for Sin-Sick Souls
whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot even
unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrefying
sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with
ointment. Isa. 1:5, 6.
There is a remedy for the sin-sick soul. That remedy is in Jesus. Precious
Savior! His grace is sufficient for the weakest; and the strongest must also
have His grace or perish. I saw how this grace could be obtained. Go to your
closet, and there alone plead with God: "Create in me a clean heart,
O God; and renew a right spirit within me." Be in earnest, be sincere.
. . . Jacob like, wrestle in prayer. Agonize. . . . You must make an effort.
. . .
Lord with all your heart. Come with zeal, and when you sincerely feel that
without the help of God you perish, when you pant after Him as the hart panteth
after the water brooks, then will the Lord strengthen you speedily. Then will
your peace pass all understanding. If you expect salvation, you must pray.
Take time. Be not hurried and careless in your prayers. Beg of God to work
in you a thorough reformation, that the fruits of His Spirit may dwell in
you, and you shine as lights in the world. Be not a hindrance or curse to
the cause of God; you can be a help, a blessing. Does Satan tell you that
you cannot enjoy salvation full and free? Believe him not.
I saw that
it is the privilege of every Christian to enjoy the deep movings of the Spirit
of God. A sweet, heavenly peace will pervade the mind, and you will love to
meditate upon God and heaven. You will feast upon the glorious promises of
His word. . . .
Christians love Jesus better than the world, they will love to speak of Him,
their best Friend, in whom their highest affections are centered. He came
to their aid when they felt their lost and perishing condition. When weary
and heavy-laden with sin, they turned unto Him. He removed their burden of
guilt and sin, . . . and turned the whole current of their affections. The
things they once loved, they now hate; and the things they hated, they now
great change taken place in you?
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