Who Will Dominate You?

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Pride is the root of every sin and evil.

Pride is the gate and the birth, and the curse, of Hell.

There is nothing so natural to man, nothing so insidious and hidden from our sight, nothing so deceitful and dangerous, as pride!

Humility is the most beautiful of all the Christian graces, as well as the rarest.

Humility is the only fitting response of the creature to its God.

Humility, the place of entire dependence on God, is the first duty and the highest virtue of the creature.

Humility is the cardinal virtue and distinguishing feature of the disciple of Jesus.

Meekness and lowliness of heart are the chief marks by which those who follow the meek and lowly Lamb of God are to be known.

Humility is the only root from which the graces can grow.

Humility is the most difficult of all virtues to achieve.
Nothing dies harder, that the desire to think well of oneself.

Humility is the only ladder to honor in God’s kingdom.

True humility counts itself nothing, rejoices in becoming and being counted the least, and only seeks, like Jesus, to be the servant, the helper, and comforter of others, even the lowest and unworthiest.

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If God Calls You to a Work, Do It

Still They Speak

“There are many Christian people who get a good idea into their heads, but they never carry it out, because they ask some friend what he thinks of it. ‘Not much,’ says he. Of course he does not. Who ever did think much of anybody else’s idea? And at once the person who conceived it gives it up, and the work is never accomplished….See what niche it is that God would have you occupy. Stand in it, and don’t be got out of it by all the laughter that comes upon you. If you believe God has called you to a work, do it. If men will help you, thank them. If they will not, tell them to stand out of your road or be run over. Let nothing daunt you.”–Charles H. Spurgeon “A New Year’s Benediction” sermon from Vol. 7 “Spurgeon’s Sermons” p. 20-21

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Awesome Charles Spurgeon Quotes

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(Charles Spurgeon)

The most damning thing in the world is self-righteousness!

Many in the church are toiling like ants to gain this world’s dross,
but are as idle as a butterfly in regard to divine things.

There is no shelter from an angry God, but in the pierced hand of His dear Son!

My longing is that the churches may be more holy.

I grieve to see so much conformity to the world among Christians.
How many Christians follow the fashions of this wicked world.

Time is flying! Men are dying! Hell is filling!

I suppose if any man among us could see his own heart as it really is, he would be driven mad. The poet was right when he said, “God saves all beings but Himself, from that hideous sight–a human heart!”

If you profess to know Christ, have nothing to do with a sinful world.
Shake off the viper into the fire, for it will poison you and destroy you!

If you want to know what Heaven is, know what Christ is.
The way to spell Heaven is with those five letters that make up the word J E S U S.

He who counts the stars and calls them by their names, is in no danger of forgetting His own redeemed children. He knows your case as thoroughly as if you were the only creature He ever made, or the only saint He ever loved!

Be Willing to Serve God Alone

Still They Speak

“He who will serve his God must expect sometimes to serve him alone. Not always shall we fight in the ranks. There are times when the Lord’s David must fight Goliath singly, and must take with him three stones out of the brook amid the laughter of his brethren, yet still in his weapons he is confident of victory through faith in God. Be not moved from the work to which God has put you. Be not weary in well-doing, for in due season ye shall reap if ye faint not.” –Charles H. Spurgeon “A New-Year’s Benediction” P. 21 from Vol. 7 “Spurgeons’ Sermons”

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Heed the Rod of Correction!

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(Charles Spurgeon)

Heed the rod, and the One who appointed it!” Micah 6:9

God’s most useful instrument is His rod of correction!

If we had no idols in children, friends, wealth or ourselves–we would not need half the trials we have! Foolish idols, make rods for foolish backs!

I bear a willing witness that I owe more to God’s fire, and hammer, and file than to anything else. I sometimes question whether I have ever learned anything profitable, except through God’s rod.

There are blessed and favored exceptions, but most of us need the rod, for we do not seem to learn obedience except through the chastening of the Lord!

Whatever God keeps away from His servants–He never keeps away the chastening rod from them! He had one Son without sin–but He never had one son without chastisement.

God’s rod flogs His child not from Him, but to Him!

Christian, God’s love to you is always the same. He cannot love you more, and He will not love you less! Never, when afflictions multiply, when terrors frighten, or when distresses abound–does God’s love to you falter or flag. Let the rod fall ever so heavily upon you–the hand that moves, like the heart that prompts the stroke, is full of love! Whether He brings you down into the depths of misery, or lifts you up into the seventh Heaven of delight–His faithful love towards you never varies or fluctuates!

“Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face!” 
William Cowper

Dragging the Majesty of God Through the Mud of Your Disrespect

(William S. Plumer, “The Ten Commandments”)

A great design of true religion is to bring men to habitual reverence for God’s divine majesty. The very moment men cease to treat God as holy–that moment their hearts and lives become polluted.

