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"Not only the guilt, but the love of sin, and its dominion, are taken away, subdued by grace, and cordially renounced by the believing pardoned sinner."

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"Expound the Law truly ... to condemn all flesh, and prove all men sinners ... and then as a faithful minister, set abroach the mercy of our Lord Jesus, and let the wounded consciences drink of the water of Him."

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"If you be not acquainted with [Scripture], you must follow the opinions or examples of other men, and what if they lead you unto destruction?"

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"When they burned the New Testament they pretended a zeal very fervent to maintain only God’s honor, which they said with protestation, was obscured by translation in English, causing much error. But the truth plainly to be said, this was the cause why they were afraid, least laymen should know their iniquity."

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The Mute Christian
under the Smarting Rod
by Thomas Brooks

The Mute Christian under the Smarting Rod by Thomas Brooks (2011 Paperback Book Edition)

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2011 Edition (Paperback)
From the 1866 Edition, Edited, Updated, and Corrected.

Thomas Brooks first published this work in 1659 as the expression of his own experience under trials and afflictions and as an encouragement and an admonition to others. Here afflictions, trials, temptations, and human weakness are set in the balance against Scriptural knowledge in an exhortation to faith and the humble acceptance and profiting of the children of God under the disciplining hand of a God who would be known as our Father:

“Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.” Hebrews 12:9-11.

And as recorded in the Psalms,

“My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him. His seed also will I make to endure forever, and his throne as the days of heaven. If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments; if they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments; then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail. My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.” Psalms 89:28-34.

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Precious Remedies Against Satans Devices
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Thomas Brooks Quotes

THOMAS BROOKS (1608-1680), was an English Puritan and Preacher of the Word.

Quote on Temporary Nature of Affliction (Romans 8:18):

"Consider that the trials and troubles, the calamities and miseries, the crosses and losses that you meet with in this world, are all the hell that ever you shall have." - Thomas Brooks

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Quote on Affliction in the Covenant of Grace:

"In the covenant of grace, God has engaged himself to keep you from the evils, snares, and the temptations of this world; in the covenant of grace, God has engaged himself to purge away your sins, to brighten and increase your graces, to crucify your hearts to the world, and to prepare you and preserve you to his heavenly kingdom. Consider also that by afflictions he effects all this according to his covenant: 'If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my commandments; if they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments, [Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail.' Ps. 89:30-34.]" - Thomas Brooks

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Quote on God's Will is Best:

"What God wills is best, Heb. 12:10. When he wills sickness, sickness is better than health; when he wills weakness, weakness is better than strength; when he wills want, want is better than wealth; when he wills reproach, reproach is better than honor; when he wills death, death is better than life. As God is wisdom itself, and so knows that which is best, so he is goodness itself, and therefore cannot do anything but that which is best: therefore hold your peace." - Thomas Brooks

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Quote on Enduring Temptations Makes a Christian More Merciful and Servicable to Other Christians:

"By temptations, the Lord will make you more serviceable and useful to others. There is none so fit and able to relieve tempted souls, to sympathise with tempted souls, to succor tempted souls, to counsel tempted souls, to pity tempted souls, to support tempted souls, to bear with tempted souls, and to comfort tempted souls, as those who have been in the school of temptations: 'Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God,' 2 Cor. 1:3-4. By temptations God trains up his servants, and fits and capacitates them to succor and shelter their fellow-brethren. 'One tempted Christian,' says Luther, 'is more profitable and useful to other Christians than a hundred,' I may add, than a thousand, that have not known the depths of Satan, that have not been in the school of temptation." - Thomas Brooks

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Quote on Patience and Godly Submission in Affliction:

"The afflicted soul knows that a righteous God can do nothing but that which is righteous; it knows that God is not to be controlled, and therefore, the afflicted man puts his mouth in the dust and keeps silence before him." - Thomas Brooks

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Quote on Tempting Yourself by Coming Close to Sin:

"Saith Satan, You may walk by the harlot's door though you won't go into the harlot's bed; you may sit and sup with the drunkard, though you won't be drunk with the drunkard; you may look upon Jezebel's beauty, and you may play and toy with Delilah, though you do not commit wickedness with the one or the other. ... To venture upon the occasion of sin, and then to pray, 'Lead us not into temptation,' is all one as to thrust thy finger into the fire, and then to pray that it might not be burnt." - Thomas Brooks

Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices by Thomas Brooks

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Quote on Using Lawful Means to Escape Affliction:

"We may neglect God as well by neglecting of means as by trusting in the means: it is best to use them, and in the use of them, to live above them." - Thomas Brooks

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Quote on Patience in Affliction (James 5:7-8):

"The mercies of God are not styled the swift, but the sure mercies of David, and therefore a gracious soul waits patiently for them." - Thomas Brooks

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Quote on Spiritual Plagues and Abusing God's Mercy: (Reference Verses: 1 John 3:7-10, 1 Corinthians 6:9, Romans 6:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:22)

