Did you ever see a sow do that?
You have Successfully Subscribed!
No, you never did. It is contrary to its nature. It prefers to wallow in the mire. Go and teach a sow to wash itself, and see how little success you would gain. It would be a great sanitary improvement if swine would be clean. Teach them to wash and clean themselves as the cat has been doing! Useless task. You may by force wash that sow, but it hastens to the mire, and is soon as foul as ever. The only way in which you can get a sow to wash itself is to transform it into a cat; then it will wash and be clean, but not till then! Suppose that transformation to be accomplished, and then what was difficult or impossible is easy enough; the swine will henceforth be fit for your parlor and your hearth-rug.
So it is with an ungodly man; you cannot force him to do what a renewed man does most willingly; you may teach him, and set him a good example, but he cannot learn the art of holiness, for he has no mind to it; his nature leads him another way. When the Lord makes a new man of him, then all things wear a different aspect. What a blessing to receive such a nature! Only the Holy Ghost can give it. Did it ever strike you what a wonderful thing it is for the Lord to give a new heart and a right spirit to a man?
You have seen a lobster, perhaps, which has fought with another lobster, and lost one of its claws, and a new claw has grown. That is a remarkable thing; but it is a much more astounding fact that a man should have a new heart given to him. This, indeed, is a miracle beyond the powers of nature. There is a tree. If you cut off one of its limbs, another one may grow in its place; but can you change the tree; can you sweeten sour sap; can you make the thorn bear figs?
You can graft something better into it and that is the analogy which nature gives us of the work of grace; but absolutely to change the vital sap of the tree would be a miracle indeed. Such a prodigy and mystery of power God works in all who believe in Jesus. If you yield yourself up to His divine working, the Lord will alter your nature; He will subdue the old nature, and breathe new life into you. Put your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, and He will take the stony heart out of your flesh, and He will give you a heart of flesh.
Where everything was hard, everything shall be tender; where everything was vicious, everything shall be virtuous: where everything tended downward, everything shall rise upward with impetuous force. The lion of anger shall give place to the lamb of meekness; the raven of uncleanness shall fly before the dove of purity; the vile serpent of deceit shall be trodden under the heel of truth.
I have seen with my own eyes such marvellous changes of moral and spiritual character that I despair of none. I could, if it were fitting, point out those who were once unchaste women who are now pure as the driven snow, and blaspheming men who now delight all around them by their intense devotion. Thieves are made honest, drunkards sober, liars truthful, and scoffers zealous. Israel in Egypt.
It is Finished! Jacob and Esau. Jacob's Walking Exclamation. Jeers of Sarcasm, and the Retort of Piety, The. Jesus about His Father's Business. Joseph and His Brethren. Joseph Attacked by the Archers. Justice Satisfied. Justification by Grace.
- Les collections scientifiques, de loutil de connaissance à lobjet de patrimoine : Aspects juridiques et pratiques professionnelles et institutionnelles ... culturel et naturel) (French Edition).
- Search This Blog.
- THE STONY HEART REMOVED.
- INDEX SCRIPTURE AND SUBJECT INDEX OF CHARLES SPURGEON.
- Related Resources;
Kingly Priesthood of the Saints, The. King's Highway Opened and Cleared, The. Last Census, The. Law and Grace. Leafless Tree, The. Lecture for Little Faith, A. Let Us Pray. Life and Walk of Faith. Life in Earnest. Light at Evening Time. Limiting God.
The Stony Heart Removed - By Rev. C. H. Spurgeon
Little Sins. Looking unto Jesus. Lord Our Righteousness, The. Lord's Care of His People, The. Loved Ones Chastened, The. Love of Jesus, The. Love's Commendation.
Lovest Thou Me? Love Thy Neighbour. Love to Jesus. Majestic Voice, The. Making Light of Christ. Man's Ruin and God's Remedy. Man's Weakness and God's Anointing. Marvelous Increase of the Church. Meek and Lowly One, The. Memento Mori. Men Chosen — Fallen Angels Rejected. Mercy, Omnipotence and Justice.
Message from God for You, A. Merry Christmas, A. Mighty Savior, A. Ministers Farewell, The. Mission of Christ, The. Mission of the Son of Man, The. Momento Mori. Evil-Questioning Tried and Executed. Fearing Comforted. Mysteries of the Brazen Serpent, The. Natural or Spiritual? Necessity of Increased Faith, The. Necessity of the Spirit's Work, The. New Heart, The. New Nature, The. New Year's Benediction, A. None But Jesus, Part 1. None But Jesus, Part 2. Not Now, But Hereafter. Old, Old Story, The. One Antidote for Many Ills. Our Miseries — Messengers of Mercy.
Outpouring of The Holy Spirit, The. Parable of the Sower, The. Particular Election. Particular Redemption. Paul's Desire to Depart. Paul's First Prayer. Paul's Sermon Before Felix. Peace at Home, and Prosperity Abroad. Peacemaker, The.
5 Differences Between Walking in the Flesh and Walking in the Spirit
Peal of Bells, A. Peculiar Sleep of the Beloved, The. People's Christ, The. Perfection in Faith. Personal Service. Personality of the Holy Ghost, The. Plea of Faith, The. Plenteous Redemption. Portion of the Ungodly, The. Portraits of Christ. Power of the Holy Ghost, The. Prayer Answered, Love Nourished. Prayer — the Forerunner of Mercy. Preacher from the Dead, A. Man's Privilege and God's Power. Preach the Gospel. Predestination and Calling. Present Religion, A. Presumptuous Sins. Pride and Humility. Prodigal's Return, The. Profit and Loss. Psalm of Remembrance, A. Question of Fear and the Answer of Faith, The.
