Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Manley: first things first

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
    Feast of All Saints
    But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit. But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.
    —Jude 17-21 (NIV)
    Wilberforce, Lord Shaftesbury, and many other evangelicals, have been leaders in social reform, but it was not their religion. Their efforts succeeded because they put first things first, and believed firmly in the Word of God, in the conversion of the individual, in prayer, and in using spiritual means for spiritual work.
    ... G. T. Manley, Christian Unity, London: Inter-Varsity Fellowship, 1945, p. 69 (see the book)
    See also Jude 1:17-21; 1 Tim. 4:1-2,16; 2 Tim. 4:3; Heb. 12:1-2
Quiet time reflection:
    May I always see You first in all that I undertake.
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