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The wonderful results which have followed the evangelistic labours in this country of the two devoted American brethren whose names are now familiar to us as household words, has once again brought home to the Church of God the great truth that the Gospel of Christ, when faithfully proclaimed, is the power of God unto salvation, and that its sufficiency is not of man, but of God. Not with enticing words of man’s wisdom; not with lofty claims to a superior spiritual discernment, or to a polished and captivating oratory; but with all simplicity, with all plainness of speech, yet with an intense conviction of its truth, and a heartfelt earnestness, has that proclamation of the Gospel been made which thousands of late have flocked to hear from the lips of Mr. Moody. Yet the very homeliness and simplicity which characterize Mr. Moody’s utterances, accompanied as they are by a most graphic descriptive power, springing from his own vivid conceptions of truth, have been the means of bringing home to the popular mind the great truths which he has set forth in a far more forcible manner than could have been accomplished by the aid of a more rhetorical art. And if with these there be taken into account the deep spiritual experience and the full Scriptural knowledge which always distinguish Mr. Moody’s teachings, we shall in some degree understand the success which, through the blessing of God, has hitherto attended his labours. One of the most common experiences, perhaps, of those who have had the privilege of listening to Mr. Moody is that his words carry with them a recurrent power, continually cropping up afterwards with somewhat of their original force; a sure token of vigorous and effective speech, albeit, occasionally it may be, crude and homely in form. But this often is as— —— “flowers on furze, The better the uncouther: Do roses stick like burrs?” It was the above fact that suggested the idea of the present little volume, with the belief that the compilation in a book form of some of the more striking passages of his discourses would be gladly welcomed by many, as a lasting memento of Mr. Moody’s visit to England. The following pages consist of a selection of such passages, taken from short-hand notes of the addresses delivered by Mr. Moody in Glasgow, Manchester, and London; and they are now sent forth in the hope that they may in some small degree supplement his own work, and be found useful in arousing the thoughtless, in giving light and strength to the anxious and the earnest, and in magnifying the love and grace of God. CrossReach Publications

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LIFE WORDS

from

gospel addresses

of

D. L. MOODY

London:

JOHN SNOW & CO

2, Ivy Lane, Paternoster Row

1875

 

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CONTENTS

 

Christian Enthusiasm

How to Keep Apart from the World

Consecration to God’s Service

God’s College

Self-righteousness

Is the Bible True?

Ask Great Things of God

The Little Lone One

The Heavenly Seeker

The Devil’s “Ifs”

A Blessing for All

Anxiety the Harbinger of Hope

How to Read the Bible

The Time of Grace

Christian Joyfulness

Be in Earnest

Too Late

The Greatest of Mistakes

Christ the Quickener

What is “Believing?”

Two Bidding for the Soul

Nearing Heaven

The Dread Alternative

Hearing for Others

How the Saviour Seeks

The Luxury of Winning Souls

The Joy of Salvation

Souls that Shine

The Water of Life

Is the Heart Loyal?

Inquire the Way

The Home of God

Work its Own Reward

Good News for the Lost

Co-workers with Christ

The Incentive to Service

Border People

The Friend of the Poor

The Saviour’s Call

The Phalanx of Victory

Realities

Clouds Dispersed

The Men For God’s Service

All Men Sought by Christ

The Curtain Lifted

Work for Jesus

The Vision of the King

Unity Among Christians

The True Ground of Rejoicing

Medicine for the Soul

Doubting Castle

The Holy Dead

The Curse of Sectarianism

What is Faith?

True Treasure

The Want of the World

Answers to Prayer

The Faith that Saves

The Spirit of Elijah

The Waiting Saviour

The Loss of a Soul

The Two Prayers

You Can Be Saved if You Will

Christian Consistency

The Stream and the Fountain

Jesus Our Elder Brother

Dying Without Hope

Growth in Grace

Heaven Hushed to Hear the Sinner’s Prayer

“Our Father Which Art in Heaven”

The Drunkard’s Hell

Patience in Labour

How Christ Values the Soul

The Remedy for Sin

The All-sufficiency of Christ

The New Birth

A Testimony Worth Striving for

To Every Man His Work

Man Safer Out of Eden

How to Carry On the Work

Study the Bible

Satan at Church

The Light of the World

Women’s Work in the Church

The A.B.C. of God’s Alphabet

Easy Arithmetic

The Token of the Atoning Blood

God’s Measure of Blessing

The Greatest Insult to God

The Enemy Unbelief

Just What God Wants

The Outward Look of Faith

Soul-winners

“More to Follow”

