D.L. Moody Quotes

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D. L. Moody Quotes

Character is what a man is in the dark.

It is our privilege to know that we are saved.

I would rather go into the kingdom of heaven through the poor house than go down to hell in a golden chariot.

If we were all of us doing the work that God has got for us to do, don’t you see how the work of the Lord would advance?

If God put Adam out of this earthly Eden on account of one sin, do you think He will let us into the Paradise above with our tens of thousands sins upon us.

God commands us to be filled with the Spirit, and if we are not filled, it is because we are living beneath our privileges.

Thanks be to God, there is hope to-day; this very hour you can choose Him and serve Him.

When a man is filled with the Word of God you cannot keep him still, If a man has got the Word, he must speak or die.

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.

For many years I have never given an address without the consciousness that the Lord may come before I have finished.

A creed is the road or street. It is very good as far as it goes, but if it doesn’t take us to Christ it is worthless.

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.

No matter how low down you are; no matter what your disposition has been; you may be low in your thoughts, words, and actions; you may be selfish; your heart may be overflowing with corruption and wickedness; yet Jesus will have compassion upon you. 

The grace of God hath power to bring salvation to all men, and if a man is unsaved it is because he wants to work it out; he wants to receive salvation in some other way than God’s way; but we are told that “he that climbeth up another way, the same is a thief and a robber.”

Careful for nothing, prayerful for everything, thankful for anything.

Christ never preached any funeral sermons.

David was the last one we would have chosen to fight the giant, but he was chosen of God.

Where I was born and where and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest.

Faith makes all things possible… love makes all things easy.

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.

If we do not love one another, we certainly shall not have much power with God in prayer.

Earth is receding; heaven is approaching. This is my crowning day!

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

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.

Let us pray, and as we pray, let us make room for Jesus in our hearts.

A great many people want to bring their faith, their works, their good deeds to Him for salvation. 

Bring your sins, and He will bear them away into the wilderness of forgetfulness, and you will never see them again.

The only charge they could bring against Christ down here was, that He was receiving bad men. 

They are the very kind of men He is willing to receive.

All should work and ask God’s guidance.

Preparation for old age should begin not later than one’s teens. 

A life which is empty of purpose until 65 will not suddenly become filled on retirement.

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

If you pray for bread and bring no basket to carry it, you prove the doubting spirit, which may be the only hindrance to the boon you ask.

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

No man in the world should be so happy as a man of God. It is one continual source of gladness. He can look up and say, “God is my Father, Christ is my Saviour, and the Church is my mother.”

Praise is not only speaking to the Lord on our own account, but it is praising Him for what He has done for others.

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.

Real true faith is man’s weakness leaning on God’s strength.

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

Give me a man who says this one thing I do, and not those fifty things I dabble in.

It ain’t necessary to leave the things of this life when you follow Him. It is not necessary to give up your business, if it’s a legitimate one, in order to accept Christ. But you musn’t set your heart on the old nets by a good deal.

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.

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

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

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

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

Into every house where the blood was not sprinkled, the destroying angel came. But wherever the blood was on doorpost and lintel, whether they had worked much, or whether they had worked none, God passed them over.

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

Every one of our children will be brought into the ark, if we pray and work earnestly for them.

Do you believe that He would send those men out to preach the gospel to every creature unless he wanted every creature to be saved? Do you believe He would tell them to preach it to people without giving people the power to accept it? Do you believe the God of heaven is mocking men by offering them his gospel and not giving them the power to take hold of it? Do you believe He will not give men power to accept this salvation as a gift? Man might do that, but God never mocks men. And when he says “Preach the gospel to every creature,” every creature can be saved if he will.

Unless the Spirit of God is with us, we cannot expect that our prayers will be answered.

I find that many Christians are in trouble about the future; they think they will not have grace enough to die by. It is much more important that we should have grace enough to live by. It seems to me that death is of very little importance in the meantime. When the dying hour comes, there will be dying grace; but you do not require dying grace to live by.

Death may be the King of terrors… but Jesus is the King of kings!

