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him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. 1 Cor. 10:12.
Peter's fall was not instantaneous, but gradual. Self-confidence led him to
the belief that he was saved, and step after step was taken in the downward
path, until he could deny his Master. Never can we safely put confidence in
self or feel, this side of heaven, that we are secure against temptation.
accept the Savior, however sincere their conversion, should never be taught
to say or to feel that they are saved. This is misleading. Every one should
be taught to cherish hope and faith; but even when we give ourselves to Christ
and know that He accepts us, we are not beyond the reach of temptation. .
. . Only he who endures the trial will receive the crown of life (James 1:12).
Those who accept Christ, and in their first confidence say, I am saved, are
in danger of trusting to themselves. . . . We are admonished, "Let him
that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall" (1 Cor. 10:12). Our
only safety is in constant distrust of self, and dependence on Christ.
are many who profess Christ, but who never become mature Christians. They
admit that man is fallen, that his faculties are weakened, that he is unfitted
for moral achievement, but they say that Christ has borne all the burden,
all the suffering, all the self-denial, and they are willing to let Him bear
it. They say that there is nothing for them to do but to believe; but Christ
said, "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take
up his cross, and follow me" (Matt. 16:24). . . .
never to rest in a satisfied condition, and cease to make advancement, saying,
"I am saved." When this idea is entertained, the motives for watchfulness,
for prayer, for earnest endeavor to press onward to higher attainments, cease
to exist. No sanctified tongue will be found uttering these words till Christ
shall come, and we enter in through the gates into the city of God. Then,
with the utmost propriety, we may give glory to God and to the Lamb for eternal
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