DELIVERANCE……Edward Dennett

“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ
Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and
Death.” – Romans 8:2

Tis only in Thee hiding
We feel ourselves secure;
Only in Thee abiding,
The conflict can endure;
Thine arm the victory gaineth
O’er every hateful foe;
Thy love our hearts sustaineth
In all their cares and woe.

“To will is present with me; but how
to perform that which is good I find
not. For the good that I would I do
not: but the evil which I would not,
that I do.” (Rom. 7: 18,19). If souls
would be honest, many would confess
that this has been their condition for
years—a condition which brings no
glory to God and no happiness to them-
selves. What is the cause? Simply
the mistake of thinking that all depends
upon their own efforts instead of ac-
cepting the truth that they are utterly
without strength, and that, therefore
everything depends upon God.

You have fought with your foes again
and again with undaunted courage, but
you have never gained the victory.
Pause, for a moment, and ask this
simple question, What am I to learn by
this sorrowful experiment?…It is
that the enemy is too strong for you,
that you cannot cope with his power.
….If you continue upon the present
line of effort it is only to court defeat in
the future as in the past. Your case is,
as far as your own strength is concerned,
hopeless. If, on the other hand, you
…..come to the end of your own
strength, it will bring rest to your soul,
because….you will understand that
your help, strength and succor come
from….Christ and not from your-
selves. Oh, the unspeakable blessed-
ness of such a discovery! Ceasing
henceforward to struggle, you will know
what it is to rest in Another, and be able
to take up the song of David, “The Lord
is my light and my salvation.”

“O wretched man that I am ! who shall
deliver me from the body of this death?
I thank God through Jesus Christ our
Lord.” Deliverance is found, just as
salvation is found, not through self,
and the labours of self, but through
Christ.

“My little children, these things write
I unto you, that ye sin not.” (1John 2:1).
The believer….should never for one
moment receive the thought that sin
cannot be avoided. If he once admits
that sin is a necessary part of his
experience, he will soon lose sight
of its true character, its hatefulness
to God….and in the end become the
prey and sport of the evil one as to his
walk through this world.

God is ABLE TO KEEP US FROM FALL-
ING. (Jude 24). To doubt this would
not only to disbelieve His own word,
but also to forget that He is God.

The Holy Spirit is our only power
for a holy walk. Of ourselves we can-
not take a single step in this path. The
utmost human efforts, the most reso-
lute determination, are of no avail
either to keep ourselves from evil or to
follow after Christ.

If you leave out the truth of the
coming of the Lord Jesus you miss a
power for holiness that God has given
to us. (See 1 John 3:3).

Edward Dennett
1831 – 1914

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