Charles Haddon Spurgeon was the full name of Charles Spurgeon. Spurgeon was a very famous English Baptist preacher. Spurgeon was highly renowned among Christians of other denominations. He was widely known by this phrase: "Prince of Preachers" because of his acumen in the field. He was a prominent figure in the Reformed Baptist tradition. Spurgeon defended the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith and opposed the pragmatic religious tendencies in the Church of his times.
Spurgeon was born in Kelvedon, Essex, on 19 June 1834. His conversion from nominal Congregationalism came on 6 January 1850. Interestingly, as Spurgeon was on his way to a decided appointment, he had to cut short his journey owing to a snowstorm and turn into a Primitive Methodist chapel in Artillery Street, Newtown. It's believed that a particular text that influenced him was Isaiah 45:22.
Spurgeon was part of various recognised Baptist congregations during his lifetime. He was also a major part of several altercations with the Baptist Union of the United Kingdom, for that matter. In the year 1867, Spurgeon had initiated a philanthropist organisation. The name of it was called "Spurgeon's and works".
Spurgeon also founded the famous "Spurgeon's College" after his own name.
One of the greatest works that he printed was "Cheer For Daily Life". This got printed in 1898, with only three copies having been printed. His other works include "Able to the Uttermost" and "According To Promise". He left for heavenly abode on 31 January 1892. Below are some of the famous Charles Spurgeon Quotes.
It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.
Happiness is not about random hoarding of things. We tend to think that this is what constitutes joy and gaiety. However, that's not so. Rather happiness is all about staying happy with whatever little or more we have. It's about being gracious for whatever God has given to us.
By perseverance, the snail reached the ark.
Perseverance is glorified over here. Noah was a Biblical character who built a boat called ark and took every two kinds of animals with himself to save the species from floods. A snail also reached the ark owing to its effort and perseverance. What Spurgeon is saying is that persistent effort can save you!
Of two evils, choose neither.
If given a choice to pick one out of the two evils, go for none. Why would you ever pick something evil in the first place? That's not correct. Rather you should deny upholding any of the two evils. Thus, what's being said over here is that choosing evil should never really be a choice in our life.
Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.
Being simply anxious about little things in life adds nothing but sadness to our present. Anxiety doesn't relieve us of the sorrows that are there in tomorrow. It just drains out our today out of its strength. Being anxious means that you are worrying about things you have no control over. This is only going to lead to remorse and guilt.
Beware of no man more than of yourself; we carry our worst enemies within us.
We, humans, tend to blame others for being our enemies. We always blame it on others when something doesn't go well with us. However, keep in mind that none but you are your worst enemy. That's because our heart and mind is a seat of passions and deceit. We sometimes turn extremely selfish or consciously to uphold negative values. So we are our worst enemies.
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Oh, brethren, be great believers! Little faith will bring your souls to heaven, but great faith will bring heaven to you.
Spurgeon was a preacher who carried forward the message of the Bible. Herein, he's saying that if you have little faith, then it can take your soul to heaven. This means that your afterlife would be in heaven. However, if you have unbreakable faith in the almighty, heaven would come to you, showing you utmost love.
You cannot slander human nature; it is worse than words can paint it.
Slandering something, especially as beautiful as nature, is the worst defamation of the divine creator. If you defame or abuse the beautiful nature we all are a part of, you are a party to the problem. Slandering is even worse than the words that paint it. It means that all those beautiful compliments about nature go in the dustbin as you slander it.
Many men owe the grandeur of their lives to their tremendous difficulties.
How do you become great? Obviously, not by taking birth in a family that's already so rich. You rather have to struggle, grow and carve a unique niche for yourself. All the great men in the world are known for their hardships and struggles in life, not the money they gather. Thus, they have grand lives because they had tremendous difficulties.
Humility is to make a right estimate of one's self.
Humility is all about staying down to earth. We often tend to overestimate our worth which mostly puts us in the problem. This way, we never really acknowledge our faults, flaws and weak points. Thus, humility is about making the right estimate about yourself. It's about thinking accurately about yourself in terms of your qualities and achievements and never blabbering about them.
No one knows who is listening, say nothing you would not wish put in the newspapers.
Always use your tongue nicely. Think twice or thrice before speaking. This is said because you never know who is listening to you. You never know who may be recording your negativity or statements to leak in public. Thus, speak as if people are listening to you, and you wouldn't want your statements to get highlighted in the newspaper.
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Hope itself is like a star- not to be seen in the sunshine of prosperity, and only to be discovered in the night of adversity.
Hope is crucial in our lives, mostly in adversities. It's just like a star that is not visible in sunshine. It's visible when we need it the most- during nights and pains. Hope is that streak of the midnight star that illuminates the entire darkness on Earth. Thus, hope is most required when times are bleak than happy.
A Bible that's falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn't.
A Bible that's in bad condition or is falling apart belongs to that person who himself/herself isn't falling apart. This means that a Bible that has been so thoroughly read and understood by someone can leave no chance for that person to fall apart. Such a Bible rather acts as a strength for that person and helps him/her gather their authentic self.
Nothing teaches us about the preciousness of the Creator as much as when we learn the emptiness of everything else.
When do we realise that God is the ultimate? We do it when we realise the shallowness and transience of little things around us. We realise that it's just the almighty who can save us from all troubles and tribulations. Humans tend to leave us at some point or the other. Yet, it's only God who stays with us throughout.
Visit many good books, but live in the Bible.
Spurgeon is asking us to go through as many books as we want. He wants us to read everything and all kinds of genres. Yet, in a very abiding tone, he says that no matter how many books you go through, let your heart always reside in the Bible. Let the teachings of the Bible always guide you so that your life gets its strength from the Bible and nothing else.
Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you're not saved yourself, be sure of that!
Why do we all tend to just think of ourselves? Why do we forget that we live in a community and that we have to stay and grow together? If you are just wishing for yourself and not for the well being of others, you are yourself not saved. That's because such kind of self-centred behaviour will lead us nowhere.
If you can't see His way past the tears, trust His heart.
If you are just crying and weeping at this moment, you may start believing that God is not thinking about you. Pessimistic thoughts will take over your mind. Yet, you should always have faith in that golden heart of his. You should see that beyond the tears that you have at present, there's his heart which always thinks good of you!
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The Lord's mercy often rides to the door of our heart upon the black horse of affliction.
Lord's mercy may not always come in sweet flavours. It mostly comes out being bitter. His mercy is like that black horse that will give you affliction. However, always remind yourself that affliction may be the route that will lead you to the supreme door of happiness. It's an affliction that is another form of divine mercy and love.
A Jesus who never wept could never wipe away my tears.
A Jesus who never himself lived a painful life would have never understood the pains of others. Had he not wept, he would have never understood the tears of others. Thus, only a sufferer can relieve other sufferers from their pain. That's the entire reason that Jesus is the harbinger of peace in this world.
Friendship is one of the sweetest joys of life. Many might have failed beneath the bitterness of their trial had they not found a friend.
Friendship is something that adds power to our being. It's something that empowers us to do great things. Friendship is not about being friends just for the sake of it. It's rather about a bond that makes you feel sweet even when it's bitter all around. We all must have failed beneath the bitterness of our struggles had we not gotten friends.
Care more for a grain of faith than a ton of excitement.
Always look out for lesser things that can give you long-lasting hopes. Rather than demanding a ton of excitement altogether and at one go, look out for little grains of joy. These small bundles of joy may be very small in size, yet when it comes to the amount of happiness they can give us, it's amazing and large in volume.