Be ye doers of the
word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22.
God calls upon those who know His will to be doers of His word. Weakness,
half heartedness, and indecision provoke the assaults of Satan; and
those who permit these traits to grow will be borne helplessly down
by the surging waves of temptation. Everyone who professes the name
of Christ is required to grow up to the full stature of Christ, the
Christian's living head.
We all need a guide through
the many strait places in life as much as the sailor needs a pilot
over the sandy bar or up the rocky river, and where is this guide
to be found? We point you . . . to the Bible. Inspired of God, written
by holy men, it points out with great clearness and precision the
duties of both old and young. It elevates the mind, softens the heart,
and imparts gladness and holy joy to the spirit. The Bible presents
a perfect standard of character; it is an infallible guide under all
circumstances, even to the end of the journey of life. Take it as
the man of your counsel, the rule of your daily life. . . .
In the Scriptures thousands
of gems of truth lie hidden from the surface seeker. The mine of truth
is never exhausted. The more you search the Scriptures with humble
hearts, the greater will be your interest, and the more you will feel
like exclaiming with Paul: "O the depth of the riches both of
the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments,
and his ways past finding out!"
Every day you should learn
something new from the Scriptures. Search them as for hid treasures,
for they contain the words of eternal life. Pray for wisdom and understanding
to comprehend these holy writings. If you would do this you would
find new glories in the word of God; you would feel that you had received
new and precious light on subjects connected with the truth, and the
Scriptures would be constantly receiving a new value in your estimation.
. . .
Be diligent in the use
of every means of grace, that you may be transformed in character
and may grow up to the full stature of men and women in Christ Jesus.
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