Necessity of the New Birth

Throw Out the Ballast

The Baptism of the Spirit

Hope for the Drunkard

The Greatness of Little Works

Slaves Set Free

The Abiding Virtue

The Great Delusion of Our Day

The Unseen Glories

The Price of Salvation

Photographs of the Heart

Self-Glorification

Salvation Not of Ordinances

Salvation Not of the Law

The Proof of Conversion

God Above Reason

The Worth of Good Resolves

The Duty of Thanksgiving

The Touchstone of Love

Joining the Church

Temptation and the Tempted

The Young Convert’s Three Enemies

The Sword of the Word

The Shepherd and the Lambs

The Faithful Promiser

The Unlimited Promise

Christians Must be Workers

Young Converts Kept By God

The Worm that Dieth Not

Justification More Than Pardon

The Bible the Christian’s Vade Mecum

Satan Vanquished by Christ

First Loved, then Washed from Sin

Christ the Only Saviour

The Touch of the Saviour’s Hand

Christians No Longer Their Own

Food for the Soul

How to Understand the Bible

Christ Our Redeemer

God Using Human Instrumentality

Spurning the Remedy

Salvation Not Limited by Election

The Mourner’s Friend

Decide for Christ

The Key to Bible Study

The Voice from Heaven

Christ the Forerunner of His People

The Mission of Christ to the World

A Good Exchange

Despise Not Small Things

God Worthy of All Love

The Compassionate Saviour

Christ a Personal Saviour

Follow the Cloud

Redeemed from the Law

Keep your Eye on Christ

Sold for Nought, Redeemed by Blood

Christ our Shepherd

The Wilderness Journey of Life

The Fire of God’s Wrath

A Word the Devil is Afraid of

Our Children

Sunny Christians

Christ’s Death the Gospel

The Secret of Christian Success

What God Cannot Do

Pardon for the Sinner

The Gospel Not to Be Trifled With

Christ Our Light

Come Just as You Are

Christians Reflecting Christ’s Light

Salvation Not to Be Purchased

The Christian’s Seven New Things

Christ Misunderstood By the World

Sin Put Away by Christ

Slaves to Sin

No Rest Here

What Heaven Thinks of Christ

Paul the Conqueror

Struggling Against the World

Faith’s Victory through Christ

Mammon-worship

The Great Reward

Value of the World’s Applause

The Christian Principle of Restitution

Jesus as a Comforter

Man’s Grace and God’s Grace

The Church a Place of Work

The Way out of Infidelity

Abraham’s Faith

The World’s Treatment of Christ

The Reward of the World

Departed Friends Watching Over Us

Earthly Treasure Not Wealth

Faith and Love

Grace Distinct from Works

The Christ of God

Supplication with Thanksgiving

More Than was Expected

What Will Make Heaven Our Home

Crownless Saints in Heaven

The Saviour’s Offer

Living for Christ

The Devil’s Children and God’s Children

Three Classes of Christians

Christians and the World

Our Treasure in Heaven

Shut Up to the Lord

Boldness in Prayer

Profession Does Not Save

The Present Curse of Christianity

Christian Assurance

All Christians Confessors

Praying Christians

Backsliders, Come Home

The Everlasting Rest

Three Steps to Perdition

Wisdom Given by God

Pilgrims and Sojourners

Dead, Cold Formalism

Over the Precipice

Hidden Diamonds

Christian Union

Simplicity of the Gospel

No Hell, no Heaven

God Barring the Way to Hell

The Gospel Taking a Fresh Start

Christians Known by Their Lives

All Seekers Finders

Blindness of Sinners

Worldly Christians

The Twofold Nature of the Christian

Christian Courage and Perseverance

Reading the Scriptures

Clogged by Sin

Trust in God

A Device of Satan

Christ Our Deliverer

Hypocrites in the Church

Kings and Priests to God

Christ Victor Over Death

Pressure of Business

Jesus as a Friend

No Bible in the Lost World

Christians Safe Forever

Prayer and Praise

The Old-fashioned Gospel

Jesus Weeping Over Jerusalem

God’s Casket Unlocked by Prayer

Praying for Temporal Blessings

Despising Moses and Despising Christ

Christians Kept by God

Rooted in Christ

The Home-coming of God’s People

The World Thirsting After God

The Power of Prayer

The Damning Sin of the World

The Curse of Intemperance

Faith Pleasing to God

The Bible Spiritually Discerned

No Temptation in Christ’s Presence

How to Love the Lord’s Work

Jesus of Nazareth Passeth By

 

