Flesh – Carnal Nature – Selfishness

Take Our Stand at the Cross – AT Pierson

We take our stand at the cross and consent to be nailed to it, voluntarily, actually; to submit to the pain whereby the flesh dies; the hands are pierced that carnal work may no longer be done in the energy of the flesh; the feet are pierced that no longer we may walk according to the flesh; the brow is pierced with the thorn crown that our head may not any longer be held up for human diadems and fading laurel wreaths …

– AT Pierson –


Self-Pity – Corrie ten Boom

Self-pity is a nasty sin, and the devil uses it and always starts his talks with “poor Corrie!”

– Corrie ten Boom –


A Self-Centered Church Can’t Evangelize the World – John R. Mott

The invasion of the Church by the world is a menace to the extension of Christ’s Kingdom. In all ages conformity to the world by Christians has resulted in lack of spiritual life and a consequent lack of spiritual vision and enterprise. A secularized or self-centered Church can never evangelize the world.

– John R. Mott –

What is Sin? – Susanna Wesley

John Wesley one day walked to his mother and asked: “Mum, define sin for me”. Her aswer was this: “Whatever weakens your reasoning, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes away your relish for spiritual things, in short, if anything increases the authority of the flesh over the spirit, that to you becomes sin, however good it is in itself.”

– Susanna Wesley –

What Hardens Hearts – Andrew Murray

It is not difficult to say what it is that hardens the hearts. The seed sown by the wayside could not enter the soil because it had been trodden down by the passersby. When the world, with its business and its interests, has at all times a free passage, the heart loses its tenderness.

– Andrew Murray –

How Heinous Sin Must Be – William Throsby Bridges

If the guilt of sin is so great that nothing can satisfy it but the blood of Jesus; and the filth of sin is so great that nothing can fetch out the stain thereof but the blood of Jesus, how great, how heinous, how sinful must the evil of sin be.

– William Throsby Bridges –