The Fifth of February.


"Forsake not the works of thine own hands." --- Psalm 138:8.

-Divine Answer. "He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ." --- Philippians 1.6.

The right way to grow in grace is to give up thyself wholly to thy heavenly Father, who knoweth all thy wants, and has engaged to supply them.

Then labour diligently to walk with Christ, and carefully cherish the new life, which, be it ever so weak and little now in comparison to the old man, will increase and gradually outgrow him, as a new skin does the old.

May the Lord only give us grace to watch against the opposite extreme, so as to never be lulled into a false rest, or lukewarm spirit; but to be ever diligently and seriously employed in crucuifying the flesh, and using all the means of grace!

Then we need not be anxiously troubled for the growing of the work of God in our souls.

My soul lies cleaving to the dust;
Lord, give me life divine;
From vain desires and evil lusts
Turn off these eyes of mine.

I need the influence of thy grace
To speed me in thy way,
Lest I should loiter in my race,
Or turn my feet astray.

Are not thy mercies sov'reign still,
And thou a faithful God?
Wilt thou not grant me warmer zeal
To run the heavenly road?