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Preface

The wonderful results which have followed the evangelistic labours in this country of the two devoted American brethren whose names are now familiar to us as household words, has once again brought home to the Church of God the great truth that the Gospel of Christ, when faithfully proclaimed, is the power of God unto salvation, and that its sufficiency is not of man, but of God. Not with enticing words of man’s wisdom; not with lofty claims to a superior spiritual discernment, or to a polished and captivating oratory; but with all simplicity, with all plainness of speech, yet with an intense conviction of its truth, and a heartfelt earnestness, has that proclamation of the Gospel been made which thousands of late have flocked to hear from the lips of Mr. Moody.

Yet the very homeliness and simplicity which characterize Mr. Moody’s utterances, accompanied as they are by a most graphic descriptive power, springing from his own vivid conceptions of truth, have been the means of bringing home to the popular mind the great truths which he has set forth in a far more forcible manner than could have been accomplished by the aid of a more rhetorical art. And if with these there be taken into account the deep spiritual experience and the full Scriptural knowledge which always distinguish Mr. Moody’s teachings, we shall in some degree understand the success which, through the blessing of God, has hitherto attended his labours.

One of the most common experiences, perhaps, of those who have had the privilege of listening to Mr. Moody is that his words carry with them a recurrent power, continually cropping up afterwards with somewhat of their original force; a sure token of vigorous and effective speech, albeit, occasionally it may be, crude and homely in form. But this often is as—

—— “flowers on furze,

The better the uncouther:

Do roses stick like burrs?”

It was the above fact that suggested the idea of the present little volume, with the belief that the compilation in a book form of some of the more striking passages of his discourses would be gladly welcomed by many, as a lasting memento of Mr. Moody’s visit to England.

The following pages consist of a selection of such passages, taken from short-hand notes of the addresses delivered by Mr. Moody in Glasgow, Manchester, and London; and they are now sent forth in the hope that they may in some small degree supplement his own work, and be found useful in arousing the thoughtless, in giving light and strength to the anxious and the earnest, and in magnifying the love and grace of God.

G. F. G. Royle.

1st June, 1875.

 

LIFE WORDS

Christian Enthusiasm

SOME people object to revivals of religion because they think them productive of a temporary enthusiasm. But I contend that this enthusiasm is the grace of God being shed abroad in the heart. We generally find that when the grace of God is beginning to work, people begin to sing. It is said that larks never sing when they are flying downwards; but as they soar upwards they begin to sing, and continue to do so throughout their upward flight. So it is in religious awakenings; when new-born souls become alive unto God, they soar upwards and sing with joy. Let no one hastily condemn enthusiasm; let us not be guilty of marking out the way for God to come and bless our souls.

How to Keep Apart from the World

The best way is to keep out of it, and to be so actively engaged in the service of God as not to have any time or inclination for worldly amusements.

Consecration to God’s Service

What we want is to be out-and-out on the Lord’s side, brain and heart both on fire for the Lord. It is said of David’s mighty men that they were right and left handed. They were wholly consecrated; they could use their left or their right hands for the king. That is what we want now, men who are right-handed and left-handed for the King of glory; men who can use their eyes, and tongues, and ears, and everything for the Lord Jesus.

God’s College

I would rather a thousand times be five minutes at the feet of Christ than listen a lifetime to all the wise men in the world. If you want to get heavenly wisdom you must pass through God’s college. Do you know where that is? Why, at the feet of Christ. Mary found her place there. A man may go to Oxford or Cambridge, or anywhere else, but if he has not been to God’s seminary he will never be fit for heaven. Christ puts the truth so plain that even the little children can get hold of it.

Self-righteousness

A man must believe he is lost before he can be saved. One reason why many are not saved is because they do not believe they are lost. They fold their filthy rags of self-righteousness about them, instead of acknowledging that they are miserable sinners.

Is the Bible True?

Is the Bible a myth, is the Bible a sham? If it is, why, then away with it! But if it be true that man is lost, and that Christ is come to save him, then let us earnestly seek the kingdom of God. Oh! do not put off the salvation of your soul for another hour; but let this be the day, let this be the hour that you accept of the gift of God. Make up your mind you will not give yourself rest until you have sought the kingdom of God; until for you the great question of eternity is settled.

