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Fixedness of Purpose   2 comments

Fixedness of Purpose

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Ps. 57, 7

I.

To live in Christian life is certainly the wisest possible course to pursue–the richest life men know.  Revelation and the experiences of men emphasize it.

II.

But there are many allurements, influences, to draw men away from it.  There is need to watch and pray that one may escape these snares.

III.

Hence one should think seriously and make his decision for life, settle it in his heart to live right.  Take himself in hand and determine his course.  “A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.”  Jas., 1, 8

(a)  “Looking unto Jesus” for wisdom and strength, remembering that we are weak and need help.  The choice and effort are ours.  God will supply all the grace we need.  “Keep close to Jesus all the way!”

(b)  Reflect how nothing is gained by living in sin, by conforming to the world.  All who have tried it found to their sorrow the hurt of sin.

(c)  This determination helps us when tempted to say no at once.  “No; I have settled it.  I am determined to live for God.  I shall spend my life in his service.”  It helped Joseph, David, and all whose hearts were fixed.

Is yours?

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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James   1 comment

James

Above:  The Book Heading from The New Revised Standard Version:  Catholic Edition (1993)

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Chapter 1:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/the-promises-of-god/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/03/24/enduring-temptation/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/fixedness-of-purpose/

Chapter 4:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/06/draw-nigh-to-god/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/04/24/what-is-your-life/

Chapter 5:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/save-a-soul-from-death/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/prayer-of-prime-importance/

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Posted November 14, 2013 by neatnik2009 in Guide Posts A-J, James

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The Promises of God   12 comments

2 Peter 1, 4

1.  The goodness of God through Jesus Christ is the basis of every offer of mercy.  In him all the promises are yea and amen.

2.  His promises cover every need of heart and life.  “Where sin abounded grace did much more abound.”

(1)  Promises pardon and cleansing to all who repent.  1 Jno. 1, 9; Prov. 2, 8 & 13; Deut. 4, 29

(2)  The Spirit to abide forever as a helper.  Are not left alone.

(3)  In temptation He will make a way of escape.  1 Cor. 10, 13; Jas. 1, 12; Rev. 3, 10; Luke 22, 28

(4)  Will be their help in trouble.  Deut. 33, 25; Job 5, 19; Ps. 91, 15-16; Ps. 138, 7; Isa. 43, 2-5.  Will cause all to work together for their good.

(5)  The resurrection is promised.  Land & sea shall give up their dead.

(6)  Heaven is distinctly promised to the righteous.

All His promises are to the children of God.  None are to the unrepentant.

What great grace offered on such easy terms!

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Enduring Temptation   1 comment

Jas. 1, 12

1.  Temptations or trials will come.  Sin is here and we must meet it.  Why we may not know.

2.  Who endures is blessed.  No one should rush into temptation; we are to pray “deliver us from evil and lead us not into temptation,” but when it comes to us we must endure combat and overcome it.  In this we are blessed.

(1)  Thus one knows himself, his weak point.

(2)  He learns the reality and power of divine grace.  “My grace is sufficient.”  Thus one’s faith is strengthened.  This is a great blessing.

(3)  Thus one’s will is tempered by the divine will, more submissive.  “Might sift thee.”  “Whom the Lord loveth he chastiseth.”  This refining process.

(4)  An eternal reward when his testing is over.  Refined as gold he shall forever enjoy deliverance from evil, and the glories of heaven.

Let no one dare meet temptation alone.  Lean upon God for grace to endure.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted March 24, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1905-1913 A-F, James

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