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An Apostolic Appeal.

An Apostolic Appeal.

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BY REV. FREDERICK WHITFIELD, M.A.,


1 DRAW nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you.
Cleanse your hands, ye sinners ; and purify your hearts, ye
double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep : let
your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to
heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and
He shall lift you up.'— James iv. 8-10.
BY REV. FREDERICK WHITFIELD, M.A.,


1 DRAW nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you.
Cleanse your hands, ye sinners ; and purify your hearts, ye
double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep : let
your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to
heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and
He shall lift you up.'— James iv. 8-10.

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A APOSTOLIC APPEAL. BY REV. FREDERICK WHITFIELD, M.A., 1 DRAW nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners ; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep : let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.'— James iv. 8-10. ' DRAW nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you.' All our sins and failures and mistakes arise from the great distance between us and God. We are too far off. Hence His constant call, ' Come unto Me.' othing will go well with us till we draw nearer, and live nearer. It is not more frequent attention to externals, however valuable. It is a real and deep drawing near of heart and spirit to the living God. When this takes place by the Holy Spirit's power, we shall find Him very near to us. We shall be conscious of a Presence. We shall hear whispers and voices. There will be a solemnity, a calmness, a peace, 158 WELL-SPRIGS OF LIFE. an uplifting of the whole man. Christians lack all this, because they live at such a distance from God. They settle down in this state. Hence everything is wrong with them. 'Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double-minded.' This will always follow. The light of God's presence will then shine more clearly into the whole inner man. It will reveal all the dark places in the heart and in
 
the life. It will reveal to us our deep need of cleansing. It will show us our constant need of the blood of Christ, and of His Holy Spirit. Millions of motes are dancing in the air in a room, but we do not see them till the rays of the sun shine in. Then, what a revelation ! Men do not see what sinners they are because they stand at such a distance from the Light. ' Draw nigh to God,' — then the head will be bowed down, and the deep feeling of the heart will be, ' God be merciful to me, a sinner.' Draw nigh through Christ, through His precious blood, through His Holy Spirit, through His revealed Word. These are the sources of Light. 'Purify your hearts, ye double-minded.' Our A APOSTOLIC APPEAL. 159 minds are ' double.' At one moment thinking of right things, at another of wrong ones; at one moment ready to serve God, at another active in the service of Satan — double-minded — with Christ in the one hand, and the world in the other. Thus we are hoping to reach heaven. Why is this? St. James tells us, 'Purify your hearts, ye double-minded.' So the heart is at fault ; hence the ' mind ' and the ' hands ' are corrupt. How real, as these .lights shine in, will be your sorrow for sin and for everything that grieves God. You will be ' afflicted, and mourn, and weep ' — three expressions denoting the reality and depth of the feeling. As this change takes place, all your ideas will become changed also. There will be a reversal of the old life-order. The ' laughter will be turned to mourning and the joy to heaviness.' You will weep at what you used to laugh at. You
 
will have gladness at what you used to ridicule and dislike. Another effect will follow this letting in of the Light. You will feel you are 'in the sight of God,' and will be a ' humble ' man. Humility in thought, feeling, and life will mark you. And 160 WELL-SPRIGS OF LIFE. then also, ' the Lord shall lift you up.' This is the way to rise in God's sight, a.nd the only way. This will be a true lifting up for time and eternity. May God grant this light to shine in upon every reader's heart ! There will be no reality about a man's life till it begins here. It is a radical change. You may begin by correcting the evils of your outward life. This is to begin at the wrong end. The heart must be changed. You must become a new creature in Christ Jesus. Then, with the fountain purified, all the streams will become pure. But this only God's Holy Spirit can effect. At Thy feet, Lord Jesus, kneeling, I would offer unto Thee Heart, and will, and self, now yielding All I have send am to Thee. Saviour-Bridegroom ! wilt Thou pardon ? Canst Thou fold me to Thy breast ? Sadly, I confess my wanderings,

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