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"Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching." - Hebrews 10:25 NIV

Saturday, January 9, 2010

January 9, 2010

to obey Him

“Year passes after year silently;
Christ’s coming is ever nearer than it was.
O, my brethren, pray Him to give you
the heart to seek Him in sincerity.
Pray Him to make you in earnest.
You have one work only,
to bear your cross after Him.
Resolve in His strength to do so.
Resolve to be no longer beguiled
by ‘shadows of religion,’ by words,
or by disputings, or by notions,
or by high professions, or by excuses,
or by the world’s promises or threats.
Pray Him to give you what Scripture calls
‘an honest and good heart,’
or ‘a perfect heart,’
and, without waiting,
begin at once to obey Him
with the best heart you have.
Any obedience is better than none…
Any religion which does not
bring you nearer to God is of the world.
You have to seek His face;
obedience is the only way of seeking Him.
… and to do what He bids is to obey Him,
and to obey Him is to approach Him.
Every act of obedience is an approach,
- an approach to Him who is not far off,
though He seems so,
but close behind this visible screen of things
which hides Him from us.”
- Cardinal Newman

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