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"Remember dear saints, the day the Lord took you by the hand. O what moved Him to take you and command your chains to fall off? Admire the matchless love that brought you out of wrath. He brought you into His palace on the day you might have been led forth to execution. Be wholly His and do not think lightly of sin."
Thomas Boston
Human Nature In Its Fourfold State

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"Adam had the ability to keep the whole law, but he lost it by his own fault. Consider the infinite obligation we now lie under to Christ, who with his own precious blood has bought our freedom, and freely offers everlasting security that can never be lost again."

For never was any wound healed by a prepared, but unapplied plaister. Never any body warmed by the most costly garment made, but not put on: Never any heart refreshed and comforted by the richest cordial compounded, but not received: Nor from the beginning of the world was it ever known, that a poor deceived, condemned, polluted, miserable sinner, was actually delivered out of that woeful state, until of God, Christ was made unto him, wisdom and righteousness, sanctification and redemption.

John Flavel

I wish the reader to understand that as often as we mention Faith alone in this question, we are not thinking of a dead faith, which worketh not by love, but holding faith to be the only cause of justification. (Galatians 5:6; Romans 3:22.) It is therefore faith alone which justifies, and yet the faith which justifies is not alone: just as it is the heat alone of the sun which warms the earth, and yet in the sun it is not alone, because it is constantly conjoined with light.

John Calvin

A Heaven-Sent Feast

A special means to be set forth,
an invitation from the north.
A table spread, His saints bid come,
to commune with the Everlasting One.

Jesus the One whose body broken,
provides to us His sweet love token.
Blood poured out when crucified,
purchased sinners for whom He died.

To do this in remembrance of Him,
my preparations yet filled with sin.
He calls us to look not on self,
But gaze on Him for our soul's dear health.

To eat the bread and drink the wine,
may we praise His Triune name divine.
And walk away, our faith made strong,
all our days 'til He brings us home.

“…We may observe the proper use and value of the preaching of the Gospel, which is the great instrument by which the Holy Spirit opens the blind eyes. Like the rod of Moses, it owes all its efficacy to the appointment and promise of God. Ministers cannot be too earnest in the discharge of their office; it behooves them to use all diligence to find out acceptable words, and to proclaim the whole counsel of God. Yet when they have done all, they have done nothing, unless their word is accompanied to the heart by the power and demonstration of the Spirit.”

“Without this blessing, an apostle might labor in vain: but it shall be in a measure afforded to all who preach the truth in love, in simplicity, and in all humble dependence upon Him who alone can give success. This in a great measure puts all faithful ministers on a level, notwithstanding any seeming disparity in gifts and abilities. Those who have a lively talent that affects emotions, may engage the ear, and raise the natural passions of their hearers; but they cannot reach the heart. The blessing may be rather expected to attend the humble, than the talented speaker.”

John Newton

Tell me, you that say all things under the sun are vanity, if you do really believe what you say, why do you spend more thoughts and time on the world, than you do on Christ, heaven and your immortal souls? Why do you then neglect your duty towards God, to get the world? Why do you then so eagerly pursue after the world, and are so cold in your pursuing after God, Christ, and holiness? Why then are your hearts so exceedingly raised, when the world comes in, and smiles upon you; and so much dejected, and cast down, when the world frowns upon you, and with Jonah’s gourd withers before you?

Thomas Brooks - Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices

Look more at the latter end of a Christian than the beginning of his affliction. Consider the patience of Job, and what end the Lord made with him. Look not upon Lazarus lying at Dives’s door, but lying in Abraham’s bosom. Look not to the beginning of Joseph, who was so far from his dream that the sun and moon should reverence him, that for two years he was cast where he could see neither sun, moon, nor stars; but behold him at last made ruler over Egypt. Look not upon David as there was but a step between him and death, nor as he was envied by some, and slighted and despised by others; but behold him seated in his royal throne, and dying in his bed of honour, and his son Solomon and all his glistering nobles about him.

Thomas Brooks - Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices

Remedy (6). The sixth remedy against this device of Satan is, seriously to consider, That the design of God in all the afflictions that do befall them, is only to try them; it is not to wrong them, nor to ruin them, as ignorant souls are apt to think. ‘He knoweth the way that I take: and when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold,’ saith patient Job, 33. 10. So in Deut. 8. 2, ‘And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thy heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments or no.’ God afflicted them thus, that he might make known to themselves and others what was in their hearts.

Thomas Brooks - Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices

Let me be low, and feed low, and live low, so I may live with thee for ever; let me now be clothed with rags, so thou wilt clothe me at last with thy robes; let me now be set upon a dunghill, so I may at last be advanced to sit with thee upon thy throne. Lord, make me rather gracious than great, inwardly holy than outwardly happy, and rather turn me into my first nothing, yea, make me worse than nothing, rather than set me up for a time, that thou mayest bring me low for ever.

Thomas Brooks - Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices
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