Without sap the tree cannot flourish or even exist. Vitality is essential to a Christian. There must be life--a vital principle infused into us by God the Holy Ghost, or we cannot be trees of the Lord.
When is the Christian most liable to sleep? Is it not when his temporal circumstances are prosperous? Have you not found it so? When you had daily troubles to take to the throne of grace, were you not more wakeful than you are now?
Many have forsaken Christ, and have walked no more with him; but what reason have you to make a change? Has there been any reason for it in the past? Has not Jesus proved himself all-sufficient? He appeals to you this morning--"Have I been a wilderness unto you?"
There are times when all the promises and doctrines of the Bible are of no avail, unless a gracious hand shall apply them to us. We are thirsty, but too faint to crawl to the water-brook.
This sentence is a body of divinity in miniature. He who understands its meaning is a theologian, and he who can dive into its fulness is a true master in Israel. It is a condensation of the glorious message of salvation which was delivered to us in Christ Jesus our Redeemer.
Oftentimes we look forward with forebodings to the time of old age, forgetful that at eventide it shall be light
"If any man sin, we have an advocate." Yes, though we sin, we have him still.
All the strength supplied to us by our gracious God is meant for service, not for wantonness or boasting.
Mr. MacDonald asked the inhabitants of the island of St. Kilda how a man must be saved. An old man replied,
Be glad of heart, O believer, but take care that thy gladness has its spring in the Lord. Thou hast much cause for gladness in thy God, for thou canst sing with David, "God, my exceeding joy."
I will rejoice in doing them good and will assuredly plant them in this land with all my heart and soul.
The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon
The liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free
And they follow me