"The true believer early finds self-confidence to be his snare: he has in himself neither wisdom nor strength. The mature believer is one who has realized his weakness, ceased to strive for strength, and rests in Christ for every need.
From their spiritual infancy unto full growth, from the beginning of their pilgrim path to the completion thereof, they have always One Who "ever liveth," of Whom it is the constant, unvarying purpose "to make intercession for them."
Whether it be a sinner, a publican who has cast himself on the mercy of God and gone down to his house justified; or whether it be a Paul, finishing his course, and standing before the mouth of the lion, it is always, "the Lord stood by me, and strengthened me."
He ever looks after His own."
-- William R. Newell