1. A man can counterfeit love, he can counterfeit faith, he can counterfeit hope and all the other graces, but it is very difficult to counterfeit humility.
2. Character is what you are in the dark.
3. If you take care of your character; your reputation will take care of itself.
4. Happiness is caused by things that happen around me, and circumstances will mar it;but joy flows right on through trouble; joy flows on through the dark; joy flowsin the night as well as in the day; joy flows all through persecution and opposition. It is an unceasing fountain bubbling up in the heart; a secret spring the world can’t see and doesn’t know anything about. The Lord gives his people perpetual joy when they walk in obedience to him.
5. Joy is love exalted; peace is love in repose; long-suffering is love enduring; gentleness is love in society; goodness is love in action; faith is love on the battlefield; meekness is love in school; and temperance is love in training.
6. The world does not understand theology or dogma, but it understands love and sympathy.
7. If we have got the true love of God shed abroad in our hearts, we will show it in our lives. We will not have to go up and down the earth proclaiming it. We will show it in everything we say or do.
8. The tendency of the world is down—God’s path is up.
9. Never think that Jesus commanded a trifle, nor dare to trifle with anything he has commanded.
10. Obedience means marching right on whether we feel like it or not. Many times we go against our feelings. Faith is one thing, feeling is another.
11. A great many people are trying to make peace, but that has already been done. God has not left it for us to do; all we have to do is to enter into it.
12. Careful for nothing, prayerful for everything, thankful for anything.
13. Prayer does not mean that you are to bring God down to your thoughts and your purposes, and bend his government according to your foolish, silly, and sometimes sinful notions. Prayer means that you are to be raised up into feeling, into union and design with him; that you are to enter into his counsel and carry out his purpose fully.
14. Some people think God does not like to be troubled with our constant coming and asking. The way to trouble God is not to come at all.
15. The Christian on his knees sees more than the philosopher on tiptoe.
16. God sends no one away empty except those who are full of themselves.
17. Small numbers make no difference to God. There is nothing small if God is in it.
18. If a man gets drunk and goes out and breaks his leg so that it must be amputated, God will forgive him if he asks it, but he will have to hop around on one leg all his life.
19. Man is born with his face turned away from God. When he truly repents, he is turned right round toward God; he leaves his old life.
20. Salvation is worth working for. It is worth a man’s going round the world on his hands and knees, climbing its mountains, crossing its
valleys, swimming its rivers, going through all manner of hardship in order to attain it. But we do not get it in that way. It is to him who
21. Satan exists for two reasons: first, the Bible says so; and second, we have done business with him.
22. You will have more trouble with yourself than with any other man you ever met.
23. God has nothing to say to the self-righteous.
24. When a man has no strength, if he leans on God, he becomes powerful.
25. When God wants to move a mountain, he does not take a bar of iron, but he takes a little worm. The fact is, we have too much strength.
26. We are not weak enough. It is not our strength that we want. One drop of God’s strength is worth more than all the world.
27. Temptations are like tramps. Treat them kindly, and they will return bringing others with them.
28. Temptations are never so dangerous as when they come to us in a religious garb.
29. If you walk with the world, you can’t walk with God.
30. Some people go back into the past and rake up all the troubles they ever had, and then they look into the future and anticipate that they
will have still more trouble, and then they go reeling and staggering all through life.
31. Attitudes determine our actions, for good or bad.
32. Sin will keep you from the Bible or the Bible will keep you from sin.
33 Those who say they will forgive but can’t forget, bury the hatchet, but they leave the handle out for immediate use.
34. Take courage. We walk in the wilderness today and in the Promised Land tomorrow.
35. Give me a person who says, “This one thing I do, and not these fifty things I dabble in.”
36. If you pray for bread and bring no basket to carry it, you prove the doubting spirit, which may be the only hindrance to the boon you ask.
37. More depends on my walk than talk.
38. I prayed for faith and thought that some day faith would come down and strike me like lightning. But faith did not seem to come. One day I read in the tenth chapter of Romans, “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” I had up to this time closed my Bible and prayed for faith. I now opened my Bible and began to study, and faith has been growing ever since.
39. You may find hundreds of faultfinders among professed Christians; but all their criticism will not lead one solitary soul to Christ.
40. But I have lived long enough to discover that there is nothing perfect in this world. If you are to wait till you find a perfect preacher, or perfect meetings, I am afraid you will have to wait till the millennium arrives. What we want is to be looking up to Christ. Let us be done with faultfinding.
41. The beginning of greatness is to be little; the increase of greatness is to be less; the perfection of greatness is to be nothing.