YOU CANNOT KEEP YOURSELF SAVED

YOU CANNOT KEEP YOURSELF SAVED

C.H. Spurgeon

Salvation is the work of God. It is HE ALONE who quickens the soul “dead in trespasses and sins,” and it is He also who MAINTAINS THE SOUL in its spiritual life. He is both “Alpha and Omega.” “Salvation is OF THE LORD.” If I am prayerful, GOD makes me prayerful; if I have graces, they are God’s gifts to me; if I hold on in a consistent life, it is because HE upholds me with His hand.

I DO NOTHING WHATEVER TOWARDS MY OWN PRESERVATION, EXCEPT WHAT GOD HIMSELF FIRST DOES IN ME.

WHATEVER I have, all my goodness is of the Lord alone. Wherein I sin, THAT IS MY OWN; but wherein I act rightly, THAT is of God, wholly and completely. If I have repulsed a spiritual enemy, the Lord’s strength nerved my arm. Do I live before men a consecrated life? It is not I, but CHRIST who liveth in me.

Am I sanctified? I did not cleanse myself: God’s Holy Spirit sanctifies me. Am I weaned from the world? I am weaned by God’s chastisements sanctified to my good. Do I grow in knowledge? The great Instructor teaches me. All my jewels were fashioned by heavenly art. I find in God all that I want; but I FIND IN MYSELF NOTHING BUT SIN AND MISERY. “He only is my rock and my salvation.”

Do I feed on the Word? That Word would be no food for me unless the Lord made it food for my soul, and helped me to feed upon it. Do I live on the manna which comes down from heaven? What is that manna but Jesus Christ himself incarnate, whose body and whose blood I eat and drink? Am I continually receiving fresh increase of strength? Where do I gather my might? My help cometh from heaven’s hills: WITHOUT JESUS I CAN DO NOTHING.

As a branch cannot bring forth fruit except it abide in the vine, no more can I, except I abide in Him. What Jonah learned in the great deep, let me learn this morning in my closet:

“Salvation is of the Lord!” Hallelujah!

YOU DO NOT SURPRISE GOD WHEN YOU SIN

YOU DO NOT SURPRISE GOD WHEN YOU SIN

Michael Jeshurun

Do you ever feel that you could surprise God by some of those sins you commit? Have you ever felt that God is sometimes amazed, thinking –“How could my ‘little Johnny’ act LIKE THIS”?

Then think again!

Known unto God are ALL His works from the beginning of the world! [Acts 15:18] He knew EXACTLY how you would behave and sin even before He chose to save you!
And His words to Jacob of old are the same to YOU!

“For I knew that thou WOULDEST deal very treacherously, and wast called a TRANSGRESSOR FROM THE WOMB”! [Isaiah 48:8]

But though He knew of all your treachery and transgressions, He still went ahead and loved you, chose you and died for you, and entered into a covenant with you and married you!

Little wonder the Apostle calls it a love that passeth both knowledge and understanding!

One of the reasons that men and women decide to divorce their spouse is because the one they married turns out to be less than their ‘EXPECTATIONS’! How many times have we heard this phrase even from those who are gritting their teeth and enduring a marriage – “If only I had known he would turn out to be like this, I would have never married him in the first place”!

But here is where God radically differs from man!

God knew full well WHO you were and WHAT you would turn out to be and still went ahead and married you!

And though you are unfaithful for the most part, HE remaineth faithful to the end! [2Tim 2:13]

Say “Hallelujah! Praise the Lord”!

It takes a long time even for the saint to realize that God knows him BETTER than he knows himself.

Consider these two verses –

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: WHO CAN KNOW IT”? [Jer 17:9]

And again – “But He turned, and rebuked them (His disciples), and said, YE KNOW NOT WHAT manner of spirit ye are of”. [Luke 9:55]

But concerning the LORD’S KNOWLEDGE OF US, it is written – “But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because HE KNEW ALL MEN, and needed not that any should testify of man: for HE KNEW WHAT WAS IN MAN”! [John 2:24,25]

And this is so clearly brought out in the case of Peter’s denial. Oh how he swore and insisted that, “Though all men shall be offended because of Thee, yet will I never be offended”! [Matt 26:33]
And what was the Lord’s word to him? “Wilt thou lay down thy life for My sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, the COCK SHALL NOT CROW, TILL thou hast denied Me thrice.”! [John 13:38]

To put it in modern day English – “The day will not dawn, till you have denied me three times”!

