Various necessary observations suitable for a Christian

Various necessary observations suitable for a Christian

Published long ago by an anonymous believer.

I. That you keep a close watch over your heart, words, and deeds continually. Psalm 93:1, Matthew 24:42, Luke 12:36, 1 Corinthians 10:13, 15:34, 16:13, Colossians 3:17.

II. That with all care the time be redeemed that has been idly, carelessly, and unprofitably spent. Ephesians 5:16, Colossians 4:5.

III. That at least once in the day, private prayer and meditation be made. Psalm 119:164, Daniel 6:10, Luke 18:1, Ephesians 6:18, Colossians 4:2.

IV. That care be had to do and receive good in company. 1 Thessalonians 5:11.

V. That your family be with all diligence and regard instructed, watched over, and Christianly governed. Genesis 18:19, Deuteronomy 4:9 and 5:6,7, Proverbs 31:27, Ephesians 6:4.

VI. That no more care be spent on matters of this world, than must needs be. Matthew 6:31, Colossians 3:2, 1 John 2:15.

VII. That you stir up yourselves to generosity to God's Saints. Galatians 6:10, Hebrews 13:16.

VIII. That you prepare yourselves to bear the cross, by whatever means it shall please God to exercise you. Matthew 16:24, Luke 9:23 and 24:27.

IX. That you give not the slightest rein to wandering thoughts. Job 31:1, Ephesians 5:3.

X. That you spend some time in mourning, not only for your own sins but for the time and age in which you live. Ezekiel 9:4, Psalm 119:136.

XI. That you look daily for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, for your full deliverance from this world. Matthew 24:44.

XII. That you acquaint yourself with some godly person, with whom you may confer about your Christian state, and open your doubts for the quickening of God's graces in you. James 5:16.

XIII. That you observe the departure of men from this life, their mortality, the vanity, and alteration of things below, the more to despise the world, and to continue your longing for the life to come. Isaiah 57:1, Philippians 3:20, 1 Peter 1:24, Revelation 22:20.

XIV. That you meditate often upon your death and departure from this life, how you must lie in the grave, turn to dust, leave all glory and wealth: and this will serve to subdue that pride of life.

Source: William Perkins, Satan’s Sophistry