(Mason's Select Remains)
"For you know what instructions we gave you by
the authority of the Lord Jesus." 1 Thessal. 4:2
1. Make the word of God the rule of all you
2. Whatever you do, do it in the strength of Christ.
you can do nothing. Of yourself, you
cannot even think a good thought;
but you may do
all things, through Christ strengthening you. Nature
a dry root—no gracious actions spring from it. Grace
continual supplies from Christ—as of sap
from the root. Be strong in
the Lord, and in the power
of His might, and then nothing shall be too
All things are possible to him who believes
relies upon Christ's
3. As we are to act by the power of Christ, so we are
to present our
services for acceptance in the name of
Christ. The best we can do—needs His intercession,
blood, and merits—to render it acceptable to
the Lord alone—we have righteousness and strength.
4. Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Selfishness is the
natural idolatry of the human heart.
The design and tendency of piety
is to take the heart
off self—and set it upon God. That duty which
not begin and end with God is no part of godliness.
Self must be
cast down—and God alone exalted.
5. To spend every day well,
let your waking thoughts be with God;
your fervent prayers ascend in the name of Christ;
let the Word of God
be your counselor;
let the fear of God be always before your eyes.
all your actions, let integrity and uprightness preserve
you. Set a watch over your lips, and a guard upon your
spirit, that you be not provoked to anger, nor speak
6. At night, review the actions of the day. Give to God
the glory of
what has been good; take shame to yourself
for what has been evil.
Review the dispensations of God's
providences—and consider their
special meaning and
application. Acknowledge the mercies of God
through the day. Submit to the afflictions laid upon you.
Commit yourselves afresh to the mercy and protection
God, through Jesus Christ—that you may be preserved
slumbers of the night, and be permitted to
wake in peace—whether it be
in earth or heaven.
By these points let every action be examined—
By whose rule have I acted?
In whose strength have I acted?
In whose name have I acted?
For whose glory have I acted?
What faith, humility, self-denial, love to God
and Christ, have there been in my actions?