July 18

As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,    1 Peter 1:14-15

God is your sovereign king.  It is your happiness to obey and please him.  Labour therefore to bring your soul into absolute subjection to him: to make it your delight to sincerely and exactly obey his will.  What does it mean to have absolute submission to God?  When it is deep rooted, fixed, and natural to us.  When it is the habit of our daily course of life.  When it constantly keeps the soul in attendance upon the will of God.  When it seeks obedience to all of his commandments, and is resolute, powerful, and victorious against temptations to disobedience.  When it is voluntary and delightful to obey him with the utmost of our power.  This full subjection and obedience is difficult, but we should not hesitate to use every effort to attain it.  How?  (1.)  Consider God’s government.  Should he not rule the creatures he has created?  Should Christ not rule the souls he has purchased?  Should not the Holy Spirit rule the souls he has regenerated?  (2.)  God is perfectly fit to govern you.  His interest is for your good.  He is our dearest friend and Father, and loves us better than we love ourselves.  (3.)  Consider how unable and unfit you are to govern yourself.  We are blind, ignorant, and biased by a corrupted will and turbulent passions.  (4.)  Consider the rewards prepared for obedience and the punishment for disobedience.  God is far from being indifferent whether you obey his laws or not.  (5.)  Consider the joys of full obedience.  Al is at ease within us, our food is pleasant, our sleep is sweet, our labour is easy, and our life is a pleasure.  God owns us and our conscience speaks peace and comfort to us.  (6.)  Consider our endless rewards: ‘Well done, good and faithful servant!’  God will rule, whether you will obey or not.  Consent to be obedient, or he will punish you without asking your consent.

 

Through the Year with William Still

 

Sinclair Ferguson has publicly stated that no one has had a greater spiritual impact on his life than William Still! William Still was the minister of Gilcomston South Church, Aberdeen, from 1945 to 1997. While his name may not feature in the official annals of the Church of Scotland, it is doubtful whether any other individual in his Church during the latter half of the twentieth century had such a profound or widespread influence. For over fifty years Mr. Still pioneered a single-minded commitment to expository preaching and congregational prayer which made Gilcomston a beacon of Reformed and evangelical Christianity in Scotland.

A man whose very life breathed the grace and love of God, no one who ever met him, received his counsel, or sat under his ministry, could have escaped the sheer Christlikeness of Mr. Still’s life. In the early days of his ministry he wrote: “There is no part of me, or of my life, that I will withhold from the work that God has called me to.”

It was one of the marks of his evident commitment to the service of Christ that he devoted himself to the pastoral care of his people, providing them with daily Bible reading notes that would feed their souls and prepare them for works of service. The “Notes”, which appeared in the monthly “Congregational Record,” soon became highly sought after across Scotland, the United Kingdom, and even to the far-flung corners of the world, increasing in many a love for and commitment to the Word of God.

Drawn from every book in the Bible, this selection, edited and arranged by David C. Searle, will take the reader through the year with William Still. These pages will explain what it means to live under the authority of Scripture, to exalt the glorious Person of Christ, and to rejoice in the wonder of the gospel.

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