Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Enduring & Ever Increasing

Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
To you I lift my soul;
Lord God, in you I trust.
O do not let me suffer shame;
and let my foes not boast.
 —Psalm 25:1-2
Suggested tune: St. George (SM)

You were running well; who prevented you from obeying the truth?
—Galatians 5:7
Zeal must be constant, the fire on the altar must never go out; we cannot be without it for a moment. There are, on the one hand, some that have zeal for a short time, but soon grow weary of it; they are zealous in prosperity, and are forward and active for God at such times; but when it comes to trouble, they surrender to the opposition. On the other hand, there are those who, in their affliction and low estate, have a warm sense of religion, but when they are all well at ease, they are lost in the delights of the flesh, and drowned in the cares of the world, and their zeal for God is checked. And we see that some in their youth show promise and a great willingness to learn, and seem to have very tender consciences, but after their early passion is spent, they grow careless, and all their zeal for God is gone: You were running well; who prevented you from obeying the truth? David was as zealous when the crown was upon his head as when God humbled him and kept him low. Many think zeal to be an obstacle once they they begin to gain worldly wisdom, and so they cast it off. In gross hypocrites you shall find this: they are as zealous in good company, as they are vain and loose in bad: In the presence of serious servants of God such people seem to kindle a great fire, but as soon as the good influence is gone, the fire goes out. But true zeal should always continue; its flame should be enduring and ever increasing.
 —Thomas Manton (alt.)
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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