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

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The ant's nest

(Thomas Boston, "Human Nature in its Fourfold State") Never did any sin appear in the life of the vilest wretch who ever lived; but look into your own corrupt nature, and there you may see the seed and root that sin—and every other sin. There is atheism, idolatry, blasphemy, murder, adultery, and whatever is vile—in your heart! Possibly none of these are apparent to you; but there is more in that unfathomable depth of wickedness than you know. Your corrupt heart is like an ant's nest, which, while the stone lies on it, none of them appear. But take off the stone, and stir them up but with a straw—and you will see what a swarm is there—and how lively they are! Just such a sight would your heart afford you—did the Lord but withdraw the restraint He has upon it—and allow Satan to stir it up by temptation! "For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly." Mark 7:21, 22 Christian! the remembrance of what you are by nature, should keep you humble.

3 comments:

Sheryl said...

Thank God for His restraint upon us and His restraint upon the wicked whom He does not permit to harm us.

I recall JM in a sermon saying that all sins are not present in everyone's heart, that these are the list of sins that are within the hearts of the scope of all mankind, and to varying degrees - this is not an exact quote, but a paraphrase of his idea as I remember hearing it. That's right, John, just put your own twist on it and make everyone feel 'holier than thou.' Does that mean that some are in less need of a Savior than others?

lyn said...

Subtlety is how Satan works through his minions, it's easier to deceive if you are subtle in your approach.

Darrel said...

How quick the lost are to exonerate themselves before their imaginary god. The horrors that lie within the natural man are excused when they are exposed, for there is no man who will freely admit his own evils. They will claim innocence, or become an instant victim of others plotting their demise, or they were forced to act as they did under some sort of duress, all of which is further evidence of a deceitful and desperately wicked heart (Jer. 17:9) which they cannot mend or escape. But thanks be to God for His intervention on behalf of His elect!! Oh what a glorious day when our heart was laid bare before us, our sins no longer hidden, our heart no longer rebellious. The repentance afforded us on that day becomes a life-long friend and companion (1John 1) just like the forgiveness of our sins, the mercy that dispels our fears and the love that engulfs us. Humility and gratitude are no longer in short supply; our Lord is glorified by His work in us.