Short pithy gems from Arthur Pink

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The nature of Christ's salvation is woefully misrepresented by the present-day evangelist. He announces a Savior from Hell rather than a Savior from sin. And that is why so many are fatally deceived, for there are multitudes who wish to escape the Lake of fire who have no desire to be delivered from their carnality and worldliness.

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Prayer is not so much an act as it is an attitude an attitude of dependence, dependence upon God.

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Instead of a river, God often gives us a brook, which may be running today and dried up tomorrow. Why? To teach us not to rest in our blessings but in the blesser Himself!

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Grace can neither be bought, earned, or won by the creature. If it could be it would cease to be grace.

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The prevailing idea of prayer seems to be, that I come to God and ask Him for something that I want and that I expect Him to give me that which I have asked. But this is a most dishonoring and degrading conception. The popular belief reduces God to a servant our servant doing our bidding, performing our pleasure, granting our desires. No, prayer is a coming to God, telling Him my need, committing my way unto the Lord, and leaving Him to deal with it as seems Him best.

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Contentment is the product of a heart resting in God. It is the soul's enjoyment of that peace that passes all understanding. It is the outcome of my will being brought into subjection to the Divine will. It is the blessed assurance that God does all things well, and is, even now, making all things work together for my ultimate good.

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True liberty is not the power to live as we please but to live as we ought.

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It is not the absence of sin, but the grieving over it which distinguishes the child of God from empty professors.

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Real prayer is communion with God, so that there will be common thoughts between His mind and ours. What is needed is for Him to fill our hearts with His thoughts and then His desires will become our desires flowing back to Him.

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The Bible is no lazy man's book! Much of its treasure, like the valuable minerals stored in the recesses of the earth, only yield up themselves to the diligent seeker. No verse of Scripture yields its meaning to lazy people.

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It's true that many are praying for a worldwide revival. But it would be more timely, and more scriptural, for prayer to be made to the Lord of the harvest, that He would raise up and thrust forth laborers who would fearlessly and faithfully preach those truths which are calculated to bring about a revival.

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In praying for His enemies, not only did Christ set before us a perfect example of how we should treat those who wrong us an hate us but He also taught us never to regard any as beyond the reach of prayer.

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Prayer is not intended to change God's purpose nor is it to move Him to form fresh purposes. God has decreed that certain events shall come to pass through the means He has appointed for their accomplishment.

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The god which the vast majority of professing Christians love, is looked upon very much like an indulgent old man, who himself has no relish for folly but leniently winks at the indiscretions of youth.

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For one sin, God banished our first parents from Eden.
For one sin, all the posterity of Canaan fell under a curse which remains over them to this day.
For one sin, Moses was excluded form the promised land.
For one sin, Elisha's servant smitten with leprosy.
For one sin, Ananias and Sapphira were cut off from the land of the living.

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Nothing in all the vast universe can come to pass otherwise than God has eternally purposed. Here is a foundation of faith. Here is a resting place for the intellect. Here is an anchor for the soul, both sure and steadfast. It is not blind fate, unbridled evil, man or Devil but the Lord Almighty who is ruling the world, ruling it according to His own good pleasure and for His own eternal glory!

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The great mistake made by most of the Lord's people is in hoping to discover in themselves that which is to be found in Christ alone.

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Unbelief is infectious! The unbelief of one strengthens the unbelief of another, just as the faith of one strengthens the faith of another.

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But why should we not place implicit confidence in God and rely upon His word of promise? Is anything too hard for the Lord? Has His word of promise ever failed? Then let us not entertain any unbelieving suspicions of His future care of us. Heaven and earth shall pass away but not so His promises!

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How does God save His people from the pleasure of sin? The answer is, "By imparting to them a nature which hates evil and loves holiness." This takes place when they are born again, so that actual salvation begins with regeneration. Of course it does where else could it commence? Fallen man can neither perceive his desperate need of salvation, nor come to Christ for it, until he has been renewed by the Holy Spirit.

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The gospel is not an announcement that God has relaxed his justice or lowered the standard of His holiness.

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Our fundamental postulate is that because God is God, He does as He pleases, only as He pleases, always as He pleases; that His great concern is the accomplishment of His own pleasure and the promotion of His own glory that He is the Supreme Being, and therefore Sovereign of the universe!

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Growing in grace is a deepening realization of our nothingness it is a heartfelt recognition that we are not worthy of the least of God's mercies.

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If any occupation or association is found to hinder my communion with God or my enjoyment of spiritual things then it must be abandoned. Anything in my habits or ways which mars happy fellowship with the brethren or robs me of power in service is to be unsparingly judged and made an end of. Whatever I cannot do for God's glory must be avoided.

