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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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