The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.
According to my judgement the most important point to be attended to is this: above all things see to
it that your souls are happy in the Lord. Other things may press upon you, the Lord's work may even have
urgent claims upon your attention, but I deliberately repeat, it is of supreme and paramount importance that
you should seek above all things to have your souls truly happy in God Himself! Day by day seek to make this
the most important business of your life. This has been my firm and settled condition for the last five and
thirty years. For the first four years after my conversion I knew not its vast importance, but now
after much experience I specially commend this point to the notice of my younger brethren and sisters in Christ:
the secret of all true effectual service is joy in God, having experimental acquaintance and fellowship with God Himself.
Money is really worth no more than as it can be used to accomplish the Lord's work. Life is worth as much as it is spent for the Lord's service.
I believe in the sun even if it isn't shining. I believe in love even when I am alone. I believe in God even when He is silentBe assured,
if you walk with Him and look to Him, and expect help from Him, He will never fail you.
Laying up treasures in heaven will draw the heart heavenward.
My business is, with all my might to serve my own generation; in doing so
I shall best serve the next generation, should the Lord Jesus tarry... The longer I live, the more
I am enabled to realize that I have but one life to live on earth, and that this one life is but a brief life,
for sowing, in comparison with eternity, for reaping.
After the Lord has tried our faith, he, in the love of His heart, gives us an abundance.
For the glory of His name and for trial of our faith, He allows us to be poor and then graciously supplies our needs.
HOW TO ASCERTAIN THE WILL OF GOD I seek at the beginning to get my heart into such a state that it has no will
of its own in regard to a given matter. Nine-tenths of the trouble with people generally is just here.
Nine-tenths of the difficulties are overcome when our hearts are ready to do the Lord's will, whatever it may be.
When one is truly in this state, it is usually but a little way to the knowledge of what His will is. 2.—Having done this,
I do not leave the result to feeling or simple impression. If so, I make myself liable to great delusions. 3.—I seek the Will
of the Spirit of God through, or in connection with, the Word of God. The Spirit and the Word must be combined. If
I look to the Spirit alone without the Word, I lay myself open to great delusions also. If the Holy Ghost guides us at all,
He will do it according to the Scriptures and never contrary to them. 4.—Next I take into account providential circumstances.
These often plainly indicate God's Will in connection with His Word and Spirit. 5.—I ask God in prayer to reveal His Will to me aright.
6.—Thus, through prayer to God, the study of the Word, and reflection, I come to a deliberate judgment according to the best of
my ability and knowledge, and if my mind is thus at peace, and continues so after two or three more petitions,
I proceed accordingly. In trivial matters, and in transactions involving most important issues, I have found this method always effective.
The vigor of our spiritual life will be in exact proportion to the place held by the Bible in our life and thoughts.
Oh, this is a reality, not a fable, that the Lord Jesus Christ is our friend. And we should not be satisfied till we are brought to this.
When sight ceases, it is the time for faith to work. The greater the difficulties, the easier it is for faith.
As long as human possibilities for success remain, faith does not accomplish things as easily as when all natural prospects fail.
No one ought to expect to see much good resulting from his labors in word, and doctrine, if he is not much given to prayer and meditation.
But in what way shall we attain to this settled happiness of soul? How shall we learn to enjoy God? How obtain such an
all-sufficient soul-satisfying portion in him as shall enable us to let go the things of this world as vain and
worthless in comparison? I answer, This happiness is to be obtained through the study of the Holy Scriptures.
God has therein revealed Himself unto us in the face of Jesus Christ.
The primary business I must attend to every day is to fellowship with the Lord.
The first concern is not how much I might serve the Lord, but how my inner man might be nourished.
The greater the difficulty to be overcome, the more will it be seen to the glory of God how much can be done by prayer and faith.
I live in the spirit of prayer. I pray as I walk about, when I lie down and when I rise up. And the answers are always coming.
The joy which answers to prayer give, cannot be described; and the impetus which they afford to the spiritual life is exceedingly great.
Mr. J. Hudson Taylor well reminds us that while in nature the normal order of growth is from childhood to manhood and so to maturity,
in grace the true development is perpetually backward toward the cradle: we must become and continue as little children, not losing,
but rather gaining, childlikeness of spirit. The disciple's maturest manhood is only the perfection of his childhood. George Müller was
never so really, truly, fully a little child in all his relations to his Father, as when in the ninety-third year of his age.