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We must not forget that the issues of Eternity are settled in Time.

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How blessed to know that when the world hates us God loves us!

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Instead of complaining at his lot, a contented man is thankful that his condition and circumstances are no worse than they are. Instead of greedily desiring something more than the supply of his present need he rejoices that God still cares for him. Such an one is "content" with such as he has (Hebrews 13:5).

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To realize that the Holy Scriptures are a revelation from the Most High, communicating to us His mind and defining for us His will is the first step toward practical godliness. To recognize that the Bible is God's Word, and that its precepts are the precepts of the Almighty will lead us to see what a solemn thing it is to despise and ignore them.

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Faith endures as seeing Him who is invisible (Hebrews 11:27). Faith endures the disappointments, the hardships, and the heart-aches of life, by recognizing that all comes from the hand of Him who is too wise to err and too loving to be unkind.

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Love is the queen of all the Christian graces.

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The measure of our love for others can largely be determined by the frequency and earnestness of our prayers for them.

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Prayer is not appointed for the furnishing of God with the knowledge of what we need but it is designed as a confession to Him of our sense of the need. In this, as in everything, God's thoughts are not as ours. God requires that His gifts should be sought for. He designs to be honored by our asking, just as He is to be thanked by us after He has bestowed His blessing.

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An honest heart seeks to please God in all things and offend Him in none.

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From every pulpit in the land it needs to be thundered forth that God still lives, that God still observes all things, and still reigns. There is no fixed resting place for the heart and mind, but in the Throne of God. What is needed now, as never before, is a full, positive, constructive setting forth of the Godhood of God.

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A consciousness of our powerlessness, should cast us upon Him who has all power. Here then is where a vision and view of God's sovereignty helps, for it reveals His sufficiency and shows us our insufficiency.

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When we complain about the weather, we are, in reality, murmuring against God!

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Taking up my cross, means a life voluntarily surrendered to God.

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It is only in proportion as the Christian manifests the fruit of a genuine conversion that he is entitled to regard himself and be regarded by others as one of the called and elect of God. It is just in proportion as we add to our faith the other Christian graces that we have solid ground on which to rest in the assurance we belong to the family of Christ. It is not those who are governed by self-will but "as many as are led by the Spirit of God they are the sons of God" (Romans 8:14).

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Just as the sinner's despair of any hope from himself is the first prerequisite of a sound conversion so the loss of all confidence in himself is the first essential in the believer's growth in grace.

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Afflictions are light when compared with what we really deserve. They are light when compared with the sufferings of the Lord Jesus. But perhaps their real lightness is best seen by comparing them with the weight of glory which is awaiting us.

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Nothing is too great and nothing is too small to commit into the hands of our Lord and Savior.

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Prayer is the way and means God which has appointed for the communication of the blessings of His goodness to His people.

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A 'God' whose will is resisted, whose designs are frustrated, and whose purpose is checkmated possesses no title to Deity.

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Prayer is not so much an act as it is an attitude of dependence dependence upon God. Prayer is a confession of creature weakness yes, of helplessness. Prayer is the acknowledgment of our need and the spreading of it before God.

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True believers have always been in a marked minority.

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Real prayer is communion with God.

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For a Christian to defy adversities is to "despise" chastisement. Instead of hardening himself to endure stoically there should be a melting of the heart.

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Most Christians expect little from God, ask little and therefore receive little, and are content with little.

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Whatever I cannot do for God's glory, must be avoided.

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Happy the soul that has been awed by a view of God's majesty.

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Whom God legally saves, He experimentally saves. Whom He justifies those He also sanctifies. Where the righteousness of Christ is imputed to an individual a principle of holiness is imparted to him. The former can only be ascertained by the latter. It is impossible to obtain a Scriptural knowledge that the merits of Christ's finished work are reckoned to my account except by proving that the efficacy of the Holy Spirit's work is evident in my soul.

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Man is unable to accurately predict events which are but twenty-four hours distant. Only the Divine Mind could have foretold the future, centuries before it came to be. Hence, we affirm with the utmost confidence, that the hundreds of fulfilled prophecies in the Bible attest and demonstrate the truth that the Scriptures are the inspired, infallible, inerrant Word of God.

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There is only one safeguard against error, and that is to be established in the faith. And for that, there has to be prayerful and diligent study, and a receiving with meekness the engrafted Word of God. Only then are we fortified against the attacks of those who assail us.

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After grief for sin there should be joy for forgiveness.

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To the one who delights in the sovereignty of God the clouds not only have a 'silver lining' but they are silver all through, the darkness only serving to offset the light!

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Chastisement is designed for our good, to promote our highest interests. Look beyond the rod to the All-wise hand that wields it!

