Christ’s Forge

“The hot furnace is Christ’s workhouse:  the most excellent vessels of honour and praise have been formed there:  ‘I have  chosen thee in the furnace of affliction” (Isa. 43:10).  Manasses, Paul, the jailer, were all chosen in the fire:  God puts them into the furnace, and chooses them there, melts them, and stamps them with … Continue reading Christ’s Forge

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The Restless Mind Is The Devil’s Play-ground

“The more the heart is replenished with holy meditation, the less will it be pestered with worldy and carnal thoughts.  The mind of man is restless, and cannot lie idle; therefore it is good to set it awork upon holy things.  It will be working upon somewhat; and, if you do not feed it with … Continue reading The Restless Mind Is The Devil’s Play-ground

The Soul is a Sponge

“The soul is like a sponge, always thirsting, and seeking of something from without to be filled; a chaos of desires.  Man was made to live in dependence.  Now, of all portions in the world, there is none worth the having, but God himself; nothing else can make you completely blessed, and satisfy all the … Continue reading The Soul is a Sponge

Your Eternal Happiness Depends On This

“…to choose God for our portion…is not a slight thing, but that upon which your eternal happiness doth depend.  It is the fundamental article of the covenant of grace; and the question God puts to you is, whether you will choose him for your portion; therefore he begins the commandments with this, ‘Thous shalt have … Continue reading Your Eternal Happiness Depends On This

God Gives What He Requires

‘No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him’ (John 6:44).  The great article of the covenant of grace is to take God for our God.  Now, all the articles of the new covenant are not only precepts, but promises.  The conditions of the covenant are conditions in the … Continue reading God Gives What He Requires

God’s Leashes

Thomas Boston, Works, Volume 1, “Of the Providence of God”: God bounds sin, and restrains men in their sins, as he does the raging sea, allowing it to go so far, but no further. He has such a power and command over wicked men, that they are not masters of their own affections and dispositions, … Continue reading God’s Leashes

True Joy Only Comes From God!

“…such joy…is ‘unspeakable’ (1 Peter 1:8) and none can know the strength and sweetness of it till it be felt:  a stranger cannot conceive it.  …One drop of this is more than an ocean of carnal pleasure.  …This is a solid joy and comfort, wherewith a man may look death in the face with cheerfulness, … Continue reading True Joy Only Comes From God!

Desires Other Than God

“…there is enough in God to satisfy.  If our desires run out after other things, they are desires not to be satisfied, but to be mortified.  If we hunger after other contentments, they are like feverish desires, not to be satisfied,  but to be abated in the soul, for he that fills all things, hath … Continue reading Desires Other Than God

True Contentment Comes Only From God

“Nothing can content the desires of the soul but God himself: other things may busy us, and vex us, but cannot satisfy us:  ‘All is vanity and vexation of spirit.’  If a man would make a critical search as Solomon did; he set himself to see what pleasures and honours would do to content the … Continue reading True Contentment Comes Only From God

Choose God for Your Portion

“Death blows away all vain deceits.  Then carnal men begin to perceive their error.  When their portion comes to be taken away from them, then what indignation they have upon themselves for the folly of their choice, how the world has deceived them!  A godly man hath the beginning here; then he comes to have … Continue reading Choose God for Your Portion