Let me here add a word of Christian counsel. To enter upon the marriage union is one of the most deeply important events of life.
It cannot be too prayerfully treated. Our happiness, our usefulness, our living for God or for ourselves afterwards,
are often most intimately connected with our choice. Therefore, in the most prayerful manner, this choice should be made. Neither beauty,
nor age, nor money, nor mental powers, should be that which prompt the decision; but 1st, Much waiting upon God for guidance should be used;
2nd, A hearty purpose, to be willing to be guided by Him should be aimed after; 3rd, True godliness without a shadow of doubt, should be
the first and absolutely needful qualification, to a Christian, with regard to a companion for life. In addition to this, however, it ought to be,
at the same time, calmly and patiently weighed, whether, in other respects, there is a suitableness.
Faith does not operate in the realm of the possible. There is no glory for God in that which is humanly possible. Faith begins where man's power ends.
I have reason to believe, from what I have seen among the children of God, that many of their trials arise either from want of confidence in the
Lord as it regards temporal things, or from carrying on their business in an unscriptural way.
The preacher cannot know the particular state of the various individuals who compose the congregation, nor what they require, but the Lord knows it;
and if the preacher renounces his own wisdom, he will be assisted by the Lord; but if he will choose in his own wisdom, then let
him not be surprised if he should see little benefit result from his labors.
One who would work with God must first wait on Him and wait for Him, and that all undue haste in such a matter is worse than waste.
An idol of the mind is as offensive to God as an idol of the handHe did not of course expect God to create gold and silver and put
them into his hands. He knew, however, that God could incline the hearts of men to aid him, and he believed, if the thing that he
attempted was of Him, that he would so incline them, in answer to prayer, as his necessities should require.
Would the believer, therefore, have his faith strengthened, he must especially, give time to God, who tries his faith in order to
prove to His child, in the end, how willing He is to help and deliver him, the moment it is good for him.
The more I am in a position to be tried in faith with reference to my body, my family, my service for the Lord, my business, etc.,
the more shall I have opportunity of seeing God's help and deliverance; and every fresh instance, in which He helps and delivers me,
will tend towards the increase of my faith.
The more we know of God, the happier we are… . When we became a little acquainted with God … our true happiness … commenced;
and the more we become acquainted with him, the more truly happy we become. What will make us so exceedingly happy in heaven?
It will be the fuller knowledge of God.
Only by using faith are we kept from practically losing it, and, on the contrary, to use faith is to lose the unbelief that hinders God's mighty acts.
For when it pleased the Lord in Aug. 1829, to bring me really to the Scriptures, my life and walk became very different.
And though even since that I have very much fallen short of what I might and ought to be, yet, by the grace of God,
I have been enabled to live much nearer to Him than before.
I came to England weak in body, and, in consequence of much study, as I suppose, I was taken ill on May 15, and was soon,
at least in my own estimation, apparently beyond recovery. The weaker I became in body, the happier I was in spirit. Never
in my whole life had I seen myself so vile, so guilty, so altogether what I ought not to have been, as at this time.
It was as if every sin of which I had been guilty was brought to my remembrance; but at the same time I could realize that all my
sins were completely forgiven—that I was washed and made clean, completely clean, in the blood of Jesus. The result of this was great peace.
I longed exceedingly to depart and be with Christ. When my medical attendant came to see me, my prayer was something like this:
“Lord, Thou knowest that he does not know what is for my real welfare, therefore do Thou direct him.” When I took my medicine, my hearty
prayer each time was something like this: “Lord, Thou knowest that this medicine is in itself nothing, no more than as if I were to take a
little water. Now please, O Lord, to let it produce the effect which is for my real welfare, and for Thy glory. Let me either be taken soon to
Thyself, or let me be soon restored; let me be ill for a longer time, and then taken to Thyself, or let me be ill for a longer time, and
then restored. O Lord, do with me as seemeth Thee best!
As godliness increases the sense of ungodliness becomes more acute, and so feelings never accurately gauge real assimilation to God.
We shall seem worst in our own eyes when in His we are best, and conversely.