And was the Lord right in His prediction?

“Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee.But HE DENIED BEFORE THEM ALL, saying, I know not what thou sayest. And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth. And AGAIN HE DENIED WITH AN OATH, I do not know the man. And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee. THEN BEGAN HE TO CURSE AND TO SWEAR, SAYING, I KNOW NOT THE MAN.

And immediately the cock crew”!

“And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny Me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly”! [Matt 26:69-75]

The moral is plain – “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall”! [1Cor 10:12]

Don’t ever snicker and look down on a backslider! Remember, but for the grace of God you’d be caught in a worse sin than him!

“It is for this reason that God suffers it to appear that the best of men are but men at the best. No matter how richly gifted they may be, how eminent in God’s service, how greatly honored and used of Him, let His sustaining power be withdrawn from them for a moment and it will quickly be seen that they are “earthen vessels.”

NO MAN STANDS ANY LONGER THAN HE IS SUPPORTED BY DIVINE GRACE!

The most experienced saint, if left to himself, is immediately seen to be as weak as water and as timid as a mouse. “Man at his best estate is altogether vanity” (Ps. 39:5). [A.W. Pink]

Therefore let our prayer be –
“Hold Thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto Thy statutes continually”! [Psalm 119:117]

I CANNOT KEEP MYSELF SAVED

I CANNOT KEEP MYSELF SAVED

C.H. Spurgeon

Salvation is the work of God. It is HE ALONE who quickens the soul “dead in trespasses and sins,” and it is He also who MAINTAINS THE SOUL in its spiritual life. He is both “Alpha and Omega.” “Salvation is OF THE LORD.” If I am prayerful, GOD makes me prayerful; if I have graces, they are God’s gifts to me; if I hold on in a consistent life, it is because HE upholds me with His hand.

I DO NOTHING WHATEVER TOWARDS MY OWN PRESERVATION, EXCEPT WHAT GOD HIMSELF FIRST DOES IN ME.

WHATEVER I have, all my goodness is of the Lord alone. Wherein I sin, THAT IS MY OWN; but wherein I act rightly, THAT is of God, wholly and completely. If I have repulsed a spiritual enemy, the Lord’s strength nerved my arm. Do I live before men a consecrated life? It is not I, but CHRIST who liveth in me.

Am I sanctified? I did not cleanse myself: God’s Holy Spirit sanctifies me. Am I weaned from the world? I am weaned by God’s chastisements sanctified to my good. Do I grow in knowledge? The great Instructor teaches me. All my jewels were fashioned by heavenly art. I find in God all that I want; but I FIND IN MYSELF NOTHING BUT SIN AND MISERY. “He only is my rock and my salvation.”

Do I feed on the Word? That Word would be no food for me unless the Lord made it food for my soul, and helped me to feed upon it. Do I live on the manna which comes down from heaven? What is that manna but Jesus Christ himself incarnate, whose body and whose blood I eat and drink? Am I continually receiving fresh increase of strength? Where do I gather my might? My help cometh from heaven’s hills: WITHOUT JESUS I CAN DO NOTHING.

As a branch cannot bring forth fruit except it abide in the vine, no more can I, except I abide in Him. What Jonah learned in the great deep, let me learn this morning in my closet:

“Salvation is of the Lord!” Hallelujah!

WE CANNOT SIT, STAND OR WALK WITHOUT THE LORD!

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WE CANNOT SIT, STAND OR WALK WITHOUT THE LORD!

I thought number one would surely be me,
I thought I could be what I wanted to be.
I thought I could build on life’s sinking sand
But I can’t even walk without You holding my hand.

Chorus:
I can’t even walk without You holding my hand.
The mountain’s too high and the valley’s too wide.
Down on my knees, I learned to stand.
And I can’t even walk without You holding my hand.

I thought I had done a lot on my own.
I thought I could make it all alone.
I thought of myself as a mighty big man,
But I can’t even walk without You holding my hand.

