Today's Puritan AUDIO Devotional:
Spurgeon's 'Morning by Morning' for December 12
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So many traps to catch souls!
(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
One caution contained in the parable of the sower--is to beware of the cares of this world. Our Lord tells us that the hearts of many hearers of the Word are like thorny ground. The seed of the Word, when sown upon them--is choked by the multitude of other things, by which their affections are occupied. They have no objection to the doctrines and requirements of the Gospel. They even wish to believe and obey them. But they allow earthly things to get such hold upon their minds--that they leave no room for the Word of God to do its work. And hence it follows that however many sermons they hear--they seem nothing bettered by them. A weekly process of truth-stifling goes on within them. They bring no fruit to perfection.
The things of this world, 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 as thorny-ground hearers!
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