Faith Quote Tuesday: Expect Trials

God never gives strong faith without fiery trial; He will not build a strong ship without subjecting it to very mighty storms; He will not make you a mighty warrior if He does not intend to try your skill in battle. The sword of the Lord must be used; the blades of heaven must be smitten against the armour of the evil one, and yet they shall not break, for they are of true Jerusalem metal which shall never snap. We shall conquer, if we begin the battle in the right way. If we have sharpened our swords on the cross, we have nothing whatever to fear ……

— C.H. Spurgeon, “Gleanings Among the Sheaves”, as quoted by Steve Miller in “C.H. Spurgeon on Spiritual Leadership”