Puritan Quote

June 12, 2008

Every thing that a man leans upon but God, will be a dart that will certainly pierce his heart through and through. He who leans only upon Christ, lives the highest, choicest, safest, and sweetest life.

                                                                              – Thomas Brooks

I find it so easy to turn away from God and depend upon other things.  I lean upon myself and try to exert independence.  I rely upon my abilities and plans.  I rely upon my resources. 


I forget that all of these are gifts from God and can never replace the Giver.  How I must grieve the Father’s heart when I glorify the gift he gave and neglect the Giver. 


Remember that God alone deserves glory and praise.  God alone can provide the grace and mercy we need to truly live.  God alone gives us eternal life – eternal both in quantity and in quality.


Puritan Quote

June 5, 2008

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.                                                                        – John Owen


As this is the inaugural posting of a weekly Puritan quote, I decided on a well known and well beloved quote from the pen of John Owen.  This quote is from Of the Mortification of Sinne in Believers published for the first time in 1656.


As I ponder this quote, I think that Owen might have added something more to this statement.  I understand that I am a poor scholar in comparison to this Puritan divine, but I stand by my thought.  The thought is that we are not only being killed by our sin, but that our sin also affects those around us.


There is no such thing as a victimless sin. 

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