Peace, be still

“Our minds are apt by their troubles to be cast into disorder, to be tossed up and down, and disquieted…And indeed, the mind on all such occasions is its own greatest troubler. It is likely to let loose its passions of fear and sorrow, which then multiply into innumerable perplexing thoughts, until it is carried utterly out of its own power. But in this state a due contemplation of the glory of Christ will restore and compose the mind–bring it into a sedate, quiet frame, where faith will be able to say to the winds of our soul, ‘Peace, be still,’ and they shall obey.”

John Owen
The Works of John Owen, Vol.1

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Bearing False Witness Against Ourselves

“…the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them night and day before our God” (Rev.12:10). “We can’t judge ourselves according to our feelings, for when we are tempted we’ll only see the smoke of distrustful thoughts…By false conclusions we may come to sin by bearing false witness against ourselves…In doing this, some Christians act as if they had been hired by Satan, the ‘accuser of the brethren,’ to plead for him in accusing themselves.”

Richard Sibbes

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