If a man gets drunk and goes out and breaks his leg so that it must be amputated, God will forgive him if he asks it, but he will have to hop around on one leg all his life.

I don’t care where it is, what part of the world it’s in, if we have a praise church we’ll have successful christianity.

I believe in my soul that there are more at this day being lost for want of decision than for any other thing.

I cannot preach on hell unless I preach with tears.

I know the Bible is inspired because it inspires me.

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

If we have got the true love of God shed abroad in our hearts, we will show it in our lives. We will not have to go up and down the earth proclaiming it. We will show it in everything we say or do.

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.

It is said that old Dr. Alexander, of Princeton College, when a young student used to start out to preach, always gave them a piece of advice. The old man would stand with his gray locks and his venerable face and say: “Young man, make much of the blood in your ministry? Now, I have traveled considerable during the past few years, and never met a minister who made much of the blood and much of the atonement but God had blessed his ministry, and souls were born into the light by it.

We talk about heaven being so far away. It is within speaking distance to those who belong there. Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people.

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.

He that overcometh shall inherit all things. God has no poor children.

God has nothing to say to the self-righteous.

Let us pray, and as we pray, let us make room for Jesus in our hearts.

The tendency of the world is down – God’s path is up.

When Christ was on the earth there was a woman in the temple who was bowed almost to the ground with sin. Satan had bound her for eighteen years; but after all these years of bondage Christ delivered her. He spoke one word and she was free. She got up and walked home. How astonished those at home must have been to see her walking in.

The voice of sin is loud, but the voice of forgiveness is louder.

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

We shall draw the world to Christ when we are filled with religion.

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

Where one man reads the Bible, a hundred read you and me.

A great many people are trying to make peace, but that has already been done. God has not left it for us to do; all we have to do is to enter into it.

It is the greatest pleasure of living to win souls to Christ.

His is a loving, tender hand, full of sympathy and compassion.

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.

One of two things you must do; you must either receive Him or reject Him. You receive Him here and He will receive you there; you reject Him here and He will reject you there.

I firmly believe a great many prayers are not answered because we are not willing to forgive someone.

He came to deliver us from our sinful dispositions, and create in us pure hearts, and when we have Him with us it will not be hard for us. Then the service of Christ will be delightful.

God doesn’t seek for golden vessels, and does not ask for silver ones, but He must have clean ones.

I hold to the doctrine of sudden conversion as I do to my life, and I would as quickly give up my life as give up this doctrine, unless it can be proved that it is not according to the word of God. Now, I will admit that light is one thing and birth is another. A soul must be born before it can see light A child must be born before it can be taught; it must be born before it can walk; it must be born before it can be educated.

Look at that Roman soldier as he pushed his spear into the very heart of the God-man. What a hellish deed! But what was the next thing that took place? Blood covered the spear! Oh! thank God, the blood covers sin. There was the blood covering that spear-the very point of it. The very crowning act of sin brought out the crowning act of love; the crowning act of wickedness was the crowning act of grace.

There’s no better book with which to defend the Bible than the Bible itself.

God will honor our faith.

The Spirit of God first imparts love; he next inspires hope, and then gives liberty; and that is about the last thing we have in many of our churches.

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.

A good example is far better than a good precept.

You say “I am afraid I cannot hold out.’ Well, Christ will hold out for you. There is no mountain that He will not climb with you if you will; He will deliver you from your besetting sin.

One thing I have noticed in studying the Word of God, and that is, when a man is filled with the Spirit he deals largely with the Word of God, whereas the man who is filled with his own Ideas refers rarely to the Word of God. He gets along without it, and you seldom see it mentioned in his discourses.

Faith is the foundation of all society. We have only to look around and see this.

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.

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.

Let us have one day exclusively to study and read the Word of God. If we can’t take time during the week, we will have Sunday uninterrupted.

How far away is Heaven? It is not so far as some imagine. It wasn’t very far from Daniel. It was not so far off that Elijah’s prayer and those of others could not be heard there. Men full of the Spirit can look right into heaven.