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An ineffably holy God, who has the utmost abhorrence of sin was never invented by any of Adam's sinful descendants!

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Satan is ever seeking to inject that poison into our hearts to distrust God's goodness yet especially in connection with his commandments. That is what really lies behind all evil, lusting, and disobedience a discontent with our position and portion, a craving from something which God has wisely held from us. Reject any suggestion that God is unduly severe with you. Resist with the utmost abhorrence, anything that causes you to doubt God's love and his loving-kindness toward you. Allow nothing to make you question the Father's love for his child.

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When you observe that the fire in your room is getting dull, you do not always put on more coal but simply stir with the poker. Just so, God often uses the black poker of adversity in order that the flames of devotion may burn more brightly.

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God cannot change for the better, for He is already perfect.
And being perfect, He cannot change for the worse.

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A natural faith is sufficient for trusting a human object but a supernatural faith is required to savingly trust in a Divine object.

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Those circumstances, which to the dim eye of Jacob's faith, wore a hue so somber, were at that very moment developing and perfecting the events which were to shed around the evening of his life the halo of a glorious and cloudless sunset. All things were working together for his good! And so, troubled soul, the "much tribulation" will soon be over, and as you enter the "kingdom of God" you shall then see, no longer "through a glass darkly" but in the unshadowed sunlight of the Divine presence that "all things" did "work together" for your personal and eternal good!

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Contentment is the soul's enjoyment of that peace that passes all understanding.

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If I have never mourned over my waywardness then I have no solid ground for rejoicing.

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Sin is more than an act or a series of acts it is a man's nature.

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Daily living by faith on Christ, is what makes the difference between the sickly and the healthy Christian between the defeated and the victorious saint.

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God was under no constraint, no obligation, no necessity to create. That He chose to do so was purely a sovereign act on His part, caused by nothing outside Himself, determined by nothing but His own mere good pleasure.

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The truth of God may well be likened to a narrow path skirted on either side by a dangerous and destructive precipice in other words, it lies between two gulfs of error.

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Were God to show grace to all of Adam's descendants, men would at once conclude that He was righteously compelled to take them to Heaven as fit compensation for allowing the human race to fall into sin. But the great God in under no obligation to any of his creatures least of all to those who are rebels against him.

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Christ is the Divine answer to the Devil's overthrow of our first parents.

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Almost all doctrinal error is really truth perverted. Truth wrongly divided. Truth disproportionately held and taught.

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The Christian life is a life that consists of following Jesus.

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Chastisement is designed for our good, to promote our highest interests. Look beyond the rod to the All-wise hand that wields it!

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Instead of complaining at his lot a contented man is thankful that his condition and circumstances are no worse than they are.

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Afflictions are light when compared with what we really deserve.
They are light when compared with the sufferings of the Lord Jesus.
But perhaps their real lightness is best seen by comparing them with the weight of glory which is awaiting us.

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Whom God legally saves He experimentally saves.
Whom He justifies them He also sanctifies.
Where the righteousness of Christ is imputed to an individual a principle of holiness is imparted to him; the former can only be ascertained by the latter. It is impossible to obtain a Scriptural knowledge that the merits of Christ's finished work are reckoned to my account except by proving that the efficacy of the Holy Spirit's work is evident in my soul.

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It is only in proportion as the Christian manifests the fruit of a genuine conversion, that he is entitled to regard himself and be regarded by others as one of the called and elect of God. It is just in proportion as we add to our faith the other Christian graces that we have solid ground on which to rest in the assurance we belong to the family of Christ. It is not those who are governed by self-will but "as many as are led by the Spirit of God they are the sons of God" Romans 8:14

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Prayer is a coming to God, telling Him my need, committing my way unto the Lord, and leaving Him to deal with it as seems Him best.

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Real prayer is communion with God, so that there will be common thoughts between His mind and ours. What is needed is for Him to fill our hearts with His thoughts and then His desires will become our desires flowing back to Him.

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Prayer is not so much an act as it is an attitude an attitude of dependency, dependency upon God.

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If any occupation or amusement or association is found to hinder our communion with God or our enjoyment of spiritual things then it must be abandoned.

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Anything in my habits or ways which mars happy fellowship with the brethren or robs me of power in service, is to be unsparingly judged and made an end of 'burned.' (Leviticus 13:52) Whatever I cannot do for God's glory must be avoided!

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Whom God legally saves He experimentally saves.

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One of the surest tests to apply to the professed conversion, is the heart's attitude toward sin. Where the principle of holiness has been planted, there will necessarily be a loathing of all that is unholy. If our hatred of evil is genuine, we are thankful when the Word reproves even the evil which we did not suspect.