In other words, the danger of spiritual pride is so subtle that we must even watch for it at the place of greatest sanctification—seeing the glory of the Lord. If there is any remnant of pride in us, even pure glory can be twisted to feed it.

So I exhort you, along with myself, in the words of Jonathan Edwards: "You had need to have the greatest watch imaginable with respect to this matter, and to cry most earnestly to the great searcher of hearts: for he that trusts his own heart is a fool" (Works, vol. 22, p. 531).

Watching and crying out for help to Christ,

Pastor John

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