Chorus:
I can’t even walk without You holding my hand.
The mountain’s too high and the valley’s too wide.
Down on my knees, I learned to stand.
And I can’t even walk without You holding my hand.

By Colbert and Joyce Croft

Hold Thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto Thy statutes continually.” [Psalm 119:117]

C.H. Spurgeon [Treasury of David]

Hold Thou me up: as a nurse holds up a little child. “And I shall be safe,” and not else; for unless Thou hold me up I shall be falling about like an infant that is weak upon its knees. We are saved by past grace, but we are not safe unless we receive present grace. The Psalmist had vowed to keep the Lord’s commands, but here he pleads with the Lord to keep him: a very sensible course of procedure.

Our version reads the word “uphold,” and then “hold up;” and truly we need this blessing in every shape in which it can come, for in all manner of ways our adversaries seek to cast us down. To be safe is a happy condition; there is only one door to it, and that is to be held up by God himself; thank God, that door is open to the least among us.

And I will have respect unto Thy statutes continually. In obedience is safety; in being held up is obedience. No man will outwardly keep the Lord’s statutes for long together unless he has an inward respect for them, and this will never be unless the hand of the Lord perpetually upholds the heart in holy love. Perseverance to the end, obedience continually, COMES ONLY THROUGH THE DIVINE POWER; we start aside as a deceitful bow unless we are kept right by Him that first gave us grace.

Happy is the man who realizes this verse in his life: upheld through his whole life in a course of unswerving integrity, he becomes a safe and trusted man, and maintains a sacred delicacy of conscience which is unknown to others. He feels a tender respect for the statutes of the Lord, which keeps him clear of inconsistencies and conformities to the world that are so common among others, and hence he is a pillar in the house of the Lord.

Verse 117. — HOLD THOU ME UP, and I shall be safe. Not only the consciousness of my weakness, but the danger of the slippery path before me, reminds me, that the safety of every moment depends upon the upholding power of my faithful God. The ways of temptation are so many and imperceptible — the influence of it so appalling — the entrance into it so deceitful, so specious, so insensible — and my own weakness and unwatchfulness are so unspeakable — that I can do nothing but go on my way, praying at every step, “Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe.” –Charles Ridges.

Verse 117. — HOLD THOU ME UP. Three things made David afraid.

First, great temptation without; for from every air the wind of temptation blows upon a Christian.

Secondly, great corruption within.

Thirdly, examples of other worthy men that had fallen before him, and are written for us: not that we should learn to fall, but to fear lest we fall.

These three should always hold us humble, according to that warning, “Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.”
–William Cowper.

Verse 117. — UP, up above the littleness in which I have lived too long, — above the snares which have so often caught me, — above the stumbling blocks upon which I have so often fallen, — above the world, — above myself, — higher than I have ever reached yet, — above the level of my own mortality: worthy of thee, — worthy of the blood, with which I have been bought, — nearer to heaven, — nearer to thee, — “hold Thou me up.”

God’s methods of holding his people up are many. Sometimes it is by the preacher’s word, when the word comes fitly spoken to the heart and conscience. May God, in His infinite condescension, enable His servants in this church so to hold you up. Sometimes it is by the ordained means and sacraments which His grace commanded. Sometimes it is by the efficacy of the Holy Scriptures, when some passage in your own room strikes the mind, Just in season; or the stay of some sweet promise comes in sustaining to your spirit. Sometimes by the simple in working of the Holy Ghost in a man’s own thoughts, as He will work “Uphold me with thy free Spirit.” Sometimes by the ministration of angels, — “They shall hold thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.” Sometimes by putting you very low indeed, making you feel that the safe place is the valley.

There is no elevation like the elevation of abasement. Sometimes by severe discipline to brace up the heart, and strengthen it, and make it independent of external things. Sometimes by heavy affliction, which is the grasp of His hand, that He may hold you tighter. Sometimes by putting into your heart to think the exact thing that you need, — to pray the very prayer which He intends at the moment to grant. Sometimes by appearing to let you go, and forsake you, while at the same time — like the Syrophenician woman — He is giving you the wish to hold on that He may give you the more at the last. — James Vaughan, of Brighton, 1877.

