This collection of quotations is primarily designed for preachers, but we believe will be of benefit to new Christians, those involved in personal evangelism and all servants of our Lord Jesus Christ who need the help and encouragement which such tools can bring.
Some quotes or illustrations are great statements (even one-liners) from the Puritan fathers; others are up-to-date stories with a message.
Francis Dixon often used quotes and illustrations in his preaching, but was careful only to do so if they helped to press home a point, rather than over-stretching a spiritual application.
New quotes will appear regularly. We have tried to give credit where the source is known. We trust you will find them a blessing and a help.
David and Mary Tucker
“My times are in thy hand.” If you quote this to the native of Congo, he will translate it in the gorgeous words: ‘All my life’s whys and whens and wheres and wherefores are in God’s hand.’
A saint’s life is in the hands of God like a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer. God is aiming at something the saint cannot see, and He stretches and strains and every now and again the saint says, ‘I cannot stand any more.’ God does not heed but goes on stretching till His purpose is in sight. Then He lets fly. Trust yourself in God’s hands.
Trust Him to undertake for your little life.
(F. B. Meyer)
I once read the story of a man who crossed the Mississippi on foot when it was frozen over. Half-way across he lost confidence and began to panic. He finished his crossing crawling on his stomach, soaked and chilled. Imagine his face when almost immediately after standing on shore he saw another man, sitting on a large sled loaded with pig iron, wave cheerily as he passed and drove over in complete safety! Now it will be like that for some Christians … supported ‘only’ on the promises of God. Some will go through their whole pilgrimage worried, fretting, hardly daring to believe that their God and Saviour can cope with their failures and doubts and fears and will keep them to the end. Others press on with confidence … sometimes slipping but regaining their foothold and pressing on.
Among the purest gifts we have received from God is truth. Another gift almost as precious, and without which the first would be meaningless, is our ability to grasp truth and appreciate it. For these priceless treasures we should be profoundly grateful; for them our thanks should rise to the Giver of all good gifts … And because these and all other blessings flow to us by grace without merit or worth on our part, we should be very humble and watch with care lest such undeserved favours, if unappreciated, be taken from us.
(A. W. Tozer)
If I speak what is false, I must answer for it; if truth, it will answer for me.
Unbelief has as many lives as a cat. Let us kill one now and continue the work until the entire nine are gone.
The end of all divisions in work for God is when He changes fever into white-heated fervour. What foolish fever there is these days! – organising this, organising that, a fever of intense activity for God. What is needed is the anointing of the Holy Ghost which will mean our Lord’s Prayer in John 17 is answered – “…that they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in Me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us.”
Avoid the wolves who separate the sheep from the shepherd.
When I was converted, I made this mistake: I thought the battle was already mine, the victory already won, the crown already in my grasp. I thought the old things had passed away, that all things had become new, and that my old, corrupt nature, the old life, was gone. But I found out, after serving Christ for a few months, that conversion was only like enlisting in the army – that there was a battle on hand.
(D. L. Moody)
It is just as important to dress myself spiritually before I go to work as it is to dress physically.
John G. Paton, missionary to the New Hebrides, related the story of a night when tribesmen surrounded his home. They wanted to burn it down and to kill John Paton and his wife. The Patons prayed all night, thinking their home would at any time burst into flames. After many hours no attack came. In the morning they looked out of the window and were amazed to see that the tribesmen had left. They fell to their knees again, thanking God for His deliverance.
The Patons’ work continued and many of the tribes-people came to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. After one year the Chief of the tribe became a believer. Remembering the dreadful night of terror, Paton asked the Chief what had prevented him and his men from burning down his house and killing them. The Chief replied, “We were afraid of the men that protected you.”
“What men?” asked Paton. “There were no men protecting us. My wife and I were in the house alone.”
“No,” insisted the Chief, “there were many men around the house – men with shining clothes and drawn swords in their hands. They stood around the building and would not let us harm you.”
At that moment John Paton realised why he and his wife had been spared. God had answered their prayers and sent His angels to protect them from attack. The battle that is raging can only be answered by prayer.
We (too) have Jerichos in the world around us: structures of evil built into our modern society, widespread unbelief and rampant materialism, credulous superstition and a despairing cynicism. Such Jerichos must fall if people are to be liberated. The walls are high, the city proud and independent. But God is still God and His power is undiminished. He has called us to war not against people but against the things that offend God and destroy human beings who were made to know Him and to share His life.
God save us all from wives who are angels in the streets, saints in the church, and devils at home.
(C. H. Spurgeon)
Find your niche, and fill it. If it be ever so little, if it is only to be hewer of wood or drawer of water, do something in this great battle for God and truth.
(C. H. Spurgeon)
When did God ever complain of having too few people to work with? I have heard Him say, “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there.” I have heard Him say, “One shall chase one thousand and two shall put ten thousand to flight.” But I never heard him say, ‘You must get more men or I cannot do this work; you must increase the human forces, or the divine energy will not be equal to the occasion.’
Hurry means worry, and worry effectually drives the peace of God from the heart.
(James O. Fraser)
Worry is like a rocking chair; it will give you something to do, but it will not get you anywhere.
I cannot allow myself to borrow sorrow from tomorrow.
One man looks out of the window and sees only mud after the rain. The other looks out and sees the stars after the storm.