Comfort For The Wretched Man!

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  1. Brother James

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    Sheep or swine?
    (Brooks "Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices")

    It is possible for Christians to fall into the same sins of
    which they have formerly repented--by the secret, subtle,
    and strong workings of sin in their hearts. And no wonder,
    for though their repentance is ever so sincere and sound
    --yet their graces are but weak, and their mortification
    of sin is imperfect in this life. Though by grace they are
    freed from the dominion of sin, and from the damnatory
    power of every sin, and from the love of all sin; yet grace
    does not free them from the indwelling of any one sin.
    Therefore it is possible for a Christian to fall again and
    again into the same sin.

    God will graciously pardon those sins to His people,
    which He will not in this life totally subdue in His people.

    I have never seen a promise in Scripture, which says that
    when our sorrow and grief has been so great, or so much,
    for this or that sin--that God will then preserve us from
    ever falling into the same sin. The sight of such a promise
    would be as life from the dead to many a precious soul,
    who desires nothing more than to keep close to Christ,
    and fears nothing more than backsliding from Christ.

    Yet, there is a great difference between a sheep which by
    weakness falls into the mire--and a swine which delights
    to wallow in the mire! There is a great difference between
    a woman who is raped, though she fights and cries out--
    and an alluring adulteress!
    THOMAS BROOKS 1608-1680
     
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    "For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he has gained, when God takes away his soul? Will God hear his cry when trouble comes upon him? Will he delight himself in the Almighty? Will he always call upon God?" Job 27:8-10
    Many of God's people are at times exercised as to their hypocrisy, and sometimes they may think themselves the most consummate hypocrites that ever stood in a profession. But if you are exercised with these painful surmises, these doubts and fears, just see (and the Lord enable you to bring it to the light of his countenance) these two features of a spiritual character. Do not talk about your hope; it may be "a spider's web." Do not boast of your gifts; they may be altogether in the flesh. Do not bring forward the good opinion of men; they may be deceived concerning you. But just see if, with the Lord's blessing, you can feel these two tests in your soul, as written there by his own hand. If so, you are not a hypocrite; God himself, by his servant Job, has acquitted you of the charge.
    Did you, then, ever "delight yourself in the Almighty?" It is a solemn question. Did your heart and soul ever go out after the living God? Did affection, love, and gratitude ever flow out of your bosom into the bosom of the Lord? Did you ever feel as if you could clasp him in the arms of faith, and live and die in his embrace? Now if your soul has ever felt this, you are no hypocrite; and nothing can rise up out of your wretched heart, as an accusing devil, that can prove you to be one.
    Or if you cannot fully realize this, if you are one that always calls upon God, you are no hypocrite. I do not speak of your regular prayers, or any other of your regularities; for I believe that there is often more of God's Spirit, and more craving after God and delighting in him, in your irregularities, than in all the daily regularities which hypocrites delight in. But I mean, is there a sigh or cry by night, as well as by day; a pouring out of the heart into the bosom of God from time to time, as the Lord works it in you, in trouble, in perplexity, in sorrow, and in distress? This is a test and a mark which no hypocrite ever had or ever can have.

    J.C. PHILPOT 1802-1869
     

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