Bernard says, “He who is his own teacher has a fool for his master.” We cannot teach ourselves what we do not know, and to know anything aright we must be taught of God. Those whom the Lord himself instructs, become practical scholars and persevering disciples. Lessons divinely learned are never forgotten.
Where the Spirit of God gives a spiritual understanding of the Word, the whole nature is sanctified and set upon keeping the Lord’s commands. This prayer is suitable for each one in the family; let us stop a moment, while we breathe it from our hearts.
I am like the poor impotent man who could not move; therefore, Lord, make me to go. Where my heart already runs, there let all my faculties follow.
Covetousness is the rival of religion. Those who love not God, frequently make a god of their gold. This sin is sure to bring ruin upon those who fall into it. It made Judas a traitor, and dragged him down to hell.
Looking brings longing, and longing leads to sin, therefore let not the eye gaze on evil.
My whole nature is set upon honouring thee; therefore, O Lord, make all thy promises to stand firm for me.
The reproach of Christ we rejoice in, but from the reproach of inconsistency we should daily pray to be delivered.
Mere professors long after the promises, but genuine saints long after the precepts also. He who does not desire holiness will be shut out of heaven. Lord, send us more grace that we may be more holy.
Mercy, yea, many mercies, we need, and we cannot be saved without them, but then they are promised in the Word, and here is our ground of comfort. Let us plead the promise in prayer.
Faith, by the help of realised joy and manifested holiness, shuts the mouths of gainsayers.
If we are somewhat straitened in spiritual enjoyments, yet do not quite prevent our praising Thee. Let us rather stammer out Thy praises, than be entirely silent.
This would be heaven upon earth; it is heaven in heaven.
Holiness is the truest liberty.
What is there to be ashamed of? God grant us the boldness of true faith in all companies.
“I live a voluptuous life” said holy Joseph Alleine; “but it is upon spiritual dainties, such as men of the world know not and taste not of.”
He longed to embrace the truth, and therefore held up his hands to receive it with inward delight. He felt encouraged to practise diligently the law of his God, because he loved the Lord’s Word, and daily meditated therein. It should be our daily habit to search the Scriptures. We must not be content with this family reading, but must each, in private, feed upon the precious Word. Are we all mindful of this?
In thee I live, and move and am;
Thou dealest out my days:
Lord, as thou dost my life renew,
Let me renew thy praise.
To thee I come, from thee I am;
For thee I still would be;
‘Tis better for me not to live,
Than not to live to thee.