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1034. A few days before the Rev. Dr. Payson closed his earthly career, he dictated a remarkable letter to a sister, in which he says: “Were I to adopt the figurative language of Bunyan, I The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 might date this letter from the land of Beulah, of which I have I have been for some weeks a happy inhabitant. The celestial city is full in my view. Its The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 glories beam upon me, its breezes fan me, its odors are wafted to me, its sounds strike upon my ears, and its spirit is breathed into my heart. Nothing separates me The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 from it but the river of death, which now appears but as an insignificant rill, that may be crossed at a single step, whenever God shall give permission. The Sun of Righteousness has The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 been gradually drawing nearer and nearer, appearing larger and brighter as he approaches, and now he fills the whole hemisphere, pouring forth a flood of glory, in which I seem to float The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 like an insect in the beams of the sun, exulting, yet almost trembling, while I gaze on this excessive brightness, and wondering, with unutterable wonder, why God should deign thus to The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 shine upon a sinful worm. A single heart and a single tongue seem altogether inadequate to my wants; I want a whole heart for every separate emotion, and a whole tongue to express The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 that emotion.” From the book “Westminster Shorter Catechism” by James R. Boyd

1035. Dr. Nettleton once fell in company with two men who were disputing on the Doctrine of the Saints’ Perseverance. As The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 he came into their presence, one of them said, “I believe this doctrine has been the means of filling hell with Christians.” “Sir,” said Dr. Nettleton, “do you believe that God knows all things The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21?” “Certainly I do,” said he. “How then do you interpret this text—“I never knew you?’” said Dr. Nettleton. After reflecting a moment, he replied, “The meaning must be, I The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 never knew you as Christians.” “Is that the meaning?” said Dr. Nettleton. “Yes, it must be,” he replied, “for certainly God knows all things.” “Well,” said Dr. Nettleton, “I presume you are right. Now, this The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 is what our Savior will say to those who, at the last day, shall say to Him, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not eaten,’ &c. Now, when Saul, and Judas, and Hymeneus The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21, and Philetus, and Demas, and all who, you suppose, are fallen from grace, shall say to Christ, Lord, Lord, —He shall say to them, I never knew you—I never The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 knew you as Christians. Where, then, are the Christians that are going to hell?” From the book “Westminster Shorter Catechism” by James R. Boyd

1036. The Gospel Jesus proclaimed did not foster that kind of gullibility. From The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 the time He first began to minister publicly, our Lord eschewed the quick, easy, or shallow response. He turned away far more prospects than He won, refusing to proclaim a message The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 that would give anyone a false hope. His words, always tailored to the individual’s needs, never failed to puncture an inquirer’s self-righteousness, unveil wrong motives, or warn of The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 false faith or shallow commitment. John MacArthur

1037. The central theme of the Old Testament is redemption by grace. But incredibly, the Pharisees entirely missed it. In their rigid emphasis on religious works, they de The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21-emphasized the truth of God’s grace and forgiveness to sinners, evident throughout the Old Testament. They stressed obedience to law, not conversion to the Lord, as the way to gain The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 eternal life. They were so busy trying to earn righteousness that they neglected the marvelous truth of Habakkuk 2:4: “The righteous will live by faith.” They looked to Abraham as their father, but overlooked the The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 key lesson of his life: “He believed in the Lord; and the Lord reckoned it to him as righteousness” (Genesis 15:6). They scoured the Psalms for laws they could add to their The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 list, but they ignored the most sublime truth of all—that God forgives sin, covers transgressions, and refuses to impute iniquity to sinners who turn to Him (Psalm 32:1-2). They anticipated The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 the coming of their Messiah, but closed their eyes to the fact that He would come to die as a sacrifice for sin (Isaiah 53:4-9). They were confident that they were guides to the blind The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21, lights to those in darkness, correctors of the foolish, and teachers of the immature (cf. Romans 2:19-20), but they forgot the most basic lesson of God’s law: that they themselves The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 were sinners in need of salvation. John MacArthur

1038. We are too busy entertaining ourselves to think of God. Dave Hunt

1039. The Bibles Says So—CHILDREN should be early taught that the Bible is the great The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 authority; and that when it speaks upon any point, the question is settled forever. They should be taught to go directly to the Scripture, to find what is good and what is bad The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21, what is true and what is false. Thus, with the blessing of God, they will acquire the habit of constantly subordinating their own notions and inclinations to the plain declarations of Scripture. It The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 is a good sign to have a child often use the expression, “The Bible says so.” From the book “Westminster Shorter Catechism” by James R. Boyd

