Alone With God
Our boldness for God before the world must always be the result of individual dealings with God in secret. Our victories over self, sin and the world, are always first fought where no eye sees but God*s. . . . If we have not these secret conflicts, well may we not have any open ones. The outward absence of conflict betrays the inward sleep of the soul.
John 8:29: And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.
Author unknown on John 8:29:
He who holds nearest communion with Heaven can best discharge the duties of every day life.
1 Thessalonians 5:19: Quench not the Spirit.
Bowen on 1 Thessalonians 5:19:
In order that you may not quench the Spirit, you must make it a constant study to know what is the mind of the Spirit. You must discriminate with the utmost care between His suggestions and the suggestions of your own deceitful heart. You will keep in constant recollection what are the offices of the Spirit as described by Christ in the Gospel of John. You will be on your guard against impulsive movements, inconsiderate acts, rash words. You will abide in prayer. Search the Word. Confess Christ on all possible occasions. Seek the society of His people. Shrink from conformity to the world, its vain fashions, unmeaning etiquette. Be scrupulous in your reading. *What I say unto you all, watch!* *Have oil in your lamps.* *Quench not the Spirit.*