Monday, October 13, 2014

These Streams of Defilement

Until we taste the bitterness of our own misery, we will never relish the sweetness of God's mercy. Until we see how foul our sins have made us, we will never pay our tribute of praise to Christ for washing us.

Outward acts are most scandalous among men but inward lusts are most atrocious before God!

Reader! if you would know the heart of your sin, then you must know the sins of your heart! "For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are the things that defile a man!" 

These streams of defilement which appear in your life, do but show what a fountain of wickedness there is in your heart! Even the "thought of foolishness is sin!" There is no sin so little as not to kindle an eternal fire!
[William Secker]

Matthew 15:19-20 ... For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:  These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.
Jude 1:7 ... Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
1 John 1:8-9 ... If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.