Reversing Niagara

26 Nov

The Lord knows right well that you cannot change your own heart, and cannot cleanse your own nature; but he also knows that he can do both. He can cause the Ethiopian to change his skin, and the leopard his spots. Hear this, and be astonished: he can create you a second time; he can cause you to be born again. This is a miracle of grace, but the Holy Ghost will perform it. It would be a very wonderful thing if one could stand at the foot of the Niagara Falls, and could speak a word which should make the river Niagara begin to run upstream, and leap up that great precipice over which it now a rolls in stupendous force. Nothing but the power of God could achieve that marvel; but that would be more than a fit parallel to what would take place if the course of your nature were altogether reversed. All things are possible with God. He can reverse the direction of your desires and the current of your life, and instead of going downward from God, he can make your whole being tend upward toward God. That is, in fact, what the Lord has promised to do for all who are in the covenant; and we know from Scripture that all believers are in the covenant.

Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)

All of Grace, Trinity Press, 2011, 31.

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One Response to “Reversing Niagara”

  1. Nancy Crompton November 27, 2012 at 4:27 am #

    . . . and we know from scripture that all believers are in the covenant.
    This brings tears and a spark of joy in my heart. Taking my eyes off this world and looking at what I cannot see . . .Why is this so difficult? This world offers nothing compared to what God has for those who love Him and we love Him because He first loved us.

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