Today, my mind has been taken up with the words of David, and they seem to describe my experience, “You have shown Your people hard things; You have made us drink the wine of confusion.” Psalm 60:3. I seemed to feel all the effects of this wine — for my head was disordered, my judgment confused, and my legs trembled under me. My wisdom was baffled, my graces were tried, and my spirits were roused. I could not conceive how the present affliction could consist with everlasting love, the precious promises, the relation in which I stand to God, the tenderness of Jesus, the teaching and leading of the Holy Spirit, and what some portions of the Word — lead me to expect. I seemed to be wading in the depths of divine sovereignty, looking for Jehovah’s righteousness, and inquiring how can these things work together for my good? So foolish was I and ignorant, I was as a beast before God.
Marvelous Mercy, as Displayed in the
Life and Experience of James Smith
Diary of James Smith – 1829
From the Redeemer’s Tears Wept Over Lost Souls. 1686
Therefore no man can certainly know, or ought to conclude, concerning himself or others, as long as they live, that the season of grace is quite over with him. As we can conceive no rule God has set to himself to proceed by, in ordinary cases of this nature; so nor is there any He has set us to judge by, in this case. It is to no purpose, and could be of no use to men, to know so much; therefore it were unreasonable to expect God should have settled and declared any rule, by which they might come by the knowledge of it.
A Person Can’t Know His Day of Grace is Past
How may one do to offer violence to himself in mortifying the flesh? 1. Withdraw the fuel that may make lust burn. Avoid all temptations. Take heed of that which doth nourish sin. He who would suppress the gout or stone, avoids those meats which are noxious. They who pray that they may not be led into temptation, must not lead themselves into temptation. 2. Fight against fleshly lusts with spiritual weapons: faith and prayer. The best way to combat with sin is, upon our knees.
Taking Heaven by Storm