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Comfortable Persuasions

“How great an honor will it be to a person to have God at the day of judgment owning a person, declaring before all men, angels and devils that that person is before his all-seeing eyes and that he stands innocent and perfect in his sight, clothed with perfect righteousness and entitled to everlasting glory and blessedness.  How honorable will this render them in the eyes of all that vast assembly that will be together at the day of judgment.  That will be an infinitely greater honor than any man or any angel declaring that they judge him upright and sincere and that eternal life belongs to him.  What can be a greater honor than this — to be owned by the great King and Lord of all things?”  ~ Jonathan Edwards, The Glory and Honor of God
 
“The Comforter gives a sweet and plentiful evidence and persuasion of the love of God to us, such as the soul is taken, delighted, satiated withal.  This is his work, and he doth it effectually.  To give a poor sinful soul a comfortable persuasion, affecting it throughout, in all its faculties and affections, that God in Jesus Christ loves him, delights in him, is well pleased with him, hath thoughts of tenderness and kindness towards him; to give, I say, a soul an overflowing sense hereof, is an inexpressible mercy.”  ~ John Owen, Works
 
“The Old Testament says that if God’s people turn away in spiritual adultery, it will not be long until the following generations are engaged in physical adultery, for the two things go hand in hand. . . . Our generation proves this with overwhelming force.  Let there be spiritual adultery and it will not be long until physical adultery sprouts like toadstools in the land.  In the 1930s liberalism took over almost all the churches in the United States, and in the 1960s our generation is sick with promiscuous sex.  It is the same in Britain and other countries.  These things are not unrelated; they are cause and effect.”  ~ Francis A. Schaeffer, The Church at the End of the Twentieth Century
 
“There was a day when I died, utterly died, died to George Mueller, his opinions, preferences, tastes and will, died to the world, its approval or censure, died to the approval or blame even of my brethren and friends, and since then I have studied only to show myself approved unto God.”  ~ George Mueller
 
“It cost Christ and all his followers sharp showers and hot sweats, before they won to the top of the mountain. But still our soft nature would have heaven coming to our bedside when we are sleeping and lying down with us, that we might go to heaven in warm clothes. But all that came there found wet feet by the way and sharp storms that did take the hide off their face, and they found tos and fros and ups and downs and many enemies by the way.”  ~ Samuel Rutherford, Letters
 
“‘God is love, and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.’  This qualification must render the person that has it excellent and happy indeed, and doubtless is the highest dignity and blessedness of any creature.  This is the peculiar [valuable] gift of God, which he bestows only on his special favorites.  As to silver, gold and diamonds, earthly crowns and kingdoms, he often throws them out to those whom he esteems as dogs and swine.”  ~ Jonathan Edwards, Works
 
“The man who has God for his treasure has all things in One.  Many ordinary treasures may be denied him, or if he is allowed to have them, the enjoyment of them will be so tempered that they will never be necessary to his happiness.  Or if he must see them go, one after one, he will scarcely feel a sense of loss, for having the Source of all things, he has in One all satisfaction, all pleasure, all delight.  Whatever he may lose he has actually lost nothing, for he now has it all in One, and he has it purely, legitimately, forever.”  ~ A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God
 
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