APRIL 11

 

Let us walk … not in rioting and drunkenness—Rom. 13: 13.

 

Some have an intoxication for money, wealth; others an intoxication for business; others for dress; others for music; others for art; but as the Lord's people, who have gotten a glimpse of the new day, and the great work of God which is to be accomplished in that day, our hearts should be so absorbed in the work of God that these matters, which would be thought proper enough and right enough in others, worldly people—because they are not awake as we are, and because they see not the future as we see it—should be far from our conception and course.

 

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Unless the Christian takes heed to his ways, he will become intoxicated with error, sin, selfishness and worldliness. Such intoxication inevitably leads him into spiritual rioting in which all law and order are forgotten, and violence to spiritual life and limb are inflicted upon those in his way. Destruction frequently marks his course, and the strong arm of the Divine law must put down this rioting in the Second Death.

 

Parallel passages: Prov. 23: 20; Luke 21: 34; 1Pet. 4: 3; Rom. 8: 29; 1Cor. 6: 9; 1Pet. 2: 11, 21, 22; Gal. 5: 16-26; 6: 18; Eph. 5: 5, 11, 14, 16; Col. 3: 8-10, 12.

 

Questions: What were this week's experiences connected with this text? How were they met? What was their outcome?

 

THE NARROW WAY

 

MATT. 7: 14.

 

"DEAR Lord, the way seems very dark,

I cannot see."

"Yes, child, I know, but I will be thy Light—

Come, follow Me!"

 

"Dear Lord, so lonely is this way—

Where are my friends?"

"My child, dost thou forget how far from Me

Their pathway tends?"

 

"Dear Master, I am growing weak,

I scarce can stand."

"O, foolish child, trust not in thine own strength,

 Come, take My hand;

 

"For I have trod this way before,

So dark to thee.

I know each step, its weariness and pain,

Wilt trust in Me?"

 

"Yea, Lord, though friendless, lonely, dark,

This way may be,

I will be strong. Beloved Guide, lead on,

I follow Thee!"

 

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