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Sure Symptoms of Decline

Sure Symptoms of Decline


WHEN you grow bolder with sin, or with temptations to sin, than you were in your more watchful state - then be sure something is wrong.
WHEN you make a small matter of those sins and infirmities which once seemed grievous to you and almost intolerable.
WHEN you confess but do not forsake sin, and
WHEN you acknowledge but still neglect duty.
WHEN you settle down to a course of religion that gives you but little labor, leaving out the hard and costly part.
WHEN your God and Saviour grows a little strange to you, and your religion consists more in conversing with men and their books than with God and His Book.
WHEN you are averse to religious conversation or the company of heavenly minded Christians.
WHEN you delight more in hearing and talking, than in secret prayer and the Word.
WHEN you use the means of grace more as a matter of duty, than as food in which your soul delights.
WHEN you regard too much the eye of man, and too little the eye of God.
WHEN you are more afraid of being counted overstrict than of dishonoring Christ.
WHEN, without necessity, you absent yourself from religious services.
WHEN the hopes of heaven and the love of Christ do not interest you, but you are thirsting after some worldly enjoyment and grow eager for it.
WHEN you spend less time alone with God in Bible reading and prayer than in pleasing yourself in other things.
WHEN your cheerfulness has more of the levity of the ungenerate than the holy joy of the children of God.
WHEN the world grows sweeter to you and death and eternity are distasteful subjects.
WHEN you grow hot and eager about some disputed point, or in forwarding the interests of some party of Christians, more than about those matters which concern the great cause of Christ.
WHEN the faults of others are more a matter of censorious conversation than secret grief and prayer.
WHEN you make light of preparing for the Lord’s Day, and the Lord’s Table, and think more of outward ordinances than you do of heart condition.

“What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me pure within?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.”

“Nothing can for sin atone
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
Naught of good that I have done,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.”

“Oh, precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.”

Faithful Words (By permission)

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