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 The Christian pilgrim

The Christian pilgrim

(edited from Thomas Reade's, "The Two Ways")

The Christian pilgrim has to journey to the
heavenly Canaan, through the wilderness of
this world; therefore, like the Israelites of old,
his soul is sometimes discouraged because of
the difficulty of the way.

The world frowns!

Satan assaults!

Providences darken!

Corruptions harass!

All these things produce, for a season, much
discouragement. Like Peter, he looks at the raging
waves, instead of the omnipotent Savior; and then
he begins to sink into despondency, and would be
overwhelmed in the depths of mental affliction,
did not the compassionate Jesus stretch out His
hand of mercy, and uphold him by His mighty power.

Thus, to every humble pilgrim, strength is imparted;
realizing views of the faithfulness of Emmanuel are
granted; and he is made to rise superior to every
discouragement, and to walk, with increasing
alacrity and joy, along the narrow way which
leads unto life eternal.



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 Re: The Christian pilgrim

Follow the Lamb!

(Thomas Brooks)

Follow the Lamb, though others follow
the beast and the false prophets.

Follow the Lamb wherever he goes.

Take up the cross, and follow the Lamb
over hedge and ditch, through thick and thin.

Do not turn your backs on Christ.

Deny yourself; your natural self, your sinful
self, your religious self, to follow the Lamb.


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You should follow in His steps

(Thomas Brooks, "The Crown and Glory of Christianity,
or, HOLINESS, the Only Way to Happiness", 1662)

"He who says he abides in Him, ought himself also
to walk even as He walked." 1 John 2:6

Christians are to set all Christ's moral actions before them
as a pattern for their imitation. In Christ's life, a Christian
may behold the picture or lineaments of all virtues--and
accordingly he ought to order his life in this world.

To walk as Christ walked is to walk . . .
humbly,
holily,
justly,
meekly,
lovingly,
fruitfully,
faithfully,
uprightly.

To walk as Christ walked is to . . .
slight the world,
despise the world,
make a footstool of the world,
to live above the world, and
to triumph over the world as Christ did.

To walk as Christ walked is . . .
to love those who hate us,
to pray for those who persecute us,
to bless those who curse us, and
to do good to those who do evil to us.

To walk as Christ walked is to be patient, and silent,
and submissive, and thankful, under the vilest reproaches,
the heaviest afflictions, and the greatest sufferings.

"Leaving you an example, that you should follow
in His steps." 1 Peter 2:21


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A consistent Christian!

(John Angell James)

The following duties are common to all Christians:
unreserved, cheerful, perpetual devotedness to Christ,
entire and constant dependence on the Holy Spirit,
a life of faith,
spirituality of mind,
separation from the world,
heavenly mindedness,
supreme regard to eternity,
universal and high toned morality,
eminent social excellence in all the relative duties of life,
all the gentle and passive virtues.

O, what a character is that of a consistent Christian!

How holy,
how heavenly,
how humble,
how gentle,
how benevolent,
how just,
how devout,
how useful,
how happy!!


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The daily business of a Christian

(William Plumer, "Vital Godliness: A Treatise
on Experimental and Practical Piety" 1864)

The daily business of a Christian is to . . .
resist the devil,
deny himself,
overcome the world,
crucify the flesh with its affections and lusts,
imitate Christ,
walk with God.


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