Continue in Christ’s Word
“If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed” (John 8:31).
It is not enough to begin; continuance is necessary. Mere enrollment will not make one a scholar; the pupil must continue in the school through all the long course, until he has mastered every branch. One who has observed the course of human beings for many years says that success in life depends upon staying power. The reason for failure in most cases is lack of perseverance. People get tired and give up. There are thousands who begin to follow Christ; but when discouragements come, they faint and drop out.
To continue in Christ’s word is to obey Him. We must do it continuously, too – not today only; but tomorrow as well, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, unto the end.
There is another way to continue in the word of Christ. Many of His words are promises. The forests in summer days are full of bird-nests. They are hidden among the leaves. The little birds know where they are; and when a storm arises, or when night draws on, each one flies to his own nest. So also, the promises of God are hidden in the Bible, like nests in the great forests; and we should fly there in any danger or alarm, hiding there in our soul’s nest until the storm is over and past. There are no castles in this world so impregnable as the words of Christ!
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God bless you and your family, this day and always.
All for our King’s glory,
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