Ask Great Things of God

We must ever recollect that there is nothing too hard for the Lord. It is as easy for God to save a drunkard or backslider as it is for me to lift my hand. God delights in doing great things, and nothing can please Him more than when we ask for a great blessing. It would have been blasphemy if any one had asked God to send His Son into the world to die for us. But since He sent His Son, what will He not give us?

The Little Lone One

I sometimes think if an angel were to wing its way to heaven, and tell them that there was one little child here on earth—it might be one of those shoeless, coatless ones you call a street Arab,—with no one to lead it to the cross of Christ, and if God were to call the angels round His throne and ask them to go and spend, ay, fifty years, in teaching that child, there would not be an angel in heaven but would respond gladly to the appeal. We should see even Gabriel saying, “Let me go and win that soul to Christ.” We should see Paul buckling on his old armour again, and saying, “Let me go back again to earth that I may have the joy of leading that little one to his Saviour.” Ah! we need rousing, there is too much apathy amongst professing Christians. Let us pray God that He may send His Holy Spirit to inspire us with fresh energy and zeal to do His work.

The Heavenly Seeker

We are told that Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost. And every man or woman is either lost or found. Yes, either saved or lost. And Christ takes the place of the Seeker. No sooner did the news reach heaven that Adam had fallen, than God came down to him. Adam ought to have gone up and down the garden of Eden crying out, “My God, where art Thou? I have sinned, I have sinned and fallen!” Instead of that he went away and hid himself. But God came down, and His voice it was that was heard in Eden, “Adam, where art thou?” It was the voice of Christ, the voice of love. And, from the time of Adam’s fall until the present, God has always taken the place of the Seeker. No man or woman has been saved but He sought them first. We do not seek after Him until He first seeks after us. We do not go to Him by nature. Our nature is to go away from Him, as with Adam when he hid away from a loving God. It is not the lost sheep from the fold hunting up the Shepherd, but it is the Shepherd seeking after the lost sheep. As Isaiah has told us, “All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way,” and the great Shepherd, in His love, has come down after us.

The Devil’s “Ifs”

No sinner ever came to Christ but the devil tried to trip him up on the way. We must get rid of the devil’s “ifs.” But ah! how they have got into the Church!

A Blessing for All

When Christ commenced His ministry in the wonderful sermon on the mount there was blessing, blessing, blessing upon blessing. He came to bless man, not to condemn man. Zacchæus needed blessing, and He gave it him. Poor blind Bartimæus needed blessing, and He gave it him. If there is some Zacchæus, some poor blind beggar now needing blessing, Christ will bless that needy one. The Son of man is come for that purpose; He left heaven and a throne for that. And so the vilest man can be saved if he will. The Lord is able and willing to save. “He is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

Anxiety the Harbinger of Hope

Seek, oh! seek the kingdom of God; and be sure of this, it won’t take an anxious sinner long to meet an anxious Saviour.

How to Read the Bible

One of the best ways to read the Bible, and to become well versed in its teachings, is to read it with the help of a concordance or text-book; searching out parallel passages, and comparing spiritual things with spiritual. Every Christian should obtain time daily to read and meditate upon the Scriptures, and accompany the exercise with prayer for the teaching of the Holy Spirit. It is of some importance to have a Bible of a good readable type. There is reason to apprehend that persons are sometimes deterred from reading their Bibles because they find the type small and illegible.

The Time of Grace

Is it not a fact that every man and woman may find God if they will? “Seek ye the Lord while He may be found,” is the divine injunction. But the way that scripture reads implies that there is a time coming when man will not be able to find God, when men shall seek and not find. We read of such a thing. We read of their knocking at the door when it is shut. We read of their seeking with tears, but seeking too late. Not but what there was a time. I believe there is a time in the history of every man when he can accept the gift of God if he will; when he can press into the kingdom of God if he will.

Christian Joyfulness

When the Church revives, then is the time that our faces begin to lighten up; and it is this joy of heart and of countenance that draws men to the cross. I believe men would go to the cross much quicker than they do, were it not for the unduly doleful expressions that many Christians put on. God wants His children to be happy. Christ desires us to have hearts not merely just full of love and nothing more; He would have them gushing up and overflowing with divine love, because our joy is His joy, and the joy of the Lord is our strength.

