When He withdraws His restraining hand!

(from Arthur Pink's, "The Life of Elijah")

The strongest Christians are as weak as
water, when God leaves them to themselves,
and withholds His support.

Samson was as powerless as any other man as
soon as the Spirit of the Lord departed from him.

It matters not what growth in grace has been
made, how well experienced we may be in the
spiritual life, or how eminent the position we
have occupied in the Lord's service.

When He withdraws His restraining hand

the madness which in in our hearts by nature at
once asserts itself, gains the upper hand, and
leads us into a course of folly!