A Broken Heart Esteemed By God, But Not the World

‘The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.’ But note by the way, that this broken, this broken and contrite heart, is thus excellent only to God: ‘O God, ‘ saith he, ‘THOU wilt not despise it.’ By which is implied, the world have not this esteem or respect for such a heart, or for one that is of a broken and a contrite spirit.  ~ The Acceptable Sacrifice by John Bunyan (pg. 3)

Those Now Empty Shall be Filled

There is a generation of men in the world that have the law of God in their hearts, though they cannot act and work towards God as they would.  These sometimes are in a dry and barren condition, where no water or comfort is; yet if in this condition they dig pits, go to prayer, wait upon God in duty, though they find no comfort springing up in their duty for the present, yet in due time the rain of God’s blessing will fill those dry pits and empty duties, whereby their life shall be like unto a pool of water, and they shall go from strength of grace to strength of grace, until they see the Lord. Know ye, therefore, any man that is in this valley of Baca, where no water is, yet if he can find in his heart to dig pits, to pray, read, hear, meditate, confer, and perform duties; though those duties be empty of comfort for the present, yet the rain of grace and mercy shall fall upon those pits, and he shall go from strength to strength until he appear before the Lord in Glory. ~ A Lifting up for the Downcast by William Bridge

The Godly Man’s Anchor

Faith is a cure-all – a remedy against all troubles. It is a godly man’s sheet anchor that he casts out into the sea of God’s mercy, and is kept from sinking in despair. “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 29

Affliction: The Test of the Christian

The test of a pilot is seen in a storm; so the test of a Christian is seen in affliction. That man has the right art of navigation who, when the boisterous winds blow from heaven, steers the ship of his soul wisely, and does not dash upon the rock of impatience. “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 124

Christians are as Stones in an Arch

As the stones in an arch help to strengthen one another, one Christian by imparting his experience, heats and quickens another. ‘Let us provoke one another to love, and to good works’ (Heb. 10:24). How does grace flourish by holy conference! A Christian by good discourse drops that oil upon another, which makes the lamp of his faith burn the brighter. “All Things for Good” pg. 22