Beware!

Another gem from Octavius Winslow:

“Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.” Hebrews 3:12.

Observe to what cause He traces all departure from God—unbelief. This is the sin which, in another place, he exhorts the Christian to “lay aside,” as “the sin which does so easily beset us.” What is the easy besetting sin of every child of God? Let any believer testify. Ask him to point to his most subtle, constant, powerful, and dangerous foe. Ask him what has the most easy access to his mind; what most entangles his feet, and so impedes him in the race that is set before him; what has most easily and frequently vanquished him; what has brought most distress to his soul, and dishonor to God—and he will unhesitatingly reply, “My evil heart of unbelief.” He may have constitutional infirmities, and be assailed by peculiar temptations, and may yield to “presumptuous sins,” and these, in secret and close transaction with God, may cause him deep bitterness and humiliation of soul. But the sin which does so easily and so perpetually beset him is the sin of unbelief, the fruitful cause of all other sin. For as faith is the parent of all holiness, so is unbelief the parent of all unholiness.

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2 responses to “Beware!

  • Rob Workman

    The love of God, poured into my heart;
    A love so vast, I can only know in part.
    Called His treasure, My God how can it be?
    I believe Lord, help my unbelief.

  • Stephen Cox

    This is a clear,true and helpful insight from a spiritual man sent to us who may be overtaken in a trespass,seeking to help restore us in a spirit of gentlness. He takes account or considers his own sinfulness and weakness in humility so he will not be tempted to self righteousness or thinking to highly of himself. Ready to bear up a laden sinner bound in unbelief,I bless GOD for such brothers and sisters. Faith or Unbelief these are the two options,I with Octavius,I choose Faith!

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