Be in Earnest

We all like to see a man in earnest, and going into business with all his heart. We do not like a half-hearted man. Should not we be just as much in earnest about the salvation of our souls as about the accumulation of wealth? Let a war break out, and there be a chance of men achieving honour on the battle-field, and see how they will come forward and volunteer. They will leave their homes, their wives, and their children, and go thousands of miles away, if there be a chance of gaining honour, just for a few short fleeting years in this world. If men are thus willing to give up everything for wealth or honour in this life, how much more ought we to be willing to give up everything for the life to come! The gift of God is life without end, eternal life. You will admit that this is worth more than everything else. If you do, why don’t you ask for it? God says you shall find Him if you seek Him with all your heart.

Too Late

I have no doubt that those who would not pray when the ark was building prayed when the flood came; but their prayer was not answered. I have no doubt that when Lot went out of Sodom, Sodom cried to God; but it was too late, and God’s judgment swept it from the earth. It is not too late to obtain salvation now, but it may be at twelve o’clock to-night. I cannot find any place in the Bible where I can say you may find this promised for to-morrow. I am not justified in saying that. It is only written, “Behold, now is the accepted time, now is the day of salvation.”

The Greatest of Mistakes

Those who begin to work for Christ may, it is true, make mistakes; but although they may make some great mistakes, they have a very indulgent Master. But there are many people who make a terrible mistake, the biggest of all mistakes, and that is, they never do anything at all.

Christ the Quickener

Some time ago I had to preach a funeral sermon, and I turned to my Bible to see what kind of sermon Christ preached on such occasions; but I found, after turning over its pages, that He never preached any funeral sermons. If He had, why, the dead bodies would have come to life again. As a certain minister once said, it was a good thing that Christ called Lazarus by name, for if He had not, all the dead that were buried there would have been up out of their graves again. God grant that the Lord Christ by His power may quicken our dead souls!

What is “Believing?”

Two young men told me the other day that they stumbled over the word “believe.” I said I would give them another, and asked them if they could “trust.” One said, “Is that all?” I replied it was; they had simply to trust God for salvation. Yes, all we can do is to tell people how to trust and believe. If they cannot get hold of the words “trust” and “believe,” yet another word, the word “receive,” may be used in further illustration of believing.

Two Bidding for the Soul

There are two who are bidding for your soul and mine—the Lord Jesus and Satan. Satan bids, and he offers that which he cannot give. He is a liar, and has been from the foundation of the world. I pity the man who is living on the promises of the devil. He will never satisfy. But the Lord Jesus is able to give all that He offers. And what does He offer? He offers peace and joy and comfort that the world knows not of. He offers eternal life in the kingdom of God. He offers a seat in His mansions. We are to sit with Him upon His throne. May God help you to make a right choice. Make up your mind you will not rest until the great question of eternity is settled, until you have crossed the border-land, and pressed into the kingdom of God.

Nearing Heaven

We want treasure in heaven to attract our hearts up there. Then the world will have very little influence over us. Our hopes will be all fixed on things above. Like men going up in a balloon, when they have ascended a little height, things down here begin to look very small indeed. What had seemed very grand and imposing, now seem as mere nothings; and the higher they rise the smaller everything on earth appears,—it gets fainter and fainter as they rise, till the railway train, dashing along at express speed, seems just like a thread, and scarcely appears to be moving at all, and the grand piles of buildings seem now like mere dots. So it is when we get near heaven, earth’s treasures, earth’s cares, look very small and trifling.

The Dread Alternative

I would like to ask a question of every man and every woman, and I should like each one just to take the question home with them—“Am I saved, or am I lost?” It must be one thing or the other. There is no neutrality about the matter. A man cannot be saved and lost at the same time; it is thoroughly impossible. Every man, every woman, must either be saved or lost, if the Bible be true; and if I thought it was not true, I should not be preaching, and I would not advise you to come if you think the Bible is not true; but if the Bible be true, every man and every woman must either be in the ark or out of it, either saved or lost.

Hearing for Others

I have noticed that in the fifty-first Psalm the word “me,” or its equivalent, occurs thirty-three times. I much fear that now-a-days nine-tenths of the sermons preached are lost through the habit of hearing, not for ourselves, but for others. The application is passed over from one to another, until both text and sermon are passed out of the place of worship altogether.

How the Saviour Seeks

There