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Quotes by D.L. Moody

1

The Scriptures were not given to increase our knowledge but to change our lives.

2

I cannot preach on hell unless I preach with tears.

3

No one can sum up all God is able to accomplish through one solitary life, wholly yielded, adjusted, and obedient to Him.

4

There are many of us that are willing to do great things for the Lord, but few of us are willing to do little things.

5

We may easily be too big for God to use, but never too small.

6

A good many are kept out of the service of Christ, deprived of the luxury of working for God, because they are trying to do some great thing. Let us be willing to do little things. And let us remember that nothing is small in which God is the source.

7

A man can counterfeit love, he can counterfeit faith, he can counterfeit hope and all the other graces, but it is very difficult to counterfeit humility.

8

If you say “I will fast when God lays it on my heart,” you never will. You are too cold and indifferent to take the yoke upon you.

9

I believe firmly that the moment our hearts are emptied of pride and selfishness and ambition and everything that is contrary to God’s law, the Holy Spirit will fill every corner of our hearts. But if we are full of pride and conceit and ambition and the world, there is no room for the Spirit of God. We must be emptied before we can be filled.

10

As I go into a cemetery I like to think of the time when the dead shall rise from their graves… Thank God, our friends are not buried; they are only sown!

11

I have had more trouble with myself than with any other man.

12

Merely reading the Bible is no use at all without we study it thoroughly, and hunt it through, as it were, for some great truth.

13

The thief had nails through both hands, so that he could not work; and a nail through each foot, so that he could not run errands for the Lord; he could not lift a hand or a foot toward his salvation, and yet Christ offered him the gift of God; and he took it. Christ threw him a passport, and took him into Paradise.

14

Forgiveness is not that stripe which says, "I will forgive, but not forget." It is not to bury the hatchet with the handle sticking out of the ground, so you can grasp it the minute you want it.

15

Bible without the Holy Spirit is a sundial by moonlight.

16

The law stops every man’s mouth. God will have a man humble himself down on his face before Him, with not a word to say for himself. Then God will speak to him, when he owns that he is a sinner, and gets rid of all his own righteousness.

17

You’ve got to get people lost before you can get them saved.

18

Joy is love exalted; peace is love in repose; long-suffering is love enduring; gentleness is love in society; goodness is love in action; faith is love on the battlefield; meekness is love in school; and temperance is love in training.

19

A man can no more take in a supply of grace for the future than he can eat enough for the next six months, or take sufficient air into his lungs at one time to sustain life for a week. We must draw upon God’s boundless store of grace from day to day, as we need it.

20

God never made a promise that was too good to be true.

21

The old sun shone a good deal brighter than it ever had before.  I thought that it was just smiling upon me; and as I walked out upon Boston Common and heard the birds singing in the trees, I thought they were all singing a song to me. …I had not a bitter feeling against any man, and I was ready to take all men into my heart.

22

Earth recedes. Heaven opens before me. If this is death, it is sweet! There is no valley here. God is calling me, and I must go.

23

Looking at the wound of sin will never save anyone. What you must do is look at the remedy.

24

I never preach a sermon without thinking that possibly the Lord may come before I preach another.

25

We ought to see the face of God every morning before we see the face of man.

26

The Bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the Bible.

27

Next to the wonder of seeing my Savior will be, I think, the wonder that I made so little use of the power of prayer.

28

A holy life will make the deepest impression. Lighthouses blow no horns; they just shine.

29

We can stand affliction better than we can stand prosperity, for in prosperity we forget God.

30

I have never yet known the Spirit of God to work where the Lord’s people were divided.

31

When Christians find themselves exposed to temptation they should pray to God to uphold them, and when they are tempted they should not be discouraged.  It is not a sin to be tempted; the sin is to fall into temptation.

32

True faith is man’s weakness leaning on God’s strength.

33

I’d rather be able to pray than to be a great preacher; Jesus Christ never taught his disciples how to preach, but only how to pray.

34

The Bible was not given to increase our knowledge but to change our lives.

35

Surely it is not wrong for us to think and talk about Heaven. I like to find out all I can about it. I expect to live there through all eternity. If I were going to dwell in any place in this country, if I were going to make it my home, I would inquire about its climate, about the neighbors I would have – about everything, in fact, that I could learn concerning it. If soon you were going to emigrate, that is the way you would feel. Well, we are all going to emigrate in a very little while. We are going to spend eternity in another world… Is it not natural that we should look and listen and try to find out who is already there and what is the route to take?

36

There is not a better evangelist in the world than the Holy Spirit

37

You don’t have to go to heathen lands today to find false gods. America is full of them. Whatever you love more than God is your idol.

38

When a man thinks he has got a good deal of strength, and is self-confident, you may look for his downfall. It may be years before it comes to light, but it is already commenced.

39

A man ought to live so that everybody knows he is a Christian…and most of all, his family ought to know.

40

Some people think God does not like to be troubled with our constant coming and asking. The way to trouble God is not to come at all.

41

It is a masterpiece of the devil to make us believe that children cannot understand religion. Would Christ have made a child the standard of faith if He had known that it was not capable of understanding His words?

42

God sends no one away empty except those who are full of themselves.

43

Let God have your life; He can do more with it than you can.

44

A man who prays much in private will make short prayers in public.

45

I would not give much for all that can be done by sermons if we do not preach Christ by our lives.