“A sower went out to sow his seed:”
And that which fell among thorns are they,
which, when they have heard, go orth,
and are choked with cares,
and riches and pleasures of this life,
and bring no fruit to perfection.
Anything allowed in the heart which is contrary to the will of God,
let it seem ever so insignificant,
or be ever so deeply hidden,
will cause us to fall before our enemies.
Any root of bitterness cherished towards another,
any self-seeking, any harsh judgments indulged in,
any slackness in obeying the voice of the Lord,
any doubtful habits or surroundings,
any one of these things will effectually cripple and paralyze our spiritual life.
I believe our blessed Guide,
the indwelling Holy Spirit,
is always secretly discovering these things to us
by continual little twinges and pangs of conscience,
so that we are left without excuse.
H. W. SMITH.
. . . let us lay aside every weight,
and the sin which doth so easily beset us,
and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,