Now I am no prophet, nor the son of a prophet, but one thing I can predict; that every one of our new converts that goes to studying his Bible, and loves this book above every other book, is sure to hold out. The world will have no charm for him; he will get the world under his feet, because in this book he will find something better than the world can give him.

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.

We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. 

Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining- they just shine.

We are led on by an unseen power that we have not got strength to resist, or else we are led on by the loving Son of God.

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

“But,” a man said to me, “no one has come back, and we don’t know what is in the future. It is all dark, and how can we be sure?” Thank God! Christ came down from heaven, and I would rather have Him coming as he does right from the bosom of the Father, than any one else. We can rely on what Christ says, and He says, “He that believeth on Me shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” Not that we are going to have it when we die, but right here to-day.

I can’t help thinking of the old woman who started out when the war commenced with a poker in her hand. When asked what she was going to do with it she said: “I can’t do much with it, but I can show what side I’m on.” My friends, even if you can’t do much, show to which side you belong.

Spread out your petition before God, and then say, “Thy will, not mine, be done.” The sweetest lesson I have learned in God’s school is to let the Lord choose for me.

The impression that a praying mother leaves upon her children is life-long. Perhaps when you are dead and gone your prayer will be answered.

Look at Him at Gethsemane, sweating as it were great drops of blood; look at Him on the cross, crucified between two thieves; hear that piercing cry, “Father, Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.” And as you look into that face, as you look into those wounds on His feet or His hands, will you say He has not the power to save you? Will you say He has not the power so redeem you?

I believe there is no man in the world so constituted but he can believe in God’s word. He simply tells you to believe in Him, and He will save you.

When we get full of this grace we want to see every one blessed–we want to see all the churches blessed, not only all the churches here, but in the whole country. That was the trouble with Christ’s disciples. He had hard work to make them understand that His gospel was for every one, that it was a stream to flow out to all nations of the earth. They wanted to confine it to the Jews, and He had to convince them that it was for every living being.

There is nothing on this earth that pleases Christ so much as faith.

The world knows little of the works wrought by prayer.

The beginning of greatness is to be little; the increase of greatness is to be less; the perfection of greatness is to be nothing.

Attitudes determine our actions, for good or bad.

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.

Now, I find a great many people who want some evidence that they have accepted the Son of God. My friends, if you want any evidence, take God’s word for it. You can’t find better evidence than that. You know that when the Angel Gabriel came down and told Zachariah he should have a son he wanted a further token than the angel’s word. He asked Gabriel for it and he answered, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of the Lord.” He had never been doubted, and he thundered out this to Zachariah. But he wanted a further token, and Gabriel said, “You shall have a token: you shall be dumb till your son shall be given you.”

Happiness is caused by things that happen around me, and circumstances will mar it; but joy flows right on through trouble; joy flows on through the dark; joy flows in the night as well as in the day; joy flows all through persecution and opposition.

I may say with truth that there is only about one in ten who professes Christianity who will turn round and glorify God with a loud voice. Nine out of ten are still born Christians. You never hear of them.

The trouble is, people do not know that Christ is a Deliverer. They forget that the Son of God came to keep them from sin as as well as to forgive it.

Prayer does not mean that I am to bring God down to my thoughts and my purposes, and bend his government according to my foolish, silly, and sometimes sinful notions. Prayer means that I am to be raised up into feeling, into union and design with him; that I am to enter into his counsel and carry out his purpose fully.

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

There was never a sermon which you have listened to but in it Christ was seeking for you. I contend that a man cannot but find in every page of this book that Jesus Christ is seeking him through His blessed Word. This is what the Bible is for to seek out the lost.

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

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 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.

Take your stand on the Rock of Ages. Let death, let the judgment come: the victory is Christ’s and yours through Him.

More depends on my walk than talk.

If we have a praise church we will have people converted.

A man who has not realized what the blood has done for him has not the token of salvation. It is told of Julian, the apostate, that while he was fighting he received an arrow in his side. He pulled it out, and, taking a handful of blood threw it into the air and cried, “Galilean, Galilean, thou hast conquered.”

