Every Christian here is either a missionary or an impostor.
– Charles H. Spurgeon
From his Sermon of Reminiscence,
in the March 1873 Sword and Trowel
Abide hard by the Cross, and search the mysteries of His wounds.
(from Morning & Evening Devotions, January 4, morning)
Better for the judge to see my innocence than for me to think I see it.
(from Morning & Evening Devotions, January 5, evening)
Under the greenest sods worms hide themselves; we need not look long to discover them.
(from Morning & Evening Devotions, January 8, morning)
Be thou ever one of those whose manners are Christian, whose speech is like the Nazarene, whose conduct and conversation are so redolent of heaven, that all who see you may know that you are the Savior’s, recognizing in you His features of love and His countenance of holiness.”
(from Morning & Evening Devotions, January 12, morning)
Dumb children are an affliction to their parents. Lord, unloose all Thy children’s tongues.
(from Morning & Evening Devotions, January 12, evening)
Idleness and luxury and the devil’s jackals, and find him abundant prey. In stagnant waters noxious creatures swarm, and neglected soil soon yields a dense tangle of weeds and briars. Oh for the constraining love of Jesus to keep us active and useful!
(from Morning & Evening Devotions, January 17, evening)
Grace is the mother and nurse of holiness, and not the apologist of sin.
(from Morning & Evening Devotions, January 25, evening)
It is not enough to hear about Jesus: mere hearing may tune the harp, but fingers of living faith must create the music.
(from Morning & Evening Devotions, January 28, evening)
A saint never yet had a virtue or a grace which was not the target for hellish bullets: whether it was hope bright and sparkling, or love warm and fervent, or patience all-enduring, or zeal flaming like coals of fire, the old enemy of everything that is good has tried to destroy it. The only reason why anything virtuous or lovely survives in us is this, ‘the Lord is there.’
(from Morning & Evening Devotions, February 17, evening)
His (the Lord’s) sword of justice is in its scabbard, held down by that pierced hand of love which bled for the sins of men. ‘The Lord is slow to anger,’ because He is GREAT IN POWER (Nahum 1:3). He is truly great in power who hath power over himself. When God’s power doth restrain Himself, then it is power indeed: the power that binds omnipotence is omnipotence surpassed.
(from Morning & Evening Devotions, February 22, evening)
I once thought if I might but get the broken meat at God’s back door of grace I should be satisfied; like the woman who said, “The dogs eat of the crumbs that fall from the master’s table;” but no child of God is ever served with scraps and leavings…
(from Morning & Evening Devotions, March 4, evening)
How constantly our Master used the title, the “Son of man!” Jesus loved manhood so much, that He delighted to honor it; and since it is a high honor, and indeed, the greatest dignity of manhood, that Jesus is the Son of man, He is wont to display this name, that He may as it were hang royal stars upon the breast of manhood, and show forth the love of God to Abraham’s seed.
(from Morning & Evening Devotions, March 25, evening)
Like the debts of the wounded traveler, Jesus, like the good Samaritan, has said of all my future sinfulness, “Set that to My account.”
(from Morning & Evening Devotions, April 13, evening)
(Jesus) cannot be glorified without His bride.
(from Morning & Evening Devotions, April 22, morning)
Faith is as precious to die by as to live by.
(from Morning & Evening Devotions, May 2, evening)
When Jesus manifests Himself to His people, it is heaven on earth; it is paradise in embryo; it is bliss begun.
(from Morning & Evening Devotions, May 12, morning)
As the King can never die, so His grace can never fail.
(from Morning & Evening Devotions, May 16, morning)
For many fell dead, because the war was God’s. (I Chronicles 5:22)
The Lord saves not by many nor by few; it is ours to go forth in Jehovah’s name if we be but a handful of men, for the Lord of Hosts is with us for our Captain. They did not neglect buckler, and sword, and bow, neither did they place their trust in these weapons: We must all use fitting means, but our confidence must rest in the Lord alone, for He is the sword and the shield of His people. The great reason of their extraordinary success lay in the fact that ‘the war was God’s.’ Beloved, in fighting with sin, without and within, with error doctrinal or practical, with spiritual wickedness in high places or low places, with devils and the devil’s allies, you are waging Jehovah’s was, and unless He Himself can be worsted, you need not fear defeat… …With steadfast foot, strong hand, dauntless heart, and flaming zeal, rush to the conflict, and the hosts of evil shall fly like chaff before the gale.
(from Morning & Evening Devotions, June 8, morning)
We fear not God because of any compulsion; our faith is no fetter, our profession is no bondage, we are not dragged to holiness, nor driven to duty. No, our piety is our pleasure, our hope is our happiness, our duty is our delight.
