Where does God find a sinner? He finds him on the scrap heap of the world, according to David in Samuel. He finds him on the dunghill of the world. That's the
garbage heap of the world. He finds him in an utterly dead state. He finds him as the son of Satan. He finds him bound in sin, and bound by Satan. He finds him a
totally-corrupt, vile individual who has no righteousness, no natural goodness, nothing in the world that can commend him to God. When God creates a new nature
and raises that individual unto life in Christ Jesus by giving him what we call the effectual call, that sinner wakes up; that is, he is awakened. He is awakened
in the dungeon of sin and when he awakes there, he finds himself in that awful condition. "I am a son of Satan. My, my, here I am bound by sin, bound by Satan, a
child of Hell. I am corrupt inside-out and outside-in." He finds himself in an awful condition. He has himself in the most confused state, and he doesn't know
whether his head is up or down; he is confused from top to bottom.
In the midst of that state that new nature begins to cry unto God the Father, first, for deliverance from his sins, and from his awful state as he sees his
guilty distance from a Holy God. He says, "I never will get to God! Who will get me there?" Now he begins to find out that his whole nature is one of unbelief,
and he hates God. He finds out that he has no righteousness, no cloak for his sins, no covering for his soul. There he is. The bed is too short, and the blanket
is too narrow, according to the old prophet Isaiah (Isa. 28:20). No, brother, you don't have to beg – but you will do it! You'll begin to cry for mercy, you'll
beg God to save you, to deliver you. My friend, it is a cry of a beggar who is starving to death. It's the cry of a beggar who has no clothes, and is freezing to
death. It is the cry of a condemned criminal who is sinking down to eternal Hell. It is the cry of a captive who is led captive at Satan's will by his power (II
Tim. 2:25). It is a cry for the covering of the righteousness of the Son of God, and, brother, that cry is by grace. You have never cried like that before in your
life! "Yes," you say, "I have never been over this road before. God help me. God save me lest I perish. I am going to Hell, and I deserve it." The reason you are
crying – you have come to see that you have a Partner, who is Christ. You cling to Him – you look to Him – you turn your eyes to Him to intercede for you, and to
deliver you and present you unto God the Father in His own righteousness.
That sinner is crying – not after gold, not after fame, not after money, not after position, but that sinner is crying after the Father. That's the reason
unsaved religionists hate the Doctrines of grace. Abraham's tenderness to Isaac made Ishmael jealous and caused Ishmael to laugh and sneer and poke fun at Isaac,
but Isaac had no cause to be ashamed of being ridiculed, since the mocker could not rob him of the covenant blessing. Awakened sinner, you who are crying after
the Lord, after the Father, you have no cause to be discouraged. You haven't, because no man – no devil, not even Satan – can rob you of the covenant blessing;
because you are one of God's elect, so cry on, my sinner-friend, cry on! You are crying after the Father. Someone asked me one day, "Will that cry ever cease?"
No! Never! When once you are delivered, that cry will continue, "My Lord and my God!"
Yes, beloved, the Spirit of God makes you cry, "Abba, Father." I know the cry is mainly within your heart, and it has become the habit of your soul to cry after
the Heavenly Father. It has become just a habit, and you can't help it. It is an every-day cry. Wake up in the morning and the cry is there, and if it is not
there, you think something is wrong; all during the day, when you are released from your work, you find that cry in your heart. Go to bed at night, and the cry is
there. If it is not, you begin examining yourself and cry, "Lord, search my heart; break up the fallow ground!" You are saying, "My Father, my Father,
don't leave me; my Father, help me in this hour." When alone, you are not alone because the Father is with you, and in the midst of the crowd you are not in
danger because the Father Himself loves you. Oh, awakened sinner, oh, my beloved saint: give reverence unto Him who put that cry in your heart because it is all
of grace. Honor Him by resting at His feet this day, by looking wholly and completely unto Him.
The unsaved religionist doesn't understand what I'm talking about, but you do. I don't feel hard towards you, unsaved sinner-friend. You can say hard things
about me all you want to; I don't feel hard toward you, because I was once there myself. I praise God that He opened my heart one day. I'll never forget that
time, or that place – it was the most unexpected thing in the world, but I praise God that He opened this old sinner's heart – and put that cry in there. That cry
will never cease – it never will! I know it never will until I walk through the Pearly Gates, and then I don't think it will cease there.
I believe the only thing I, or any other saved sinner, will want throughout eternity is to be with my blessed Lord, the One who died for me, the One who loved me
so. Don't you like to be with the one you love? Don't you? I said to a young man and a young woman this morning as they came into the choir – they are in love, and
I said, "what are you fussing about this morning?" They always sat there so quietly looking at each other in the eyes, holding hands for hours and then
go off feeling they had a most wonderful time yet never saying a word. Why? Because they are in love. Oh, when we come to know God loves us and we fall in love with
Him, then, my friend, we can spend hours with Him, never say a Word or look up and thank Him and tell Him how much we love Him, and magnify His love to us.
That is one of the evils of Calvinism as seen through the eyes of the unsaved religionist or Arminian, but to them who are called and justified it is the
greatest truth found in Christ Jesus our Lord. And because your salvation is wholly of grace you cannot utterly fall – you are kept by the power of God (I
Peter 1:5). Isn't it marvelous to think about, that you are kept by the power of God, you are elected by His for knowledge, sanctified by His Spirit, begotten by
His grace, and kept by His power (I Pet. 1:2 -5). Yes, "kept by the power of God," and "elected by his foreknowledge," and "sanctified by his Spirit," and
"begotten by his abundant mercy," and "kept by the power of God!" Isn't it marvelous to be presented blameless before the throne of His grace, to be presented by
the Holy Spirit now as conformed to the image of the Son of God (Rom. 8:29)! "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be:
but we know that when he shall appear, we shall be like him" (I John 3:2). Isn't that marvelous?
Go on, sinner; continue to cry after Him; go on, believer; continue to cry after the Heavenly Father. Let the world sneer, mock, laugh, and ridicule all they
want to; they can't rob you of your covenant blessing. There isn't any individual or a group of individuals in this world or out of this world, that can rob me of
the covenant blessing that is guaranteed by my covenant Head, who is Christ, my Lord and my God. I have nothing to be disturbed about. One of the sure signs that
you are in grace is that folks make fun of you and laugh at you – not because of your peculiar ideas and cranky notions, but because of the Grace of God.
Now let me confront you in closing with this one question: Do you know Christ? My boy, my girl, have you been awakened to your lost condition? My man, my woman,
has the Holy Spirit ever awakened you? Have you ever been brought down the Way of Grace? Have you ever come to lie at the feet of the Blessed Lord in sackcloth
and ashes in the dust of repentance? Have you ever been made to lie there and look up to Him, crying for mercy, "Lord, be merciful to me a sinner? I'm gone – I'm
sinking! Lord, save me or I perish"? Have you ever come to feel the keen edge of the sword of justice? Have you ever been cleft asunder by the sword of the
Spirit, the Word of God? Have you? My friends, do you know what I'm talking about? I commend you unto the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. May a great fear of God
fall upon the hearts of thousands today.