"In gospel days, the plagues that God inflicts upon the despisers and abusers of mercy are usually spiritual plagues; as blindness of mind, hardness of heart, benumbedness of conscience, which are ten thousand times worse than the worst of outward plagues that can befall you. And therefore, though you may escape temporal judgments, yet you shall not escape spiritual judgments: 'How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?' (Heb. 2:3) saith the apostle. Oh! therefore, whenever Satan shall present God to the soul as one made up of all mercy, that he may draw thee to do wickedly, say unto him, that sins against mercy, will bring upon the soul the greatest misery." - Thomas Brooks

Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices by Thomas Brooks

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Quote on God Tests Men to Reveal What's in Their Hearts:

"As a father, by crossing and delaying his children, tries their dispositions and makes a full discovery of them, so that he can say that this child is of a muttering and grumbling disposition, and that is of an humorsome and wayward disposition, but the rest are of a meek, sweet, humble, and gentle disposition: so the Lord, by the delaying and crossing of his children, discovers their different dispositions." - Thomas Brooks

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Quote on UnMortified Lusts make Afflictions Worse and Blessings Unappreciated:

"If you would be silent and quiet under your sorest troubles and trials, then set yourselves in good earnest upon the mortification of your lusts. It is unmortified lust which is the sting of every trouble, and which makes every sweet bitter, and every bitter more bitter. Unmortified sin adds weight to every burden, it adds gall to our wormwood, it adds chain to chain; it makes the bed uneasy, the chamber a prison, relaxations troublesome and everything vexatious to the soul.

“From whence come wars and fightings amongst you? Come they not hence, even of your lusts, that war in your members?” Jam. 4:1. So say I, where does all this muttering, murmuring, fretting, and vexing, etc. come from? Do they not come from your unmortified lusts? Do they not come from your unmortified pride, and unmortified self-love, and unmortified unbelief, and unmortified passion, etc.? Surely they do. Oh, therefore, if ever you would be silent under the afflicting hand of God, labor for more and more of the grace of the Spirit by which you may mortify the lusts of the flesh." - Thomas Brooks

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Quote on the Lasting Profitableness of Written Sermons and Books:

"Litera scripta manet, 'what is written is permanent' and it spreads itself further by far—in time, in place, and among persons—than the voice can reach. The pen is an artificial tongue; it speaks as well to absent as to present friends; it speaks to them afar off as well as those that are near; it speaks to many thousands at once; it speaks not only to the present age but also to succeeding ages. The pen is a kind of image of eternity; it will make a man live when he is dead, Heb. 11:4. Though 'the prophets do not live forever,' yet their labors may, Zec. 1:5. A man’s writings may preach when he cannot, when he may not, when, by reason of bodily weakness, he dare not, and yea, more, when he is not.

“Few men, if any, have iron memories. How soon is a sermon preached and forgotten, when a sermon written remains! Augustine writing to Volusian, says, 'That which is written is always at hand to be read, when the reader is at leisure.'" - Thomas Brooks

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Quote on the Bible—Men's Memories and their Need for the Written Word:

"Men do not easily forget their own names, nor their father’s house, nor the wives of their bosoms, nor the fruit of their loins, nor to eat their daily bread, and yet, how easily do they forget that Word of grace, that should be dearer to them than all!

Most men’s memories, especially in the great concernments of their souls, are like a sieve ... where the good corn and fine flour goes through, but the light chaff and coarse bran remain behind ... or like a grate that lets the pure water run through, but if there is any straws, sticks, mud, or filth that it holds, as it were, with iron hands. Most men’s memories are very treacherous, especially in good things; few men’s memories are as a holy ark, a heavenly storehouse ... for their souls, and therefore they stand in more need of a written word." - Thomas Brooks

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Quote on Afflictions not Comparable to our Sins:

"To move you to silence under your sorest and your sharpest trials, consider, that you have deserved greater and heavier afflictions than those you are under, Lam. 3:39 and Mic. 7:7-9.3 Has God taken away one mercy? You have deserved to be stripped of all. Has he taken away the delight of your eyes? He might have taken away the delight of your soul. Are you under outward wants? You have deserved to be under outward and inward together. Are you cast upon a sick bed? You have deserved a bed in hell. Are you under that ache and that pain? You have deserved to be under all aches and pains at once. Has God chastised you with whips? You have deserved to be chastised with scorpions. Are you fallen from the highest pinnacle of honor to be the scorn and contempt of men? You have deserved to be scorned and contemned by God and angels. Are you under a severe whipping? You have deserved an utter damning. Ah Christian, let but your eyes be fixed upon your demerits and your hands will be quickly upon your mouths; whatever is less than a final separation from God, whatever is less than hell, is mercy; and therefore you have cause to be silent under the sharpest dealings of God with you." - Thomas Brooks

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"Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old." Matthew 13:52 KJV
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