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Go Tell Your Father


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Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

—Matthew 18:3

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Are ye God’s children? Are ye converted and become like little children? Then deal with God as your little children do with you. As soon as ever they want anything, or if anybody hurt them, I appeal to yourselves if they do not directly run to their parent. Well, are ye God’s children? Doth the devil trouble you? Doth the world trouble you? Go tell your Father of it, go directly and complain to God. Perhaps you may say, I cannot utter fine words. But do any of you expect fine words from your children? If they come crying and can speak but half words, do not your hearts yearn over them? And has not God unspeakably more pity to you? If ye can only make signs to him, ‘As a father pitieth his children, so will the Lord pity them that fear him.’ I pray you therefore be bold with your Father, saying, ‘Abba, Father,’ Satan troubles me, the world troubles me, my own mother’s children are angry with me. Heavenly Father, plead my cause! The Lord will then speak for you some way or other.

—George Whitefield, “Marks of a True Conversion” in Lee Gatiss (Ed.), The Sermons of George Whitefield (Crossway, 2012), 1:397–398.



Posted 2019·01·17 by David Kjos
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