April 21

 My help comes from the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.  Psalm 121:2

It is our privilege to live by faith.  Living by faith is not a single act, but something habitual and permanent. Faith is a constant dependence upon God, as he is made known in his attributes.  The divine attributes are the pillows and grounds of our faith.  Faith believes them and claims them.  Study the attributes of God.  Labour  to know them distinctly and effectually.  The more we know, the more we trust.  Be much in the thoughts of God: frequently, delightfully, and consistently.  These bring a divine influence upon the soul and fill it with heat and light, and leave deep impressions of God upon the heart.  Those who have known much, have believed much: much in contemplation – strong in faith.  ‘How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!’ (Psa. 139:17).  Assure your interest in his attributes.  Do not be satisfied that you see God, till you see him to be your God.  Faith not only holds you to the fact that God is able, but that he is willing to do what you seek.  Grip two handles with your faith.  Take hold that he is able, omnipotent, omniscient, and all sufficient; but also take hold that he is willing to meet your needs by his mercy.  Learn to draw arguments from these attributes.  When you hold on to both his power and his mercy, faith can easily draw sweet and strong assurances from these.  It is true that we are prone to doubt God’s willingness, but the Lord has provided for this remarkably.  Where there is but one attribute to describe God’s power, there are many titles that prove his willingness: mercy, goodness bounty, grace, love, lovingkindness, compassion, bowels of compassion, patience, and long-suffering.  Get faith fixed upon this double basis and it will stand firm.  God is able and willing.

 

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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