You might have been a rich man, riding in your own carriage.’ Then I see a man who was young when I was walk by in perfect health, and Satan whispers: ‘If God loved you, couldn’t He have kept you from breaking your back?’ ” In all I found five or six different fastenings. I was once preaching on the text, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” No sooner had I read it than a man stood right up in the audience and said: He called another, and another, and there they stood looking up at the shepherd. When he was to graduate, he wrote his mother to come, but she sent back word that she could not because her best skirt had already been turned once. We read about Mr. Moody's early ministry in The Life of Dwight L. Moody by His Son, William R. Moody. “ ‘You have had enough of this. I have got so tired and sick of this splitting hairs over theology. “Well,” said the lady, “perhaps you came prejudiced.” Will papa deceive you? “They that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.” When Christ has the first place in your heart you are going to get victory. “Oh! We should see even Gabriel saying, “Let me go and win that soul to Christ.” We should see Paul buckling on his old armor again, and saying, “Let me go back again to earth, that I may have the joy of leading that little one to his Saviour.” Words are very empty, if there is nothing back of them. He took him to a splendid mansion, and said, “This is all mine.” He pointed to a little town, “That is mine; it is called by my name.” He pointed to a rolling prairie, “That is all mine; the sun never shone on a finer prairie than that, so fruitful and rich, and it’s all mine.” In another direction he showed him fertile farms extending for thirty miles, “These are all mine.” He took him into his grand house, showed him his beautiful pictures, his costly gold plate, his jewels, and still he said, “These are all mine. “Ah, I just take him to Calvary, and I show him Christ, and I point out those wounds in His hands and feet and side, and say, ‘Doesn’t He love me?’ and the fact is, he got such a scare there eighteen hundred years ago that he cannot stand it; he leaves me every time.” “You talk like a madman,” they cried; but the man stuck to his point that he had been dead and buried some months. The next night I gave a lecture to men only, and in the hall there were eight thousand men and one solitary woman. “I tell you, Mr. Moody, that sermon on the indwelling Christ yesterday afternoon just broke my heart. Doesn’t he need a shepherd’s care? He seemed to put too much confidence in me. Won’t you meet me in heaven, father?” “Dear me,” he said. There is a father over there who wouldn’t swear for all the world before his children, but sometimes he gets provoked in his business and swears before he knows it. Then he inquired who was the preacher, and he found out it was the very man that he said he would not hear—the man he disliked. The great objection I have to these things is that they get the mastery, and become a hindrance to spiritual growth. Will you not decide now? He could not remember his death, he had no recollection of his funeral, but he recollected his father one winter night taking a little chip, and with his pocket-knife whittling out a little cross, and with the tears in his eyes he held up that cross, telling how God in His infinite love sent His Son down here to redeem us, and how He had died on the cross for us. God doesn’t ask us to rejoice over nothing; He gives us ground for our joy. “Is it there?” “Yes.” He heard the sermon, and became convicted and converted right there. “I hab hearn folks say, ‘Hope I has ‘ligion, but I doan know’; but I neber hearn a man say, ‘I hope’s I has money, but I doan know.’ Dat sorter ‘ligion dat yer hopes ye’s got, but doan know, ain’t gwine to do no mo’ good dan der money what yer hopes ye’s got but doan know.”, An English army officer in India who had been living an impure life went round one evening to argue religion with the chaplain. I guess I’se about eighty.” You see, Satan came in between him and the preacher, and caught away the good seed of the Word. Now, supposing a slave should have seen a copy of that proclamation and should have learned its contents. He said that bird never got back its sweet notes. At last he was wounded, and was put into the hospital, but got worse, and was gradually sinking. The boy broke his arm, and when the doctor was setting it, he cursed and swore the whole time. At last he saw his error; he asked God to help him, and took courage, and then the blessing came. If I were not sick, I would not have a thought about my soul, and I am not going to insult God now.” Once a gentleman took his Bible around to his minister, and said, “That is your Bible.” Man can’t save himself. “Yes,” she replied; “I was never so scared in my life. One of his most famous quotes was “Faith