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Morning and Evening
For the morning of July 25th
by Charles H. Spurgeon
"He left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out." --Genesis 39:12
In contending with certain sins there remains no mode of victory but by flight. The ancient naturalists wrote much ofbasilisks, whose eyes fascinated their victims and rendered themeasy victims; so the mere gaze of wickedness puts us in solemndanger. He who would be safe from acts of evil must haste awayfrom occasions of it. A covenant must be made with our eyes noteven to look upon the cause of temptation, for such sins onlyneed a spark to begin with and a blaze follows in an instant.Who would wantonly enter the leper's prison and sleep amid itshorrible corruption? He only who desires to be leprous himselfwould thus court contagion. If the mariner knew how to avoid astorm, he would do anything rather than run the risk ofweathering it. Cautious pilots have no desire to try how nearthe quicksand they can sail, or how often they may touch a rockwithout springing a leak; their aim is to keep as nearly aspossible in the midst of a safe channel.
This day I may be exposed to great peril, let me have the serpent's wisdom to keep out of it and avoid it. The wings of adove may be of more use to me to-day than the jaws of a lion. Itis true I may be an apparent loser by declining evil company,but I had better leave my cloak than lose my character; it isnot needful that I should be rich, but it is imperative upon meto be pure. No ties of friendship, no chains of beauty, noflashings of talent, no shafts of ridicule must turn me from thewise resolve to flee from sin. The devil I am to resist and hewill flee from me, but the lusts of the flesh, I must flee, orthey will surely overcome me. O God of holiness preserve thyJosephs, that Madam Bubble bewitch them not with her vilesuggestions. May the horrible trinity of the world, the flesh,and the devil, never overcome us!
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