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"Let him that thinketh he standeth take
heed lest he fall."1 Corinthians 10:12.
is a curious fact, that there is such a thing as being proud of
grace. A man says, "I have great faith, I shall not fall; poor
little faith may, but I never shall." "I have fervent
love," says another, "I can stand, there is no danger of
my going astray." He who boasts of grace has little grace to
boast of. Some who do this imagine that their graces can keep them,
knowing not that the stream must flow constantly from the fountain
head, or else the brook will soon be dry. If a continuous stream of
oil comes not to the lamp, though it burn brightly to-day, it will
smoke to-morrow, and noxious will be its scent. Take heed that thou
gloriest not in thy graces, but let all thy glorying and confidence
be in Christ and His strength, for only so canst thou be kept from
falling. Be much more in prayer. Spend longer time in holy
adoration. Read the Scriptures more earnestly and constantly. Watch
your lives more carefully. Live nearer to God. Take the best
examples for your pattern. Let your conversation be redolent of
heaven. Let your hearts be perfumed with affection for men's souls.
So live that men may take knowledge of you that you have been with
Jesus, and have learned of Him; and when that happy day shall come,
when He whom you love shall say, "Come up higher," may it
be your happiness to hear Him say, "Thou hast fought a good
fight, thou hast finished thy course, and henceforth there is laid
up for thee a crown of righteousness which fadeth not away."
On, Christian, with care and caution! On, with holy fear and
trembling! On, with faith and confidence in Jesus alone, and let
your constant petition be, "Uphold me according to Thy
word." He is able, and He alone, "To keep you from
falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His
glory with exceeding joy."
"I will take heed to my
Fellow-pilgrim, say not in your
heart, "I will go hither and thither, and I shall not sin;"
for you are never so out of danger of sinning as to boast of security.
The road is very miry, it will be hard to pick your path so as not to
soil your garments. This is a world of pitch; you will need to watch
often, if in handling it you are to keep your hands clean. There is a
robber at every turn of the road to rob you of your jewels; there is a
temptation in every mercy; there is a snare in every joy; and if you
ever reach heaven, it will be a miracle of divine grace to be ascribed
entirely to your Father's power. Be on your guard. When a man carries a
bomb-shell in his hand, he should mind that he does not go near a
candle; and you too must take care that you enter not into temptation.
Even your common actions are edged tools; you must mind how you handle
them. There is nothing in this world to foster a Christian's piety, but
everything to destroy it. How anxious should you be to look up to God,
that He may keep you! Your prayer should be, "Hold thou me
up, and I shall be safe." Having prayed, you must also watch;
guarding every thought, word, and action, with holy jealousy. Do not
expose yourselves unnecessarily; but if called to exposure, if you are
bidden to go where the darts are flying, never venture forth without
your shield; for if once the devil finds you without your buckler, he
will rejoice that his hour of triumph is come, and will soon make you
fall down wounded by his arrows. Though slain you cannot be; wounded you
may be. "Be sober; be vigilant, danger may be in an hour when all
seemeth securest to thee." Therefore, take heed to thy ways, and
watch unto prayer. No man ever fell into error through being too
watchful. May the Holy Spirit guide us in all our ways, so shall they
always please the Lord.