1040. Jesus never sanctioned any form The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 of cheap grace. He was not offering eternal life as an add-on to a life cluttered with unconfessed sin. It is inconceivable that He would pour someone a drink of living The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 water without challenging and altering that individual’s sinful lifestyle. He came to save His people from their sin (cf. Matthew 1:21), not to confer immortality on people in bondage to wickedness The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21. John MacArthur

1041. God seeks people who will submit themselves to worship Him in spirit and in truth. That kind of worship is impossible for anyone sheltering sin in his life. Those who confess The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 and forsake their sin, on the other хэнд, will find a Savior anxious to receive them, forgive them, and liberate them from their sin. Like the woman at the well, they will find a source The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 of living water, which will quench forever even the strongest spiritual thirst. John MacArthur

1042. The portrait of Jesus in the gospels is altogether different from the picture contemporary evangelicals typically imagine The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21. Rather than a would-be redeemer who merely stands outside anxiously awaiting an invitation to come into unregenerate lives, the Savior described in the New Testament is God in the flesh, invading the The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 world of sinful men and challenging them to turn from their iniquity. Rather than waiting for an invitation, He issues His own—in the form of a command to repent The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 and take on a yoke of submission. John MacArthur

1043. Our Lord emphasized that God Himself is the determinative factor in salvation. We who witness for Christ are not ultimately responsible for how people The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 respond to the gospel. We are only responsible to preach it clearly and accurately, speaking the truth in love. Some will turn away, but it is God who either reveals the truth or The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 keeps it hidden, according to what is well-pleasing in His sight. His plan will not be curtailed. Though the gospel according to Jesus offends, its message must not be мейд more palatable The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 by watering down the content or softening the hard demands. In God’s plan, the elect believe despite the negative response of the multitudes. John MacArthur

1044. There is no place for The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 jealousy in the kingdom. The only right response is abject humility. Everything we receive from God is undeserved blessing. How long or how well we work has nothing to do with our place in The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 the kingdom, for all will receive far more from God than they deserve. We should never murmur because the fatted calf was killed for someone else, or be resentful that heaven The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 will be just as wonderful for those who enter the kingdom late. God’s grace abounds to us all. John MacArthur

1045. Faith obeys. Unbelief rebels. The fruit of one’s life reveals whether that The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 person is a believer or an unbeliever. There is no middle ground. Merely knowing and affirming facts apart from obedience to the truth is not believing in the biblical sense. Those who The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 cling to the memory of a one-time decision of “faith” but lack any evidence that faith has continued to operate in their lives had better heed the clear and solemn warning of The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 Scripture: “He who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him” (John 3:36). John MacArthur

1046. Our personalities are diametrically opposed to God’s personality. He The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 likes concealment, we like display; He does not crave outward manifestations, we cannot be content without them. This divine disposition constitutes a great trial and test to us. Witness Lee

1047. Jesus never The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 presented Christianity as a soft option for weak-kneed, feeble souls. When a person becomes as Christian he declares war on hell. And hell fights back. Following Christ can cost one’s The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 very life—it will certainly cost one’s life in a spiritual sense. The faint-hearted and compromisers need not apply. John MacArthur

1048. I am convinced that the popular evangelistic message of our age The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 actually lures people into this deception. It promises a wonderful, comfortable plan for life. It obliterates the offense of the cross. Though it presents Christ as the way, the The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 truth, and the life, it says nothing of the small gate or the narrow way. Its subject is the love of God, but there is no mention of God’s wrath. It sees people The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 as deprived, not depraved. It is full of love and understanding, but there is no mention of a holy God who hates sin, no summons to repentance, no warning of judgment, no call The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 for brokenness, no expectation of a contrite heart, and no reason for deep sorrow over sin. It is a message of easy salvation, a call for a hasty decision The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 which is often accompanied by false promises of health, happiness, and material blessing. This is not the gospel according to Jesus.

“The gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21, and few are those who find it.” How could Jesus be more clear? This is the only path His Gospel takes. It is not an easy road, nor a popular one. But The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 it is the only one that leads to eternal glory. John MacArthur

1049. There are several categories of deceived people in the church. Obviously there are hypocrites, those who merely try to appear The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 religious. Others are nominal, superficial people who call themselves Christians because they have gone to Sunday school since childhood, or “мейд a decision” for Christ but have no ongoing interest in living The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 out the implications of faith. Still others are heavily involved in church or religious activities; they know the facts of the gospel, but they are not obedient to the Word of The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 God. Perhaps they go to church because they are looking for good feelings, blessings, experiences, healings, miracles, or ecstatic gifts. Maybe they are committed to the denomination, the church, the organization, but not the Word The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 of God. They may love theology purely as an academic interest. Whatever the reasons, many who have identified themselves with Christ and Christianity will be turned away at the judgment. John The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 MacArthur

