1 Corinthians 1:29
God's religion is to throw the creature down in
the dust of self-abasement, and to glorify Christ.
"So I find this law at work—When I want to do
good, evil is right there with me." Rom. 7:21
Are you not often a mystery to yourself?
exalting yourself the following!
your head in it today—crying, groaning, and
sighing for a sweet manifestation of the love
of God tomorrow!
shame and confusion, on your knees before
you leave your room—filled with pride and self
importance before you have got down stairs!
up for one taste of the love of Jesus when in
solitude—trying to grasp it with both hands
when in business!
but cannot adequately describe—leads us into the
mystery of the two natures perpetually struggling
and striving against each other in the same bosom.
So that one man cannot more differ from another,
than the same man differs from himself.
that our carnal mind undergoes no alteration, but
maintains a perpetual war with grace. And thus,
the deeper we sink in self abasement under a
sense of our vileness, the higher we rise in a
knowledge of Christ, and the blacker we are in
our own view—the more lovely does Jesus appear.
us anything aright, and how it is for the most
part, "line upon line, line upon line—here a
little, and there a little." O . . .
what slow learners!
what dull, forgetful scholars!
what stupid blockheads!
what stubborn pupils!
could learn so little of natural things as we seem
so many years instruction,
so many chapters read,
so many sermons heard, so many prayers put up,
so much talking about religion.
growth—compared with all we have read
and heard and talked about!
He will save—and that we are saved by free
grace—and free grace alone!
save me, and I shall be saved." Jer. 17:14
and give me faith; give me submission to
Your mind and will.
shame and work in me everything well
pleasing in Your sight.
Nothing but a huge clod of dust
on things on the earth." Colossians 3:2
of the Majesty of heaven—is base and paltry.
dust, and as such, as insignificant in the eyes
of its Maker as the small dust of the balance,
or the drop of the bucket.
its highest objects,
its loftiest aims,
its grandest pursuits,
its noblest employments,
in the sight of Him who inhabits
eternity; but base and worthless?
end in death!
lays low in the grave all that is rich
and mighty, high and proud.
whereby the chosen vessels of mercy are
delivered from the power of darkness and
translated into the kingdom of God's dear
Son, calls them out of . . .
those low, groveling pursuits,
those earthly toys,
those base and sensual lusts in which other
men seek at once their happiness and their ruin.
How can they escape?
1 Samuel 2:9
traveling through a valley of tears—journeying
through a waste-howling wilderness—a path
beset with baits, traps, and snares in every
through every rough place—as a tender parent
carries a little child. When about to fall—He
graciously lays His everlasting arms underneath
them. And when tottering and stumbling, and
their feet ready to slip—He mercifully upholds
them from falling altogether.
for different feet? The God of creation has not
made two flowers, nor two leaves upon a tree
alike—and will He cause all His people to walk
in precisely the same path? No. We have . . .
each our path,
each our troubles,
each our trials,
each peculiar traps and snares laid for our feet.
eyes being in every place—marking the footsteps of
every pilgrim—suiting His remedies to meet their
individual case and necessity—appearing for them
when nobody else could do them any good—watching
so tenderly over them, as though the eyes of His
affection were bent on one individual—and carefully
noting the goings of each, as though all the powers
of the Godhead were concentrated on that one
person to keep him from harm!
God will meet all your needs
to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus." Phil. 4:19
we shall never know nor value Christ's riches.
needy soul, a tempted and tried believer in
Christ, "God will meet all your needs."
were not upon all the face of the earth such a
wretch as you—as though there never could be
a child of God in your state . . .
so blind and ignorant,
so proud and worldly,
so presumptuous and hypocritical,
so continually backsliding after idols,
so continually doing things that you
know are hateful in God's sight.
reach of divine supply! And the deeper your need,
the more is Jesus glorified in supplying it.
your case is too bad,
your needs are too many,
your perplexities too great,
your temptations too powerful.
the reach of the almighty and compassionate
love, that burns in the breast of the Redeemer!