Quotes (625)

Puritans All the while you delay, God is more provoked, the wicked one [Satan] more encouraged, your heart more hardened, your debts more increased, your soul more endangered, and all the difficulties of conversion daily more and more multiplied upon you, having a day more to repent of, and a day less to repent in.

- George Swinnock

1627 – 1673

2 thoughts on “Quotes (625)

  1. I just read the sermon by Jonathan Edwards called “Sinners in the hands of an angry God”. This quote sounds very similiar to the sermon. I am saved but had to pause a couple of times to catch my breath. To listen/read a sermon like this and yet not mourn for the lost is a truly hard heart. I struggle with the balance of defending my faith and sharing the gospel. While attending my last church I had a hard time inviting people to church because of the direction the church was going. Now that I have found a church that is standing rooted in Scripture I have found it much easier to share the gospel and invite them to church for more. What is so sad about the state of the church today is that we do have to excert so much energy to watching the walls to catch the wolves that it steals from our time and energy that we need to share the Good News. In Nehemiah 4:10-33 we are told how the Israelites had to build the walls while being prepared to defend themselves. What I learn from this is that I must do both. I must do the work set before me to be a witness, but must also have my sword on my hip ready to defend the Truth. Time is running out to share the Gospel, and many are piling upon themselves the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God day after day.

  2. “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15-16)

    We live in the midst of a wicked and perverse generation. All the signs that we can discern from the Bible for Christ’s imminent return seem to be readily apparent. No man knoweth the exact hour or day. But Scripture is clear. We are to love, live, and lead as though the trumpet could sound at any moment.

    “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (I Thessalonians 4:16-17)

    “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed… Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” (I Corinthians 15:52,58)

    “For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.” (I Thessalonians 5:2-4)

    I think one of the main reasons that Jesus taught the parable that begins in Luke 19:11 – the so-called “Parable of the Pounds” – was to remind His disciples that our time must be managed effectively. We must act with a sense of “cool” when things get hectic, but always have a sense of “urgency,” knowing what’s at stake. Now is the time to anticipate the return of our King!

    One of my favorite hymns says, “When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound, and time shall be no more…” One day, those who have been given eternal life by Christ Jesus will live outside of time. Until then, however, Christian ministers must remember: Clock, clock, clock… Don’t you ever lose track of the clock.

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