makes all … You keep your affections set upon things on the earth instead of on things above, and the result is that the children do not believe there is anything in Christianity. “No.” I didn’t understand it. Let me give you a cent for it; though, to be sure, it’s worth about five dollars.” “Why has he wings on his feet?” Just do whatever you know will please Him. In the summer of 1871, two women of Dwight L. Moody's congregation felt an unusual burden to pray for him "that the Lord would give him the baptism of … Do we not need a revival of downright honesty, of truthfulness, of uprightness, and of temperance? He gets so tired that he takes us out to the theater,” and she said, “I am far better acquainted with the theater and theater people than with the church and church people, and I don’t want to give up the theater.” No one saw her; no one knew anything about it. “Look up your books,” he said, “and see if it is not so.” I thought, Oh, if I could only have the gift of speech like some men! Nature alone never brings forth anything but weeds. And I like to meet a positive man. I tell this to encourage some sister to go home and carry the message of salvation. “You don’t know!” When he came round the corner to the church, he found that the horse had thrown that young man, and he was dead. They just take a match and light the grass around them, and let the flames sweep, and then they get into the burnt district and stand safe. A man in one of our meetings had been brought there against his will; he had come through some personal influence brought to bear upon him. “Do you know where the snags and sand-bars are?” “Yes.” Ah! The young man said, “Doctor, do you believe that?” In the eighth chapter of Romans Paul says: “All things work together for good to them that love God.” Some years ago a child of mine had scarlet fever. So a church that hasn’t any of the dew of heaven, any of the rain that comes down in showers, will be as barren as the earth would be without the dew and rain. I thought what greater work could any man do than Christ had done? Those who are working for salvation are like men on a treadmill, going round and round and round; toiling and toiling and toiling; but nothing comes of it all. This story may or may not be true, but one thing I know is true: Jesus Christ suffered death for the sinner, and those who accept Him are free from the Law. That is not what the Church of God needs to-day. Out in the Western country, in the autumn, when men go hunting, and there has not been any rain for months, sometimes the prairie grass catches fire, and there comes up a very strong wind, and the flames just roll along twenty feet high, and travel at the rate of thirty or forty miles an hour, consuming man and beast. We must make the Sunday the most attractive day of the week; not a day to be dreaded, but a day of pleasure.” “They have never been able to pump it dry yet. He said again, “I won’t.” Go and live right at home, go and treat your wife and children right, pay your debts, and do some things of that kind. Now, you will find perfect order in a cemetery. I was once talking with a man on this subject, and he summed up his whole argument by saying: He had been smuggling opium into the States. What made the difference? I was preaching in British Columbia some years ago and a young man came to me, and wanted to become a Christian. Both had to strip alike and put on the regimental uniform. “I have missed it at last!” Sometimes there would be seventy or eighty tolls, and I would give a sigh of relief to think I had so many years to live. All its resources are in its parents’ love; all it can do is to cry; and its necessities explain the meaning to the mother’s heart. I remember, when we were in London, they found one old woman who was eighty-five years old, and not a Christian. “Nothing, sir, but just to pull for the shore.” If I become a Christian, that furniture will have to go, and my wife will know it.” “Ah, man, this is not a Wesleyan chapel.” “Well,” replied the gentleman, “I have been sitting under your preaching for five years, and when you said that a thing in the Bible was not authentic, I cut it out.” I remember when I was a boy in Northfield, right near the old red schoolhouse there was an apple-tree that bore the earliest apples of any tree in town. During his trial they had to guard the court-house, the indignation was so intense. “No; I can’t tell. There is one thing I have noticed as I have traveled in different countries; I never yet have known the Spirit of God to work where the Lord’s people were divided. Repentance isn’t feeling. It was past midnight before he got down on his knees, but down he went, and was converted. She felt quite relieved to think that she could go to the theaters and be a Christian. “Well, there is a man who lives in the same street as myself—he is my next-door