Footsteps in the Way of Life

For daily use for young pilgrims.

I must live today as though it were my last.

1. Never neglect daily private prayer. When you pray, remember that you are talking to God. Heb. 11:6. Ejaculatory or silent prayer during the day. Often lift up your thoughts to God for needed grace, help and comfort. “Praying always” — “continuing in prayer”— thus constantly finding grace to help. Phil. 4:6; 1 Thess. 5:17; Heb. 4:16.

2. Never neglect daily private Bible reading. When you read remember that God is talking to you. You should say, “Speak Lord, for thy servant heareth.” Commit to memory everyday a verse of the Bible containing a promise, prayer or precept. Think often about it. Pray that your understanding may be opened. Psa. 119:11, 18, 97; Luke 24:45. The neglect of or the slighting of private devotions is soon followed by backsliding in heart, if not in life.

3. Never let a day pass without doing something for Jesus. Try to win a soul for Him. Speak a word for Jesus whenever you can. Ye are not your own — ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Cor. 6:19, 20. Present yourselves a living sacrifice to God. Rom. 12:1-2. “Lord, what will thou have me to do?” “Whatso­ever he saith unto you, do it.” Every night reflect on what Jesus has done for you. Then ask yourself, “What have I done for Him?” Mt. 5:13-16.

4. If you are in doubt as to the right or wrong of anything, say to yourself, “Can I ask God’s blessing upon it?” Col. 3:17. If you cannot, it is wrong. Rom. 14:23.

5. Never take Christians as your example, nor argue because some do so and so, therefore you may. 2 Cor. 10:12. You should always ask yourself, “What would Jesus do?” and strive to follow Him. Jn. 10:27.

6. Remember the Lord’s Day, to keep it holy. Attend church services, Sunday School and weekday meetings. Give to the Lord’s cause from week to week as he hath pros­pered you. 1 Cor. 16:1-2; 2 Cor. 9:6-9.

7. Daily count up your mercies. Bless the Lord, O my Soul, and forget not all His ben­efits. Ps. 103. Offer to God the sacrifices of praise continually. Ps. 107:21- 22; Heb. 13:15.

8. Never doubt God’s love for you. Remember, He knows best, and all things are working together for your highest good. Rom. 8:28. Always trust God. Drive doubts, temptations and Satan away by saying, “I believe God,” for He has said, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Feed your faith with God’s promises. Never listen to Satan, much less talk with him. Eve did and fell. Gen. 3:1-7. Never be ashamed of Jesus. Stand up for Him everywhere. Avoid worldly com­panions. 2 Cor. 6:14-18. If you fall into sin, confess it at once to God and seek for forgiveness and cleansing through the blood of Christ. Ps. 32:1-5.

9. Watch and pray that ye enter not into temptation. 1 Pet. 5:8-9. Be clothed with humility. 1 Pet. 5:5. By the grace of God I am what I am. 1 Cor. 15:10. Cast all your care on Him. Mt. 6:25-34; Phil. 4:19; 1 Pet. 5:7. Be content with such things as ye have. 1 Tim. 6:6-12; Heb. 13:5. Beware of the “little foxes” — little sins, so called: foolish thoughts, wrong de­sires, etc. — the beginnings of evil. Peter’s self confidence led to the denial of Christ. Judas’ love of money to his betraying Jesus. Any compromise with the world or neglect of duty is dangerous, for all sin is displeasing to God. If sin is persevered in, the gracious and restraining influences of the Holy Spirit will be withdrawn. You will lose your enjoyment of religion and fall into other sins — perhaps become a backslider. How many have been caught by this snare of the devil: “It is only a little sin, not quite right; but we need not be so particular.” Abstain from all appearance of evil. 1 Thess. 5:22.

10. Never shirk your cross — carry it wil­lingly. “The cross is not greater than His grace.” God’s will is best for you. “My Jesus, as Thou wilt. Oh, may Thy will be mine!” Patient in tribulation. Rom. 12:21; Heb. 12:5-13; 1 Pet. 4:13. Rejoice in the Lord always. Phil. 4:4. Speak evil of no man. Eph. 4:29-32; Tit. 3:2. Love your enemies. Mt. 5:44. Overcome evil with good. Rom. 12:20. Grieve not the Holy Spirit. Eph. 4:30. Be led by, walk in and be filled with the Spirit. Walk in love. Jn. 15:12; Eph. 5:2. Bear and forebear. 1 Pet. 2:23. Pressing forward. Phil. 3:12-14; Heb. 12:1. Looking unto Jesus always for His grace and strength. Jn. 15:1-5. Without His aid you can do nothing; with it, you can do all things. Phil. 4:13. Paul did not live; Christ lived in Him. Gal. 2:20. “My grace is sufficient for thee. Fear not, I am with you always.”

11. Christ’s love for me, the motive that should control my life. 2 Cor. 5:14-15. Read the above texts often very carefully. – Author unknown.

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