It is Dangerous to Keep the Devil’s Counsel

Those iniquities which men hide in their hearts shall be written one day on their foreheads as with the point of a diamond. They who will not confess their sin as David did, that they may be pardoned, shall confess their sins as Achan did, that they may be stoned. It is dangerous to keep the devil’s counsel; ‘He that covers his sins shall not prosper’ (Prov. 28:13). “Doctrine of Repentance”  pg. 32

In Your Natural State, Your Souls are Mortgaged

Let me tell you, all you who are yet in your natural estate, your souls are mortgaged. If your land were mortgaged, you would endeavor to redeem it. Your souls are mortgaged: sin has mortgaged them, and has laid your souls to pawn, and where do you think your souls are? The pawn is in the devil’s hand, therefore a man in the state of nature is said to be ‘under the power of Satan’ (Acts 26:18).

 Now there are but two ways to fetch home the pawn, and both are set down in Acts 20:21; ‘Repentance towards God, and faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ.’ Unravel all your works of sin by repentance, honor Christ’s merits by believing: divines call it saving faith, because upon this wing the soul flies to the ark Christ, and is secured from danger. “Harmless as Doves” pg. 117-8

The Besetting Sin is of All Others Most Dangerous

The besetting sin is of all others most dangerous. As Samson’s strength lay in his hair, so the strength of sin lies in this beloved sin. This is like a poison striking the heart, which brings death. A godly man will lay the axe of repentance to this sin and hew it down. He sets this sin, like Uriah, in the forefront of battle, so that it may be slain. He will sacrifice this Isaac, he will pluck out this right eye, so that he may see better to go to heaven. “The Godly Man’s Picture” pg. 150

Affliction is Good for Us

There is more malignity in a drop of sin than in a sea of affliction, for sin is the cause of affliction, and the cause is more than the effect. The sword of God’s justice lies quiet in the scabbard till sin draws it out. Affliction is good for us: ‘It is good for me that I have been afflicted’ (Psa. 119:71). Affliction causes repentance (II Chron. 33:12). The viper, being stricken, casts up its poison; so, God’s rod striking us, we spit away the poison of sin. Affliction betters our grace. Gold is purest, and juniper sweetest, in the fire. Affliction prevents damnation (I Cor. 11:32). “Doctrine of Repentance”  pg. 49