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 The seeds of every wickedness -ryle


[b]The seeds of every wickedness[/b]

(J. C. Ryle, "The Gospel of Mark" 1857)

"But Peter insisted emphatically, 'Even if I
have to die with You, I will never disown You!'
And all the others vowed the same." Mark 14:31

See how much ignorant self confidence may
sometimes be found in the hearts of Christians.
The apostle Peter could not think it possible that
he could ever deny his Lord. And he did not stand
alone in his confidence. The other disciples were
of the same opinion. "And all the others vowed
the same."

Yet what did all this confident boasting come to?

Twelve hours did not pass away before all the
disciples forsook our Lord and fled. Their loud
professions were all forgotten. The present
danger swept all their promises of fidelity clean
away. So little do we know how we shall act in
any particular position—until we are placed in it!

Let us learn to pray for humility. "Pride goes before
destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall."

There is far more wickedness in all our hearts,
than we know. We never can tell how far we might
fall—if once placed in temptation. There is no degree
of sin into which the greatest saint may not run—if he
is not held up by the grace of God, and if he does not
watch and pray.

The seeds of every wickedness lie hidden in
our hearts! They only need the convenient season
to spring forth into a mischievous vitality. "Let him
that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall." "He
who trusts his own heart is a fool.'' Let our daily
prayer be, "Hold me up—and I shall be safe!"


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 Re: The seeds of every wickedness -ryle

This is very good.

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The seeds of every wickedness lie hidden in our hearts! They only need the convenient season to spring forth into a vibrant vitality


I tell believers that evil still sporulates within the human heart, latent, the capability to sin, to mastermind sin, to grieve God - every infectious contaminant is still very much alive and seeking release - even in the hearts of genuine born-again and soundly converted children of God. When I was studying microbiology at college, we learnt that microbes and germs are very opportunistic organisms and are constantly seeking a favorable environment to proliferate and colonize. For many of them, it's an ideal temperature that can trigger a spore to animate, and for others it could be moisture, or the right kind of food being accessible, or an auspicious sanitary condition, etc.

I believe our hearts are the same. Sin is always crouching, laying dormant, ready to pounce, waiting for the most opportune time to flare up and wound. As bacteria seek ideal temperature, spiritual sin looks for an ideal [i]temptation[/i] to revive - to [i]unsporulate[/i] and come out of the shell to infect. Thus, we must always be diligent keep our hearts in a sanitary condition, a place where no bacteria can thrive. Proverbs 4:23 tells us to do this very thing. The heart - even the [i]new[/i] heart - is a breeding ground for sin, and out of it come the contaminating issues of life, all defilement.

Oh saints, let us look to the sanitary condition of our own hearts. Let us constantly monitor the environment, the temperature. Let us keep the floors mopped clean and glowing with the bacteria-sterilizing blood of Christ, applied in faith by the effort of the Holy Spirit.


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Christian! seek not yet repose,
Hear thy guardian angel say;
Thou art in the midst of foes;
“Watch and pray.”

Principalities and powers,
Mustering their unseen array,
Wait for thy unguarded hours;
“Watch and pray.”

Gird thy heavenly armor on,
Wear it ever night and day;
Ambushed lies the evil one;
“Watch and pray.”

Hear the victors who o’ercame;
Still they mark each warrior’s way;
All with one clear voice exclaim,
“Watch and pray.”

Hear, above all, hear thy Lord,
Him thou lovest to obey;
Hide within thy heart His Word,
“Watch and pray.”

Watch, as if on that alone
Hung the issue of the day;
Pray that help may be sent down;
“Watch and pray.”

-Charlotte Elliott


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