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    Out of the House of Bondage

    Sin enslaves the soul. O how a man wears himself out in the service of sin—it wastes his body, breaks his sleep, and distracts his mind. Sin says to one, defraud; to another, be unchaste; to another, take revenge; to another, make a false vow. But sinners are content to be under the command of sin; they are willing to be slaves; they love their chains; they wear their sins, not as fetters, but as ornaments; they rejoice in iniquity. What freedom has a sinner to his own confusion, when he can do nothing but what sin will have him do? He is enslaved in the house of bondage. Satan…

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    Do You Know?

    Do you know that you are converted? Can you find this wonderful change upon your souls? Have you been thus born again, and made anew? Are not these strange matters to many of you? And such as you never felt upon yourselves? If you cannot tell the day or week of your change, or the very sermon, that converted you, yet, do you find that the work is done; that such a change indeed there is, and that you have such hearts as before described? Alas! The most do follow their worldly business, and little trouble their minds with such thoughts: and, if they be but restrained from scandalous sins,…

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    The Converted Man

    [T]he converted man has a new end in his thoughts, and a new way in his endeavors, and therefore his heart and life are new. Before, his carnal self was his end; and his pleasure and worldly profits, and credit were his way; and now God and everlasting glory are his end; and Christ, and the Spirit, and Word, and ordinances, holiness to God, and righteousness, and mercy to men, these are his way. Before, self was the chief ruler; to which the matters of God and conscience must stoop and give place. And now God in Christ, by the Spirit, Word, and ministry, is that chief ruler, to whom…

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    Prayer and Providence

    This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. (1 John 5:14) Nothing comes to pass without our heavenly Father’s permission or ordination. By this almighty providence, God overrules and sways all things to his own glory. There is nothing that comes to pass but God has his purpose in it. Though the world seems to run at random in blind confusion and rude disorder, yet God governs it to make perfect harmony out of all the seeming discords. Question: ‘If God’s providence ordains all things that come to pass according to the immutable law of his purpose,…

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    The Mystery of God’s Providence

    Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. (Matt 10:29, NASB) The mystery of God’s providence is a most sublime consideration. It is easy to let our reason run away with itself. It is at a loss when it attempts to search into the eternal decrees of election or the entangled mazes and labyrinths in which the divine providence walks. We will have to give up the search for it, and can never be fully satisfied unless we relieve ourselves as Paul (Rom 11:33). This knowledge is too wonderful for us. It is impossible to…

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    ‘Small’ Sins Make Way for Greater Ones

    Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body. (Rom 6:12) One of Satan’s devices is to present sin as less than it is. ‘Ah,’ says Satan, ‘it is but a little pride, a little worldliness, a little uncleanness, a little drunkenness!’ As Lot said of Zoar, ‘It is but a little one, and my soul shall live.’ ‘Alas!’ says Satan, ‘it is just a very little sin that you are troubled by! You can commit it without any danger to your soul. You can commit it and your soul can still live.’ Consider, however, how many ‘small’ sins have received the greatest wrath: the eating of the fruit, gathering…

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    Happiness Is Found in Contentment

    But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. (1 Timothy 6:6–10) Let us be content with the portion God has given us of earthly…

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    When Heaven Is Forgotten

    If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. (Col. 3:1) Unbelievers seek their happiness in things of the world. Believers find their happiness in God. It is contrary to the nature of faith for a believer to seek peace in his earthly enjoyments. Our present pilgrimage is a prison, yet alas, we too commonly do this. By this we kill our comforts and then complain they are missing. It is folly to expect any stable peace or solid joy that does not come from Christ as the fountain. O that Christians would learn to…

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    Overcome by God’s Power

    The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? (Jer. 17:9) The work of conversion is completely of God. God alone frames our hearts to the obedience of his will. This must be so as we consider the nature of man. Man is stark blind in the things of God. Every man has a heart of stone, insensible and inflexible. How many times does the Word of God work upon him to no purpose? Sin is an overruling master, and man a willing servant. Sin never stops commanding and we are at its beck and call. Man is blind with a hard heart (Eph. 4:18). He…

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    The Glory of the Providence of God

    for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. (Phil. 2:13) John Flavel It is not the vast bulk of an estate, but the vigilant care of divine providence that guards you from the stroke of ruin. The providence of God around us is the solid basis of all sanctified and durable prosperity. His providence enfolds all who bear his image in everlasting arms. He will advance you higher, and secure you better than any noble birth or estate could ever do. The delight and pleasure resulting from the observation of divine providence is very great. It will doubtless be a…