Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Thursday, September 3, 2015

The smooth and easy downhill road

"For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat.” “In those words our Lord advanced a reason or argument to enforce His previous exhortation. There is another gate than the “strait” one, altogether different therefrom, for it is “wide” and gives entrance into a broad way, but it leads to the bottomless pit. It is “the course of this world” (Ephesians 2:2), in which all its unregenerate citizens are found. It is the path of self-will and selfgratification. It is “wide” because those in it own no restrictions. They have broken down the commandments of God which were designed to be a hedge about them. It is therefore a pleasant and easy way to the flesh, for no inquiry or diligent search has to be made in order to find it, no resolution and perseverance are called for in order to continue treading it, no self-denial has to be practiced to remain therein. A dead fish can float with the stream, but only a living one can swim against it: so the unregenerate mechanically follow this road, for there is nothing in them to resist the law of gravity. The going is smooth and easy because it is all downhill!” —
Taken from “The Sermon on the Mount” by A. W. Pink (1886–1952)

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