Pride

On Humbling Ourselves Before God

Jun 22

On Humbling Ourelves Before God   “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.” — 1 Peter v. 6.   PRIDE is so natural to fallen man that it springs up in his heart like weeds in a watered garden, or rushes by a flowing brook. It is an all-pervading …

1 Peter:5:6

The Sitting of the Refiner

Jun 22

The Sitting of the Refiner   “And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.” — Malachi iii. 3.   THIS is spoken of as one of the results of the …

1 Corinthians:4:7

A Serious Remonstrance

Jun 22

A Serious Remonstrance   “My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash and be clean?”— 2 Kings v. 13.   I AM somewhat myself in the position of Elijah, when Naaman, the Syrian, came dashing up with his horses …

2 Kings:5:13

3 Ways Spurgeon Conquered His Secret Sin

Sep 15

For the past century, Charles Spurgeon’s strengths have often overshadowed his weaknesses. His biographers are largely to blame, painting the preacher as a superhero incapable of vice or vulnerability. Yet warts reveal as much as dimples do. Spurgeon had both. He experienced seasons of success, but he also harbored hidden faults — secret sins that sought to …

A Catechism for the Proud

Jan 06

A Catechism for the Proud   “For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?”— 1 Corinthians iv. 7.   THE Corinthian church was exceedingly gifted. Perhaps no other church of the period had …

1 Corinthians:4:7

Pride Catechized and Condemned

Jan 02

Pride Catechized and Condemned   "For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?"—1 Corinthians 4:7.   Pride grows apace like other ill weeds. It will live on any soil. In the natural heart …

1 Corinthians:4:7

“I Thought”

May 17

"I Thought"   “I thought.” — 2 Kings v. 11.   OUR great object in preaching to-day will be the conversion of sinners. There is a great deal else to be done, saints want building up, comforting, and quickening; but while myriads of men remain careless until they are swept away into perdition, it becomes us to bend our …

2 Kings:5:11

All-Sufficiency Magnified

Nov 18

All-Sufficiency Magnified   “I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.”— Philippians 4:13        THE former part of the sentence would be a piece of impudent daring without the latter part to interpret it. There have been some men who, puffed up with vanity, have in their hearts said, “I can do all things.” Their …

Philippians:4:13

Self-Sufficiency Slain

Nov 11

Self-Sufficiency Slain   “Without me ye can do nothing.” — John 15:5        CONSCIOUS of this truth in my own case, I would earnestly seek the help of God’s Spirit in preaching as in every other spiritual exercise, for, without Him I can do nothing. It is a remarkable fact that all the heresies which have arisen in …

John:15:5