Choked by life's worries, riches and pleasures

(J. C. Ryle, "The Gospel of Luke" 1858)

"The seed that fell among thorns stands for
those who hear, but as they go on their way
they are choked by life's worries, riches and
pleasures
, and they do not mature." Luke 8:14

The things of this life form one of the greatest
dangers which beset a Christian's path.

The money, the pleasures, the daily business
of the world, are so many traps to catch souls.

Thousands of things, which in themselves are
innocent, become, when followed to excess,
little better than soul poisons, and helps to hell.

Open sin is not the only thing that ruins souls!

In the midst of our families, and in the pursuit
of our lawful callings, we have need to be on our
guard. Unless we watch and pray, these temporal
things may rob us of heaven, and smother every
sermon we hear.

We may live and die thorny ground hearers.

"The seed that fell among thorns stands for
those who hear, but as they go on their way
they are choked by life's worries, riches and
pleasures
, and they do not mature." Luke 8:14




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