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April 17

Joshua 15:13-63, John 16:1-16

Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage:

… for thou shalt drive out the Canaanites, though they have iron chariots, and though they be strong. Joshua xvii. 18

Remember, brethren, we cannot have Christ and have any one sin reigning in our hearts. We come to Christ as sinners, but when we receive Christ we hear Him say, "Sin shall not have dominion over you." Sin may look into our nature, as it does, with its tempting witcheries. Sin may ride through our nature, as it does, trampling down all that is good. Sin may lurk in our nature, as it does, ready to plot against the King of kings; but it cannot reign in our nature, for it has come under another sovereignty: Christ is on the throne. "Grace reigns through righteousness unto eternal life" within our nature at this present time. It is not possible that we could set a single sin on any throne, even though it should be lower than Christ's throne; neither can we obey the lusts thereof. Our Lord Jesus will not share His dominion even with an angel, much less with a sin.... Thou mayest have Christ and quit thy sin; but thou canst not have Christ and hug thy sin. Christ shall help thee to slay thy sin; but if thou sayest, "No, but I will indulge this evil," even though thou addest, “Is it not a little one?" thou wilt perish in thine iniquity. If there be one darling sin that thou wouldst spare, Christ and thy soul will never agree. There can be no peace between thee and Christ while there is peace between thee and sin, let that sin be what it may.

C. H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of the Bible, Vol. 1 (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1962), p. 532

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