The house built on the sand may oftentimes be built higher, have more fair parapets and battlements, windows and ornaments, than that which is built upon the rock; yet all gifts and privileges equal not one grace.
We admit no faith to be justifying, which is not itself and in its own nature a spiritually vital principle of obedience and good works.
Do you mortify? Do you make it your daily work? Be always at it whilst you live; cease not a day from this work; be killing sin or it will be killing you.
When sin lets us alone we may let sin alone; but as sin is never less quiet than when it seems to be most quiet, and its waters are for the most part deep when they are still, so ought our contrivances against it to be vigorous at all times and in al.
Temptation is like a knife, that may either cut the meat or the throat of a man; it may be his food or his poison, his exercise or his destruction.
All other ways of mortification are vain, all helps leave us helpless, it must be done by the Spirit.
The custom of sinning takes away the sense of it, the course of the world takes away the shame of it.
The most tremendous judgment of God in this world is the hardening of the hearts of men.
In the divine Scriptures, there are shallows and there are deeps; shallows where the lamb may wade, and deeps where the elephant may swim.