“If men, before they committed a sin, would but sit down and rationally consider whether the present gain and sweetness in sin would countervail the loss of a kingdom, I believe it would put them into a cold sweat, and give them check to their unbridled affections. Jacob took Esau by the heel. Look not upon the smiling face of sin, but ‘take it by the heel’. Look at the end of it. It will deprive you of a kingdom, and can anything make amends for that loss ?”
“Assurance should be an antidote to trouble. What though there be but little oil in the cruse, thou art rich in assurance. How sweetly doth the bird sing that knows not where to pick up the next crumb ! and shall they be discontented who have God’s Word to assure them of daily bread, and his love to assure them of heaven ?”
“I would ask these tepid, neutral professing Christians this question – If religion is not a good cause, why did they undertake it at first ? If it is, why do they go about it so faintly ? Why have they no more holy ardour of soul ?
“These persons would gladly go to heaven on a soft bed, but are loath to be carried there in a fiery chariot of zeal. Remember, God will be zealous against those who are not zealous; he provides the fire of hell for those who lack the fire of zeal.”
“Faith can make us as meek as Moses, as patient as Job, as zealous as David. Our soul and life can be embroidered with all kinds of shining graces. When you are on the top of Mount Tabor, comforting your soul in the Lord, and seeking his favour through faith, feasting and banqueting with him as Esther with Ahasuerus, think what to ask him, what enemy you would be rid, such as some great Haman of pride. Consider what grace you need and ask for your portion as Achsah did to Caleb.
“Follow this instruction daily, even though some days you will be more fervent than others, as the Spirit assists you. I do not promise you that you will arrive at perfection, yet as you grow from faith to faith, so shall you grow from strength to strength in his graces, till by degrees you will attain to maturity in Christ.”
“If God should stretch out the golden scepter and say to him, ‘Ask, and it shall be given you—up to half the kingdom,’ he would say, ‘Lord, give me a pure heart! Let my heart have this inscription, Holiness to the Lord. Let my heart be Your temple for You to dwell in. Lord, what would I do in heaven with this unholy heart? What converse could I have with You?’ A gracious soul is so in love with purity that he prizes a pure heart above all blessings.”
“Purity must not only be woven into the heart, but engraved upon the life ! Grace is most beautiful when it shines abroad with its golden beams. The clock has not only its motion within, but the hand moves outside upon the dial. Just so, pureness of heart shows itself upon the dial of the life.”
“It is our heaven to lay many weights and burdens upon Christ. Let him find much employment in his calling with you; for he is such a Friend as delighteth to be burdened with suits and employments; and the more homely ye be with him, the more welcome.”