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The “Nevers” Of The Gospel

“O LORD,

“May I never fail to come to the knowledge of the truth,
never rest in a system of doctrine, however
scriptural, that does not bring or further salvation,
or teach me to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts,
or help me to live soberly, righteously, godly;
never rely on my own convictions and resolutions,
but be strong in thee and in thy might;
never cease to find thy grace sufficient
in all my duties, trials, and conflicts;
never forget to repair to thee
in all my spiritual distresses and outward troubles,
in all the dissatisfactions experienced in creature comforts;
never fail to retreat to him who is full of grace
and truth, the friend that liveth at all times,
who is touched with feelings of my infirmities,
and can do exceeding abundantly for me;
never confine my religion to extraordinary
occasions, but acknowledge thee in all my ways;
never limit my devotions to particular seasons
but be in thy fear all the day long;
never be godly only on the sabbath
or in thy house, but on every day abroad and at home;
never make piety a dress but a habit,
not only a habit but a nature, not only a nature but a life.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

“And at last let me enter that world where is
no temple, but only thy glory and the Lamb’s.”

2 comments… add one
  • Farrar Moore April 2, 2019, 11:07 AM

    Written by a man who hungers and thirsts. Thank you

    • John B. Phillips April 2, 2019, 4:56 PM

      I agree with you, Farrar. I’m not sure which so-called Puritan wrote it, but his words definitely go to the heart.

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