Do nothing that you would not like God to see. Say nothing you would not like God to hear. Write nothing you would not like God to read. Go no place where you would not like God to find you. Read no book of which you would not like God to say, "Show it to Me." Never spend your time in such a way that you would not like to have God say, "What are you doing?
Let there be no mistake in your mind as to the special character of the man who has come to Christ, and is a true Christian. He is not an angel, he is not a half-angelic being, in whom is no weakness, or blemish, or infirmity - he is nothing of the kind. He is nothing more than a sinner who has found out his sinfulness, and has learned the blessed secret of living by faith in Christ. What was the glorious company of the apostles and prophets? What was the noble army of martyrs? What were Isaiah, Daniel, Peter, James, John, Paul, Polycarp, Chrysostom, Augustine, Luther, Ridley, Latimer, Bunyan, Baxter, Whitefield, Venn, Chalmers, Bickersteth, M'Cheyne? What were they all, but sinners who knew and felt their sins, and trusted only in Christ? What were they, but men who accepted the invitation I bring you this day, and came to Christ by faith? By this faith they lived; in this faith they died. In themselves and their doings they saw nothing worth mentioning; but in Christ they saw all that their souls required. The invitation of Christ is now before you. If you never listened to it before, listen to it today. Broad, full, free, wide, simple, tender, kind, that invitation will leave you without excuse if you refuse to accept it. There are some invitations, perhaps, which it is wiser and better to decline. There is one which ought always to be accepted: that one is before you today. Jesus Christ is saying, 'Come! Come unto Me.
mistake quotesmind quotesspecial quotescharacter quotesman quoteschrist quotestrue quoteschristian quotesangel quoteshalfangelic quotesweakness quotesblemish quotesinfirmity quoteskind quotessinner quotesfound quotessinfulness quoteslearned quotesblessed quotessecret quotesliving quotesfaith quoteschrist quotesglorious quotescompany quotesapostles quotesprophets quotesnoble quotesarmy quotesmartyrs quotesisaiah quotesdaniel quotespeter quotesjames quotesjohn quotespaul quotespolycarp quoteschrysostom quotesaugustine quotesluther quotesridley quoteslatimer quotesbunyan quotesbaxter quoteswhitefield quotesvenn quoteschalmers quotesbickersteth quotesmcheyne quotessinners quotesknew quotesfelt quotessins quotestrusted quoteschrist quotesmen quotesaccepted quotesinvitation quotesbring quotesday quoteschrist quotesfaith quoteslived quotesdied quotesdoings quotesworth quotesmentioning quotessouls quotesrequired quoteslistened quoteslisten quotestoday quotesbroad quotesfull quotesfree quoteswide quotessimple quotestender quoteskind quotesleave quotesexcuse quotesrefuse quotesaccept quotesinvitations quoteswiser quotesdecline quotesaccepted quotesjesus quotescome quotes
Without conversion of heart we cannot serve God on earth. We have naturally neither faith, nor fear, nor love, toward God and His Son Jesus Christ. We have no delight in His Word. We take no pleasure in prayer or communion with Him. We have no enjoyment in His ordinances, His house, His people, or His day. We may have a form of Christianity, and keep up a round of ceremonies and religious performances. But without conversion we have no more heart in our religion than a brick or a stone. Can a dead corpse serve God? We know it cannot. Well, without conversion we are dead toward God. Look round the congregation with which you worship every Sunday. Mark how little interest the great majority of them take in what is going on. Observe how listless, and apathetic, and indifferent, they evidently are about the whole affair. It is clear their hearts are not there! They are thinking of something else, and not of religion. They are thinking of business, or money, or pleasure, or worldly plans, or bonnets, or gowns, or new dresses, or amusements. Their bodies are there, but not their hearts. And what is the reason? What is it they all need? They need conversion. Without it they only come to church for fashion and form's sake, and go away from church to serve the world or their sins. But this is not all. Without conversion of heart we could not enjoy heaven, if we got there. Heaven is a place where holiness reigns supreme, and sin and the world have no place at all. The company will all be holy; the employments will all be holy; it will be an eternal Sunday. Surely if we go to heaven, we must have a heart in tune and able to enjoy it, or else we shall not be happy. We must have a nature in harmony with the element we live in, and the place where we dwell. Can a fish be happy out of water? We know it cannot. Well, without conversion of heart we could not be happy in heaven. Look round the neighborhood in which you live and the persons with whom you are acquainted. Think what many of them would do if they were cut off for ever from money, and business, and newspapers, and cards, and balls, and races, and hunting, and shopping, and worldly amusements! Would they like it? Think what they would feel if they were shut up forever with Jesus Christ, and saints, and angels! Would they be happy? Would the eternal company of Moses, and David, and St. Paul be pleasant to those who never take the trouble to read what those holy men wrote? Would heaven's everlasting praise suit the taste of those who can hardly spare a few minutes in a week for private religion, even for prayer? There is but one answer to be given to all these questions. We must be converted before we can enjoy heaven. Heaven would be no heaven to any child of Adam without conversion. Let no man deceive us. There are two things which are of absolute necessity to the salvation of every man and woman on earth. One of them is the mediatorial work of Christ for us, His atonement, satisfaction, and intercession. The other is the converting work of the Spirit in us, His guiding, renewing, and sanctifying grace. We must have both a title and a heart for heaven. Sacraments are only generally necessary to salvation: a man may be saved without them, like the penitent thief. An interest in Christ and conversion are absolutely necessary: without them no one can possibly be saved. All, all alike, high or low, rich or poor, old or young, gentle or simple, churchmen or dissenters, baptized or unbaptized, all must be converted or perish.
