Friday, December 06, 2019

Williams: 12 needful things

Friday, December 6, 2019
    Feast of Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, c.326
    So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
    —1 Corinthians 10:31 (NIV)
    Twelve marks of spiritual health [in] our communion with God: (1) God’s children ought to walk in constant amazement of spirit as to God, His nature, and works. (2) The glorifying of God is the great work of God’s children. (3) Delightful privacy with God argues strong affection. (4) Frequent prayer an argument of much of God’s Spirit; True prayer is the pouring out of the heart to God; God’s children are most in private with God; The prayers of God’s people most respect spiritual mercies; God’s people wait for and rest in God’s answer. (5) God’s people are sensible of their unworthiness. (6) God Himself is regarded as the portion of His people. (7) Ready obedience to God. (8) The patience of God’s children under God’s hand. (9) The mournful confession of God’s people. (10) God’s people long after God in an open profession of His ordinances. (11) Their hearts are ready and prep ared. (12) God’s people’s sense of their own insufficiencies.
    ... Roger Williams (1603?-1683), Experiments of Spiritual Life & Health [1652], reprinted, Sidney S. Rider, Providence, 1863, p. 17-31 (see the book)
    See also 1 Cor. 10:31; Deut. 32:9; Ps. 73:26; 86:12; 119:57; Matt. 6:6; Rom. 1:5; 1 Cor. 6:19-20; 1 Thess. 5:17
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, fill my life and my actions with Your presence.
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