GOD’S PRESERVING GRACE

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GOD’S PRESERVING GRACE

J.C. Philpot

We are surrounded with snares; temptations lie spread every moment in our path. These snares and temptations are so suitable to the lusts of our flesh, that we shall infallibly fall into them, and be overcome by them BUT FOR THE RESTRAINING PROVIDENCE OR THE PRESERVING GRACE OF GOD.

The Christian sees this; the Christian feels this. He has had, it may be, a bitter experience of the past. He has seen how, from lack of walking in godly fear, for lack of circumspection and standing upon his watch-tower, he has been entangled in times past in the snares of death. He has regretted the consequences, felt the misery of having slipped and fallen; the iron has entered into his soul; he has been in the prison house, in bondage, in darkness, and death. In consequence of his transgressions he has been “the fool” described in Psalm 108, as “afflicted because of his iniquity.”

As, then, a burnt child dreads the fire, so he dreads the consequence of being left for a moment to himself; and the higher his assurance rises and the clearer his views become of the grace of God which brings salvation, and of his own interest in it, the more is he afraid that he shall fall. If his eyes are more widely opened to see the purity of God, the blessedness of Christ, and the efficacy of atoning blood, the more also does he see of the evil of sin, and his own weakness and inability to stand against temptation in his own strength.

And all these feelings combine to raise up the earnest cry . . .

“Hold Thou me up, and I shall be safe.” [Psalm 119:117]

HOLD THOU ME UP

Hold Thou me up Cat

HOLD THOU ME UP

J.C. Philpot

We are surrounded with snares; temptations lie spread every moment in our path. These snares and temptations are so suitable to the lusts of our flesh, that we shall infallibly fall into them, and be overcome by them BUT FOR THE RESTRAINING PROVIDENCE OR THE PRESERVING GRACE OF GOD.

The Christian sees this; the Christian feels this. He has had, it may be, a bitter experience of the past. He has seen how, from lack of walking in godly fear, for lack of circumspection and standing upon his watch-tower, he has been entangled in times past in the snares of death. He has regretted the consequences, felt the misery of having slipped and fallen; the iron has entered into his soul; he has been in the prison house, in bondage, in darkness, and death. In consequence of his transgressions he has been “the fool” described in Psalm 108, as “afflicted because of his iniquity.”

As, then, a burnt child dreads the fire, so he dreads the consequence of being left for a moment to himself; and the higher his assurance rises and the clearer his views become of the grace of God which brings salvation, and of his own interest in it, the more is he afraid that he shall fall. If his eyes are more widely opened to see the purity of God, the blessedness of Christ, and the efficacy of atoning blood, the more also does he see of the evil of sin, and his own weakness and inability to stand against temptation in his own strength.

And all these feelings combine to raise up the earnest cry . . .

“Hold Thou me up, and I shall be safe.” [Psalm 119:117]

YOU CANNOT KEEP YOURSELF SAVED

You cannot keep yourself saved

YOU CANNOT KEEP YOURSELF SAVED

C.H. Spurgeon

Salvation is the work of God. It is HE ALONE who quickens the soul “dead in trespasses and sins,” and it is He also who MAINTAINS THE SOUL in its spiritual life. He is both “Alpha and Omega.” “Salvation is OF THE LORD.” If I am prayerful, GOD makes me prayerful; if I have graces, they are God’s gifts to me; if I hold on in a consistent life, it is because HE upholds me with His hand.

I DO NOTHING WHATEVER TOWARDS MY OWN PRESERVATION, EXCEPT WHAT GOD HIMSELF FIRST DOES IN ME.

WHATEVER I have, all my goodness is of the Lord alone. Wherein I sin, THAT IS MY OWN; but wherein I act rightly, THAT is of God, wholly and completely. If I have repulsed a spiritual enemy, the Lord’s strength nerved my arm. Do I live before men a consecrated life? It is not I, but CHRIST who liveth in me.

