The riches of His free grace cause me daily to triumph over all the temptations of the wicked one, who is very vigilant, and seeks all occasions to disturb me.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon:
Some people like to read so many [Bible] chapters every day. I would not dissuade them from the practice, but I would rather lay my soul as oak in half a dozen verses all day than rinse my hand in several chapters. Oh, to be bathed in a text of Scripture, and to let it be sucked up in your very soul, till it saturates your heart!
A. W. Tozer:
The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His Presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts.
Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
(Psalm 100:1-5 ESV)
We approach Scripture with minds already formed by the mass of accepted opinions and viewpoints with which we have come into contact, in both the Church and the world…It is easy to be unaware that it has happened; it is hard even to begin to realize how profoundly tradition in this sense has molded us.
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV)
In the churches where I have been a member, I have noticed that there seems to always be a group of people who attend church but never seek to become a member. Why is this?
Some say they have had bad experiences in churches where they were formerly members. Others may say they don’t trust the church leadership because human beings are fallible creatures. Perhaps they did not feel that the pastor paid them enough attention. Maybe they were offended by an elder. There are also people who refuse to join because they disagree with one item in the church’s statement of faith. Many simply believe that church membership is not a requirement for Christians. Some do not join because they want to avoid participation in the various church ministries. They may love to hear the pastor preach, but hearing is the limit of their participation in church. Continue reading
J. C. Philpot:
Here is this sin, Save me from it! Here is this snare, Break it to pieces! Here is this lust, Lord, subdue it! Here is this temptation, Deliver me out of it! Here is my proud heart, Lord, humble it! Here is my unbelieving heart, Take it away and give me faith—give me submission to Your mind and will. Take me as I am with all my sin and shame and work in me everything well pleasing in Your sight!