Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Our Holiest Example

"I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved."  Psalm 16:8

"This is the way to live.  With God always before us, we shall have the noblest companionship, the holiest example, the sweetest consolation, and the mightiest influence.  This must be a resolute act of the mind.  "I have set," and it must be maintained as a set and settled thing.  Always to have an eye to the Lord's eye and an ear for the Lord's voice - this is the right state for the godly man.  His God is near him, filling the horizon of his vision, leading the way of his life, and furnishing the theme of his meditation.  What vanities we should avoid, what sins we should overcome, what virtues we should exhibit, what joys we should experience if we did indeed set the Lord always before us!  Why not?

 
This is the way to be safe.  The Lord being ever in our minds, we come to feel safety and certainty because of His being so near.  He is at our right hand to guide and aid us; and hence we are not moved by fear, nor force, nor fraud, nor fickleness.  When God stands at a man's right hand, that man is himself sure to stand.  Come on, then, ye foeman of the truth!  Rush against me like a furious tempest, if ye will.  God upholds me.  God abides with me.  Whom shall I fear?"  
Charles Spurgeon

 

“Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

If we aren't setting the Lord always before us then other thoughts, sometimes destructive, can quickly creep in our minds.  We must be sure to guard our minds and ultimately our hearts with all diligence, for out of our hearts spring forth our actions.  In other words, what we think therefore we shall be.

This 26 minute talk with Jennifer Rothschild is worth listening to as she shares with us the importance of our thought closets.  Then if you have 24 more minutes click here to listen to the second part of her talk about destructive thoughts.  Although I don't necessarily agree with the need for each of us to join a bible study with other women, I do agree that we must have someone whom we can grow in Christ together with.  For me it is my husband.  He knows me better than anyone else and is good to keep me accountable.  May you be encouraged as I was and may each of us determine to set the Lord always before us.

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