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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People who do not know the Lord ask why in the world we waste our lives as missionaries. They forget that they too are expending their lives… and when the bubble has burst, they will have nothing of eternal significance to show for the years they have wasted.

Nate Saint, missionary martyr

A man may be said to be given to covetousness when he takes more pains for getting earth than for getting heaven.

Thomas Watson

There are two sins which were Christ’s sorest enemies–covetousness and envy. Covetousness sold Christ and envy delivered Him.

Thomas Manton, The Complete Works of Thomas Manton, D.D.: With a Memoir of the Author, Volume 4, pg. 303

He that would know what willful sin is, with the thought that he is safe, as long as he keeps from that extreme, deceives himself. The only sure way of being kept from willful sin is to keep far from all sin…. O Christian! here is thy only safety: launch out into the deep of full obedience to all the will of God; keep far from all sin, and thou shalt be kept from willful sinning.

Andrew Murray, The Holiest of All, pg 403





The world can create trouble in peace, but God can create peace in trouble.

Thomas Watson





The existence of creation cries out, “behold your God”. Why is something here rather than nothing? From where did the first particle come? From where did life come? Man without God has no explanation. Fools they are who say evolution and chance. You might as likely throw letters in the air and then pick up a dictionary.

Bob Jennings, Romans Commentary: Reasons For Wrath (Chapter 13)

Is the Bible the Word of God? Then be sure you never read it without fervent prayer for the help and teaching of the Holy Spirit. Here is the rock on which many make shipwreck. They do not ask for wisdom and instruction, so they find the Bible dark, and carry nothing away from it. You should pray for the Spirit to guide you into all truth. You should beg the Lord Jesus Christ to “open your understanding,” as He did that of the His disciples. The Lord God, by His inspiration the book was written, keeps the keys of the book, and alone can enable you to understand it profitably.

J. C. Ryle, Reading the Bible Supernaturally, pg. 194

The popular idea is that this world is real, exciting, and fulfilling, but the next world to come is not real or fulfilling. But the Bible teaches just the opposite, that it is this world that is vague, unfulfilling, and ultimately not real, and the next world of eternity is what is exciting, fulfilling, and real.

Douglas Taylor

Beloved, I think many of us think that we’re men or women, but by how we handle our differences in our local churches, we’re proving to still be children.

Jesse Barrington, Sermon: Preserving Unity Through Love

I bear my witness that the worst days I have ever had, have turned out to be my best days! And when God has seemed most unfriendly to me, He has then been most kind. If there is anything in this world for which I would bless Him more than for anything else, it is for pain and affliction. I am sure that in these things, the richest tenderest love has been manifested to me.

C. H. Spurgeon

The nonsense of slaying a congregation in the Spirit by the breath of one’s mouth and the sweep of one’s coat may have something to do with crowd psychology but little with New Testament unction.

Tony Sargent, The Sacred Anointing





Anticipated sorrows are harder to bear than real ones, because Christ does not support us under them.

Edward Payson, The Complete Works of Edward Payson, V1, pg. 534

As the eye which has gazed at the sun, cannot immediately discern any other object; as the man who has been accustomed to behold the ocean, turns with contempt from a stagnant pool, so the mind which has contemplated eternity, overlooks and despises the things of time.

Edward Payson, Complete Works V1, pg. 535





I have given God countless reasons not to love me. None of them has been strong enough to change Him.

Paul Washer, Twitter, 31 Jul 2013





It is not great talents God blesses so much as great likeness to Jesus. A holy minister is an awful weapon in the hand of God.

Robert Murray M’Cheyne
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