Notes on Mortification (44)

The way, the truth and the life!
The way, the truth and the life!

Believe the promise of God and wait, wait on him. It is not known what advantages are ours in believing the promises. Jesus, “said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?” There is a present strength that accompanies this, and more that most certainly follows it. Improve what measure of the Spirit you have, even on account of the general promise, and be content that the Spirit should not only dwell in you, but influence and operate in you, “walk after the Spirit.” It is no bondage but true liberty, to be led by the Spirit. Happy are those who are ever of such a disposition for the Spirit to operate upon, and it requires careful attention to observe, and much humility and self-denial, to walk by the Spirit. Don’t let convictions cool, nor holy motions die, turn every motion against sin into a purpose, and every purpose into endeavours against sin. Attend diligently on ordinances (Acts 10:44), note there what is said before that, in verse thirty-three, “Now, therefore, we are all present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.” You must set yourself as in the presence of God, and get a heart ready to receive his instructions or commands.

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