neighbor.” And then I come upon another, and see myself. A man was once conversing with a Brahmin priest, and he asked: “I’se afraid.” Suppose I should send my little boy, five years old, to school to-morrow morning, and when he came home in the afternoon, say to him: Yes, D. L. Moody certainly was a wonderful preacher; taking it all in all, the most wonderful preacher I have ever heard, and it was a great privilege to hear him preach as he alone could preach; but out of a very intimate acquaintance with him I wish to testify that he was a far greater pray-er than he was preacher. An old Welshwoman said Christ was Welsh, and an Englishman said: I asked him: “Do you believe Christ said that?” The other led him out into the open country, and pointed to field after field of waving wheat, the produce of the two sacks given him. ‘The Spirit and the bride say, Come. A big sleigh—we call it a “pung” up there—was being driven through the streets by an old man who looked like Santa Claus. Sometimes I feel as if I would rather be the mother of John Wesley or Martin Luther or John Knox than have all the glories in the world. Moody’s influential ministry became very effective after he accepted the challenge to “stop preaching your own words and preach God’s Word [instead].” Moody became a man of one book—the Bible. There was a shop-girl in Chicago, a few years ago. Said Mr. Spurgeon: “The minute he said that, I put my right hand down into my pocket and took out some money for him.”, The unconverted have a false idea about repentance; they think God is going to make them repent. Men are anxious for a revival in business. And the little fellow went up as high as he could go, but he slipped, and down he came, and broke his leg. The employer tried every way he could to get him to attend the meetings, but he wouldn’t come. She was bound to have peace. Horatio Gates Spafford was born in New York, on 20th October 1828, but it was in Chicago that he became well-known for his clear Christian testimony. A friend of mine went to teach in Natchez before the war. If a man does that, he cannot but see the superiority of the heavenly over the earthly treasures. Edwin died in 1841, leaving Betsey to raise nine children under the age of 13 on her own. Now, take a lot of Christians who want to live right on the line, with one foot in the world and one foot in the church. Have I to read all the infidel books that are written, to hear both sides? People would look in and see that there was no water, and say nothing. The first sign of a dawning intelligence in the mind is the exercise of the infant’s faith toward those it knows, and its fear toward those it does not know. The first took him into a storehouse, and showed him his sacks; but they were mildewed and worthless. About midnight that old man came trembling before God and was saved. He used this text, but the devil put this thought into his mind: “Let us sit perfectly quiet, and see if we cannot feel which way the air is moving, because it always moves toward the shaft.” I couldn’t be seen with such a dirty little boy.” She said nothing to her family, until finally the burden became too heavy, and she told them. Every one has heard that you have been converted in the Moody meetings, and if you go out it will be all through fashionable society. We won’t rise higher till we do so. “Have you ever heard the Gospel?” asked a missionary of a Chinaman, whom he had not seen in his mission before. So,” said he, “I think that is the reason we are not more blessed in our ministry; we are carrying around empty buckets, and the people see that we have not anything in them, and they don’t come forward.”. After he found out that he had made a mistake, he took the bird into the house, but it kept up that “Chirp, chirp, chirp.” He bought another bird, but the canary nearly ruined it. He found that instead of being bound for a religious gathering, he was on his way to a horse-race. We shall condemn ourselves, and we shall stand before God speechless. As a joke they sent me an invitation to go to the opening. Men do not object to a battle if they are confident that they will have victory, and, thank God, every one of us may have the victory if we will. He rushed to the spot, took up the lifeless corpse, and hugged it to his bosom, and accused himself of being the murderer of his child. He had resolved to be rich. “I don’t know, massa. I know a man who used to be the terror of his neighborhood. Still he keeps eyeing the Bible, and saying, “I’d like to have that Bible; but I’d like to give you something for it. She said, “No.” Hypocrite!” “Hope so! Suppose I meet a man who is sowing seed, and say,          All my help from Thee I bring. “Why, pa, I heard Uncle George say that you had your house insured, and your life insured; but he didn’t believe you had thought of your soul, and he was afraid you would lose it; won’t you get it insured right away?” Thank God that He has spoken to you, and praise Him for it, and whatever may come do not go in the opposite direction. and that was all there was in it.”