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Billy Graham's Quotes

Updated on February 25, 2018
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Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.

The Bible

The 99-year-old evangelist lived by the words in the Bible. He knew what it said, and he lived by it. He wanted others to do the same.

“World events are moving very rapidly now. I pick up the Bible in one hand, and I pick up the newspaper in the other. And I read almost the same words in the newspaper as I read in the Bible. It’s being fulfilled every day round about us.”

“I've read the last page of the Bible, it's all going to turn out all right.”

About Christianity

The Rev. Billy Graham believed that being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion. He said Christianity is a daily process whereby people grow to be more and more like Christ.

Dying

Graham was not afraid of dying. He often spoke about being with his heavenly father. In order to do that, he knew he had to die.

"I know that soon my life will be over. I thank God for it, and for all He has given me in this life. But I look forward to heaven."

A quote has gone viral on social media giving Graham, the most prominent preacher and evangelist of the 20th-century credit for making the following quote. Actually, Graham adapted it from Dwight L. Moody who was the most prominent preacher and evangelist of the 19th century. The quote is so appropriate for both prominent preachers.

Here is the quote about death that is so appropriate for a time such as this.

"Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God."

Heaven

Heaven was always on Billy Graham's mind. He thought about heaven a lot. He said he didn't expect to go to heaven because of all the preaching he had done to so many great crowds or how many times he had read the Bible. He concluded that he knew he was going to heaven because he was like the thief on the cross who said in that last moment, "Lord, remember me."

Here are just a few other things Graham said about heaven.

“The moment we take our last breath on earth, we take our first in heaven.”

“My home is in Heaven. I'm just traveling through this world.”

“Heaven doesn’t make this life less important; it makes it more important.”

“The Bible says that as long as we are here on Earth, we are strangers in a foreign land. There are enemies to be conquered before we return home. This world is not our home; our citizenship is in heaven.”

Sermon Preached at the Charlotte Crusade on September 21, 1958

Billy Graham preached that there are three things you have to do to get to heaven and have your sins forgiven.

  1. First, you must repent of your sins.
  2. Secondly, you must receive Christ by faith.
  3. The third thing you must do: You must obey Christ.

Love

No preacher could not preach as many sermons as Billy Graham did if he did not love people. This was demonstrated by him being heard in 185 of the 195 countries and six continents over the world. He preached over 400 crusades. Once he preached every night for 16 consecutive weeks. That was because he loved people and he wanted them to know that God loved them too.

“God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, 'I love you.”

"I am a sinner and you are a sinner. Every one of us is a sinner in God's sight. But the Bible also tells us that God is a God of love."

“When we come to the end of ourselves, we come to the beginning of God."

Suffering

Toward the end of Billy Graham's life, he suffered from conditions that affect a lot of people. Yet, he did not complain because he knew suffering is a part of life. He acknowledged his condition and had these things to say about his own suffering.

“Someone asked me recently if I didn’t think God was unfair, allowing me to have Parkinson’s and other medical problems when I have tried to serve him faithfully. I replied that I did not see it that way at all. Suffering is part of the human condition, and it comes to us all. The key is how we react to it, either turning away from God in anger and bitterness or growing closer to him in trust and confidence.”

Suffering is part of the human condition and it comes to us all. The key is how we react to it, either turning away from God in anger and bitterness or growing closer to Him in trust and confidence."

“Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity has.”

"Mountaintops are for views and inspiration, but fruit is grown in the valleys."

"Some of you today are going through heartache and grief so intense that you wonder if it will ever go away. But I want to tell you that our God cares for you and for your family and for your city. For God loves you, and he shares in your suffering."

Today

From the time he was only 16 years old, the Rev. Billy Graham began to love and trust God. If God had not been in his life, Graham would have been unable to do what he did over six decades in ministry. He made the following quotes that helped him carry on. Perhaps they will help others as well.

“The will of God will not take us where the grace of God cannot sustain us.”

“God never takes away something from your life without replacing it with something better.”

“Take one day at a time. Today, after all, is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.”

"God has given us two hands, one to receive with and the other to give with."

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    • Tim Truzy info4u profile image

      Tim Truzy 

      3 years ago from U.S.A.

      I share those thoughts, too. We were fortunate to have him around. I must share with you: his style of presentation of the Word certainly influenced my mindset and focus on love when I speak to congregations or the average person regarding the Lord Jesus Christ. Of course, Our Savior is the Master Teacher of all these things - but some of us had to learn how to do a good job by watching and listening to someone like Reverend Graham.

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      3 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Tim, I have heard about the Rev. Billy Graham most of my adult life. He truly was a well-respected man of God. I like his thoughts about death and heaven because they are my thoughts as well.

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      Tim Truzy 

      3 years ago from U.S.A.

      Thank you, Reverend. The quotes you provided were beautiful food for my soul. Today, former presidents are in North Carolina paying respect. we, like so many, are saddened to lose a special person in God's service.

      Three aspects of Rev. Billy Graham I will always remember: I can't recall if he ever spoke intently on specific political situations in our nation or the world. He was always focused on the message of Salvation through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. The other thing I recall: even with all of the fame and fortune he obtained, Rev. Graham chose to live in the little log cabin in the mountains of N.C. in his later years where he first started his ministry. Finally, he would not speak at any place which segregated the crowd.

      Thank you for writing such a wonderful article. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

      Sincerely,

      Tim

    • Tim Truzy info4u profile image

      Tim Truzy 

      3 years ago from U.S.A.

      Thank you, Reverend. The quotes you provided were beautiful food for my soul. Today, a giant motor cage with Billy Graham's body is heading to Washington, D.C. from Charlotte, N.C., and we, like so many, are saddened to lose a special person in God's service.

      Two aspects of Rev. Billy Graham I will always remember: I can't recall if he ever spoke intently on specific political situations in our nation or the world. He was always focused on the message of Salvation through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. The other thing I recall: even with all of the fame and fortune he obtained, Rev. Graham chose to live in the little log cabin in the mountains of N.C. in his later years where he first started his ministry.

      Thank you for writing such a wonderful article. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

      Sincerely,

      Tim

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      3 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Yes, indeed Dora! Billy Graham was a godly and humble man. He leaves behind a great legacy.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      We were blessed to know this godly man and to witness the fruit of a life that was surrendered to His service.

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