Spurgeon's Gold

Right principles are spiritual gold, and he that hath them, and is ruled by them, is the man who truly lives.

The Lord would not have spirituality divorced from common sense.

Man is all outside to God.

I always delight in a man who can afford to go about his life-work without fuss, bluster, or loud announcement.

Usefulness is as possible in obscurity as in publicity.

To wait is much wiser than, when you cannot hear the foghorn and have no pilot, to steam on and wreck your vessel on the rocks.

It is hell to live without a Saviour.

Lose your head and you lose the battle. Lose your heart and you have lost all.

In the struggle of life a cheerful fearlessness is a grand assistance.

Though you have a clear head and can stand in a dangerous place, I would not recommend you to go there if somebody else would thus be placed in danger.

Skillful mariners sail by all winds, and we ought to make progress through all circumstances.

I saw the other day the emblem of a serpent with its tail in its mouth, and if I carry it a little beyond the artist's intention the symbol may set forth appetite swallowing up itself.

Giving to God is no loss; it is putting your substance into the best bank.

Let us not seek to alter our destiny, but let us try to make the best of our circumstances.

While apostolic men looked for the coming of Christ, they looked for it with no idea of dread, but, on the contrary, with the utmost joy.

A notable divine once gave this direction: "The way to heaven is, turn to the right and keep straight on." I would add, turn when you come to the cross. Only one turn is needed, but that must be a thorough turn and one in which you persevere.

God loves to discover even the shadow of faith in his unbelieving creatures.

Sinners may go unpunished for many a bright hour of the morning of life, but as the day grows older the shadows fall and their way is clouded over.

I believe that there is not a moral truth in the Book of Proverbs which does not also wear a spiritual aspect.

The poorest way is better than none, and the humblest office is better than being out of employment.

A very small graveyard will be big enough to bury all the good people who die through giving up their drop of beer.

To go willfully into temptation is comparable to the crime of arson, in which a man collects combustible materials and secretly kindles them, that his house may be burned down.

History certainly repeats itself within the Church of God as well as outside of it.

Modern thought labors to get away from what is obviously the meaning of the Holy Spirit, that sin was lifted from the guilty and laid upon the innocent.

Our Lord's spirituality is not of that visionary sort which despises the feeding of hungry bodies. Look after His poor and needy ones. How can you be truly spiritual if you da not so?

He who holds back a soul from Jesus is the servant of Satan, and is doing the most diabolical of all the devil's work.

It is shameful and beyond endurance to see how genteel swindling is winked at by many.

The power to receive is scarcely a power, and yet it is the only power needed for salvation. Come along and take what Christ doth freely give you.

Suppose an accident should take away our lives; I smile as I think that the worst thing that could happen would be the best thing that could happen. If we should die, we should but the sooner be "forever with the Lord."

The publican's prayer so pleased the Lord Jesus Christ, who heard it, that He condescended to become a portrait painter, and took a sketch of the petitioner.

Pain and depression of spirit, endured in early life, have prepared many to sympathize with the unhappy, and to live a life of benevolence.

I will die with my face toward God and holiness.

If you are not saved it is not because God will not or cannot save you; it is because you refuse to accept His mercy in Christ.

Your non-searching of the Scriptures, your weariness under Gospel preaching, your want of care to understand the mind of God, is prima facie evidence that there is some enmity in your heart against the Most High.

If we live near to God we cannot sin without incurring sharp rebukes.

There is no having influence over the great men or the little men of this age except by being firm in your principles and decided in what you do. If you yield an inch you are beaten; but if you will not yield—no, not the splitting of a hair—they will respect you.

Would to God that the best that could happen to all men did happen to them.

The most careful driver one day upset the cart.

We are soon coming out of the eggshell of time, and when we break loose into eternity and see the vastness of the divine purposes, we shall be altogether amazed at the service bestowed, which will be the reward of service done.

Dogs will go mad with their muzzles on, and so will men sin despite the restraints of law.

Get a holy subject and keep to it till you have drawn somewhat from it to feed your soul upon, and then you will do your life-work with less fatigue, because you will have more strength to spend upon it.

Since evil thoughts are the first of sins, we had better meet the charge with immediate repentance and an instant faith in the only Saviour.

