Practice Spiritual Discipline

Today I give you a great devotional extract from the classic:

"The Christian in Complete Armour" by William Gurnall (17th century):

"Christians who are not instructed in the fundamentals of Christianity are not likely to mature into solid saints. I sincerely believe a poor foundation is the reason many are not steadfast today. Dear Saint, do not be too proud to go back and learn the basic precepts of the Gospel if you have not yet mastered them. Too many are more concerned about their reputation than their salvation.

Wait on the ministry of the Word. The apostle cautioned the Hebrew Christians not to neglect church attendance (Hebrews 10:25). If you say you want to know God's truth, but neglect to go where the Word is preached, you are as insincere as the man who says he wants to watch the sunset but will not bother to turn his chair toward the west.

God's word is filled with good things for your soul. He wants you to have them all, so see to it that you are a wakeful and attentive student. Strive to be like Lydia, who "attended unto the things which were spoken by Paul" (Acts 16:14). When you go to church try to fix your quicksilver mind and set yourself to hear the sermon. Above all, make sure your heart is consumed with love for God, and your will is in submission to His desires. The mind goes on the will's errand; we spend our thoughts on what our hearts purpose."

Cited from "Daily Readings from The Christian in Complete Armour" by William Gurnall/Bell, Moody Publishers, Chicago, 1994, Reading for April 5th)

 

In Prayer Today:

Ask God to Build Your Foundation in His Word even more solidly.