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Soldiers of Christ Enduring Hardness

“The way to do a great deal is to keep on doing a little. The way to do nothing at all is to be continually resolving that you will do everything.”

– C. H. Spurgeon

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Preach with this object, that men may quit their sins and fly to Christ for pardon, that by His blessed Spirit they may be renovated and become as much in love with everything that is holy as they are now in love with everything that is sinful.

God’s acceptance of Christ is the sure guarantee of the salvation of those who accept His sacrifice.  Beloved, when thine eye of faith is dim, when your eyeballs swim in a flood of tears and the darkness of sorrow hides much from your vision, then Jehovah sees the blood of His Son, and spares you.  In the thick darkness, when you cannot see at all, the Lord God never fails to see in Jesus that with which He is well pleased, and with which His Law is honored.  He will not suffer the destroyer to come near you to harm you, because He sees in Christ that which vindicates His justice and establishes the needful rule of Law.  The blood is the saving mark.  At this moment, this is the pressing question for each one in the company gathered in this house:  Do you trust the divine propitiation or do you not?  Bring to me what you will to prove your own personal excellence.  I believe in no virtue, which insults the Savior’s blood, which alone cleanses us from all sin.  Rather confess your multiplied transgressions and shortcomings, and then take heart and hope; for there is forgiveness large and free for the very chief of sinners, through Him who has made peace by the blood of His cross.

O my hearer, guilty and self-condemned, if you will now come and trust in Jesus Christ, your sins, which are many, shall be all forgiven you, and you shall love so much in return, that the whole bent and bias of your mind shall be turned from sin to gracious obedience.  The atonement applied to the conscience saves from despair, and then acting upon the heart, it saves from the love of evil.  But the atonement is the saving sign.  The blood on the lintel and on the two side posts scoured the house of the poorest Israelite; but the proudest Egyptian–yes, even Pharaoh on the throne–could not escape the destroyer’s sword.  Believe and live.  Reject the atonement and perish!

 

There is a door to each man’s heart, and we have to find it, and enter it with the right key, which is to be found somewhere or other in the word of God.  All men are not to be reached in the same way, or by the same arguments, and as we are by all means to save some, we must be wise to win souls, wise with wisdom from above.  We desire to see them conquered for Christ, but no warrior uses always the same strategy.  There is for one open assault, another a siege, for a third an ambush, for a fourth a long campaign.  On the sea, there are great rams that run down the enemy, torpedoes under water, gunboats, and steam frigates.  One ship is broken up by a single blow; another needs a broadside; a third must have a shot between the wind and water; a fourth must be driven on shore.  Even thus, we must adapt ourselves and use the sacred force entrusted to us with grave consideration and solemn judgment, looking ever to the Lord for guidance and for power.  All the real power is in the Lord’s hands, and we must put ourselves fully at the disposal of the divine Worker, that He may work in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure, so shall we by all means save some.