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The Recovery of Peter, Through the Prayer of Jesus Sustaining His Faith.

The Recovery of Peter, Through the Prayer of Jesus Sustaining His Faith.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY DR. McCOSH.

"Satan hath desired to have thee, that he may
sift thee as wheat: but I have prayed for thee,
that thy faith fail not''
BY DR. McCOSH.

"Satan hath desired to have thee, that he may
sift thee as wheat: but I have prayed for thee,
that thy faith fail not''

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Feb 24, 2014
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THE RECOVERY OF PETER, THROUGH THE PRAYER OF JESUS SUSTAINING HIS FAITH. BY DR. McCOSH. "Satan hath desired to have thee, that he may sift thee as wheat: but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not'' Peter had brought himself into a most humbling position, and was careering on from one deed of madness to another. Had he been treated accord-ing to his deserts, Christ would have allowed him to reap as he was sowing. He had denied with an oath the Lord that bought him, and Jesus might have left him to reap the consequences of his own sin. He might have cast him off as he did Judas, and Satan might have taken full possession of him as he did Judas, and I know not to what far lengths of wicked-ness he might have gone. But for the restraints laid on him, Peter^s case might have been like that of the man who swept and garnished his house, but who yielded to temptation, and seven spirits entered into the empty dwelling, and his latter
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end was worse than the first; he might have been tempted to abandon Christ, and give himself up to Sadducean unbelief, or to try to find peace in the formal rites and traditions of the pharisees. It is of vast moment that Christians should know wherein lies the secret of their strength. It lies THE SimXG OF PETER. 189 first of all in the intercession of Christy and secondly in their remaining faith. I. It does not lie primarily in yourselves, — in the liveliness of your feelings or the strength of your resolutions^ When under strong religious sen-timent, or when you feel your purpose to be fixed, you may conclude that you can never by any pos-sibility fall away. Alas ! if 3rour confidence is not resting on something more substantial, you will only find it terminating in disappointment. Your feelings may be lively at present, but what security have you that they may not in a very brief period be as dull and sluggish as they are now excited and
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elevated? Purposes formed in our own strength are like the writing upon the sand which is swept away by the first breath of the tempest or the first swelling of the tide. There are tides in the moods of man's mind just as there are tides in the ocean ; and because the tide is flowing now, this is no evidence of its continuing to flow, — it may rather show that it will soon ebb and recede. The be-liever's steadfastness does not lie in himself, but in another. His strength is in the foundation on which he rests, and that foundation is the Rock of Ages. He is kept from falling, not by his native vigor, but by the arm on which he leans. Being united to Christ in the everlasting covenant, he is safe through the care of him who is commissioned to watch over him. He has been purchased by the blood of Christ, and Christ guards the possession 190 GOSPEL SERMONS. bought at SO great a price, and lest any hurt it he watches it night and day. As he died for his people on earth, so he pleads for them in heaven, and ever appears in the presence of God for them
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