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Sharp-edged tools!

Charles Spurgeonby Charles Spurgeon

“I will take heed to my ways.” Psalm 39:1

Fellow-pilgrim, do not say in your heart, “I will go here and there, and I shall not sin;” for you are never so out of danger of sinning, as to boast of security.

The road is very miry, it will be hard to pick your path so as not to soil your garments. This is a world of pitch, and you will need to watch often, if in handling it you are to keep your hands clean.

There is a robber at every turn of the road to rob you of your graces! There is a temptation in every mercy! There is a snare in every joy! And if you ever reach Heaven at last–it will be a miracle of divine grace, to be ascribed entirely to your Father’s preserving power.

Be on your guard! When a man carries gun-powder in his hand, he should be careful that he does not go near a candle; and you too must take care that you do not go near temptation.

Even your common actions are sharp-edged tools–you must mind how you handle them. There is nothing in this world to foster a Christian’s piety–but everything to destroy it. How anxious should you be to look up to God–that He may keep you! Your prayer should be, “Hold me up–and I shall be safe!” Having prayed, you must also watch–guarding every thought, word, and action with holy jealousy.

Do not unnecessarily expose yourselves to temptation. But if called to exposure, if you are bidden to go where the enemy’s darts are flying–then never venture forth without your shield of faith. For if once the devil finds you without it–he will rejoice that his hour of triumph has come, and will soon make you fall down wounded by his arrows! Though you cannot be utterly slain–you may be wounded.

Be sober, be vigilant–danger may be in an hour when all seems securest to you. Therefore, take heed to your ways, and watch unto prayer. No man ever fell into sin through being too watchful. May the Holy Spirit guide you in all your ways–so that you shall always please the Lord.

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation!” Matthew 26:41

by Charles Spurgeon

No Time To Relax

David Wilkersonby David Wilkerson

Some of you reading this devotional have taken a vacation from “fighting the good fight.” You are weary of heart and have said to yourself, “I’ve got to ease up or crack up! I’m not going to love the Lord any less and I’ll stay faithful. But I must follow my heart and my heart is telling me to relax.”

Beloved, your timing could not be worse! Spiritual relaxation or letting up is the final spring in the devil’s trap. You are choosing midnight to go on vacation.

“And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light” (Romans 13:11-12).

If the night were far spent and the day of the Lord near when this was written, then how much nearer must it be now! There can be no relaxing in this last-days warfare.

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist steadfast in the faith” (1 Peter 5:8-9).

Satan will not relax; he will increase his efforts. We dare not sleep!

All through the New Testament, God is calling us to be awake, to be vigilant and aware, and to put on the whole armour. We are not to sleep as others, but we are to be looking for and hastening the day of the Lord.

Relax in this war, and you are dead. Relax, and you are going to be caught in the devil’s trap. That call to relax is right out of hell! It is the siren call of Satan himself. Be warned because it is high time to awaken!

“Keep me from the snares which they have laid for me, and the [traps] of the workers of iniquity” (Psalm 141:9).

by David Wilkerson