A task far, far beyond the poor resources of fallen human nature!
(Arthur Pink "Saving Faith" 1948)
O my reader, be not deceived on this vital matter:
to mortify the lusts of the flesh,
to be crucified unto the world,
to overcome the Devil,
to die daily unto sin,
to live unto righteousness,
to be . . .
meek and lowly in heart,
trustful and obedient,
pious and patient,
faithful and uncompromising,
loving and gentle;
in a word, to be a Christian, to be Christlike — is a task far, far beyond the poor resources of fallen human nature!
The demands of Christ are . . .
too humbling to our natural pride,
too searching for the callous conscience,
too exacting for our fleshly desires.
A miracle of grace has to be wrought within us before this awful depravity of our nature, this dreadful state of affairs, is changed!
"Apart from Me you can do nothing!" John 15:5
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!" Philippians 4:13