“For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light” (Psalm 36:9). Be watchful of the process of neglect. When we neglect to respond daily to God’s love, we become negative in attitude, which allows darkness into our souls. The neglected soul does not grow in grace, but uses grace to cover habits and excuse sin. It permits the weeds of the old life to creep in. When truth has already shed light on a particular subject, a deliberate decision must be made to ignore God’s voice in order to continue in disobedience. The resulting hardness of heart toward that particular light of doctrine then prevents the soul from acquiring further light in other areas. God delights in promoting those who walk in the light that they have received. Psalm 25:9b says, “The meek will He teach His way.” Psalm 34:2b says, “The humble shall hear.” The sign of humility is a resulting capacity to experience God’s grace to obey (2). The One who calls us to the light works within us causing us to want to do His pleasure (3).
Practice making decisions that favor God instead of self, and that force you to take up a daily cross instead of evading one. Neglect leaves a person prayerless and powerless, but attention to the details of life for the glory of God strengthens the thought life, edifies the brethren, and invades regions of darkness with God’s Word.
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