A do-nothing professor is a merely nominal member, and a nominal member is a real hindrance. He neither contributes, nor prays, nor works, nor agonizes for souls, nor takes any part in Christian service, and yet he partakes in all the privileges of the Church. Is this fair?

Salvation is a diamond with many facets.

If I begin to describe our hope, I must begin with what, I think, is always the topmast stone of it—the hope of the second advent of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; for we believe that when He shall appear we shall also appear with Him in glory.

When you and I get fearful how foolishly we think and speak and act.

Our little ones are real beauties, always a pound or two plumper than others of their age, and yet it don't tire you half so much to nurse them as it does other people's babies.

It is a very rare thing to hear even the infidel rail at the character of Jesus.

If you are very busy, think and pray all the more, or your work will wear and weary you, and drag you away from God. For your work's sake, break away from it, and give the soul a breathing time.

Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and believe intensely.

The god of this world is the devil, and he claims implicit obedience. Sin in some form or other is the image which Satan sets up and requires us to serve.

Language is thought to be forcible because it is hard, severe, and blustering, and yet there is little power in such speaking except to provoke opposition and furnish motives and weapons for the opposer.

To use an ecclesiastical term, we stand between two Epiphanies; the first is the manifestation of the Son of God in human flesh in dishonor and weakness; the second is the manifestation of the same Son of God in all His power and glory.

Not even in this world does sin pay its servants good wages.

If the way to God and salvation is, indeed, blocked up, it is only blocked up by your own sins. The door is not locked by a divine decree, nor nailed up by any necessity of circumstances, nor barred by any peculiarity of your case. No, there is neither block, nor bar, nor lock, except your sin.

You cannot in grace, any more than in anything else, do a great deal at once, and do it effectually.

Faults are always thick where love is thin.

Give me a man who deliberately makes up his mind, calmly sets to work, and patiently bears all rebuffs, and I know that what he sets himself to do will be done.

Accept His rule, and He will except thy prayer.

The service of God is a remunerative service; He gives wages in the work, and an abundant reward, according to His grace, when the work is done.

As voyagers cross the Atlantic, and so pass from shore to shore, so do we speed over the waves of this ever-changing world to the glory-land of the bright appearing of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

We will measure our age from our second rather than our first birth.

Baptism and the Lord's Supper will never be slighted by those whose hearts are fully possessed with love to Jesus. They may seem trifles, but if the Lord Jesus commands them they cannot be neglected.

Some soldiers are good at a rush, but they cannot form a square and stand fast hour after hour.

Jesus loves each one of His people with that same love wherewith He loves the whole of His people.

The following verses were written by Mr. Spurgeon at the age of eighteen:


When once I mourned a load of sin;

When conscience felt a wound within;

When all my works were thrown away;

When on my knees I knelt to pray,

Then, blissful hour, remembered well—

I learned thy love, Immanuel.

When storms of sorrow toss my soul;

When waves of care around me roll;

When comforts sink, when joys shall flee;

When hopeless griefs shall gape for me,

One word the tempest's rage shall swell—

That word thy name, Immanuel.

When for the truth I suffer shame;

When foes pour scandal on my name;

When cruel taunts and jeers abound;

When "Bulls of Bashan" gird me round,

Secure within thy tower I'll dwell—

That tower thy grace, Immanuel.

When hell enraged lifts up her roar;

When Satan stops my path before;

When fiends rejoice and wait my end;

When legion'd hosts their arrows send,

Fear not, my soul, but hurl at hell

Thy battle-cry, Immanuel.

When down the hill of life I go;

When o'er my feet death's waters flow;

When in the deep'ning flood I sink;

When friends stand weeping on the brink,

I'll mingle with my last farewell

Thy lovely name, Immanuel.

When tears are banished from mine eye;

When fairer worlds than these are nigh;

When heaven shall fill my ravished sight;

When I shall bathe in sweet delight,

One joy all joys shall far excel—

To see thy face, Immanuel.


We ought to mind our thoughts, for if they turn to be our enemies they will be too many for us, and will drag us down to ruin.

You will never get to Heaven, any of you, by playing at religion.

—Spurgeon's Gold