August 30, 2010

Rules to Live By

As a mother of two little boys, I find it very difficult to devote much time to reading books. It's hard for me to start a book because I don't know when I'll be able to pick it up again. So, for now, I read a lot of articles, blogs, and short books. I just finished reading a short book (well, I don't know if this could even be classified as a short book - it's more like a booklet) titled, "Holiness: God's call to Sanctification". It's a good one. It ended with a list that impacted me.

Six Short Rules for Christians by Brownlow North

1. Never neglect daily private prayer; and when you pray, remember that God is present, and that He hears your prayers. (Hebrews 11:6) 

2. Never neglect daily private Bible reading; and when you read remember that God is speaking to you, and that you are to believe and act upon what He says. I believe all backsliding begins with the neglect of these two rules. (John 5:39) 

3. Never let a day pass without trying to do something for Jesus. Every night reflect on what Jesus has done for you, and then ask yourself, What am I doing for Him? (Matthew 5: 13-16)

 4. If you are in doubt as to a thing being right or wrong, go to your room and kneel down and ask God’s blessing on it. (Colossians 3:17) If you cannot do this, it is wrong. (Romans 16:23) 

5. Never take your Christianity from Christians, or argue that because such and such people do so and so, therefore, you may. (2 Corinthians 10:12) You are to ask yourself, How would Christ act in my place? and strive to follow Him. (John 10:27) 

6. Never believe what you feel, if it contradicts God’s Word. Ask yourself, Can what I feel be true if God’s Word is true? And if both cannot be true, believe God and make your own heart the liar. (Romans 3:4, 1 John 5:10-11)


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