Dwight Lyman Moody was born the sixth child of Edwin and Betsy Holton Moody in
An old writer said that some books are to be tasted, some to be swallowed, some to be chewed and digested. The Bible is one that you can never finish with. It is like a bottomless well; you can always find fresh truth gushing forth from its pages.
Some time ago I was wonderfully blessed by taking the seven "Blesseds" of the Revelation.
If God did not wish us to understand the book of Revelation, He would not have given it to us at all. A good many say it is so dark and mysterious that common readers cannot understand it. Let us only keep digging away at it, and it will unfold itself by and by.
It speaks in Galatians about love, the fruit of the Spirit being love, joy, peace, gentleness, long suffering, meekness and temperance.
I suppose there has been no word on Christians' lips so frequently at this time as the word "prayer," and there is not one in this hall who has not thought often, during the last forty-eight hours, of the importance of prayer.I suppose if I could put the question and ask those who are filled with the Spirit to respond, very few if any would be heard from. And yet we read in Ephesians 5:18 that this is a command: "Be ye filled with the Spirit." God commands us to be filled with the Spirit; and if we are not filled, it is because we are living beneath our privileges. I remember a child that lived with her parents in a small village. One day the news came that her father had joined the army (it was at the beginning of our [Civil] war), and a few days after the landlord came to demand the rent. The mother told him she hadn't got it, and that her husband had gone into the army. He was a hard-hearted wretch, and he stormed and said that they must leave the house; he wasn't going to have people who couldn't pay the rent.
You know I have an idea that the Bible is like an album. I go into a man's house, and while waiting for him, I take up an album and open it.I look at a picture. "Why, that looks like a man I know." I turn over and look at another. "Well, I know that man." By-and-by I come upon another. "Why, that man looks like my brother." I am getting pretty near home. I keep turning over the leaves. "Well, I declare, there is a man who lives in the street I do; why, he is my next-door neighbor."
The witness of the Spirit is the witness of power. Jesus said, "The works that I do shall ye do also, and greater works than these shall ye do because I go to the Father." I used to stumble over that. I didn’t understand it. I thought, what greater work could any man do than Christ had done? How could any one raise a dead man who had been laid away in the sepulcher for days, and who had already begun to turn back to dust; how with a word could he call him forth?A man came to me the other day and said: "I like your preaching. You don't preach hell, and I supposeyou don't believe in one." Now I don't want any one to rise up in the Judgment and say that I was not afaithful preacher of the Word of God. It is my duty to preach God's Word just as He gives it to me; Ihave no right to pick out a text here and there, and say, "I don't believe that." If I throw out one text Imust throw out all, for in the same Bible I read of rewards and punishments, Heaven and hell.
Identity and Personality
Joy in Persecution
None of Self
Not Easily Offended
Some people are always making excuses for not doing their duty, and especially for not coming to Christ. If I asked you to come to Christ, you would be ready to give some excuse for not accepting the invitation. I never saw an unsaved man in my life but had some excuse - never! and if you don't have one ready, Satan will be right by you to help you to make one. He is good at that sort of thing. That has been his occupation the last six thousand years - helping men to make excuses.
1. Shake off the vipers that are in the Church, formalism, pride, and self-importance, etc.
When a man says, "I will," it may not mean much. We very often say "I will" when we don’tmean to fulfill what we say. But when we come to the "I will" of Christ, He means to fulfill it.Everything He promised to do, He is able and willing to accomplish. I cannot find anyScripture where He says "I will" do this or "I will" do that but that it will be done.
Some inquirers come to me over and over again, and never seem to get on, but go round and round like a horse in a mill. They don't rest where God rests - in the blood of Christ. Blood runs throughout the whole Bible.
The Holy Ghost
To the Afflicted
Suppose you do not want to hear a sermon (on this last night) so much as you want to know how to be saved. I want, if I can, to answer that question, "What must I do to be saved?" There is no question that can come before us in this world that is so important; and I think that there is not a man in this audience to-night who does not feel interested in it.