Benefits of holy habits?

Do you realize the benefits from developing habits of prayer or Bible reading? Dr David Murray has posted his thoughts on FOUR ways we benefit from the holy habits of prayer, Bible reading, and meditation:

1. They become hard not to do

2. They improve our feelings

3. They shape character

4. They reveal Christ to the soul

On that last point he writes, “What a blessing holy habits are. Yes, at times they may become rather mechanistic and ritualistic, no matter how hard we fight this. I’m sure Daniel had days like this too. But if we prayerfully persevere in them, as Daniel did, we will be made wise unto salvation and know Christ in deeper and deeper ways.”

Read David Murray’s whole post here.

Are you due some discipline?

“If you are a child of God then you are certainly going to be disciplined, because God is preparing you for holiness. He is not an indulgent father who hands out sweets indiscriminately and does not care what happens to us. God is holy, and He is preparing us for Himself and for glory; and because we are what we are, and because sin is in us, and because the world is what it is, we must needs be disciplined. So He sends us trials and tribulations in order to pull us up, and to conform us to ‘the image of His Son’.”
-Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Put Your House in Order

Our Sunday morning sermon was on these sobering words from Isaiah 38…

38:1 In those days Hezekiah became sick and was at the point of death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him, and said to him, “Thus says the Lord: Set your house in order, for you shall die, you shall not recover.” 2 Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, 3 and said, “Please, O Lord, remember how I have walked before you in faithfulness and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. (esv)

I hope to have the audio of the message online here by Tuesday. In the meanwhile, here are a couple of key points made by C.H. Spurgeon

The text says, Set thine house in order. This shows that we are not to destroy it, nor even to injure it Our body should be the temple of the Holy Ghost. Nothing should be done by us that may injure our body; for, in the case of the believer, it is a precious thing, ordained to rise again at the last day, since Chris Jesus has bought it, as well as the soul which it contains, with his own blood. Nor are we to waste our substance, for this is the accusation which, of old, was brought against the unjust steward, that he had wasted his master’s goods.

We are to set our home in order, that is, our own house. Some persons are very busy setting other people’s houses in order, and oh, how fast their tongues will go when they are sweeping out their neighbor’s kitchen, or dusting our his cupboard! Set your own houses in order, sirs, before you attempt to arrange the affairs of other people.

Again, the tenant himself must do it Set thine house in order. You must not leave it to a priest; you must not ask your follow-man to become responsible for you. You must make personal application to him who can set all in order for you, even to him who came into the world, and died for this very purpose. If you need oil for your lamps, you must go to them that sell, and buy for yourselves, for your fellow-virgins can give you none of their oil. Set thou thine own house in order. This is the chief business of every living man as a tenant under God.

— pdb