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Sentry of the Spirit

January 4

“Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.”  2 John 8


“Their modus-operandi is to take only enough pearls of truth to make the necklace too short to wear.”









Our Christian lives must be held with vigilance.  “And HE called HIS ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, occupy till I come.”  Unto us has been given a holy trust of immeasurable worth; so much so that the eons of eternity will not suffice to fully valuate it.  Like it or not, we are the sentries of our spirit, and the watchmen over the storehouse of HIS grace; and this has been entrusted to each of HIS own.  “That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the HOLY GHOST which dwelleth in us.”  The grace that saves came gift wrapped and packaged with the instructions of HIS Word; along with the assembly of HIS SPIRIT required to make it function as HE designed.  The sloppy church work of modern Christendom is not a testimony to HIS supply; but rather a reflection of our haste and disregard for the contents of the package.  “If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”  Though there will be no loss of life, the imprudent believer will beget a regrettable and eternal loss of reward as he\she foolishly allows the stock of HIS investment to fall.  “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of GOD; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled”  Is it not our tendency to think more of ourselves while thinking less of others than we ought?  In erred pursuit of a critical micro oversight not given unto us, we forfeit the personal vigilance which has been.  If not checked quickly, the canker of that criticism turns gangrene in the body of CHRIST; and the limbs of reward are amputated before our very eyes.  Oh, the torso of truth will endure, but what a pathetic sight we become! 

“And with HIM they crucify two thieves …”  Those two thieves of Calvary who perished, did not bring to extinction either their race or trade.  Extant and just beyond the perimeter of our watch are the roving gangs of religious thugs out to rob and pilfer all that is precious to saving faith.  Beware! … Their modus-operandi is to take only enough pearls of truth to make the necklace too short to wear.

 “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.”

For Love of Country
Edmond Jennings Randolph (1753-1813)
(American Revolutionary Leader)
"May we ... continue, under the influence of republican virtue, to partake of all the blessings of cultivated and Christian society."

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