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A Better and Nobler Way To Live
Ignorance, pleasure loving, and sinful habits, corrupting soul, body, and spirit, make the world full of moral leprosy; deadly moral malaria is destroying thousands and tens of thousands. Many are sunken in sin. Many are in distress. They are pressed with suffering, want, unbelief, espondency. Disease of every type afflicts them, both in body and in soul. They long to find a solace for their troubles, and Satan tempts them to seek it in lusts and pleasures that lead to ruin and death. He is offering them the apples of Sodom that will turn to ashes upon their lips.

If lasciviousness, pollution, adultery, crime, and murder are the order of the day among those who know not the truth, and who refuse to be controlled by the principles of God's word, how important that the class professing to be followers of Christ, closely allied to God and angels, should show them a better and nobler way! How important that by their chastity and virtue they stand in marked contrast to that class who are controlled by brute passions!

Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; learn to do well. Isa. 1:16, 17.

We are to seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, and plead for the widow. Not only feel sorrow for the sin committed, but break off the practice. We must be doing, not stand idle. We must be doing the good the Lord our God requires. It is plain that the sacrifices of the LAW could not atone, even for outward national crimes.
But, blessed be God, there is a Fountain opened, in which sinners of every age and rank may be cleansed. Though our sins have been as scarlet and crimson, a deep dye, a double dye, first in the wool of original corruption, and afterwards in the many threads of actual transgression; though we have often dipped into sin, by many backslidings; yet pardoning mercy will take out the stain.

Ps 51:7-Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

They should have all the happiness and comfort they could desire. Life and death, good and evil, are set before us. O Lord, incline all of us to live to thy GLORY.

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Amen!
Praise Jesus, he has provided us a way out of the misery you describe, He chose to become a man, suffer terrible abuse, and die for our sins. All we have to do is recognize our need, come to Him in acceptance, confess our sins and turn away from them and we become born again, children of the King!
NOTE the key characteristic of true prayer—«in the Holy Ghost.» The seed of acceptable devotion must come from heaven’s storehouse. Only the prayer which comes from God can go to God. We must shoot the Lord’s arrows back to Him.

The desire which He writes upon our heart will move His heart and bring down a blessing, but the desires of the flesh have no power with Him.

«Praying in the Holy Ghost» is praying in fervency. Cold prayers ask the Lord not to hear them. Those who do not plead with fervency do not plead at all. We might as well talk of lukewarm fire as of lukewarm prayer—it is essential that it be red-hot.

It is praying perseveringly. The true petitioner gathers force as he proceeds, and grows more fervent when God delays to answer.

The longer the gate is closed, the louder the knocking becomes; and the longer the angel lingers, the more determined he becomes to never let him go without the blessing. In God’s sight tearful, agonizing, unconquerable importunity is commendable.

It means praying humbly, for the Holy Spirit never puffs us up with pride. It is His part to convince of sin and to cause us to bow down in contrition and brokenness of spirit.

We shall never sing «Gloria in excelsis» except we pray to God «de profundis»: out of the depths must we cry, or we shall never behold glory in the highest.

It is loving prayer. Prayer should be perfumed with love, saturated with love—love for our fellow believers, and love for Christ.

Moreover, it must be a prayer full of faith. A man prevails only as he believes. The Holy Spirit is the Author of faith, and strengthens it, so that we pray believing God’s promise.

O that this blessed combination of excellent graces, as priceless and sweet as rare spices, might be fragrant within us because the Holy Ghost is in our hearts!

Most blessed Comforter, exert Your mighty power within us, helping our weaknesses in prayer.

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