1050. The only validation of salvation is a life of obedience. It is the only possible proof that a person really knows Jesus Christ. If one does not obey Christ as a The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 pattern of life, then professing to know Him is an empty verbal exercise. John MacArthur

1051. The day of judgment is coming. That is what the wind, rain, and flood of Matthew 7:25 and The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 27 speak of. God is sending the storm of judgment. Some will stand and some will fall. Those who stand are true believers; those who fall are those who never really believed at all. The The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 difference will be seen in whether obedience followed the hearing of the gospel, and whether a life of righteousness followed the profession of faith. This illustration is marvelously consistent with the The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 warning of earlier verses. They all teach that the test of true faith is whether it produces obedience.

Thus Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount ends with a devastating warning of judgment: “and great The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 was its fall.” It is a warning of doom, characteristic of the preaching of Jesus, but again, markedly different from the trend of contemporary evangelism. The gospel according to Jesus The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 calls for a decision, not merely a new opinion, but an active response to obedience. John MacArthur

1052. The Lord is saying that we must be unquestioningly loyal to Him, even above our families The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21—and especially above ourselves. Scripture teaches us to deny self, consider ourselves dead, lay the old self aside, and in a sense, treat the selfish aspect of our beings with the utmost contempt. That The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 is the same attitude we are to have toward our possessions and even toward our own family.

Why is this language so severe? Why does Christ use such offensive terms? Because He The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 is eager to chase the uncommitted away and to draw true disciples to Himself. He does not want half-hearted people deceived into thinking they are in the kingdom. Unless He The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 is the number one priority, He has not been given His rightful place. John MacArthur

1053. As I study through the New Testament, I see more clearly than ever the unity of the New Testament gospel The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21. The gospel according to Jesus is the gospel according to His apostles. It is a small gate and a narrow road. It is free but it costs everything. And though it is The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 appropriated by faith, it cannot fail to produce the fruit of true righteousness in the life and behavior of the believer. John MacArthur

1054. "God almighty has given me but one The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 journey through the world, and when gone, I cannot return to rectify mistakes."  From the book "The Westminster Shorter Catechism" by James R. Boyd

1055. Let us not merely call Him Lord, for that will not The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 save us. For He says, “Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will be saved, but he who does what is right.” Thus, brothers, let us acknowledge Him by our actions…This The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 world and the world to come are two enemies... This one means adultery, corruption, avarice, and deceit, while the other gives them up. We cannot, then, be friends of both. To The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 get the one, we must give the other up. From the Second Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians, about A.D. 100

1056. If good works and love do not blossom forth, it is The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 not genuine faith, the gospel has not yet gained a foothold, and Christ is not yet rightly known. Martin Luther

1057. The terms of Christ’s salvation are erroneously stated by the present The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21-day evangelist. With very rare exceptions he tells his hearers that salvation is by grace and is received as a free gift; that Christ has done everything for the sinner, and nothing remains except The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 for him to “believe”—to trust in the infinite merits of His blood. And so widely does this conception now prevail in “orthodox” circles, so frequently has it been dinned The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 in their ears, so deeply has it taken root in their minds, that for one to now challenge it and denounce it as being so inadequate and one-sided as to be The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 deceptive and erroneous, is for him to instantly court the stigma of being a heretic, and to be charged with dishonoring the finished work of Christ by inculcating salvation by works…Salvation The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 is by grace, by grace alone…Nevertheless, Divine grace is not exercised at the expense of holiness, for it never compromises with sin. It is also true that salvation is a The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 free gift, but an empty хэнд must receive it, and not a хэнд which still tightly grasps the world…A heart that is steeled in rebellion cannot savingly believe; it must first The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 be broken…Those preachers who tell sinners they may be saved without forsaking their idols, without repenting, without surrendering to the Lordship of Christ, are as erroneous and dangerous as others who The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 insist that salvation is by works and that heaven must be earned by our own efforts. A. W. Pink

1058. Divine grace is not bestowed with the object of freeing men from their obligations but The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 rather with that of supplying them with a powerful motive for more readily and gratefully discharging those obligations. To make God’s favor a ground of exemption from the performance of duty comes perilously The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 near to turning His grace into lasciviousness. A. W. Pink

