October 26 

Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.   1 Peter 2:11

 

In the battle against the flesh we must consider that the appetite itself might innocently desire a forbidden object.  It was not the appetite itself that was forbidden, but the sinful expression of it.  A man in a fever may desire more than he should lawfully drink; this is not in itself a sin, but to go ahead and willfully drink it, is.  It is the drinking that is sin, not the thirst.  It is not in our power to control het appetite.  That Adam had an appetite for the forbidden fruit was not his sin, but that he obeyed his appetite.  The appetite is given to us by God.  Since the fall, however, the appetite has been corrupted and has become inordinate.  It is more impetuous, violent, and unruly than it was in the state of innocence.  This inordinate appetite is sin by participation, though not in itself.  Actual sin and habit will even more aggravate the appetite and make it dangerous.  If the horse is headstrong, and the coachman negligent, the coach may soon be overthrown.  Though a man may not by reason and will have the inclination to evil, if he fails to seek higher things, it will be hard to restrain the sensual appetite.  This sensual appetite is signified by the term ‘flesh’.  This faculty is predominant in man, and the goal and happiness of the unsanctified.  The pleasing of the appetite, in itself, is neither good or evil but as commanded or forbidden by some law of God.  To please the flesh by things forbidden is undoubtedly a sin.  When a desire of the flesh is inordinate it is sin.  When pleasing it hinders any duty it is sinful.  To avoid sinful flesh-pleasing, seeks the joys above.  Remember that God would give you more pleasure and not less, and that temporal delights are subordinate to heavenly delights.  Beware, the flesh is the grand enemy of your soul!

 

Daily Prayer and Praise

 

The Psalms are not only to be used in church but at home. They were individual songs before they became a means of congregational prayer and praise. Will not their sincere and regular use by individuals and families contribute to greater awe and joy in the church’s worship of the Triune God?

In these volumes Henry Law divides the Psalter into easily managed portions for each day. He plumbs the depths of the believer’s soul and soars at the wonder of Christ’s identification with his people.

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