We receive from the Lord every day the fruits of his mercy. Let us render ourselves; all we are, all we have, all we can do: and after all, what return is it for such very rich receiving’s?
It is acceptable to God: a reasonable service, which we are able and ready to give a reason for, and which we understand. Conversion and sanctification are the renewing of the mind; a change, not of the substance, but of the qualities of the soul.
The progress of sanctification, dying to sin more and more, and living to righteousness more and more, is the carrying on this renewing work, till it is perfected in glory.
The great enemy to this renewal is, conformity to this world. Take heed of forming plans for happiness, as though it lay in the things of this world, which soon pass away.
Do not fall in with the customs of those who walk in the lusts of the flesh, and mind earthly things.
The work of the Holy Spirit first begins in the understanding, and is carried on to the will, affections, and conversation, till there is a change of the whole man into the likeness of God, in knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness. Thus, to be godly, is to give up ourselves to God.
We should be aware of our own infirmities, and think humbly of ourselves, even when men reproach us. The work of the ministry is a spiritual warfare with spiritual enemies, and for spiritual purposes.
Outward force is not the method of the gospel, but strong persuasions, by the power of truth and the meekness of wisdom.
Conscience is accountable to God only; and people must be persuaded to God and their duty, not driven by force. Thus the weapons of our warfare are very powerful; the evidence of truth is convincing.
What opposition is made against the gospel, by the powers of sin and Satan in the hearts of men! But observe the conquest the word of God gains.
The appointed means, however feeble they appear to some, will be mighty through God. And the preaching of the cross, by men of faith and prayer, has always been fatal to idolatry, impiety, and wickedness.
Matthew 6:24 KJVS
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Worldly-mindedness is a common and fatal symptom of hypocrisy, for by no sin can Satan have a surer and faster hold of the soul, under the cloak of a profession of religion.
Something the soul will have, which it looks upon as the best thing; in which it has pleasure and confidence above other things. Christ counsels to make our best things the joys and glories of the other world, those things not seen which are eternal, and to place our happiness in them.
There are treasures in heaven. It is our wisdom to give all diligence to make our title to eternal life sure through Yeshua (Jesus Christ), and to look on all things here below, as not worthy to be compared with it, and to be content with nothing short of it.
When I investigated the meaning of the word abide I discerned Yeshua’s real call to us.
Here is my interpretation of his message. When we abide the Lord looks for those who display the following commitments.
We will tolerate incompetence, wait patiently for, will remain in a place, continue in existence (endure), to dwell or reside, and finally conform to; comply with.
These life qualities would be that which our Lord would see in those desiring to dwell in the secret place of the most High. To remain under the shadow of the Almighty for His ongoing protections being offered in verses 9 to 16 where the promise of Long life is given to those who abide with Yeshua.