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Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening - July 25, 2015

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> "He left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out."
> Genesis 39:12
> In contending with certain sins there remains no mode of victory but by flight.
The ancient naturalists wrote much of basilisks, whose eyes fascinated their
victims and rendered them easy victims; so the mere gaze of wickedness puts us in
solemn danger. He who would be safe from acts of evil must haste away from
occasions of it. A covenant must be made with our eyes not even to look upon the
cause of temptation, for such sins only need a spark to begin with and a blaze
follows in an instant.

Who would wantonly enter the leper's prison and sleep amid
its horrible corruption? He only who desires to be leprous himself would thus
court contagion. If the mariner knew how to avoid a storm, he would do anything
rather than run the risk of weathering it. Cautious pilots have no desire to try
how near the quicksand they can sail, or how often they may touch a rock without
springing a leak; their aim is to keep as nearly as possible in the midst of a
safe channel.
> This day I may be exposed to great peril, let me have the serpent's wisdom to keep
out of it and avoid it. The wings of a dove may be of more use to me today than
the jaws of a lion. It is true I may be an apparent loser by declining evil
company, but I had better leave my cloak than lose my character; it is not needful
that I should be rich, but it is imperative upon me to be pure.

No ties of
friendship, no chains of beauty, no flashings of talent, no shafts of ridicule
must turn me from the wise resolve to flee from sin. The devil I am to resist and
he will flee from me, but the lusts of the flesh, I must flee, or they will surely
overcome me. O God of holiness preserve thy Josephs, that Madam Bubble bewitch
them not with her vile suggestions. May the horrible trinity of the world, the
flesh, and the devil, never overcome us!
> Evening
> "In their affliction they will seek me early."
> Hosea 5:15
> Losses and adversities are frequently the means which the great Shepherd uses to
fetch home his wandering sheep; like fierce dogs they worry the wanderers back to
the fold. There is no making lions tame if they are too well fed; they must be
brought down from their great strength, and their stomachs must be lowered, and
then they will submit to the tamer's hand; and often have we seen the Christian
rendered obedient to the Lord's will by straitness of bread and hard labour. When
rich and increased in goods many professors carry their heads much too loftily,
and speak exceeding boastfully. Like David, they flatter themselves, "My mountain
standeth fast; I shall never be moved."

When the Christian groweth wealthy, is in
good repute, hath good health, and a happy family, he too often admits Mr. Carnal
Security to feast at his table, and then if he be a true child of God there is a
rod preparing for him. Wait awhile, and it may be you will see his substance melt
away as a dream. There goes a portion of his estate--how soon the acres change
hands. That debt, that dishonoured bill--how fast his losses roll in, where will
they end? It is a blessed sign of divine life if when these embarrassments occur
one after another he begins to be distressed about his backslidings, and betakes
himself to his God. Blessed are the waves that wash the mariner upon the rock of

Losses in business are often sanctified to our soul's enriching. If the
chosen soul will not come to the Lord full-handed, it shall come empty. If God, in
his grace, findeth no other means of making us honour him among men, he will cast
us into the deep; if we fail to honour him on the pinnacle of riches, he will
bring us into the valley of poverty. Yet faint not, heir of sorrow, when thou art
thus rebuked, rather recognize the loving hand which chastens, and say, "I will
arise, and go unto my Father."
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