Am I sanctified? I did not cleanse myself: God’s Holy Spirit sanctifies me. Am I weaned from the world? I am weaned by God’s chastisements sanctified to my good. Do I grow in knowledge? The great Instructor teaches me. All my jewels were fashioned by heavenly art. I find in God all that I want; but I FIND IN MYSELF NOTHING BUT SIN AND MISERY. “He only is my rock and my salvation.”

Do I feed on the Word? That Word would be no food for me unless the Lord made it food for my soul, and helped me to feed upon it. Do I live on the manna which comes down from heaven? What is that manna but Jesus Christ himself incarnate, whose body and whose blood I eat and drink? Am I continually receiving fresh increase of strength? Where do I gather my might? My help cometh from heaven’s hills: WITHOUT JESUS I CAN DO NOTHING.

As a branch cannot bring forth fruit except it abide in the vine, no more can I, except I abide in Him. What Jonah learned in the great deep, let me learn this morning in my closet:

“Salvation is of the Lord!” Hallelujah!

I CAN’T EVEN WALK

Lord I can't even walk

I CAN’T EVEN WALK

I thought number one would surely be me,
I thought I could be what I wanted to be.
I thought I could build on life’s sinking sand
But I can’t even walk without You holding my hand.

Chorus:
I can’t even walk without You holding my hand.
The mountain’s too high and the valley’s too wide.
Down on my knees, I learned to stand.
And I can’t even walk without You holding my hand.

I thought I had done a lot on my own.
I thought I could make it all alone.
I thought of myself as a mighty big man,
But I can’t even walk without You holding my hand.

Chorus:
I can’t even walk without You holding my hand.
The mountain’s too high and the valley’s too wide.
Down on my knees, I learned to stand.
And I can’t even walk without You holding my hand.

By Colbert and Joyce Croft

Hold Thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto Thy statutes continually.” [Psalm 119:117]

C.H. Spurgeon [Treasury of David]

Hold Thou me up: as a nurse holds up a little child. “And I shall be safe,” and not else; for unless Thou hold me up I shall be falling about like an infant that is weak upon its knees. We are saved by past grace, but we are not safe unless we receive present grace. The Psalmist had vowed to keep the Lord’s commands, but here he pleads with the Lord to keep him: a very sensible course of procedure.

Our version reads the word “uphold,” and then “hold up;” and truly we need this blessing in every shape in which it can come, for in all manner of ways our adversaries seek to cast us down. To be safe is a happy condition; there is only one door to it, and that is to be held up by God himself; thank God, that door is open to the least among us.

And I will have respect unto Thy statutes continually. In obedience is safety; in being held up is obedience. No man will outwardly keep the Lord’s statutes for long together unless he has an inward respect for them, and this will never be unless the hand of the Lord perpetually upholds the heart in holy love. Perseverance to the end, obedience continually, COMES ONLY THROUGH THE DIVINE POWER; we start aside as a deceitful bow unless we are kept right by Him that first gave us grace.

Happy is the man who realizes this verse in his life: upheld through his whole life in a course of unswerving integrity, he becomes a safe and trusted man, and maintains a sacred delicacy of conscience which is unknown to others. He feels a tender respect for the statutes of the Lord, which keeps him clear of inconsistencies and conformities to the world that are so common among others, and hence he is a pillar in the house of the Lord.

Verse 117. — HOLD THOU ME UP, and I shall be safe. Not only the consciousness of my weakness, but the danger of the slippery path before me, reminds me, that the safety of every moment depends upon the upholding power of my faithful God. The ways of temptation are so many and imperceptible — the influence of it so appalling — the entrance into it so deceitful, so specious, so insensible — and my own weakness and unwatchfulness are so unspeakable — that I can do nothing but go on my way, praying at every step, “Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe.” –Charles Ridges.

Verse 117. — HOLD THOU ME UP. Three things made David afraid.

First, great temptation without; for from every air the wind of temptation blows upon a Christian.

Secondly, great corruption within.

Thirdly, examples of other worthy men that had fallen before him, and are written for us: not that we should learn to fall, but to fear lest we fall.

These three should always hold us humble, according to that warning, “Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.”
–William Cowper.

