Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Best Charles Spurgeon Animal Quotes

Great preaching requires great writing, and Charles Spurgeon had a way with words that helped him become one of the most legendary preachers in history. Since I like animals, and he often used creatures of many kinds in his sermon illustrations, I collected my favorites of his animal quotes.

I limited this list to short quotes, to keep it simple and easy to read, and now I want to share them with you.

From the mighty mind of Charles Spurgeon:

- We see the present power of God in the flight of every sparrow, and hear His goodness in the song of every lark.

- I have often heard people laugh at religion, but ask them what it is, and they know no more about religion than a horse, and worse than that, for they believe untruths about it, and a horse does not do that.

- Rest assured that every black horse of error that comes forth to swallow up the sea of divine truth shall be drowned therein.

- Each sin leaves a trail. The dogs of judgment will be sure to scent it out, and find their prey.

- A stag followed by the hungry hounds with open mouths is far more happy than the man who is followed by his sins.

- There's no telling when a man's sins may show themselves, for hares pop out of the ditch just when you are not looking for them.

- It may have been better for you if you had been made a frog or a toad than to have lived a man, if you should live and die without making peace with your Maker.

- Swift as the dove pursued by the hawk, fly, fly poor sinner, to God's dear Son.

- Prayer without fervency is like hunting with a dead dog.

- Let us but send out the dove of prayer, and we may be certain that she will return unto us with an olive branch of peace in her mouth.

- The fox hastens to its hole; every creature uses its refuge in the hour of danger, and even so in all peril or fear of peril let us flee unto Jehovah, the Eternal Protector of His own.

- The hound, when he has lost his scent, hunts backwards and so recovers it, and pursues his game with louder cry than ever. Thus, Christian, when your hope is at a loss, and you question your salvation in another world, then look backward and see what God has already done for you.

- A feigned friend is much like the bee, who carries honey in her mouth and a sting in her tail. So his countenance is friendly and his words pleasant, but his intent dangerous, and his deeds unwholesome.

- Too many ministers are toying with the deadly cobra of “another gospel,” in the form of “modern thought.”

- As the sportsman has a gun for wild fowl, and another for deer and game, so has Satan a different temptation for various orders of men.

- Trust a wolf at your throat sooner than worldly men in religious matters.

- When a man is proud as a peacock, all strut and show, he needs converting himself before he sets up to preach to others.

- Birds reveal their nature by their song. Owls cannot sing the carol of the lark, nor can the nightingale hoot like the owl. Let us, then, weigh and watch our words, lest our speech should prove us to be foreigners, and aliens from the commonwealth of Israel.

- Like a moth that lies under the finger, God can crush us now if He pleases, or He can let us go and save us. What reflections ought to cross our mind, if we believe that?

- Self-sufficiency is Satan's net, wherein he catcheth men, like poor silly fish, and doth destroy them. Be not self-sufficient. Think yourselves nothing, for ye are nothing, and live by God's help.

- Thoughts from heaven, like birds in spring, will fill our souls with music, but thoughts of evil will sting us like vipers.

- The true Church of God is a stranger and pilgrim still; an alien and a foreigner in every land; a speckled bird; a dove in the midst of ravens.

- If you keep your conscience clear, it is a great joy. Conscience is a little bird that sings more sweetly than any lark or nightingale.

- We play the man today, and the mouse tomorrow. Lord have mercy upon us: we are an inconsistent people, fickle as the wind. The Lord would have us abide always in Him with strong and mighty confidence, being rooted and built up in Him.

- A Christian should do with truth as a snail does with his shell—live inside it, as well as carry it on his back, and bear it perpetually about with him.

- Joy, like the nightingale, sings in the dark, and can praise God in the tempest and shout his high praises in the storm.

What do you think of this collection of Charles Spurgeon’s animal quotes? If you have any favorite Spurgeon animal quotes that you’d like to add, share them in the comments!

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