TDR: 14 January Ephesians 5:15

‘Be very careful then, how you walk – not as unwise, but as wise’ (Ephesians 5:15)

You are in an enemy’s land; surrounded by temptations, and have a heart that is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. To honour Jesus in your spirit, communications, and every action should be your constant aim. You are to live UNTO the Lord, FOR Him who died for you and rose again.

To this end, provision was laid up in the everlasting covenant, for this purpose the precious promises were made, and with this design the Holy Spirit is given; that you may serve Him in righteousness and holiness all the days of your life.

This world is not your home; Satan’s family are not to be your associates; riches, honour, or pleasure are not to be your objects; You are to walk as in the midst of snares; watchful, prayerful, depending upon Jesus, and cultivating fellowship with Him.

Oh, keep your eye on Jesus as your example; walk by His word as your rule, be not venturesome or presumptuous, but avoid the very appearance of evil. Never leave the Lord’s ways or ordinances, to join the world’s parties or please a carnal fancy. Keep close to Jesus, and follow on to know the Lord. Act as a loving child going home to his father’s house.

So let our lips and lives express
Thy holy gospel we profess,
So let our works and virtues shine,
To prove the doctrine all divine.

THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)

Journal Jottings

‘God is on my side, and I need not fear what man, or devils, can do to me. They are all where I am, only in a different sense, in my heavenly Father’s hand, they are there for restraint, and to be used for my benefit; I am there, as an inestimable blessing and favour, and for everlasting security.

What hath God wrought for me! What hath God conferred upon me! And all “according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” He hath strengthened me with might by His Spirit in the inner man, and now Christ dwelleth in my heart by faith.’