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Christian and Hopeful learned their lessons earlier on their journey when they wandered from “The Way” and allowed their drowsiness to overcome them and they fell into the hands of the Giant of Despair in the Castle of Doubt.
We must take seriously the admonition of Spurgeon to avoid isolation and speak often of the Lord. We need each other and in these last days we must draw close for we are warned that in the last days seducing spirits would arise and lead astray the very elect. “Live near the cross and you will not sleep!” Focus on the celestial city and don’t look back. Christian, Faithful, and Hopeful all faced many perils in Pilgrim’s Progress before they reached their destination. Why would we think it would be otherwise with us? Let us watch and pray that we enter not into temptation.
What an encouragement to hear that David and Spurgeon, great men of God who went before us doubted. I am greatly comforted to know that I am not alone. I will from time to time pound my breast and say “God be merciful to me a sinner, help my doubts, lack of faith and unbelief!”
I love the Lord. I know His Spirit lives in me and I know that I am heir to the promises. I also know that in me, that is in my flesh dwells no good thing for to will is ever present and the good that I would do, I don’t do. Oh wretched man that I am, who will deliver me from this body of death! Speak salvation to my soul! Only Jesus Christ can restore the peace to my soul when I’m caught in the conflict between the flesh and the Spirit. Only He can provide the “present, personal, infallible, indisputable sense that I am His and He is mine!