If you pray for bread and bring no basket to carry it, you prove the doubting spirit, which may be the only hindrance to the boon you ask.

Careful for nothing, prayerful for everything, thankful for anything.

Some people go back into the past and rake up all the troubles they ever had, and then they look into the future and anticipate that they will have still more trouble, and then they go reeling and staggering all through life.

A man does not get grace till he comes down to the ground, till he sees he needs grace. When a man stoops to the dust and acknowledges that he needs mercy, then it is that the Lord will give him grace.

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.

I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And that which I can do, by the grace of God, I will do.

You may find hundreds of faultfinders among professed Christians; but all their criticism will not lead one solitary soul to Christ.

If you receive Him it will be well; if you reject Him and are lost it will be terrible.

Prayer is a serious thing. We may be taken at our words.

I do not know anything that would wake up Chicago better than for every man and woman here who loves Him to begin to talk about Him to their friends, and just to tell them what He has done for you. You have got a circle of friends. Go and tell them of Him.

If you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ you are free.

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.

Every good gift that we have had from the cradle up has come from God. If a man just stops to think what he has to praise God for, he will find there is enough to keep him singing praises for a week.

If I take care of my character, my reputation will take care of me.

Sin will keep you from this Book or this Book will keep you from sin.

When we know our Bible: then it is that God can use us.

Some day you will read in the papers that D.L. Moody of East Northfield, is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it! At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now; I shall have gone up higher, that is all, out of this old clay tenement into a house that is immortal- a body that death cannot touch, that sin cannot taint; a body fashioned like unto His glorious body.

Now, as old Dr. Bonner, of Glasgow, said, “The Lord didn’t show Joshua how to use the sword, but He told him how he should meditate on the Lord day and night, and then he would have good success.”

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?

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

When we find a man meditating on the words of God, my friends, that man is full of boldness and is successful.

There are three kinds of faith in Christ: 1. Struggling faith, like a man in deep water desperately swimming. 2. Clinging faith, like a man hanging to the side of a boat. 3. Resting faith, like a man safely within the boat (and able to reach out with a hand to help someone else get in).

The most solemn truth in the gospel is that the only thing Christ left down here is His blood.

I wish we had a few more women like the woman of Samaria, willing to confess what the Lord Jesus Christ had done for their souls.

What can botanists tell you of the lily of the valley? You must study this book for that. What can geologists tell you of the Rock of Ages, or mere astronomers about the Bright Morning Star? In those pages we find all knowledge unto salvation; here we read of the ruin of man by nature, redemption by the blood, and regeneration by the Holy Ghost. These three things run all through and through them.

The world knows little of the works wrought by prayer.

A man who covers up the cross though he may be an intellectual man, and draw large crowds will have no ilk there, and his church will be but a gilded sepulcher.

If we are full of pride and conceit and ambition and self-seeking and pleasure and the world, there is no room for the Spirit of God, and I believe many a man is praying to God to fill him when he is full already with something else.

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.

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

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.

The mightiest man that ever lived could not deliver himself from his sins. If a man could have saved himself, Christ would never have come into the world.

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.

What makes the Dead Sea dead? Because it is all the time receiving, never giving out anything. Why is it that many Christians are cold? Because they are all the time receiving, never giving out anything.

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

Now just think a moment and answer the question, “What shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?”

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.

When God wants to move a mountain, he does not take a bar of iron, but he takes a little worm. The fact is, we have too much strength. We are not weak enough. It is not our strength that we want. One drop of God’s strength is worth more than all the world.

If Christ comes into our hearts we are not ashamed.

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.

A rule I have had for years is: to treat the Lord Jesus Christ as a personal friend. His is not a creed, a mere doctrine, but it is He Himself we have.

There is no sin in the whole catalogue of sins you can name but Christ will deliver you from it perfectly.

Unless the Spirit of God is with us, we cannot expect that our prayers will be answered.

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.