You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless, who takes His name in vain.” Exodus 20:7

Anything relating to the true God–His being, His nature, His will, His works, His worship, His service, or His doctrine–pertains to God’s name. This commandment extends to the state of men’s thoughts and hearts–as well as to their speech.

To take God’s name in vain, is to use it in any frivolous, false, inconsiderate, irreverent, or otherwise wicked manner. The scope of this commandment is to secure the holy and reverent use of all that by which God makes Himself known to His people; and so to guard His sacred name against all that is calculated to make it contemptible.

The manner of taking His name is to be grave, solemn, intelligent, thoughtful, sincere, and with godly fear.

“Our Father in Heaven, may Your name be honored as holy.” Matthew 6:9

Quotes By Thomas Watson

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What fools are they who, for a drop of pleasure, drink a sea of wrath

Every time you draw your breath, you suck in mercy!

We are more sure to arise out of our graves, than out of our beds.

Read the Scripture, not only as a history, but as a love-letter sent to you from God!

God would have us part with nothing for Him, but that which will damn us if we keep it! The only design He has for us is to make us holy.

Death is the last and best physician. It cures all diseases and sins–the aching head and the unbelieving heart. Sin was the midwife which brought death into the world–and death shall be the grave to bury sin! O the privilege of a believer!

There is more evil in a drop of sin–than in a sea of affliction!

Knowledge without repentance–will be but a torch to light men to Hell.

Are You Discontented with God?

Revival & Reformation

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Grumble, Grumble

In Exodus 15, the Israelites camped by the springs of Elim for several weeks, lingering under the palm trees and taking long drinks of cool water. Then it was time to move on. They were on a spiritual journey—a pilgrimage that reveals the pattern of the Christian life.

The spiritual geography of Israel’s exodus from Egypt can be mapped onto the experience of our own souls. Although there are times of refreshing, usually they do not last for long. Soon it is time to head back into the desert, which is a place of testing and…

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God Only Is Fit to Govern This World

Still They Speak

“God is a sovereign and will do what he pleases with his own, (Ps. 78:67-70). He only is fit to govern this world. He rejects Ephraim and chooses Judah; he rejects Shiloh and chooses Jerusalem; he rejects Saul and chooses David. Ephraim, Shiloh and Saul have no right to complain because no injustice is done; Judah, Jerusalem and David have no right to boast because mercy is shown.” –William S. Plumer “Psalms” p. 761

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Focusing on Self, Dear Christian?

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(James Smith, 1864)

“O my God, my soul is cast down within me!” Psalm 42:6

And why are you cast down?

“My heart is burdened with a sense of my short-comings.
Every holy duty I perform is so imperfect.
Every good purpose I form is so soon frustrated.
Every hope of seeing better days is so soon beclouded.
My heart is so fearfully depraved.
My life is so unlike the life of Jesus.
My affections are so unholy.
My prayers are so brief and heartless.
My praises are so feeble and fitful.
do so little good.
live to so little purpose.
My evidences are so dim.
My prospects are so overcast.
I am harassed sometimes with the fear of death.
I cannot grasp the glories of Heaven.
I am dissatisfied with the world–and yet glued to it!
I hate sin–and yet fall into it!
 I am a riddle, a mystery, a mass of inconsistency! 
Is it, then, any wonder that I am cast down?”

No, if you look at yourself, and pore over the things you have named–then it is no wonder that you are cast down! They are enough to cast anyone down! But if you carry them to the throne of grace, if you there confess them before God, if you look to the mercy of Jesus–then, in spite of them, you will not long be cast down.

I know it is difficult to do this. There is a natural proneness to pore over such things. One feels at times a secret liking to indulge in self-pity.

But we must look away from self–for if we do not, we shall become anxious, doubting and downcast! We must run the race–not looking at our imperfections, short-comings, and failures–but looking unto Jesus. He knows what we are. He knew what we would be–before He called us by His grace; yes, before He shed His sin-atoning blood for us!
He loved us, as sinners.
He died for us, as sinners.
He called us, as sinners.
He saves us, as sinners.
He will have great glory by saving such great sinners. We cannot do anything to repay Him for His wondrous love. Salvation is by free grace–from first to last! Believe this, and it will raise up your drooping mind!

The life-boat of free grace has put you on board the vessel of salvation, and that will convey you safely to the port of glory! Do not look at your spiritual destitution, or feebleness, or incapacity, or imperfections–but trust in your Pilot, rely on your Captain, and expect His mercy and merit to land you safely in Heaven at last!

Regardless of any amount of spiritual progress, your dying prayer will still be, “God be merciful unto me–a sinner!”

Hope in God!
His mercy is great unto the Heavens,
His grace is as free as the air,
His love is as changeless as His nature,
His promise is as immutable as His love.

He will save you for His own sake, and present you before assembled worlds as a monument of His mercy, and a trophy of His grace!

“Why are you cast down, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and  my God!” Psalm 42:5

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