Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Thomas Brooks quotes

I have finally finished reading this book and wanted to share a few thoughts from it that I copied down for myself. I began with the dedication to the readers, from the author, then some quotes....

To all saints that hold to Christ the head, and that walk according to the laws of the new creature, grace, mercy, and peace be multiplied from God the Father, through our Lord Jesus Christ.

"Beloved in our Dearest Lord,
You are those worthies "of whom this world is not worthy," Heb 11:38, You are the princes, "that prevail with God," Genesis 32:28. You are "those excellent ones," Psalm 16:3. You are His glory. You are His picked, culled, primed instruments which He will make use of to carry on His best and greatest work against His worst and greatest enemies in these latter days. You are "a seal" upon Christ's heart, you are "engraven on the palm of His hand"; your names are written upon His breast, as the names of the children of Israel were upon Aaron's breastplate; you are the "epistle of Christ"; you are the "anointed" of Christ; you have "the spirit of discernment", you have "the mind of Christ." You have the greatest advantages and the choicest privileges to enable you to try truth, to taste truth, to apply truth, to defend truth, to strengthen truth, to uphold truth, and to improve truth. And therefore to whom should I dedicate this following discourse, but to yourselves? You have the next place to Christ in my heart; your good, your gain, your glory, your edification, your satisfaction, your confirmation, your consolation, your salvation, hath put me upon casting in my little mite into your treasure......"

"....you must never change, nor neglect your work, which is obeying, believing, and waiting on God ...God is the same, and the commands of the gospel are the same, and therefore thy work is the same, whether it be night or day with your soul, whether you are under frowns or smiles, in the arms or at the feet of God."

"After much praying, waiting, and weeping, God usually comes with His hands and heart full of mercy to His people. He loves not to come empty-handed, to those who have sat long with wet eyes at mercy's door."

"Faith is the first pin that moves the soul; it is the spring in the watch that sets all the golden wheels of love, joy, comfort, and peace a-going. Faith is a root grace, from whence springs all the sweet flowers of joy and peace. Faith is like the bee, it will suck sweetness out of every flower, it will extract light out of darkness, comforts out of distresses, mercies out of miseries, wine out of water, and honey out of the rock."

"If God says the waiting soul is blessed, who dares judge, who dares say it is not blessed? 'Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, and waiting at the posts of my doors.', 'They shall not be ashamed that wait for me.' ...that is I will never fail the waiting soul. Hold out faith and patience for a little, 'And He that shall come will come, and bring His reward with Him."

"Faith does not choose this truth and reject that, it does not close with one and reject another. Faith does not say, I will trust God in this case but not in that, I will trust Him for this mercy, but not for that mercy. I will trust Him in this way but not in that way. Faith does not choose its object. Faith knows that He is powerful and faithful that has promised, and therefore faith closes with one object as well as another. So a true obedient soul singles not out the commands of God, as to obey one and rebel against another; it dares not, it cannot say I will serve God in this command, but not in that....as Mary, the mother of Christ said, "whatever the Lord saith unto you do it." (John 2:5)"

"The love of Christ, the promises of Christ, the presence of Christ, the discoveries of Christ, the example of Christ, and the recompense of reward held forth by Christ, make a sound Christian hold on, and hold out in ways of obedience."

"I have read of one who, being sensible of his own dullness and coldness in prayer, chided himself thus: "What do you think Jonah prayed thus when he was in the belly of hell, or Daniel, when he was in the lion's den, or the thief, when he was upon the cross?" and I may add, or the three when they were in the fiery furnace? Or the apostles, when they were in bonds and prisons? Oh that Christians would chide themselves out of cold prayers, and chide themselves into a better and warmer frame of spirit when they make their supplications before the Lord. An importunate soul in prayer is like the poor beggar that prays and knocks, that waits...and will not stray from the door till he has alms. And verily he that is good at this shall not long be a beggar in grace. God will make his heart and his cup to overflow."

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"Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
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