. You are not training your children for God and eternity. The chaplain knew the man and his besetting sin, and quietly looking him in the face, answered: And so it is with us. Moody. I really believe that when he got into his cell, he believed that he had to reap what he sowed. He told us he had come from the East, where a friend had described to him how he had been up a mountain to spend the night and see the sun rise. “I’se clean; mamma washed me!” he cried. He was going to toss the whole Bible over because Balaam’s ass couldn’t speak. I said to a man one day: Now, Willie, look me right in the eye, and jump, and I will catch you.” Perhaps the translators made a mistake.” We want people quickened by the Spirit of God. If the minister of a church cannot unite the people, if those that were dissatisfied will not fall in, it would be better for that minister to retire. Let us have courage and go forward, looking to God to do great things. “Bless the Lord, I am so full of joy!” They looked, and found that he was right. God will make every one of us keep our own record; these memories will keep the record, and when God shall say, “Son, remember,” it will all flash across our mind. So he sat down and cried. Do you have to learn to love your mother?” Bless those mothers in their work with the children! And so it is with heaven; if your treasure is on before you, you’ll be wanting to follow it; you’ll be glad to be on the road thither as soon as possible. In the north of England they have been digging the coal for a century. It seems now as if Satan was in my mind when I said this. At this meeting every speaker for a while seemed as if he had hung his harp upon the willow; it was one of the gloomiest meetings I ever attended. For many years a close colleague of Mr. Moody Originally published in 1900 as a 555-page book. “Well,” I asked, “have I got any peculiar kind? If this is legitimate—and it is perfectly right in its place—should not every child of God be praying for and desiring a revival of godliness in the world at the present time? “Well, I don’t know.” I expected he would do something dreadful, but it has turned out so well.” He believed in the regular Presbyterian Church of Scotland, and that was the place for him to be converted. A great many people seem to think that the Bible is out of date, that it is an old book, that it has passed its day. I had never said anything about the theater to those children, but they saw that man going in, and called him a hypocrite. I would like to know if there is a man or woman on earth who doesn’t need the care of a shepherd. you said you would take me.” Why, nothing but take it. My friends, they could not stand comparison. Examples | “Ah, man, you make an ass, and I will make him speak.” I was drowning once, and just as I was going down the third time I was rescued. “No.” One of them said: I would sooner go out into the street and eat dirt than do some of the things I used to do before I became a Christian.” Probably not a day had passed in all those years without acute suffering. Moody's Index: Change Font Size Increase Decrease Our Community. Moody converted to Christ as a humble shoe salesman in Massachusetts and soon decided to give his life to Christian work, eventually pioneering many different types of ministry. Some one interrupted him and said: I want to say to young ladies, perhaps you have a godless father or mother, or a skeptical brother, who is going down through drink, and perhaps there is no one who can reach them but you. He said that when the minister gave out the text and began to preach, he used to settle himself in the corner of the pew and work out the plans of some building. of Life | Eager eyes were watching and strong arms manned the life-boat. A colored man said he had seen a sign; he said it read, “G. “Because he is soon gone, and once gone can never be overtaken.” hard fate! J. WILBUR CHAPMAN, D.D. A man’s future will be according to what he is here prepared for. Presently some dove suggested that they go and hide in the clefts of the rocks, and there they were safe. If it is in heaven, he will not be long with you before he’s talking about heaven; his heart is there, and so his speech isn’t long in running there, too. Ah, my friends, it is hard to kick against the pricks. Click here for more biographical information on D.L. Thank God, the well of salvation can never run dry either! I do hate to see a minister or professing Christian mean and peevish to his wife, and yet be as polite as a dancing-master to other women. Mothers, if you don’t make your boy obey when he is young, he will break your heart. It is the easiest thing in the world