HEART STIMULATORS  about Pursuing Holiness Wholeheartedly

Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve And press with vigor on;

A heavenly race demands thy zeal, And an immortal crown.   -Philip Doddridge

“It is time for us to face up to our responsibility for holiness. Too often we say we are ‘defeated’ by this or that sin. No, we are not defeated; we are simply disobedient! When I say I am defeated by some sin, I am unconsciously slipping out from under my responsibility. I am saying something outside of me has defeated me. But when I say I am disobedient, that places the responsibility for my sin squarely on me. We may, in fact, be defeated, but the reason is because we have chosen to disobey. We have chosen to entertain lustful thoughts, or to harbor resentment, or to shade the truth a little.   -Jerry Bridges, The Pursuit of Holiness

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My soul, be on thy guard; ten thousand foes arise;

The hosts of sin are pressing hard to draw thee from the skies.

0 watch and fight and pray; the battle ne’er give o’er;

Renew it boldly every day, and help divine implore.     –George Heath