SAYINGS OF D. L. MOODY

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.

Character is what you are in the dark.

The world does not understand theology or dogma, but it understands love and sympathy.

The tendency of the world is down - God's path is up.

Never think that Jesus commanded a trifle, nor dare to trifle with anything he has commanded.

Obedience means marching right on whether we feel like it or not. Many times we go against our feelings. Faith is one thing, feeling is another.

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.

The Christian on his knees sees more than the philosopher on tiptoe.

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

Small numbers make no difference to God. There is nothing small if God is in it.

I believe Satan to exist for two reasons: first, the Bible says so; and second, I've done business with him.

I have more trouble with D. L. Moody than with any other man I ever met.

God has nothing to say to the self-righteous.

When a man has no strength, if he leans on God, he becomes powerful.

Temptations are like tramps. Treat them kindly, and they will return bringing others with them.

Temptations are never so dangerous as when they come to us in a religious garb.

If I walk with the world, I can't walk with God.

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

Those who say they will forgive but can't forget; bury the hatchet, but they leave the handle out for immediate use.

Take courage. We walk in the wilderness today and in the Promised Land tomorrow.

Give me a person who says, "This one thing I do, and not these fifty things I dabble in."

I prayed for faith and thought that some day faith would come down and strike me like lightning. But faith did not seem to come. One day I read in the tenth chapter of Romans, "Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God." I had up to this time closed my Bible and prayed for faith. I now opened my Bible and began to study, and faith has been growing ever since.

Seeking to perpetuate one's name on earth is like writing on the sand by the seashore; to be perpetual it must be written on eternal shores.

I believe the family was established long before the church, and my duty is to my family first. I am not to neglect my family.

You may find hundreds of faultfinders among professed Christians; but all their criticism will not lead one solitary soul to Christ. I never preached a sermon yet that I could not pick to pieces, and find fault with. I feel that Jesus Christ ought to have a far better representative than I am. But I have lived long enough to discover that there is nothing perfect in this world. If you are to wait till you find a perfect preacher, or perfect meetings, I am afraid you will have to wait till the millennium arrives. What we want is to be looking up to Christ. Let us be done with faultfinding.

The law tells me how crooked I am. Grace comes along and straightens me out.

A holy life will produce the deepest impression. Lighthouses blow no horns; they only shine.

F. B. Meyer once asked D. L. Moody, "What is the secret of your success?" Moody replied, "For many years I have never given an address without the consciousness that the Lord may come before I have finished." This may well explain the intensity of his service and the zeal of his ministry for Christ.