Verse 117. — UP, up above the littleness in which I have lived too long, — above the snares which have so often caught me, — above the stumbling blocks upon which I have so often fallen, — above the world, — above myself, — higher than I have ever reached yet, — above the level of my own mortality: worthy of thee, — worthy of the blood, with which I have been bought, — nearer to heaven, — nearer to thee, — “hold Thou me up.”

God’s methods of holding his people up are many. Sometimes it is by the preacher’s word, when the word comes fitly spoken to the heart and conscience. May God, in His infinite condescension, enable His servants in this church so to hold you up. Sometimes it is by the ordained means and sacraments which His grace commanded. Sometimes it is by the efficacy of the Holy Scriptures, when some passage in your own room strikes the mind, Just in season; or the stay of some sweet promise comes in sustaining to your spirit. Sometimes by the simple in working of the Holy Ghost in a man’s own thoughts, as He will work “Uphold me with thy free Spirit.” Sometimes by the ministration of angels, — “They shall hold thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.” Sometimes by putting you very low indeed, making you feel that the safe place is the valley.

There is no elevation like the elevation of abasement. Sometimes by severe discipline to brace up the heart, and strengthen it, and make it independent of external things. Sometimes by heavy affliction, which is the grasp of His hand, that He may hold you tighter. Sometimes by putting into your heart to think the exact thing that you need, — to pray the very prayer which He intends at the moment to grant. Sometimes by appearing to let you go, and forsake you, while at the same time — like the Syrophenician woman — He is giving you the wish to hold on that He may give you the more at the last. — James Vaughan, of Brighton, 1877.

THE WONDER OF PRESERVING GRACE

I am as a wonder unto many

THE WONDER OF PRESERVING GRACE

J.C. Philpot

“O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in Me is thine help.” Hosea 13:9

Is not this a true charge? Does not your conscience agree with it, as a well founded accusation? Have you not willingly with your eyes open, run into some sin, which, BUT FOR GOD’S MERCY AND UPHOLDING HAND, would have proved your certain destruction? Have you not stood upon the very brink of some deep pit, down into which one more step would have plunged you?

As you realize the evils of your heart, you see what a marvel it is, that grace is kept alive in your bosom! You see yourself surrounded on every side with that which would inevitably destroy it – but for the mighty power of God!

You look back and wonder how the life of God in your soul has been preserved so many years. Sometimes you have been sunk into such carnality. You have felt such emptiness of all good, and such proneness to all evil, that you wonder how you have not been swallowed up, overcome, and carried away into the pit of destruction!

David said, “I am as a wonder unto many.” But you can say, “I am a wonder unto MYSELF!” The world, the devil, and your own evil heart, have been for years all aiming to destroy the precious life of God in your soul—all stretching out their hands to strangle and suffocate it!

And yet, in His mysterious wisdom, unspeakable grace, and tender compassion, He has kept the holy principle alive in your soul.

O, the mystery of redeeming love!

O, THE BLESSEDNESS OF PRESERVING GRACE! We have been preserved, upheld, and kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation!

“O LORD, Thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: Thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.!” Psalm 30:3

“Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved!” [Psalm 66:9]

“Hold Thou me up, and I shall be safe!” [Psalm 119:117]

WHAT WE LEARN IN TEMPTATION

temptation and sin

WHAT WE LEARN IN TEMPTATION

J.C. Philpot

“There hath no TEMPTATION taken you but such as is common to man.” [1Cor. 10:13]

There is NOT A SINGLE SIN EVER PERPETRATED BY MAN which does not lie deeply hidden in the recesses of OUR fallen nature! But these sins do not stir into activity until temptation draws them forth.

Temptation is to the corruptions of the heart, what fire is to stubble. Sin lies quiet in our carnal mind until temptation comes to set it on fire.

Temptation is to our corrupt nature, what the spark is to gunpowder. Have you not found this sad truth: how easily by temptation are the corruptions of our wretched heart set on fire, and burst into every kind of daring and dreadful iniquity?

In temptation, we learn what sin is . . .
its dreadful nature,
its aggravated character,
its fearful workings,
its mad, its desperate upheavings against God,
and what we are or would be, were we left wholly in its hands!

“Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation.” [Matt 26:41]

“Hold Thou me up, and I shall be safe!” [Psalm 119:117]