1. Some walk by popular opinions.
2. Some walk by worldly customs.
3. Some walk by providence.
4. Some walk by conscience.
5. Some walk by their own reason.
6. Some walk by other men's examples.
7. Some walk by their own lusts.
But, oh! my dear friends, let me beseech you to walk by none of these false rules but keep close to the Word and Spirit of God.
The Scripture is a rule outside of us to show us where we must go; the Spirit is a guide inside of us to enable us to walk according to the direction of that Word.
The Word of God is a compass, by which we must direct our course; the Spirit is the great pilot, who steers us in this course.
We have no eyes to see the Word until the Spirit enlightens them. We have no ears to hear the Word until the Spirit opens them. We have no hearts to obey the Word until the Spirit bows and inclines them.
By the Word of God we know the mind of the Spirit of God; and by the efficacy of the Spirit we feel the power of the Word.
The Word of God shows us the way; and the Spirit of God leads us in that way which the Word points out.
The Spirit of God is able to expound the Word of God, and to make it plain to our understanding. The Holy Spirit is the Christian's interpreter; He gives the Scriptures, and He alone can reveal unto us the sense and meaning of the Scriptures.