Men who can drop their faith in the day of real emergency have never been really held by it. That is surely true; men who can drop their faith like a handkerchief have never known their faith as a strong and vital defense. . . . If our faith has ever meant anything vital, it will be as difficult to drop it as to drop our skin.
Alexander Maclaren (1826-1910) on 1 Corinthians 16.13
Christians must long to draw closer to God. If we are quenching our thirst at forbidden fountains, we have no reason to expect God to be satisfying. If we are not nourished by the bread from heaven, we will satiate ourselves with crumbs from the world. Once we have become addicted to the world’s nourishment, our appetite for God is spoiled.
Erwin Lutzer, Pastor to Pastor (Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 1998), 82.
The moment things go wrong . . . then you will know exactly the value of what you claim to believe.
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981)
Believe God’s word and power more than you believe your own feelings and experiences. Your Rock is Christ, and it is not the Rock which ebbs and flows, but your sea.
Samuel Rutherford (1600-1661)
To wait on God is to live a life of desire toward Him, delight in Him, dependence on Him, and devotedness to Him.
Matthew Henry (1662-1714)
Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.
Martin Luther (1483-1546)
Be patient enough to live one day at a time as Jesus taught us, letting yesterday go and leaving tomorrow until it arrives.
John Newton (1725 – 1807)
The modern world will accept no dogmas upon any authority; but it will accept any dogmas on no authority.
G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)