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The Faithful Promiser by John Ross Macduff

5TH DAY. Restraining Grace.

|He is Faithful that Promised.|

|Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat; but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not.| -- LUKE xxii.31, 32.

Restraining Grace.

What a scene does this unfold! Satan tempting -- Jesus praying! Satan sifting -- Jesus pleading! |The strong man assailing| -- |the stronger than the strong| beating him back! Believer? here is the past history and present secret of thy safety in the midst of temptation. An interceding Saviour was at thy side, saying to every threatening wave, |Thus far shalt thou go, and no farther?| God often permits His people to be on the very verge of the precipice, to remind them of their own weakness; but never farther than the verge! The restraining hand and grace of Omnipotence is ready to rescue them. |Although he fall, yet shall he not be cast down utterly; and why? for the Lord upholdeth him with His right hand!| The wolf may be prowling for his prey; but what can he do when the Shepherd is always there, tending with the watchful eye that |neither slumbers nor sleeps?| Who cannot subscribe to the testimony, |When my foot slipped, Thy mercy, O Lord! held me up?| Who can look back on his past pilgrimage, and fail to see it crowded with Ebenezers, with this inscription: |Thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling?| My soul, where wouldst thou have been this day, hadst thou not been |kept| by the power of God?


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