Words Of Wisdom

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Words of Wisdom for Daily LivingCharles Spurgeon reflects on topics from short beds to capital punishment, approaching each with a sound biblical perspective. Set in contemporary language for today's reader, Words of Wisdom provides you with godly truths that will inspire your daily walk with the Lord."For wisdom is better that rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it." -Proverbs 8:11
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Overview

Words of Wisdom for Daily LivingCharles Spurgeon reflects on topics from short beds to capital punishment, approaching each with a sound biblical perspective. Set in contemporary language for today's reader, Words of Wisdom provides you with godly truths that will inspire your daily walk with the Lord."For wisdom is better that rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it." -Proverbs 8:11
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780883683682
  • Publisher: Whitaker House
  • Publication date: 2/1/1994
  • Edition description: POCKET
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,485,455
  • Product dimensions: 0.48 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892), the "Prince of Preachers," preached his first sermon at age sixteen and became a pastor at age eighteen. Spurgeon drew large crowds and built the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London in 1861 to accommodate them. He published over two thousand sermons; his inspiring and challenging messages comprise the largest collection of work by a single author. Spurgeon preached to an estimated ten million people during his lifetime, including notables such as the prime minister of England, members of the royal family, and Florence Nightingale. He appealed constantly to his hearers to move on in the Christian faith, to allow the Lord to minister to them individually, and to be used of God to win the lost to Christ. In addition to his powerful preaching, Spurgeon founded and supported charitable outreaches, including educational institutions. His pastors' college, which is still in existence today, taught nearly nine hundred students in Spurgeon's time. He also founded the famous Stockwell Orphanage.
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Table of Contents

1. What is Pride?2. Good Works and Broken Keys3. The Double-minded Man4. A Drama in Five Acts5. The Table of the Profligate6. The Self-Righteous Guests7. The Worldly-Wise8. Going through the Fire9. The Evils of Sloth10. At the Siege of Copenhagen11. Sleep, a Gift of God12. An Innkeeper's Prayer13. Capital Punishement14. Rowland Hill and Lady Erskine15. God Speaking to All16. The Suspected Inn17. Some Popular Errors18. Profit and Loss19. The Avalanche and the Locusts20. How the World Gives21. The King and the Bishop22. Talents Great and Small23. The Light of Evening24. Beds That are Too Short25. Mistaken Zeal26. Selfish Ease27. "Be Sober"28. Through Floods and Flames29. Show Your Colors30. Keep Your Own Garden31. A Talk About Death
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First Chapter

What Is Pride?

There is nothing into which the heart of man so easily falls as pride, and yet there is no vice which is more frequently, more emphatically, and more eloquently condemned in Scripture. Pride is a groundless thing. It stands on the sands, or -- worse than that -- it puts its foot on the billows which yield beneath its tread. Even worse still, it stands on bubbles which soon must burst beneath its feet. Of all things, pride has the worst foothold. It has no solid rock on earth on which to place itself. We have reasons for almost everything, but we have no reasons for pride. Pride is a thing which should be unnatural to us, for we have nothing to be proud of. Again, pride is a brainless thing, as well as a groundless thing, for it brings no profit with it. There is no wisdom in a self-exaltation. Other vices have some excuse, for men seem to gain by them avarice, pleasure, lust have some plea -- but the man who is proud sells his soul cheaply. He opens wide the floodgates of his heart to let men see how deep is the flood within his soul. Then suddenly it flows out, and all is gone-all is nothing for one puff of empty wind, one word of sweet applause. The soul is gone, and not a drop is left. In almost every other sin, we gather up the ashes when the fire is gone. But here, what is left? The covetous man has his shining gold, but what does the proud man have? He has less than he would have had without his pride, and is no gainer whatever. Pride wins no crown. Men never honor it, not even the menial slaves of earth. All men look down on the proud man and think him less than themselves. Again, pride is the maddest thing that can exist. It feeds upon its own vitals. It will take away its own life, that with its blood it may make a purple cape for its shoulders. It saps and undermines its own house that it may build its pinnacles a little higher, and then the whole structure tumbles down. Nothing proves men so mad as pride. Then pride is a protean thing because changes its shape. It is all forms in the world. You may find it in any fashion you may choose. You may see it in the beggar's rags as well as in the rich man's garments. It dwells with the rich and with the poor, The man without a shoe to his foot may be as proud as if he were riding in a chariot. Pride can be found in every rank of society, among all classes of men. Sometimes it is an Armenian and talks about the power of the creature. Then it turns Calvinist and boasts of its fancied security, forgetful of the Maker, who alone can keep our faith alive. Pride can profess any form of religion. It may be a Quaker and wear no collar to its coat. It may be a Episcopalian and worship God in splendid cathedrals. It may be a Dissenter and go to the common meeting house. It is one of the most catholic things in the world; it attends all kinds of chapels and churches. Go where you will, you will see pride. It comes up with us to the house of God. It goes with us to our houses. It is found in the market and the exchange, in the streets, and everywhere. Let me hint at one or two forms which pride assumes. Sometimes pride takes the doctrinal shape. It teaches the doctrine of self-sufficiency. It tells us what man can do and will not admit that we are lost, fallen, debased, and ruined creatures, as we are. It hates divine sovereignty and rails at election. Then, if pride is driven from that, it takes another form. It allows that the doctrine of free grace is true, but does not feel it. It acknowledges that salvation is of the Lord alone, but still it prompts men to seek heaven by their own works, even by the deeds of the law. When driven from that heresy, it will persuade men to join something with Christ in the matter of salvation. When that is all torn up and the poor rag of our righteousness is all burned, pride will get into the Christian's heart as well as the sinner's. It will flourish under the name of self-sufficiency, teaching Christians that they are "rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing" (Revelation 3:17). It will tell them that they do not need daily grace, that past experience will do for tomorrow-that they know enough, toil enough, pray enough. It will make them forget that they have "not ... already attained" (Philippians 3:12). It will not allow them to press forward to the things that are ahead, forgetting the things that are behind. (See Philippians 3:13-14.) It enters into hearts and tempts believers to set up independent businesses for themselves. Until the Lord brings about a spiritual bankruptcy, pride will keep them from going to God. Pride has ten thousand shapes. It is not always that stiff and starched gentleman that you picture. It is a vile, creeping, insinuating thing, that will twist itself like a serpent into our hearts. It will talk of humility and prate about being dust and ashes. I have known men to talk about their corruption most marvelously, pretending to be all humility, while at the same time they were the proudest wretches that could be found this side of the gulf of separation. O friends! You cannot tell how many shapes pride will assume. Look sharp about you, or you will be deceived by it. And just when you think you are entertaining angels, you will find you have been receiving devils unawares.

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