These inspirational and challenging Christian quotes are extracted from books and sermons by godly believers that we hope will challenge and encourage you as you run this race for the Lord Jesus. (For sharing the quotes that are in the image format, you can download them by clicking on the image.)
I am not afraid of being charged, as I frequently am, of trying to frighten you, for I am definitely trying to do so. If the wondrous love of God in Christ Jesus and the hope of glory is not sufficient to attract you, then, such is the value I attach to the worth of your soul, I will do my utmost to alarm you with a sight of the terrors of Hell.
Christians might avoid much trouble and inconvenience if they would only believe what they profess, that God is able to make them happy without anything else. They imagine that if such a dear friend were to die, or if such blessings were to be removed, they would be miserable, whereas God can make them a thousand times happier without them. To mention my own case, God has been depriving me of one blessing after another (he was on his death bed when he wrote this), but as each one was removed He has come in and filled its place. And now, when I am a cripple and not able to move, I am happier than ever I was in my life before or ever expected to be; and if I had believed this twenty years ago I might have been spared much anxiety.
Pride in the preacher?… What’s the problem? First, unbelief and subtle insecurity cause him to promote himself. He is afraid someone else will get the credit and the honor and threaten his position. But the Christian minister ought to ask himself, “Has God put me here or not?” If so, he can afford to take the low position, for he is secure with God.
Listen brethren, your conclusions about Scripture are not infallible, your rationale deductions and principles that you draw from Scripture, are not equal to Scripture. When you begin to draw principles from Scripture and enforce them on other people, your beginning to get on ground that is not safe.
“Love is a plant of heavenly origin. The unconsecrated heart cannot originate or produce it. It is found only in the heart where Jesus reigns.”
The law of Christ is superior to every other revelation of law because it flows from His “new commandment” that we are to “loved as He loved.” This Christlike love embodies and fulfills the essence of the law and gives us the highest revelation of man’s duty imaginable… It can only be fulfilled in our lives as Christ Himself in the Person of the Holy Spirit, lives His life through us.
The godly man confesses his vulnerability. He does not foolishly trust in his own strength or the strength of his allies. He well knows if he draws not his help from God there will be “none to deliver.” He makes the confession of the redeemed who, apart from the love of Christ, are “accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
The psalmist finds himself in a position we all commonly share at times. He is being slandered. His words and actions have been misrepresented and his character maligned… while affirming his innocence, he does not fail to consider the possibility of truth in the allegations against him. If we would be honest, then we have nothing to fear from objective examination.
So what does it mean to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God? It’s not just “I love His teachings and I follow Him.” It is this: I have nothing, I have no righteousness, I have no hope, except what God did for me on Calvary, and in the resurrection of Christ from the dead. That is my hope.
We are talking about people who have been made to believe they are lost and who cannot get saved. Even though some of them lack no evidence in Christian fruit, they are denied assurance because their experience seems faulty to the introspectionists. Accepting the condemnation of their tormentors, they try to repent more and to get saved.…and get absolutely nowhere!
It is not our physical labors that tire us most. It is more the anxiety and stress we build up in trying to get something done. It is the fear that it will not turn out right, that others will out-do us, that we will suffer loss. To unload ourselves from such burdens as these is rest indeed.
One of the worst forms of Isolationism is the “One Man Empire.” Often it begins something like this: A preacher notes a weakness, an ignoring of certain truths, an error being practiced by the established churches. He takes this opportunity to begin to draw followers to himself, pointing out that he is the only one teaching the truth. All others are in obvious error. If he is a skilled orator, especially good at polemics… cutting down and ridiculing his opponents, and a good promoter, he can quickly gather a following from those who have been disillusioned, disgusted, starved or embittered by their previous religious affiliations.