I Will Not Willfully Offend God

John Nelson— Methodist itinerant minister:

Opposition on the Grounds of Fanaticism
Tested on His Sabbath-Keeping

 So great was the change that was wrought in him, and so much was he filled with the Holy Ghost, that the persons with whom he lodged became alarmed, and ordered him to quit his lodgings at a day’s notice. He was now working for a master who had a contract under the Government, and on the first Saturday after his conversion, the foreman ordered him to come on the Sabbath and look after some men who were to work on that day. This he at once refused to do. He was threatened with immediate dismissal, but calmly replied, ‘I cannot help it, though it may be ten pounds out of my way to be turned out of my work at this time of the year, I will not willfully offend God; for I had much rather want bread; nay, I would rather see my wife and children beg their bread barefoot to heaven, than ride in a coach to hell.’ As the result of his steadfastness, the Sabbath work was not done, neither was he discharged, but more fully trusted and valued. Having found salvation, he was not satisfied to remain in London, and leave his family and friends in Yorkshire ignorant of the way of salvation and careless in their sins. While at the Lord’s table in St. Paul’s, he was deeply impressed that he ought to return home, and although it involved loss of money he resolved to go back, and tell his family and neighbours what the Lord had done for his soul.

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As Steps to Glory

“What fitter day to ascend to heaven, than that on which He arose from earth, and fully triumphed over death and hell.  Use your Sabbaths as steps to glory, till you have passed them all, and are there arrived.”

–Richard Baxter

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Thou Golden Spot of the Week

“Hail thou that art highly favoured of God, thou map of heaven, thou golden spot of the week, thou market-day of souls, thou daybreak of eternal brightness, thou queen of days, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou among days, Luke 1:28. I may say to thee what the angel said to Daniel, Oh day greatly beloved! Dan 9:23. Thou art fairer than all the children of time, grace is poured into thy lips; God, even thy God hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows, Ps 45.”

– George Swinnock

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The Day of Special Access to God

“Of all time Sabbath-time is the most precious and valuable; it being the time God has allotted and set apart for himself, and upon the improvement whereof the glory of God and salvation of our souls depend in a most peculiar manner; it being the day of special access to God, and of free commerce and correspondence between heaven and earth. It is heaven’s weekly market day, or God’s deal-day to the poor and needy; the day of access to God’s presence-chamber.”

– John Willison

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This is God’s Great Mart or Fair-Day for the Soul

“Neither is there any ordinary means of gaining strength and grace in the inward man like this, of due observing the sabbath. For this is God’s great mart or fair-day for the soul, on which you may buy of Christ wine, milk, bread, marrow and fatness, gold, white raiment, eye salve, — even all things which are necessary, and which will satisfy, and cause the soul to live. It is the special day of proclaiming and sealing of pardons to penitent sinners. It is God’s special day of publishing and sealing your patent of eternal life. It is a blessed day, sanctified for all these blessed purposes.”

– Henry Scudder

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Blessed and Prosperous

“I have found by a strict and diligent observation, that a due observance of the duties of the Lord’s day hath ever had joined to it a blessing upon the rest of my time, and the week that hath been so begun hath been blessed and prosperous to me; and on the other side, when I have been negligent of the duties of this day, the rest of the week hath been unsuccessful and unhappy to my own secular employments the week following. This I write, not lightly or inconsiderately, but upon long and sound observation and experience.”

–Lord Chief Justice Sir Matthew Hale

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No Way To Regain The Benefits

“But if Lord’s Days are lost or frittered away, there may be no way to regain the benefits they would have given us.”

— Glen Knecht, modern-day American Presbyterian pastor

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The Blessings We Derive

“It would be as difficult to take an inventory of the benefits the world receives from the sunshine as to enumerate the blessings we derive from the Christian Sabbath.”

–Henry Doddridge Ganse, American Dutch Reformed pastor.

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Heaven’s Gates

“On Sunday heaven’s gates stand open.”

– George Herbert

The Sundaies of man’s life,
Thredded together on time’s string,
Make bracelets to adorn the wife
Of the eternal, glorious King.
On Sunday heaven’s gates stand ope;
Blessings are plentiful and rife.
More plentiful than hope.

– George Herbert

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52 Springs

“I feel as if God had, by giving the Sabbath, given fifty-two springs in every year.”

– Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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