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Our lives should be New Testament pages that all can read!

(J.R. Miller)

“Set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12

“In everything set them an example by doing what is good.” Titus 2:7

“Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands, so that if any of them do not believe the Word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.” 1 Peter 3:1-2

Unbelievers do not read the Bible, nor come to church to hear the gospel message. All that they learn about Christ and the Christian life–they must learn from those who bear Christ’s name and represent Him–as they view our character.

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Every word is practical

(J.R. Miller)

“I have restrained my feet from every evil way, that I may keep Your Word.” Psalm 119:101

We must not merely read the Bible–but strive that we may obey it. If the Bible is not the guide of our life–it is nothing to us. Its truths are to be applied. If we read the Beatitudes, we are to compare ourselves with their Divine requirements–and seek to be conformed to them. Continue reading

You have only just begun!

(J.R. Miller, “Intimate Letters on Personal Problems” 1914)

Dear friend,

You say that you cannot live up to the things you read in the Bible and in Christian books. I know of no one who can do so. The Bible sets before us very lofty ideals–so lofty that we cannot reach them in a day or a month or in twenty-five years. So long as you may live, and if you spend every year in striving toward the best things–you will still find that you have not fully attained them.

Paul was a great deal better Christian than most of us, and he said, when he was quite an old man, that he was not yet perfect–but was still striving after the things which he wished to attain. We never measure up to our ideals. We never are so holy any day, as we intend to be in the morning when we set out.

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No book is really worth reading

(J.R. Miller, “Things That Endure”)

“Avoid every kind of evil!” 1 Thessalonians 5:22

Much is said in commendation of books. But, as in other matters, there is need for wise discrimination in what one reads. Not all books are worth reading.

There are many which are utterly empty of anything that is noble or worthy. One might read them continually all one’s life–and yet be no wiser and no better. A hundred of them do not contain a dozen sentences that it is worthwhile to keep in one’s memory, or that can be of any help or cheer or strength in one’s life.

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Something peculiar, distinct, and different from other people

Young Sheep by Vera Kratochvil

 

(J. C. Ryle, “Old Paths”)

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Does anyone ask me what we may expect to see in a true conversion? I reply–there will always be something seen in a converted man’s . . .
character,
feelings,
conduct,
opinions
and daily life.

You will not see perfection in him; but you will see in him–something peculiar, distinct, and different from other people. Continue reading

Does God hear when we grumble about the weather?

(J. R. Miller, “Devotional Hours with the Bible” 1908)

“The Lord hears your murmurings which you murmur against Him!” Exodus 16:8

This is startling! Does God really hear every discontented word we speak?

Does God hear when we grumble about the weather, about the hard winter, about the late spring, about the dry summer, about the wet harvest, about the high winds, about the storms?

Does God hear when we complain about our circumstances, about the hardness of our lot, about our losses and disappointments?

If we could get into our hearts and keep there continually, the consciousness that every word we speak is heard in heaven, and falls upon God’s ears before it falls upon any other ear–would we murmur as we now do?

“The Lord hears your murmurings which you murmur against Him!” Exodus 16:8

“And I tell you this, that you must give an account on judgment day of every idle word you speak!” Matthew 12:36

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For Final Revision And Approval

(J. R. Miller, “Readings from the Psalms”, 1912)

“No good thing will He withhold, from those who walk uprightly.” Psalm 84:11

This may seem to be a surprising statement at first glance. Does God withhold no good thing from His people? We must focus on the word “good”. It is not merely the things which we want–that God always gives. Nor is it not the things which we think are good–that God gives. Perhaps they are not really ‘good things’–as God sees them. We must always leave to Him–to decide whether they are good or not. He is wiser than we are–and knows just what effect on us, the things we crave would have. We must submit all our requests to Him–for final revision and approval, when we make them.

This is the teaching about prayer, so prominent in the New Testament, which bids us to add to all our most earnest pleadings: “Nevertheless not my will–but may Your will be done.” If the thing we ask for does not come–we must therefore conclude that in God’s sight, it is not a “good thing” for us. Thus it is–that God’s withholdings are as great a blessing to us–as His bestowings!

There is another phrase here, which we must study. It is “from those who walk uprightly” that God will withhold no good thing. It is only when we are walking obediently, in God’s ways–that we have a right to claim this promise. For, “if I regard iniquity in my heart–the Lord will not hear me!” Psalm 66:18

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