Rahab's Faith. Redeemer's Prayer, The. Reigning Grace. Religion - Reality! Remembrance of Christ. Repentance unto Life. Resurrection — Christ the Firstfruits. Ressurection of the Dead, The. Revival Sermon, A. Righteous Hatred. Roaring Lion, The. Salvation of the LORD. Salvation to the Uttermost. Samson Conquered. Satan's Banquet. Savior's Many Crowns, The. Scales of Judgment, The. Scourge for Slumbering Souls. Search the Scriptures. Secret and Yet No Secret, A. Secret Sins.
Security of the Church, The. Self-Sufficiency Slain. Sense of Pardoned Sin, A. Seperating the Precious from the Vile. Sermon for Gleaners, A. Sermon for Men of Taste, A. Sermon for the Week of Prayer, A.
- The Desert King: A Jack Trexlor Novel?
- A Short Play - The Gift List?
- Popular Links.
- Options Made Simple: A Beginners Guide to Trading Options for Success.
- Spurgeon’s Right “ Following Jesus Requires Fleshy Heart;
- C.H. Spurgeon Archives - Grace Quotes.
Shameful Sufferer, The. Shield of Faith, The. Shulamite's Choice of Prayer, The. Sight of Self, A. Silver Trumpet, The. Simple Sermon for Seeking Souls, A. Single Eye and Simple Faith, A. Sin Immeasurable. Sin of Unbelief, The. Sin Slain. Snare of the Fowler, The. Solar Eclipse, The. Solemn Warning for All Churches, A. Sons of God, The. Sound of the Mulberry Trees, The. Sovereign Grace and Man's Responsibilty.
Sovereignty and Salvation. Special Thanksgiving to the Father. Spies, The. Spiritual Liberty. Spiritual Peace. Spiritual Resurrection. Stony Heart Removed, The. It hates and loathes and detests itself that ever it should have gone astray. I care for none; my conscience does not accuse me.
Before sin, and in sin, and after sin, it smarts and cries out to God. So also in duty as well as in sin, the new heart is tender. These duties which hearts of stone trifle with and despise, hearts of flesh value and esteem. Have you, dear friends, such a heart of flesh as this? I believe a heart of flesh, again, is tender, not only with regard to sin and duty, but with regard to suffering. A heart of stone can hear God blasphemed and laugh at it; but our blood runs cold to hear God dishonoured when we have a heart of flesh. A heart of stone can bear to see its fellow creatures perish and despise their destruction; but the heart of flesh is very tender over others.
Have you, oh, have you such a heart of flesh as this? Then to put it in another light, the heart of flesh is tender in three ways. It is tender in conscience. To have indulged a foul imagination, to have flattered a lustful thought, and to have allowed it to tarry even for a minute is quite enough to make a heart of flesh grieved and rent before God with pain. Great sins are little to the stony heart, little sins are great to the heart of flesh— if little sins there be. Conscience in the heart of stone is seared as with a hot iron; conscience in the heart of flesh is raw and very tender; like the sensitive plant, it coils up its leaves at the slightest touch, it cannot bear the presence of evil; it is like a delicate consumptive, who feels every wind and is affected by every change of atmosphere.
God give us such a blessedly tender conscience as that. Then again, the heart of flesh grows tender of God's will. The old maxim—. You know what is evil, but you will to pursue it. The natural will is stem and stubborn, and you must rend it up by the roots; but the renewed will is gentle and pliable, feels the divine influence, and sweetly yields to it. To complete the picture, in the tender heart there is a tenderness of the affections. The hard heart does not love God, but the renewed heart does.
The hard heart is selfish, cold, stolid. Why should I love the Lord? Why should I give my heart to Christ? I long to soar Far from this world of sin and woe, And learn to love thee more. O may God give us a tenderness of affection, that we may love God with all our heart, and our neighbour as ourselves. It is fitted to yield every heavenly fruit to the honour and praise of God. What happy success! What sowings on earth! What harvests in heaven! We may indeed pray that God may work this change if it were only that our ministry might be more often a savour of life unto life, and not of death unto death.
A soft heart is the best defence against sin, while it is the best preparative for heaven. A tender heart is the best means of watchfulness against evil, while it is also the best means of preparing us for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall shortly descend from heaven. Now, my voice fails me, and in your hearts I certainly shall not be heard for my much speaking. So let us be brief, and let us conclude; only we must press this enquiry home— Has God taken away the heart of stone, and has he given you the heart of flesh.
Dear friend, you cannot change your own heart. Your outward works will not change it; you may rub as long as ever you like outside of a bottle, but you could not turn ditch-water into wine; you may polish the exterior of your lanthorn, but it will not give you light until the candle bums within. Polish your shilling, but it will not change into gold; nor will your heart alter its own nature. What, then, is to be done?
Christ is the great heart changer. What sayest thou, sinner? Dost thou believe that Christ is able to save thee? Where else do we meet with such a statement while he was here among men? A poor man was present in the synagogue who had THESE expressions are proverbs, probably, taken from the familiar adages of the country, but, anyhow, right worthy to be used as proverbs. The wiser men become the more sententious are their utterances, the more terse and full of meaning are their sayings; and, hence, the wisdom of the wise condenses into proverbs, and the language of prophets is sure to abound in them.
But a proverb is generally a sword Mark A Question for Hard-Hearted Hearers THESE expressions are proverbs, probably, taken from the familiar adages of the country, but, anyhow, right worthy to be used as proverbs.