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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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

The aim of Satanic power is to cut off communication with God. To accomplish this aim he deludes the soul with a sense of defeat, covers him with a thick cloud of darkness, depresses and oppresses the spirit, which in turn hinders prayer and leads to unbelief—thus destroying all power (instead of seeing Hebrews 11:1).

J. O. Fraser, Behind the Ranges (p.157)

I have given way to discouragement, dark discouragement, far too much in the past. Now I know rather better, and thoroughly agree with the assertion, “all discouragement is of the devil.” Discouragement is to be resisted just like sin. To give way to one is just as bad and weakens us as much as to give way to the other.

J. O. Fraser, Behind the Ranges (p.97)

England’s war in the Sudan cost more in men and money a hundred times than all missions to Moslems in the past century! Yet the former was only to put down a Moslem usurper by fire and sword; the latter represents the effort of Christendom to convert over two hundred millions of those who are in the darkness of Islam.

Samuel M. Zwemer, Biography of Raymund Lull, pg 149-150

Grace puts its hand on the boasting mouth, and shuts it once for all.

Charles Spurgeon

Praying without faith is like trying to cut with a blunt knife—much labor expended to little purpose. For the work accomplished by labor in prayer depends on our faith: “According to your faith,” not labor, “be it unto you.”

J.O. Fraser, Behind the Ranges, pg. 113

Hell is full of people who hardened their hearts while they still had time to repent and believe in Christ. Hell is full of people who hardened their hearts because they thought they had plenty of time or thought they would come to Christ at another time. Hell is full of people who would not harden their hearts if they only had the opportunity you have​​ right now.​ Hell is full of people who would give the world if they could have one more opportunity, as you do, to respond to the gospel. Hell is full of people who cry out in agreement with Hebrews 4:7, to those who are outside of Christ, “Today if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.

Donald S. Whitney, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, pg. 148





Let us fight bravely against all the trials of this brief life, confident that our Lord will uphold us by his power until we have fully overcome.

John Calvin

The cosmic sweep of God’s redemption is all centered in Christ, whom we know and love. The petty dreams of earth’s little tyrants shrivel before the majesty of the kingdom of God…

Edmund Clowney, The Message of 1 Peter
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