Challenging Christian Quotes

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.)

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Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
And when I am dying, how happy I’ll be,
If the lamp of my life has been burned out for Thee.

Come, my soul, thy suit prepare,
Jesus loves to answer prayer;
He Himself has bid thee pray,
Therefore will not say thee nay.
Thou art coming to a King,
Large petitions with thee bring;
For His grace and power are such
None can ever ask too much.

John Newton, Hymn: Come, My Soul, Thy Suit Prepare

So some things are camels–major, weighty matters with God; other things are gnats–relatively trivial; and then other things are nothing–they will never be asked of us at the judgment seat. We need to discern then what are camels and gnats and nothings and thus do business in the kingdom accordingly.

Bob Jennings, Bob Jennings on 5.29.1992 from a newspaper article, “Camels, Gnats and Nothings”

If you would not be taken by any of Satan’s devices, then walk by rule of the Word of God. (Prov. 12:24; Gal. 6:16) He who walks by rule, walks most safely; he who walks by rule, walks most honorably; he who walks by rule, walks most sweetly. When men throw off the Word, then God throws them off, and then Satan takes them by the hand, and leads them into snares at his pleasure. He who thinks himself too good to be ruled by the Word, will be found too bad to be owned by God; and if God does not, or will not own him—Satan will by his stratagems overthrow him. Those who keep to the rule, shall be kept in the hour of temptation. ‘Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth.’ (Rev. 3:10)

Thomas Brooks

Let a man go to the grammar school of faith and repentance, before he goes to the university of election and predestination.

John Bradford

I trust we are of the same seed, and shall at last stand before the same throne for ever; and who knows but we shall first be tied to the same stake, and ascend up in the same chariot. Let us not then quarrel, though we can’t see alike.

Howell Harris to John Wesley, Daniel Rowland pg. 92

The pride of preachers of the Word, in wanting a name for themselves alive and after their death, is the cause of attracting men to themselves, rather than to the Lord of the harvest. Men are so prone to make idols of one another… and ordinary people, when they hear a good orator, and have but a little taste of his doctrine, are ready to set him up as a Herod of old, in the place of God; then his heart is so taken with this promotion, and with the people’s allegiance, that he begins to boast of, and flaunt this new name which he wishes to perpetuate, and which others readily ascribe to him. This new sect both he and they conclude is better than all those old sleepy sects whose names have rusted.

William Williams, Daniel Rowland, pg 6

Meditation puts the telescope to the eye, and enables us to see Jesus after a better sort than we could have seen him if we had lived in the days of his flesh. Would that our conversation were more in heaven, and that we were more taken up with the person, the work, the beauty of our incarnate Lord.

C. H. Spurgeon, The Beautiful King

Tried faith brings experience. You could not have believed your own weakness had you not been compelled to pass through the rivers; and you would never have known God’s strength had you not been supported amid the water-floods. Faith increases in solidity, assurance, and intensity, the more it is exercised with tribulation. Faith is precious, and its trial is precious too.

Charles Spurgeon

Ask God for anything, but let Him judge as to the manner, measure, and timing of the giving.

Andrew Bonar

One of the awful things about pride is that it deceives us; we may think we are serving God and others, but in reality we are serving ourselves only.

Alexander Strauch, Biblical Eldership pg. 92

In 1866, Hudson Taylor and his family were about to leave England and head back to China for fresh labor. Some said it was foolish business. “I am taking my children with me,” was Mr. Taylor’s reply, “and I notice that it is not difficult for me to remember that the little ones need breakfast in the morning, dinner at midday, and something before they go to bed at night. Indeed, I could not forget it. And I find it impossible to suppose that our heavenly Father is less tender or mindful that I.”

Hudson Taylor

If your Lord calls you to suffering, do not be dismayed, for He will provide a deeper portion of Christ in your suffering.

Samuel Rutherford

My business is, with all my might to serve my own generation; in so I shall best serve the next generation, should the Lord Jesus tarry…. The longer I live, the more I am enabled to realize that I have but one life to live on earth, and that this one life is but a brief life, for sowing, in comparison with eternity, for reaping.

George Müller, George Müller of Bristol, pg 431

If God be just, I, a sinner, alone and without a substitute, must be punished; but Jesus stands in my stead and is punished for me; and now, if God be just, I, a sinner, standing in Christ, can never be punished.

Charles Spurgeon
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