conversion quotesheart quotesserve quotesgod quotesearth quotesnaturally quotesfaith quotesfear quoteslove quotesson quotesjesus quoteschrist quotesdelight quotesword quotespleasure quotesprayer quotescommunion quotesenjoyment quotesordinances quoteshouse quotespeople quotesday quotesform quoteschristianity quotesround quotesceremonies quotesreligious quotesperformances quotesreligion quotesbrick quotesstone quotesdead quotescorpse quotesgod quotesgod quotescongregation quotesworship quotessunday quotesmark quotesinterest quotesgreat quotesmajority quotesobserve quoteslistless quotesapathetic quotesindifferent quotesevidently quotesaffair quotesclear quoteshearts quotesthinking quotesreligion quotesbusiness quotesmoney quotespleasure quotesworldly quotesplans quotesbonnets quotesgowns quotesdresses quotesamusements quotesbodies quoteshearts quotesreason quotesconversion quoteschurch quotesfashion quotesforms quotessake quotesworld quotessins quotesenjoy quotesheaven quotesheaven quotesplace quotesholiness quotesreigns quotessupreme quotessin quotescompany quotesholy quotesemployments quoteseternal quotessurely quotestune quoteshappy quotesnature quotesharmony quoteselement quoteslive quotesdwell quotesfish quoteshappy quoteswater quotesheaven quotesneighborhood quotespersons quotesacquainted quotescut quotesnewspapers quotescards quotesballs quotesraces quoteshunting quotesshopping quotesamusements quotesfeel quotesshut quotesforever quoteschrist quotessaints quotesangels quoteshappy quotesmoses quotesdavid quotesst quotespaul quotespleasant quotestrouble quotesread quotesholy quotesmen quoteswrote quotesheavens quoteseverlasting quotespraise quotessuit quotestaste quotesspare quotesminutes quotesweek quotesprivate quotesreligion quotesprayer quotesanswer quotesquestions quotesconverted quotesheaven quoteschild quotesadam quotesman quotesdeceive quotesthings quotesabsolute quotesnecessity quotessalvation quoteswoman quotesmediatorial quoteswork quoteschrist quotesatonement quotessatisfaction quotesintercession quotesconverting quotesspirit quotesguiding quotesrenewing quotessanctifying quotesgrace quotestitle quotessacraments quotesgenerally quotessalvation quotessaved quotespenitent quotesthief quotesabsolutely quotespossibly quotessaved quotesalike quoteshigh quoteslow quotesrich quotespoor quotesyoung quotesgentle quotessimple quoteschurchmen quotesdissenters quotesbaptized quotesunbaptized quotesperish quotes
It is useless to say you have no time. There is plenty of time, if men will employ it. Time may be short, but time is always long enough for prayer. Daniel had the affairs of a kingdom on his hands, and yet he prayed three times a day. David was ruler over a mighty nation, and yet he says, 'Evening and morning and at noon will I pray' (Psalms 55:17). When time is really wanted, time can always be found.
useless quotestime quotesplenty quotestime quotesmen quotesemploy quotestime quotesshort quotestime quoteslong quotesprayer quotesdaniel quotesaffairs quoteskingdom quoteshands quotesprayed quotestimes quotesday quotesdavid quotesruler quotesmighty quotesnation quotesevening quotesmorning quotesnoon quotespray quotespsalms quotes5517 quoteswanted quotesfound quotes
Like infants, when they are born into the world, God's children are not born again in the full possession of their spiritual faculties; and it is well and wisely ordered that it is so. What we win easily, we seldom value sufficiently. The very fact that believers have to struggle and fight hard before they get hold of real soundness in the faith, helps to make them prize it more when they have attained it. The truths that cost us a battle are precisely those which we grasp most firmly, and never let go.
infants quotesborn quotesworld quotesgods quoteschildren quotesfull quotespossession quotesspiritual quotesfaculties quoteswisely quotesordered quoteswin quoteseasily quotesseldom quotessufficiently quotesfact quotesbelievers quotesstruggle quotesfight quoteshard quoteshold quotesreal quotessoundness quotesfaith quoteshelps quotesmake quotesprize quotesattained quotestruths quotescost quotesbattle quotesprecisely quotesgrasp quotesfirmly quotes