If your path had been smooth

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If your path had been smooth, you would have depended upon your own surefootedness; but God roughened that path, so you have to take hold of His hand. If the weather had been mild, you would have loitered along the watercourses, but at the first howl of the storm you quickened your pace heavenward and wrapped around you the warm robe of a Saviour’s righteousness.

–Thomas De Witt Talmage
The Pathway of Life

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Humility, truth and vines

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Humility is the acceptance of the true spiritual order. It teaches the branch to abide in the vine. It restores the disordered hierarchy in the heart by replacing God upon His throne there.

Humility is simply truth, and independence is nothing but a lie, honouring the branch above the vine, the member above the body, and the creature above the Creator — calling a stream the fountain, and a planet the sun.

–Thomas Erskine
Unconditional Freeness of the Gospel

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