The way to heaven is strait and narrow, and Satan
is an unwearied adversary, in disputing every inch
of the way. You will be much despised and cast out
for Christ's sake, and nothing will offend more than
separating yourself as much as possible from carnal
people. It is 'the life' which condemns the professing
When the world sees you unmoved by the riches and the pleasures which it so much adores; when
you are led by the Spirit "to count all things but
rubbish for the excellency of the knowledge of
Christ"; you must expect then to bear reproaches
from the Hagar race!
There is but very little true religion anywhere.
It is a very narrow way to heaven, and if we enter
in, it will be entirely by the grace of God.
It is very plain that the world is too much in the
hearts of Christians, and Satan covers over
covetousness under the name of prudence. How
Christians compare themselves one with another,
instead of with the word of God. But God has a
people, whom He will separate from the world.
I am not heaping up treasures upon earth for
moth and rust to corrupt. I feel thankful to the
Lord I am so provided with every comfort in this
world. I hope that He will teach me self-denial,
that I may more liberally assist the poor and
afflicted brethren who lack even the necessities
of life. It is more blessed to give than to receive.
As a Christian, your mind will be much more easy
the less you have to do with the world. Having
food and clothing, be content therewith. Riches
and cares choke the seed, and keep you from
communion with God. "People who want to get
rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many
foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into
ruin and destruction." 1 Timothy 6:9
Your kingdom is not of this world.
If I love my money more than Christ, woe is me!
"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