Joshua 1:8-9 NLT
Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.  This is my command-be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
Whatever affairs of this world we have to mind, we must not neglect the one thing needful. No man’s dignity or dominion sets him above the law of God. You are to encourage yourself with the promise and presence of God. Let not the sense of your own infirmities dishearten you; God is all-sufficient. God has commanded, called, and commissioned us to do it, and will be sure to bear you out in it. When we are in the way of duty, we have reason to be strong and very bold. Our Lord Jesus, here, was borne up under his sufferings by a regard to the will of God and the commandment from his Father.
In all cases, God’s choice, if we can but know it, should direct, determine, and overrule ours. Laws are given for the prince that should be elected (1Peter 2:9). We must carefully avoid everything that would turn us from God and religion. Riches, honours, and pleasures are three great hindrances of godliness the lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the eye, and the pride of life, especially to those in high stations; against these, we are here warned.⁸
Believers must carefully study the law of God and make that our rule, and having a copy of the Scriptures of our own writing must read therein all the days of our life. It is not enough to have Bibles; we must use them, use them daily as long as we live.
Christ’s scholars never learn above their Bibles but will have constant occasions for them, till they come to that world where knowledge and love will be made perfect.
Matthew 16:24 KJV
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
A true disciple of Christ is one that does follow him in duty, and shall follow him to glory. He is one that walks in the same way Christ walked in, is led by his Spirit, and treads in his steps, whithersoever he goes “Let him deny himself” If self-denial be a hard lesson, it is no more than what our Master learned and practised, to redeem us, and to teach us “Let him take up his cross” The cross is here put for every trouble that befalls us. We are apt to think we could bear another’s cross better than our own; but that is best which is appointed us, and we ought to make the best of it. We must not by our rashness and folly pull crosses down upon our own heads, but must take them up when they are in our way. If any man will have the name and credit of a disciple, let him follow Christ in the work and duty of a disciple.
Riches, honours, and pleasures are three great hindrances of godliness the lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the eye, and the pride of life, especially to those in high stations; against these, we are here warned. Robert a humble obedient servant to Yeshua and his Father in heaven Yahewa.
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