FROM THE CRADLE TO THE GRAVE, LIFE IS WAR.
George Matheson (1842-1906) was a Scottish theologian and preacher born in Glasgow, the son of George Matheson, a merchant.
He was engaged to a very beautiful but self-centered girl. As the day for the wedding drew near Mr. Matheson eyes were troubling him and in his twentieth year he became totally blind
After the Doctor had made his careful diagnosis he said, "Mr. Matheson you are a strong man. You are not a baby and I know you want to know the facts. The facts are that in a few hours you will be blind. There is nothing that can be done.
You have dead nerves in your eyes and you will be blind in a few hours. If there is anybody you want to see you had better made haste because the hours are just a few.
He sought out his girlfriend and she pities him and had feelings of sorry for him but she felt he would understand that the relationship between them would be terminated that very hour.
It wasn't in her plans to marry a blind man. So with a broken heart he went off into the shadows but out of that black Friday and out of that overwhelming feeling of discouragement and disappointment that flung him into deep despair he became one of the greatest preachers and authors of all time.
One of his hymns, O love that will not let me go, has passed into the popular hymnology of the Christian church.
O love that will not let me go
I rest my weary heart on Thee.
I give Thee back the life I owe
That in Thine ocean depths its flow
Mightier, richer, fuller, be.
Paul says, Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might and put on the whole armor of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the Devil.
And the message of Paul will be the title for our message this morning.
Paul is speaking to young converts who were dead and alienate from God, who were walking in trespasses and sins.
He was writing to people whose entire lifestyle was sins ...
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