of whether the holiness we profess to seek or to attain is truth and life will be whether it produces an increasing humility in us. In man, humility is the one thing needed to allow God's holiness to dwell in him and shine through him. The chief mark of counterfeit holiness is lack of humility. The holiest will be the humblest.

    Author: Andrew Murray
    Topics: Holiness, Humility

Give me the love that leads the way, The faith that nothing can dismay, The hope no disappointments tire, The passion that will burn like fire, Let me not sink to be a clod: Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God.
- Amy Carmichael

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Faith, Holiness, Disappointment

God makes greater haste to the sinner than the sinner does to God. God makes much of our first inclination.
- Antony Farindon

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Salvation

Since much wealth too often proves a snare and an incumbrance in the Christian's race, let him lighten the weight by 'dispersing abroad and giving to the poor'; whereby he will both soften the pilgrimage of his fellow travelers, and speed his own way the faster.
- Augustus Toplady

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Charity, Wealth

Gentlemen, I have lived a long time and am convinced that God governs in the affairs of men. If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? I move that prayer imploring the assistance of Heaven be held every morning before we proceed to business.
- Benjamin Franklin

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: God, Prayer, Business

Our only business is to love and delight ourselves in God.
- Brother Lawrence

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: God

As our Lord asked the sick man whether he wished to be healed, so, without our consent, He will not save us; and sinners are without excuse for not consenting to the will of the Lord and their own salvation.
- Cardinal Bonaventura

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Salvation, Healing, Illness

Our peace and confidence are to be found not in our empirical holiness, not in our progress toward perfection, but in the alien righteousness of Jesus Christ that covers our sinfulness and alone makes us acceptable before a holy God.
- Donald Bloesch

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Atonement, Righteousness

We have all been encouraged to feel in the guardianship and guidance of that Almighty Being whose power regulates the destiny of nations, whose blessings have been so conspicuously dispensed to this rising Republic.
- James Madison

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Source: Inaugural Address
    Topics: God, Government

We are wearied with our sins, and have no satisfaction in them; we go to bed tonight weary of our sinful labors, and we will rise freshly tomorrow to the same sinful labors again.
- John Donne

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Sin

Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom. No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.
- Patrick Henry

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: God, Government, Liberty

We failed, but in the good providence of God apparent failure often proves a blessing.
- Robert E. Lee

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Blessings, Providence, Failure

There is a perpetual frost in the pockets of some rich people; as soon as they put their hands into them, they are frozen so they cannot draw out their purses. Had I my way, I would hang all misers; but reversing the common mode, I would hang them up by the heels, that their money might run out of their pockets.
- Rowland Hill

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Finances, Greed, Money

I don't like those mighty fine preachers who round off their sentences so beautifully that they are sure to roll off the sinner's conscience.

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Preaching

Let your prayer for temporal blessings be strictly limited to things absolutely necessary.
- Bernard of Clairvaux

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Prayer, Contentment

Your actions, in passing, pass not away, for every good work is a grain of seed for eternal life.
- Bernard of Clairvaux

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Good and Evil, Work, Eternal Life

A tender conscience is an inestimable blessing; that is, a conscience not only quick to discern what is evil, but instantly to shun it as the eyelid closes itself against the mote.
- Nehemiah Adams

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Conscience, Discernment

Gratitude to God makes even a temporal blessing a taste of heaven.
- William Romaine

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Gratitude, Heaven

It is not the will of God to give us more troubles than will bring us to live by faith on him; he loves us too well to give us a moment of uneasiness but for our good.
- William Romaine

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Faith

What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.

    Author: Augustine
    Topics: Friendship

A man may lose the good things of this life against his will; but if he loses the eternal blessings, he does so with his own consent.

    Author: Augustine
    Topics: Blessings, Eternity

Forgiveness is the remission of sins. For it is by this that what has been lost, and was found, is saved from being lost again.

    Author: Augustine
    Topics: Forgiveness, Salvation

Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.

    Author: Augustine
    Topics: Love, Beauty

The desire is thy prayers; and if thy desire is without ceasing, thy prayer will also be without ceasing. The continuance of your longing is the continuance of your prayer.

    Author: Augustine
    Topics: Prayer


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