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If the Gospel is believed, it will bring peace

April 8, 2013 1 comment

fullerI am well aware, that the great concern of persons in your situation, is to obtain peace of mind; and any thing which promises to afford this, attracts your attention. If this Gospel be believed with all your heart, it will give you peace. This is the good and the old way; walk in it and you shall find rest for your soul, but it is not everything which promises peace, that will ultimately afford it. It is at our peril to offer you other consolation, and at yours to receive it.

Rev. Andrew Fuller–The Great Question Answered

The way of true happiness can only be taught by the Spirit of God

December 11, 2012 Leave a comment

“Teach me, O LORD, the way of Thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end” (Psa.119:33). We lost the way of true happiness when we fell in Adam, and ever since men have wandered up and down vainly seeking rest and satisfaction: “They are all gone out of the way” (Rom. 3:12). Nor can any man discover the way of holiness and happiness of himself: he must be taught it spiritually and super-naturally by God. Such teaching is earnestly desired by the regenerate, for they have been made painfully conscious of their perversity and insufficiency: “Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a man” (Prov. 30:2) is their confession. It is by Divine and inward teaching that we are stirred into holy activity: “I will keep it”—that which is inwrought by the Spirit is outwrought by us. Thereby our final perseverance is accomplished: “I will keep it to the end”—because effectually taught of Jehovah.

Arthur W. Pink—Studies in the Scriptures April, 1937 The Spirit Preserving

The Christian Tenets Seem but Paradoxes to the World

The tenets of [the Christian life] seem paradoxes to carnal men; as first, that a Christian is the only freeman, and other men are slaves; that he is the only rich man, though never so poor in the world; that he is the only beautiful man, though outwardly never so deformed; that he is the only happy man in the midst of all his miseries.

Richard Sibbes

Concerning our Rejoicing before God

February 24, 2012 Leave a comment

It is pleasing to God whenever thou rejoicest or laughest from the bottom of thy heart.

Martin Luther (1483-1546)

 

Concerning God’s Providence

It is the great support and solace of the saints in all the distresses that befall them here, that there is a wise Spirit sitting in all the wheels of motion, and governing the most eccentric creatures and their most pernicious designs to blessed and happy issues.

John Flavel

 

Struggling Against the Devil

September 30, 2011 Leave a comment

In this sort of temptation and struggle, contempt is the best and easiest method of winning over the devil. Laugh your adversary to scorn and ask who it is with whom you are talking. But by all means flee solitude, for the devil watches and lies in wait for you most of all when you are alone. This devil is conquered by mocking and despising him, not by resisting and arguing with him. Therefore, Jerome, joke and play games with your wife and others. In this way you will drive out your diabolical thoughts and take courage

Be of good courage, therefore, and cast these dreadful thoughts out of your mind. Whenever the devil pesters you with these thoughts, at once seek out the company of men, drink more, joke and jest, or engage in some other form of merriment. Sometimes it is necessary to drink a little more, play, jest, or even commit some infraction in defiance and contempt of the devil in order not to give him an opportunity to make us scrupulous about trifles. We shall be overcome if we worry too much about falling into some sin.

Accordingly if the devil should say, “Do not drink,” you should reply to him, “On this very account, because you forbid it, I shall drink, and what is more, I shall drink a generous amount.” Thus one must always do the opposite of that which Satan prohibits. What do you think is my reason for drinking wine undiluted, talking freely, and eating more often, if it is not to torment and vex the devil who made up his mind to torment and vex me.

Martin Luther

Afflictions Compared to Glory

September 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Afflictions are light when compared with what we really deserve. They are light when compared with the sufferings of the Lord Jesus. But perhaps their real lightness is best seen by comparing them with the weight of glory which is awaiting us.

Arthur W. Pink

Will we be Happy in Heaven, with our Loved One in Hell?

Can the believing husband in Heaven be happy with his unbelieving wife in Hell? Can the believing father in Heaven be happy with his unbelieving children in Hell? Can the loving wife in Heaven be happy with her unbelieving husband in Hell? I tell you, yea! Such will be their sense of justice that it will increase rather than diminish their bliss.

Jonathan Edwards

 

True Happiness

The happiness of the creature consists in rejoicing in God, by which also God is magnified and exalted.

Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)

 

Concerning the Glories of Heaven

For though we very truly hear that the kingdom of God will be filled with splendour, joy, happiness and glory, yet when these things are spoken of, they remain utterly remote from our perception, and as it were, wrapped in obscurities, until that day when he will reveal to us his glory, that we may behold it face to face.

John Calvin (1509-1564)