Archive for the ‘self-examination’ Category

Since it has pleased Providence to place me in this station, I shall do my utmost to fulfill my duty towards my country

October 11, 2009

Since it has pleased Providence to place me in this station, I shall do my utmost to fulfill my duty towards my country; I am very young and perhaps in many, though not in all things, inexperienced, but I am sure that very few have more real good-will and more real desire to do what is fit and right than I have.

Queen Victoria, journal entry, Tuesday, 20th June 1837, on her accession to the throne.

One of the most dangerous of beliefs is that you yourself have ‘more real good-will and more real desire to do what is fit and right’ than almost anyone else.

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Need for the Law first

November 13, 2008

Until men are weary and heavy laden, and pricked at the heart, and quite sick of sin, they will not come to Christ for cure, nor sincerely enquire, ‘What shall we do?’ [Acts 2:37] They must see themselves as dead men, before they will come unto Christ that they may live. Labor, therefore, to set all your sins in order before you; do not be afraid to look upon them—but let your spirit make diligent search. Enquire into your heart, and into your life; enter into a thorough examination of yourself and all your ways, that you may make a full discovery; and call in the help of God’s Spirit, out of a sense of your own inability to do this by yourself, for it is His proper work to convince of sin. Spread all before your conscience, until your heart and eyes are set weeping. Do not leave striving with God and your own soul, until it cry out under the sense of your sins, as the enlightened jailer, ‘What must I do to be saved?’ [Acts 16:30]

Alarm to the Unconverted
Joseph Alleine, 1671