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Smote With His Own Sword

22 Feb

I have heard another say, “I am tormented with horrible thoughts. Wherever I go, blasphemies steal in upon me. Frequently at my work a dreadful suggestion forces itself upon me, and even on my bed I am startled from my sleep by whispers of the evil one. I cannot get away from this horrible temptation.” Friend, I know what you mean, for I have myself been hunted by this wolf. A man might as well hope to fight a swarm of flies with a sword as to master his own thoughts when they are set on by the devil… Remember Martin Luther’s way of cutting the devil’s head off with his own sword. “Oh,” said the devil to Martin Luther, “you are a sinner.” “Yes,” said he, “Christ died to save sinners.” Thus he smote him with his own sword. Hide you in this refuge and keep there; “In due time Christ died for the ungodly.” If you stand to the truth, your blasphemous thoughts which you have not the strength to drive away will go away of themselves; for Satan will see that he is answering no purpose by plaguing you with them… The poor diseased or woman could not come to Jesus for the press, and you are in much the same condition, because of their rush and throng of these dreadful thoughts. Still, she put forth your finger, and touched the fringe of the Lord’s garment, and she was healed. Do you the same.

Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)

All of Grace, Trinity Press, 2011, 67-9.


Unreasonable Repentance

15 Feb

I hear another man cry, “Oh, sir my want of strength lies mainly in this, that I cannot repent sufficiently!” A curious idea men have of what repentance is! Many fancy that so many tears are to be shed, and so many groans are to be heaved, and so much despair is to be endured. Whence comes this unreasonable notion? Unbelief and despair are sins, and therefore I do not see how they can be constituent elements of acceptable repentance; yet there are many who regard them as necessary parts of true Christian experience. They are in great error… To repent is to change your mind about sin, and Christ, and all the great things of God.

Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)

All of Grace, Trinity Press, 2011, 65-6.

Slender Faith Threads

25 Jan

See then, dear friend, that the weakness of your faith will not destroy you. A trembling hand may receive a golden gift. The Lord’s salvation can come to us though we have only faith as a grain of mustard seed. The power lies in the grace of God, and not in our faith. Great messages can be sent along slender wires, and the peace-giving witness of the Holy Spirit can reach the hearts by means of a thread-like faith which seems almost unable to sustain its own weight. Think more of him to whom you look than of the look itself. You must look away even from your own looking, and see nothing but Jesus, and the grace of God revealed in Him.

Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)

All of Grace, Trinity Press, 2011, 39.

Faith is the Chain

7 Jan

Faith is the work of God’s grace in us… Grace is the fountain and the stream; faith is the aqueduct along which the flood of mercy flows down to refresh the thirsty Sons of men… Never make a Christ out of your faith, nor think of it as if it were the independent source of your salvation. Our life is found in “looking unto Jesus,” not in looking to our own faith. By faith all things become possible to us; yet the power is not in the faith, but in that God upon whom the faith relies. Grace is the powerful engine, and faith is the chain by which the carriage of the soul is attached to the great motive power.

Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)

All of Grace, Trinity Press, 2011, 37-8.

Fountain of Promises

12 Dec

Man’s promises, even at the best, are like a cistern which holds but a temporary supply; but God’s promises are as a fountain, never emptied, ever overflowing, so that you may draw from them the whole of that which they apparently contain, and they shall be still as full as ever.

CH Spurgeon

The Grace Abyss

10 Dec

What an abyss is the grace of God! Who can measure its breath? Who can fathom its depth? Like all the rest of the divine attributes, it is infinite. God is full of love, for “God is love.” God is full of goodness; the very name “God” is short for “good.” Unbounded goodness and love enter into the very essence of the Godhead. It is because “his mercy endureth for ever” that men are not destroyed; because “his compassions fail not” that sinners are brought to him and forgiven.

Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)

All of Grace, Trinity Press, 2011, 37.

Reversing Niagara

26 Nov

The Lord knows right well that you cannot change your own heart, and cannot cleanse your own nature; but he also knows that he can do both. He can cause the Ethiopian to change his skin, and the leopard his spots. Hear this, and be astonished: he can create you a second time; he can cause you to be born again. This is a miracle of grace, but the Holy Ghost will perform it. It would be a very wonderful thing if one could stand at the foot of the Niagara Falls, and could speak a word which should make the river Niagara begin to run upstream, and leap up that great precipice over which it now a rolls in stupendous force. Nothing but the power of God could achieve that marvel; but that would be more than a fit parallel to what would take place if the course of your nature were altogether reversed. All things are possible with God. He can reverse the direction of your desires and the current of your life, and instead of going downward from God, he can make your whole being tend upward toward God. That is, in fact, what the Lord has promised to do for all who are in the covenant; and we know from Scripture that all believers are in the covenant.

Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)

All of Grace, Trinity Press, 2011, 31.