The Benefits of Hiding God’s Word in Our Hearts

In volume six of his Works, Thomas Manton has a series of sermons on Psalm 119. This is great devotional literature. Each sermon is around nine pages long. These sermons are outlined well so it's easy to follow along. Yesterday I read Manton's sermon on Psalm 119:11 (In my heart I store up your words, so… Continue reading The Benefits of Hiding God’s Word in Our Hearts

On Seeking God (Manton)

How blessed are those who...seek Him with all their heart (Ps. 119:2 NET). This biblical truth is one that has helped me continue to follow the Lord as long as I can remember. I know that I am not seeking the Lord in vain. I know that those who seek the Lord shall find him.… Continue reading On Seeking God (Manton)

A Monday Devotional on Self-Denial (Flavel)

The English Puritan Thomas Manton (1620-1677) wrote a helpful treatise on self-denial. He based the treatise on Jesus' words from Matthew 16:24: "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself..." (NASB). It's a longer treatise with some very helpful insight. Here's a paragraph that I marked up this morning. I hope it… Continue reading A Monday Devotional on Self-Denial (Flavel)

Sin Shall Gasp Its Last (Manton)

Some people are deathly afraid of death. They do all they can to avoid death. The goal of their life is to not die. But living to avoid death is no way to live. The author of Hebrews calls this being a slave to the fear of death (Heb. 2:15). Furthermore, such a fear of… Continue reading Sin Shall Gasp Its Last (Manton)

Afflictions as Medicine, Providence as a Whole (Manton)

Many Christians have memorized the great promise of Romans 8:28: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (NIV)."  Although afflictions and trials usually cloud our judgment and cause us to sometimes second guess this promise, it is… Continue reading Afflictions as Medicine, Providence as a Whole (Manton)