God Instructs Through Discipline


“The steps by which God leads His children on from one degree of light to another are all full of instruction.  Seldom does He seem to bring His people into the full enjoyment of spiritual knowledge all at once.  We must not, therefore, ‘despise the day of small things.’  We should rather respect those who fight their way out of darkness and grope after truth.  What has been won by hard fighting is often that which wears the longest.  Theological principles taken up secondhand have often no root, and endure but for a little season.  Striking and curious is the similarity in the experience of Whitefield, Berridge, and Venn.  They all had to fight hard for spiritual light; and having found it, they held it fast, and never let it go.”  –J.C. Ryle “The Christian Leaders of the Last Century” p. 239



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