We have no reason to lose all hope, when our attempts to honor our Lord increase the malice of His enemies. Cheer up! He brings real good out of what seems to be a disaster.
Reputed to be alive but dead
Yes, there may be a full attendance at the house of God, and even at the Lord's supper, while there really are only few true worshippers. Such religious acts may give people a reputation of being alive; but, mind you, these may be performed while the heart is in fact dead before God.
Surprising and never ought to happen
Sometimes — surprising as it is — even believers, when exposed to sharp trials, entertain suspicions of the Lord's faithfulness. But He is pursuing His own gracious purposes all along.
Unfit for the kingdom
One's unpreparedness for sufferings and persecution, or his being so much absorbed by earthly enjoyments that he is continually putting off the time for beginning to lead a new life, indicates unfitness for the kingdom of God.
I have many times observed how easy it is for people to deceive themselves with respect to the motives of their own actions, deceiving themselves to better deceive others. Terrible! Never ever lean on your own understanding.
To have a childhood that is blessed with more than childish joy through the early knowledge of the heavenly Father is no small privilege; and the remembrance of a youth spent in His service, pure from worldly vanities, O how sweet!
It would be wonderful if I could perfectly adapt my discourses to the state of mind of my hearers. God grant it!
No arguments can convince those whose hearts are set against Christ. So “leave them!” He said, “they are blind guides. If someone who is blind leads another who is blind, both will fall into a pit.” (Matthew 15:14)
No friend but the Lord
It has often been the lot of many Christians that, when they are despairing, and they “look to their right hand, they find no friend by their side.” It was then that they looked to the Lord, and said, “Thou art my refuge; thou art all I have in the land of the living.” (Psalm 142:4-5)
Patient but will not be fooled
The Lord shows great patience towards each person; but at the same time He will not allow unfruitful trees to continue to deplete the soil. (See Luke 13:7.)
He will judge
The Lord Jesus is now very approachable, and so forgiving; but when He is (as He shall be) on His throne of judgment, He will yield to no one, and grant no forgiveness.