Remember this, had any other condition been better for you than the one in which you are, divine love would have put you there.
The Lord grant the sweet showers of his grace to water his garden this day.
While fullness is treasured up in Christ, it is not said to be treasured up in the doctrines of Christ.
As the Father loves the Son, in the same manner Jesus loves his people.
Child of God, do you hesitate to appropriate this title?
You will find in the long run that it is far harder to shun the work and will of God than to at once yield yourself to it.
Sooner or later every bar of gold must pass through the fire.
There are times when we feel very barren. Prayer is lifeless, love is cold, faith is weak, each grace in the garden of our heart languishes and droops. In such a condition what are we to do?
To a great extent in spiritual things we get what we expect of the Lord.
No one ought to give any rest to his spirit till he feels quite sure about a matter of such vital importance.
"Fear not, I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward."
But what will his second advent be? What sinner can endure to think of it?
Years are short to the happy and healthy; but thirty-eight years of disease must have dragged a very weary length along the life of the poor impotent man.
To trust him whose power will never be exhausted, whose love will never wane, whose kindness will never change, whose faithfulness will never fail, whose wisdom will never be nonplussed, and whose perfect goodness can never know a diminution!
What we do thus will be well done, and will not fail in its effect.
We have been cleansed once for all, but our feet still need to be washed from the defilement of our daily walk as children of God.
There are times in our spiritual experience when human counsel or sympathy, or religious ordinances, fail to comfort or help us. Why does our gracious God permit this?
Those who have faith in God should show it by a holy fear.
God has done his mightiest works by the meanest instruments: that is a fact most true of all God’s works—Peter the fisherman at Pentecost, Luther the humble monk at the Reformation, Whitefield the potboy of the Old Bell Inn at Gloucester in the time of the last century’s revival; and so it must be to the end.
Our business is neither to ask nor answer foolish questions, but to avoid them altogether.
In order to preach the gospel fully, there must be a very clear description of the person of Christ.
We are here as the "salt of the earth," to be a blessing to the world.
Will you take my Master's house on a lease for all eternity, with nothing to pay for it, nothing but the ground-rent of loving and serving him forever?
Christ, to the uttermost, has satisfied divine justice; the account is settled; the handwriting is nailed to the cross; the receipt is given.
O Jesus, if thou come not in person to thy waiting Church this day, yet come in Spirit to my sighing heart, and make it sing for joy.
This is a fit prayer for every day.
A large-hearted Christian has other springs from which to supply himself with comfort beside those which lie within.
Exercise thy right, O believer, and live up to thy privilege.
He appeals to you this morning--"Have I been a wilderness unto you?" Has not Jesus proved himself all-sufficient?
He professes to live for Christ; how can he live for another object without committing a spiritual adultery?
Paul had the cross for his philosophy, the cross for his tradition, the cross for his gospel, the cross for his glory, and nothing else.
The surpassing grace of God is seen very clearly in that we were not only sought, but sought out.
What an inexpressible sweetness is to be found in these few words!
The day of evil reveals to us the value of our glorious hope.
You must expect to feel weakest when you are enjoying your greatest triumph.
Believers love Jesus with a deeper affection than they dare to give to any other being.
This proves the futility of all opposition to Christ
Blood, always precious, is priceless when it streams from Immanuel's side.
Standing at the foot of the cross, we see hands, and feet, and side, all distilling crimson streams of precious blood.
God employs his people to encourage one another.
Let the Gospel alone and it will save!
O be wise, be wise in time, and ere another year begins, believe in Jesus, who is able to save to the uttermost.
The saints are God's heritage, and he is in the midst of them, and will protect his own.
May we soon reach the city of the great King!
Come, my soul, exult before the God of grace and leap for joy of heart.
Beloved reader, what is thy desperate case?
Atonement is a divine business; its sacrifice is infinite, even as the God who conceived it.
Jesus is the great teacher of lowliness of heart.
Would to God, that we might feel his presence this day and every day.
"Now the hand of the Lord was upon me in the evening."