1059. I say that I had been heaping up my devotions before God, fasting, praying, etc. pretending, and indeed really thinking sometimes, that The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 I was aiming at the glory of God; whereas I never once truly intended it, but only my own happiness. I saw that as I had never done anything for God The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21, I had no claim on anything from Him, but perdition, on account of my hypocrisy and mockery. Oh, how different did my duties now appear from what they used to do! I used The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 to charge them with sin and imperfection; but this was only on account of the wandering and vain thoughts attending them, and not because I had no regard to God in The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 them; for this I thought I had. But when I saw evidently that I had had regard to nothing but self-interest; then they appeared a vile mockery of God, self-worship The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21, and a continued course of lies. I saw that something worse had attended my duties than barely a few wanderings; for the whole was nothing but self-worship, and an horrid abuse The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 of God. From The Life And Diary Of David Brainerd

1060. My soul rejoiced with joy unspeakable, to see such a God, such a glorious divine Being; and I was inwardly pleased and satisfied, that He The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 should be God over all forever and ever. My soul was so captivated and delighted with the excellency, loveliness, greatness, and other perfections of God, that I was even The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 swallowed up in Him; at least to that degree that I had no thought, as I remember, at first, about my own salvation, and scarce reflected that there was such a creature as myself.

Thus The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 God, I trust, brought me to a hearty disposition to exalt Him, and set Him on the throne, and principally and ultimately to aim at His honor and glory The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21, as King of the universe. I continued in this state of inward joy, peace and astonishment, till near dark, without any sensible abatement; and then began to think and examine what I had The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 seen; and felt sweetly composed in my mind all the evening following. I felt myself in a new world, and everything about me appeared with a different aspect from what it The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 was wont to do.

At this time the way of salvation opened to me with such infinite wisdom, suitableness, and excellency, that I wondered I should ever think of any other way of The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 salvation; I was amazed that I had not dropped my own contrivances and complied with this lovely, blessed, and excellent way before. If I could have been saved by my own duties, or any The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 other way that I had formerly contrived, my whole soul would now have refused. I wondered that all the world did not see and comply with this way of salvation, entirely The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 by the righteousness of Christ. From The Life And Diary Of David Brainerd

1061. “I can’t stand your religious meetings. I’m fed up with your conferences and conventions. I want nothing to The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 do with your religion projects, your pretentious slogans and goals. I’m sick of your fund-raising schemes, your public relations and image making. I’ve had all I can take of your The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 noisy ego-music. When was the last time you sang to me? Do you know what I want? I want justice—oceans of it. I want fairness—rivers of it. That The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21’s what I want. That’s all I want. From Amos Chapter 5 in “The Message”.

1062. No condition of life will of itself make a man content, without the grace of God The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21; for we find Haman discontented in the court, Ahab discontented on the throne, Adam discontented in Paradise; nay, and higher we cannot go, the angels that fell were discontented even in heaven itself. Philip The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 Henry

1063. Church history may record ours as the era of disastrous collapse within the leadership of the church. The standards for leadership have been lowered, and many thousands have tragically lost their The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 way.

Where are the godly and truthful men? Where are the humble, unselfish models of virtue? Where are the examples of victory over temptation? Where are those who show us how The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 to pray and overcome trials or adversity?

We have a sick and distorted church because we’ve lost sight of Christ, His Word, and the Spirit. We’ve lost sight of our The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 clear pattern for growth in the life of the apostle Paul. And we have tolerated a lower standard for leadership than the Bible allows. The essence of Christianity is becoming more The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 like Christ. Matters such as right relationships, service, and evangelism will be taken care of if we just pursue that one holy goal. John MacArthur

1064. The condition of the heart determines the quality The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 of my discernment. If “the heart is waxed gross,” the ears will be “dull of hearing,” and the eyes will be “closed.” My spiritual senses gain their acuteness or obtuseness from my The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 affections. If my love is muddy my sight will be dim. If my love be “clear as crystal” the spiritual realm will be like a gloriously transparent air.

And the awful nemesis of The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 sin-created blindness is this, that it interprets itself as sight. “The light that is in thee is darkness.” We think we see, and all the time we are the children of the The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 night. We think it is “the dawn of God’s sweet morning,” and behold! it is the perverse flare of the evil one. He has given us a will-o-the-wisp The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21, and we boastfully proclaim it to be “the morning star.”