to become a Christian, and it is also the most difficult. Faith is the simplest and most universal experience in the world. I do not know, in all my backward track, of any living man who has had a better testimony for Jesus Christ than that man. The story also goes on to relate how, on the same occasion a sporting man, intending to go to the races, by some mistake found himself on the wrong boat, bound for the camp-meeting. Links. — D.L. But his father just threw aside the paper, and started for the lot. There is no progress, and there cannot be until you have the motive power within, till the breath of life comes from God, which can alone give you power to work for others. Are not our sons being drawn away by hundreds and thousands, so that while you often find the churches empty, the liquor shops are crowded every Sabbath afternoon and evening? They all understood what fast horses were—they knew a good deal more about fast horses than they knew about the kingdom of God. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” He bade us consider the lilies growing in their beauty and purity without a thought, and taught us the true way of living without care, without solicitude, bearing all burdens lightly, and having continual joy on our faces. The door of his heart is double-locked, double-bolted, and double-barred. Look at that rum-seller. She repeated, “Charlie, go and pick up uncle’s Bible, and put it on the table.” I gave them a good scare, and then I said, “I will compromise the matter; if you two men will get down here and let me pray with you, I will let you off.” He didn’t come down here and say we shouldn’t go here and we shouldn’t go there, and lay down a lot of rules, but He laid down great principles. If we go against His laws, we suffer. The wide grin on his face and the fresh sparkle in his big brown eyes reflected his newfound joy. Mothers and fathers went to him and begged him not to sell their children liquor. Suppose I should reply: “If you have not finished your education, you need not go any more.” What would you say? I remember being in a city where I noticed that the people resorted to a favorite well in one of the parks. D. L. Moody ... Civil War broke out, when he enlisted, and was one of the first to be shot down, but not before he had given a ringing testimony for God. Then he started into the water, and the old sheep looked up to the shepherd instead of down into the water. But if allowed to run too late, the bald patch remains. As soon as I finished preaching, I went to him and said: Moody, I wish you would tell me how I can become a Christian.” The tears were rolling down her cheeks, and she was in a very favorable mood. The minister wanted him to leave the Bible with him; he didn’t want the rest of his congregation to see it. The perspiration started out of every pore of my body; I thought they were looking at me. Being a Second Volume of Anecdotes, Incidents and Illustrations. But if I were to say, “Yes, I have lost a dollar,” why, then, I might expect him to help me to find it. I was on sentry duty on the edge of a wood. “I will punish you if you do not.” It was full of statues of gods. He was a little fellow about two years old. There was a large family of girls, and we had tickets for the theaters three or four times a week. The church itself had been formed twelve years earlier by Bostonians unhappy with the rigid doctrinal exclusiveness of another large city church. There is a man that is covetous; he wants to grasp the whole world. When the meeting broke up, just a little of the prejudice had worn away. But,” he said, “we have rented all our pews and are able to pay all our running expenses. “Have you got some one who can write a plain hand?” They are like these farms in California—a dreary desert, everything parched and desolate, and apparently no life in them. Now, you might just as well say that the sun, which has shone so long, is now so old that it is out of date, and that whenever a man builds a house he need not put any windows in it, because we have a newer light and a better light; we have gaslight and electric light. Cut the cord! I said, “Suppose we write upon that board some of the earthly treasures? The shepherd called out, “Come here.” I remember a man telling me he preached for a number of years without any result. So Christ will carry you and all your burdens, if you will but let Him. It is not a creed, a mere empty doctrine, but it is Christ Himself we have. “Now, you must take good care, and not get yourself dirty again,” said mamma. The doctor said, “You have come to the wrong physician, but I will tell you of One who can cure you”; and he told him of Christ, and read to him the fifty-third chapter of Isaiah, “With His stripes we are healed.” His character and His actions were back of His words. 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