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 A vile, creeping, serpentine thing... ---Spurgeon---

A vile, creeping, serpentine thing...

From Spurgeon's sermon, "Pride and Humility"

There is no sin into which the heart of man so easily falls as
pride, and yet there is no vice which is more frequently, more
emphatically, and more eloquently condemned in Scripture!

There is no trap into which we poor silly birds so easily fly.

There is no pitfall into which, like foolish beasts of the earth,
we so continually run, as the sin of pride!

Pride is the worst monstrosity of all the monstrous things
in creation; it has nothing lovely in it.

Pride, the first-born son of hell, is indeed like its parent-
all unclean and vile, and in it there is no beauty.

Consider your origin; look back to the hole of the pit where
you were digged. Consider what you would have been, even
now, if it were not for Divine grace.

Consider that among the damned, there are none that would
have been more damned than yourself, if grace had not kept you
from destruction. Let this consideration humble you,
that you have nothing whereon to ground your pride.

Oh! man, hate pride, flee from it, abhor it,
do not let it dwell with you!

If you want to have a madman in your heart, embrace
pride, for you shall never find one more mad than he.

Pride has ten thousand shapes; it is not always that
stiff and starched gentleman that you picture it.

Pride is a vile, creeping, insinuating thing,
that will twist itself like a serpent into our hearts.

It will talk of humility, and prate about being dust and ashes.
I have known men talk about their corruption most marvelously,
pretending to be all humility, while at the same time they were the
proudest wretches that could be found this side the gulf of
separation.

Oh! my friends, you cannot tell how many shapes pride will
assume; look sharply at yourself, or you will be deceived by it,
and when you think you are entertaining angels, you will find you
have been receiving devils unawares.


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 2007/2/23 15:25Profile









 Re: A vile, creeping, serpentine thing... ---Spurgeon---

Is the sin of pride this revolting to us as described here? Does the church realize the enormity of the sin of pride?

I read this last night by Matthew Henry:
"Observe, Those whom God advances to honourable employments he humbles and [b]makes low in their own eyes[/b]; and, where God gives grace to be humble, there he gives all other grace."
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/henry/mhc6.x.iv.html

Robert Murray M'Cheyne on humility and pride, "Oh for true, unfeigned humility. I know I have cause to be humble; and yet I do not know one half of that cause. I know I am proud; and yet I do not know half of that pride."

 2007/2/23 16:09
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Roniya wrote:
Robert Murray M'Cheyne on humility and pride, "Oh for true, unfeigned humility. I know I have cause to be humble; and yet I do not know one half of that cause. I know I am proud; and yet I do not know half of that pride."



Joy, this very quote was mentioned in the sermon at our church tonight (Bro. Matt Fowler preached) and I recognized it immediately from when I had read it in your post. . . he also spoke of an excellent book about Humility by C.J. Mahaney. Something he quoted from that book:
[i]"There is a virtue which draws the gaze of the Savior."[/i] (humility)

I look forward to reading that book one day.

God bless, Jennifer


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 2007/2/25 23:17Profile









 Re: Jennifer

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he also spoke of an excellent book about Humility by C.J. Mahaney. Something he quoted from that book: "There is a virtue which draws the gaze of the Savior." (humility)



That is a powerful quote. Jennifer, have you read the biography on Robert M'Cheyne's life by Andrew Bonar? His was an amazing life of humility and holiness.
I've never read any of C.J. Mahaney's books but I've heard about him.
Lord bless you!
~Joy

 2007/2/26 10:55
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Roniya wrote:
Jennifer, have you read the biography on Robert M'Cheyne's life by Andrew Bonar?



No, but I'll have to get my hands on one soon. I've heard so much about him. I love Bonar's writings also. And I want to get the bio on David Brainerd that you suggested awhile back, too.
Jennifer


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Jennifer wrote:
No, but I'll have to get my hands on one soon. I've heard so much about him.


You really do need to. That book is like on the top of my list of favorite biographies. There's something so powerful about a young life so committed to God, and so used of God in just a short time period.
Robert Murray M'Cheyne had two passions, holiness and soul winning. His pastor heart for his flock was incredible! And it's so amazing how he prayed, labored and wept over his flock, and while he was gone on the mission field God brought revival to his parish. And yet, there was absolutely no jealousy that God used William Burns and not himself to stir men's hearts to seek God in repentence.
It's amazing what God can do with a life that is totally surrendered to Him.
Yes, you need to get this one. :-)

 2007/2/26 11:12





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