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deliverance from sinning

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Hi everyone,

I just wish I had more time to read more threads, because the ones I do read
are so inspirational. I think I will have to get up earlier in the day, so I can fit it in.

Anyway, tonight, I just happened to come across this writing by Charles Spurgeon. As old as his writings are, I think everyone would agree with me that they continue to 'speak'. I thought that the illustration he presented bought out his point so well. It is quite lengthy, but worth reading. Bless you all.

(The following is an extract from "All of Grace" by Charles Spurgeon)

Quote:- "Concerning deliverance from sinning:-

A new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and will give an heart of flesh. (Eze_11:19).

What a wonderful promise! And it is yea and amen in Christ Jesus to the glory of God by us. Let us lay hold of it; accept it as true, and appropriate it to ourselves. Then shall it be fulfilled in us, and we shall have, in after days and years, to sing of that wondrous change which the sovereign grace of God has wrought in us.

It is well worthy of consideration that when the Lord takes away the stony heart, that deed is done; and when that is once done, no known power can ever take away that new heart which He gives, and that right spirit which He puts within us. “The gifts and calling of God are without repentance”; that is, without repentance on His part; He does not take away what He once has given. Let Him renew you and you will be renewed. Man’s reformations and cleanings up soon come to an end, for the dog returns to his vomit; but when God puts a new heart into us, the new heart is there forever, and never will it harden into stone again. He who made it flesh will keep it so. Herein we may rejoice and be glad forever in that which God creates in the kingdom of His grace.


To put the matter very simply - did you ever hear of Mr. Rowland Hill’s illustration of the cat and the sow? I will give it in my own fashion, to illustrate our Saviour’s expressive words - “Ye must be born again.” Do you see that cat? What a cleanly creature she is! How cleverly she washes herself with her tongue and her paws! It is quite a pretty sight! Did you ever see a sow do that? No, you never did. It is contrary to its nature. It prefers to wallow in the mire. Go and teach a sow to wash itself, and see how little success you would gain. It would be a great sanitary improvement if swine would be clean. Teach them to wash and clean themselves as the cat has been doing! Useless task. You may by force wash that sow, but it hastens to the mire, and is soon as foul as ever. The only way in which you can get a sow to wash itself is to transform it into a cat; then it will wash and be clean, but not till then! Suppose that transformation to be accomplished, and then what was difficult or impossible is easy enough; the swine will henceforth be fit for your parlor and your hearth-rug.

So it is with an ungodly man; you cannot force him to do what a renewed man does most willingly; you may teach him, and set him a good example, but he cannot learn the art of holiness, for he has no mind to it; his nature leads him another way. When the Lord makes a new man of him, then all things wear a different aspect. So great is this change, that I once heard a convert say, “Either all the world is changed, or else I am.” The new nature follows after right as naturally as the old nature wanders after wrong.

What a blessing to receive such a nature! Only the Holy Ghost can give it.


Did it ever strike you what a wonderful thing it is for the Lord to give a new heart and a right spirit to a man? that you would trust Him for a new heart, and a right spirit, for He can give them to you! May the Lord give you faith in His promise, faith in His Son, faith in the Holy Spirit, and faith in Him, and to Him shall be praise and honor and glory forever and ever! Amen."
End of Quote.

May we continually Hope in the Lord, for He will surely perfect that good work which He has begun in us.
He will see us through.
Praise God.
 
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Topaz,

It blessed my morning, the words are so true. Thank you posting it. I am glad God made me a new creation. It's amazing how different things look after you get saved and start seeking after God.

Your sister in Christ,
AlabasterBox :girl:

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Excellent thread! Praise GOD for having mercy on us and willingly giving us new spirts and new hearts!

Thank you Jesus!
 

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