July 21

 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my eye upon you.   Psalm 32:8

To increase your obedience to the Lord, keep your eye upon his greatness and continual presence and providence.  This will keep you in an obedient frame of mind.  So great a God cannot be disobeyed without great iniquity and guilt.  A God that is continually with you must be continually regarded.  Every temptation is an urge for you to offend so great a God.  Consider also the land to which you are going:  a land of rest and joy.  Christ is your guide to bring you safely home.  Sin is rejecting of his help and your happiness. God does not rule you as a tyrant to your hurt or ruin.  His laws are for your good and safety.  He is directing you to eternal life, and guiding you by his counsel.  He is leading you to the world of light where there are rivers of pleasure and fullness of joy for evermore. There, you will see his face and feel his love.  Is not such a guide desirable?  It is like the captain that governs a ship.  If the mariners obey him they will safely arrive at the desired port.  Should such a government as this grieve you?  Consider the fierce dangers, difficulties, and enemies you must pass through to heaven.  Your safety depends on the assistance of your guide.  Would you have him leave you to yourselves?  Your disease is mortal but only Jesus Christ can cure it.  If he does not cure it, you are lost forever.  Will you not be obedient to your physician?  Think, when a temptation comes; if there was a narrow bridge over a deep gulf, and all your friends and happiness lay on the other side and you had to pass over, and if Christ would take you by the hand and lead you over, would you refuse his help?  Should we not hold fast to him, and most accurately obey him, since he is leading us to eternal life to escape the gulf of endless misery?

 

 

Voices from the Past: Puritan Devotional Readings

 

 

TEN YEARS IN THE MAKING! This work has long been anticipated. Glean from the wisdom and spiritual depth of the Puritans through these 365 daily readings.

 

Over the past fifty years there has been a great resurgence of interest in the writings of the Puritans. The reading of their works has brought great benefit to the people of God in many lands. Christians from many different backgrounds and cultures owe a great debt of gratitude to those faithful pastors and preachers who continue to speak through their writings even though they have long since entered into their heavenly reward. The Puritans really knew how to teach and apply God’s Word in the Spirit’s power!

 

Richard Rushing has compiled this book of daily devotional readings from his favorite Puritan authors because of the great help he has gained from their works. “How thrilling it has been for me to read the Puritans on the glory and attributes of God, divine providence, fellowship with God, holiness of life and the mortification of indwelling sin, heavenly mindedness, prayer, evangelistic zeal, and trust in the Lord during times of affliction. At every turn these truths are eloquently taught, faithfully applied, and kindly offered as the subject of sweet spiritual meditation.”

 

This book is sent forth with the prayer that it will open a door to the vast stores of treasure to be found in the writings of the Puritans and that it will stimulate further exploration of this rich spiritual inheritance.

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