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Posted by on Feb 23, 2011 in All Posts, Old Princeton Theologians, Sanctification | 4 comments

The Christian Emptied of Self-Dependence — Archibald Alexander


“Young converts are prone to depend too much on joyful frames, and love high excitement in their devotional exercises; but their heavenly Father cures them of this folly, by leaving them for a season to walk in darkness and struggle with their own corruptions. When most sorely pressed and discouraged, however, He strengthens them with might in the inner man. He enables them to stand firmly against temptation; or, if they slide, he quickly restores them, and by such exercises they become much more sensible of their entire dependence than they were at first. They learn to be in the fear of the Lord all the day long, and to distrust entirely their own wisdom and strength, and to rely for all needed aid on the grace of Jesus Christ. Such a soul will not readily believe that it is growing in grace. But to be emptied of self-dependence, and to know that we need aid for every duty, and even for every good thought, is an important step in our progress in piety. The flowers may have disappeared from the plant of grace, and even the leaves may have fallen off, and wintry blasts may have shaken it, but now it is striking its roots deeper, and becoming every day stronger to endure the rugged storm.” 

- Archibald Alexander (1772-1851)
taken from: Practical Directions How to Grow in Grace and Make Progress in Piety

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  1. To fear the Lord is to obtain wisdom. As long as we think we can do ANYTHING apart from him, we will fall. Good message, thatnks for posting!

    • Very true, Marianne. Thank you for the comment, as well!

    • Your welcome, Petra. Thanks for the comment!