(from Morning & Evening Devotions, June 14, morning)
If Christ be anything He must be everything.
(from Morning & Evening Devotions, June 28, evening)
If I were considering a man’s promise, I should carefully consider the ability and the character of the man who had covenanted with me. So with the promise of God; my eye must not be so much fixed upon the greatness of the mercy – that may stagger me; as upon the greatness of the Promiser – that would cheer me.
(from Morning & Evening Devotions, July 27, morning)
Speak to a friend about his soul; your loving appeal will have more influence than a whole library of tracts.
(from Morning & Evening Devotions, July 28 evening)
The New Jerusalem (ed., the New Testament church) must… be surrounded and preserved by a broad wall of nonconformity to the world, and separation from its customs and spirit. The tendency of these days is to break down the holy barrier, and make the distinction between the church and the world merely nominal.
(from Morning & Evening Devotions, August 20 evening)
You will never find true faith unattended by true Godliness; on the other hand, you will never discover a truly holy life which has not for its root a living faith upon the righteousness of Christ. Woe unto those who seek after the one without the other!
(from Morning & Evening Devotions, September 18, morning)
(G)race and glory always go together… The Lord will never deny a soul glory to whom He has freely given to live upon His grace; indeed, glory is nothing more than grace in its Sabbath dress, grace in full bloom, grace like autumn fruit, mellow and perfected.
(from Morning & Evening Devotions, October 1, evening)
Christ will be all or nothing. God fills the whole universe, and hence there is no room for another god; if, then, He reigns in my heart, there will be no space for another reigning power.
(from Morning & Evening Devotions, November 14, morning)
The cross must be carried before the crown can be won.
(from Morning & Evening Devotions, November 14, evening)
A Christian can die, but he cannot deny the truth.
(from Morning & Evening Devotions, November 28, morning)
You need not fret concerning the weakness of the church of God at any moment; there may be growing up in obscurity the valiant reformer who will shake the nations: Chrysostoms may come forth from our Ragged Schools, and Augustines from the thickest darkness of London’s poverty. The Lord knows where to find His servants. He has in ambush a multitude of mighty men, and at His word they shall start up to the battle; “for the battle is the Lord’s,” and He shall get to Himself the victory. Let us abide faithful to Christ, and He, in the right time, will raise up for us a defense, whether it be in the day of our personal need, or in the season of peril to His Church.
(from Morning & Evening Devotions, December 5, evening)
On baptism: (I)t is a sweet sign of a humble and broken heart, when the child of God is willing to obey a command which is not essential to his salvation, which is not forced upon him by a selfish fear of condemnation, but is a simple act of obedience and of communion with his Master.
(from Morning & Evening Devotions, December 10, evening)
The shop, the barn, the scullery, and the smithy become temples when men and women do all to the glory of God!
(from Morning & Evening Devotions, December 11, evening)
(I)t is not might alone which gives stability; God’s ways are the manifestation of the eternal principles of right, and therefore can never pass away. Wrong breeds decay and involves ruin, but the true and the good have about them a vitality which ages cannot diminish.
(from Morning & Evening Devotions, December 12, morning)
The law was a dispensation of terror, which drove men before it as with a scourge; the Gospel draws with bands of love. Jesus is the good Shepherd going before His sheep, bidding them follow Him, and ever leading them onwards with the sweet word, ‘Come.’ The law repels, the Gospel attracts. The law shows the distance which there is between God and man; the Gospel bridges that awful chasm and brings the sinner across it.
(from Morning & Evening Devotions, December 16, morning)
Let the oldest saint look well to the fundamentals of his piety, for grey heads may cover black hearts: and let not the young professor despise the word of warning, for the greenness of youth may be joined to the rottenness of hypocrisy.
(from Morning & Evening Devotions, December 18, evening)
Let us reverently bow before the Holy Child whose innocence restores to manhood its ancient glory; and let us pray that He may be formed in us, the hope of glory.
(from Morning & Evening Devotions, December 25, morning)
He who has the friendship of the world is the enemy of God; but if you are true and faithful to the Most High, men will resent your unflinching fidelity, since it is a testimony against their iniquities. Fearless of all consequences, you must do the right. You will need the courage of a lion unhesitatingly to pursue a course which shall turn your best friend into your fiercest foe; but for the love of Jesus you must thus be courageous. For the truth’s sake to hazard reputation and affection, is such a deed that to do it constantly you will need a degree of moral principle which only the Spirit of God can work in you; yet turn not your back like a coward, but play the man. Follow right manfully in your Master’s steps, for He has traversed this rough way before you. Better a brief warfare and eternal rest, than false peace and everlasting torment.
(from Morning & Evening Devotions, December 28, evening)