David Brainerd Died 9th October 1747 
If you hope for happiness in the world, hope for it from God, and

not from the world. 
We are a long time in learning that all our strength and salvation

is in God. 
Give yourself to prayer, to reading and meditation on divine

truths: strive to penetrate to the bottom of them and never be content with a superficial knowledge. 
Further, take heed that you faithfully perform the business you

have to do in the world, from a regard to the commands of God; and not from an ambitious desire of being esteemed better than others. 
The all-seeing eye of God beheld our deplorable state; infinite pity

touched the heart of the Father of mercies; and infinite wisdom laid the plan of our recovery. 
Be careful to make a good improvement of precious time. 

In the silences I make in the midst of the turmoil of life I have

appointments with God. From these silences I come forth with spirit refreshed, and with a renewed sense of power. I hear a voice in the silences, and become increasingly aware that it is the voice of God. 
Once more, Never think that you can live to God by your own

power or strength; but always look to and rely on him for assistance, yea, for all strength and grace. 
The idea that everything would happen exactly as it does

regardless of whether we pray or not is a specter that haunts the minds of many who sincerely profess belief in God. It makes prayer psychologically impossible, replacing it with dead ritual at best. 
Oh, that I could dedicate my all to God. This is all the return I

can make Him. 
No amount of scholastic attainment, of able and profound

exposition of brilliant and stirring eloquence can atone for the absence of a deep impassioned sympathetic love for human souls. 
It is not the pleasures of the world which can comfort me! If God

deny his presence, what are the pleasures of the city to me? One hour of sweet retirement where God is, is better than the whole world. 
Such fatigues and hardship as these serve to wean me more from

the earth; and, I trust, will make heaven the sweeter. 
Worldly pleasures, such as flow from greatness, riches, honours,

and sensual gratifications, are infinitely worse than none. 

As long as I see any thing to be done for God, life is worth having;

but O how vain and unworthy it is to live for any lower end! 
I wanted not the favor of man to lean upon; for I knew Christ's

favor was infinitely better. 
God has made me willing to do anything that I can do

consistently with truth, for the sake of peace, and that I might not be stumbling block to others. 
My soul felt and tasted that the Lord is gracious; that he is the

supreme good, the only soul-satisfying happiness; that he is a complete, sufficient, and almighty portion. 
It is sweet to be nothing and less than nothing that Christ may

be all in all. 
Oh, how precious is time, and how it pains me to see it slide

away, while I do so little to any good purpose. 
I see nothing else in the world that can yield any satisfaction

besides living to God, pleasing Him, and doing his whole will. 
I love to live on the brink of eternity.  Farewell, vain world; my soul can bid Adieu.

My Savior taught me to abandon you. Your charms may gratify a sensual mind. But cannot please a soul for God Designed. ¶Friend, remember that it is better to read 1 quote 10 times (meditatively) than to read 10 quotes 1 time (superficially).· Gathered by Totaf.

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