But there is hope for any man, however blind he be, who will humbly lay himself at Jesus’ feet. Let The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 this be my prayer, O Lord, “Cleanse Thou me from secret faults.” Deliver me from self-deception, save me from confusing the fixed light of heaven with the wandering beacon-lights of hell The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21. And again and again will I pray, “Lord, that I might receive my sight!” John Henry Jowett

1065. Last year I longed to be prepared for a world of glory, and speedily to depart The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 out of this world; but of late all my concern almost is for the conversion of the heathen, and for that end I long to live. But blessed be God I have less The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 desire to live for any of the pleasures of the world than I ever had. I long and love to be a pilgrim, and want grace to imitate the life, labors and sufferings The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 of St. Paul among the heathen. And when I long for the holiness now, it is not so much for myself as formerly, but rather thereby I may become an ‘able The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 minister of the New Testament,’ especially to the heathen. From The Life And Diary Of David Brainerd

1066. When I visit the Cross and the tomb, life is transformed from a picnic into The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 a crusade. For that is ever my peril, to picnic on the banks of the river and to spend my days in emotional loitering. After all, my Pentecost is purposed to The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 prepare me for my own Gethsemane and Calvary! Life is given me in order that I may spend it again in ready and fruitful sacrifice. John Henry Jowett

1067. In a powerful revival, the Rev. Dr The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21. Nettleton once said, “It may be new to some of you that there should be such distress for sin. But there was great distress on the day of Pentecost, when The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 thousands were pricked in the heart, and cried out, ‘Men and brethren, what shall we do?’ Some of you may, perhaps, be ready to say, ‘If this is religion, we wish to have The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 nothing to do with it.’ My friends, this is not religion. Religion does not cause its subjects to feel and act thus. These individuals are thus distressed, not because they have The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 religion, but because they have no religion, and have found it out. It was so on the day of Pentecost. They had мейд the discovery that they were lost sinners, and that The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 their souls were in jeopardy every hour.” From the book "The Westminster Shorter Catechism" by James R. Boyd

1068. I seemed to do nothing, and indeed to have nothing to do, but to ‘stand still, and see The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 the salvation of God;’ and found myself obliged and delighted to say, ‘Not unto us,’ not unto instruments and means, ‘but to Thy Name be glory.’ God appeared to work entirely The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 alone, and I saw no room to attribute any part of this work to any created arm. From The Life And Diary Of David Brainerd

1069. Most prophets, most of the time, speak God’s The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 Word to us. They are preachers calling us to listen to God’s words of judgment and salvation, confrontation and comfort. They face us with God as He is, not as The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 we imagine Him to be. Most prophets are in-your-face assertive, not given to tact, not diplomatic, as they insist that we pay attention to God. Eugene Peterson in his The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 introduction to Habakkuk.

1070. But this prophet companion who stands at our side does something even more important: He waits and he listens. It is in his waiting and listening—which then turns into The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 his praying—that he found himself inhabiting the large world of God’s sovereignty. Only there did he eventually realize that the believing-in-God life, the steady trusting-in-God life The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21, is the full life, the only real life. Habakkuk started out exactly where we start out with our puzzled complaints and God-accusations, but he didn’t stay there. He ended up The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 in a world, along with us, where every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. Eugene Peterson in his introduction to Habakkuk.

1071. Nor have The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 I ever seen so general an awakening in any assembly in my life as appeared here while I was opening and insisting upon the parable of the great supper. Luke, 14. In which The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 discourse I was enabled to set before my hearers the unsearchable riches of Gospel grace. Not that I would be understood here that I never instructed the Indians respecting their fallen state The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21, and the sinfulness and misery of it; for this was what I at first chiefly insisted upon with them, and endeavored to repeat and inculcate in almost every discourse, knowing that without this foundation The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 I should but build upon sand, and that it would be in vain to invite them to Christ unless I could convince them of their need of Him. Mar, 2:17. From The The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 Life And Diary Of David Brainerd

1072. The Rev. Philip Henry, for the use of his children, prepared this short form of words, showing what is implied in baptism; taught it to his children The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21, required them to repeat it every Sabbath evening, after their recitation of the Catechism, and was wont to add: “So say, and so do, and you are мейд for ever”—“I take The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 God the Father, to be my chiefest good and highest end. I take God the Son to be my Prince and Savior. I take God the Holy Ghost to be my The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 Sanctifier, Teacher, Comforter, and Guide. I take the Word of God to be my rule in all my actions. And the people of God to be my people in all conditions. I do likewise, devote The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 and dedicate unto the Lord my whole self, all I am, all I have, and all I do. And this I do deliberately, sincerely, freely, and for ever.” He also The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 took pains with his children to lead them into the understanding of it, and to persuade them to a free and cheerful consent to it. And when they grew up, he The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 мейд them all write it over severally with their own hands, and very solemnly set their names to it, which he told them he would keep by him, and it should be produced as The following is a collection of teachings that I have accumulated in my personal Bible study and quiet time with the Lord over the years. They are the key poin - 21 a testimony against them, in case they should afterwards depart from God, and turn from following after Him. From the book "The Westminster Shorter Catechism" by James R. Boyd
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