How to Stay Close to Christ
wants, your joys, your sorrows, your cares, and your fears before God. You cannot burden Him; you cannot weary Him. He is not indifferent to the wants of His children.
We sustain a loss when we neglect the privi- lege of associating together to strengthen and en- courage one another in the service of God. If Chris- tians would associate together, speaking to each other of the love of God and the precious truths of redemption, their own hearts would be refreshed and they would refresh one another.
We must gather about the cross. Christ and Him crucified should be the theme of contemplation, of conversation, and of our most joyful emotion. We should keep in our thoughts every blessing we receive from God; and, when we realize His great love, we should be willing to trust everything to the hand that was nailed to the cross for us.
The soul may ascend nearer heaven on the wings of praise. As we express our gratitude, we are ap- proximating to the worship of the heavenly hosts.
Many are at times troubled with the suggestions of skepticism. God never asks us to believe, with- out giving sufficient evidence upon which to base our faith. Disguise it as they may, the real cause of doubt and skepticism, in most cases, is the love of sin.
We must have a sincere desire to know the truth and a willingness of heart to obey it.
Summary of the book, Steps to Christ,
pp. 51 to 111, in the author’s own words.