The Effects of Words and Actions

Words and actions are transient things, and being once past, are nothing; but the effect of them on an immortal soul may be endless. ~ Dying Thoughts by Richard Baxter

Judas Called Christ Lord, Lord

Judas called Christ Lord, Lord; and yet betrayed him, and has gone to his place. Ah! how many Judases have we in these days, that kiss Christ, and yet betray Christ; that in their words profess him—but in their works deny him; that bow their knee to him, and yet in their hearts despise him; that call him Jesus, and yet will not obey him for their Lord. ~ Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices by Thomas Brooks

The Doing Man is the Happiest Man

Know that it is not the knowing, nor the talking, nor the reading man—but the doing man, that at last will be found the happiest man. “If you know these things, blessed and happy are you if you DO them.” (John 13:17) ~ Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices by Thomas Brooks

The Necessity of Serious Meditation on Heavenly Truths

Remember, it is not hasty reading—but serious meditating upon holy and heavenly truths, that make them prove sweet and profitable to the soul. It is not the bee’s touching of the flower, which gathers honey—but her abiding for a time upon the flower, which draws out the sweet. It is not he who reads most—but he who meditates most, who will prove the choicest, sweetest, wisest and strongest Christian. ~ Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices by Thomas Brooks

Men May Perish by Seeming Righteousness as by Gross Sins

It may be you never thought of this; but so it is, that a man may as certainly perish by his seeming righteousness and supposed graces—as by gross sins; and that is, when a man trusts to these as his righteousness before God, for satisfying His justice, appeasing His wrath, procuring His favor, and obtaining His pardon. This is to put Christ out of office, and make a Savior of our own duties and graces. Beware of this, O professing Christians; you are much in duties—but this one fly will spoil all the ointment. When you have done most and best, be sure to go out of yourselves—to Christ; reckon your own righteousness as filthy rags (Phil 3:9; Isa 64:6). ~ A Sure Guide to Heaven by Joseph Alleine

When Men Trust in Their Own Righteousness

When men trust in their own righteousness they do indeed reject Christ’s. Beloved, you had need be watchful on every hand, for not only your sins—but your duties may undo you. ~ A Sure Guide to Heaven by Joseph Alleine

Mind Your Motives

Oh Christians, if you would avoid self-deceit, see that you mind not only your actions but your motives. ~ A Sure Guide to Heaven by Joseph Alleine

Many Want Christ on Their Own Terms

To forsake all for Christ, to hate father and mother, yes, a man’s own life for Him, ‘This is a hard saying’ (Luke 14:26). Some will do much—but they will not have that religion which will save them. They never come to be entirely devoted to Christ, nor to be fully resigned to Him. They must have the sweet sin; they mean to do themselves no harm; they have secret exceptions for life, liberty, or estate. Many take Christ thus, and never consider His self-denying terms, nor count the cost; and this error in the foundation mars all, and ruins them forever (Luke 14:28-33). ~ A Sure Guide to Heaven by Joseph Alleine

A Flesh-pleasing Life Cannot Please to God

When men give the flesh the liberty that it craves, and pamper and please it, and do not deny and restrain it; when their great delight is in gratifying their bellies and pleasing their senses; whatever appearances they may have of religion—all is unsound. A flesh-pleasing life cannot be pleasing to God. ‘Those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh’, and are careful to keep it under control, as their enemy (Gal 5:24; 1 Cor 9:25-27). ~ A Sure Guide to Heaven by Joseph Alleine

Do not Deceive your Own Hearts

Beloved, do not be your own betrayers. Do not deceive your own hearts, nor set your hands to your own ruin by a willful blinding of yourselves. Set up a tribunal in your own breasts. Bring the Word and conscience together. ‘To the law and to the testimony.’ [Isa 8:20] Hear what the Word concludes of your state. Oh follow the search until you find how the case stands. Make a mistake here—and you perish! And, such is the treachery of the heart, the subtlety of the temper, and the deceitfulness of sin—all conspiring to flatter and deceive the poor soul; and so common and easy it is to make a mistake, that it is a thousand to one that you will be deceived, unless you are very careful and thorough and impartial in the inquiry into your spiritual condition. ~ A Sure Guide to Heaven by Joseph Alleine