Daily Devotional 10-26-20

Posted by on Oct 26, 2020 in Daily Devotional, General

Grace Alone, Faith Alone The great principle of the Protestant Reformation is salvation by grace alone through faith alone. This principle comes through loud and clear in Isaiah 1:27 in the Old Testament of the Bible. “Zion will be redeemed with justice, and her repentant ones with righteousness” (Isaiah 1:27). In the Old Testament Zion is a picture of the New Testament church. Hebrews 12:22-23 teaches us this truth. When someone redeems a slave, they pay a price for...

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Daily Devotional 10-23-20

Posted by on Oct 23, 2020 in Daily Devotional, General

Times of Temptation When is the Christian most liable to sleep? Is it not when his temporal circumstances are prosperous? Have you not found it so? When you had daily troubles to take to the throne of grace, were you not more awake than you are now? Easy roads make sleepy travelers. Another dangerous time is when all goes pleasantly in spiritual matters. A Christian did not fall asleep when lions were in the way or when he was wading through the river or when...

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Daily Devotional 10-22-20

Posted by on Oct 22, 2020 in Daily Devotional, General

Christian Freedom and Our Righteousness No matter what he tried, he couldn’t do it. Whether it was fasting, praying, confessing, self-flagellating – nothing seemed to help. He just couldn’t attain the righteousness of God on his own. Instead of feeling closer to God, it seemed like he kept getting further away. Even worse, it almost felt like God had become his enemy. As a monk in the Augustinian monastery at Erfurt, Martin Luther zealously sought the righteousness...

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Daily Devotional 10-21-20

Posted by on Oct 22, 2020 in Daily Devotional, General

Blessed are the Pure in Heart in a Troubled World In his book, The Big Ego Trip, Glynn Harrison, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, University of Bristol, UK, writes of the way the self-esteem ideology has led to a culture of narcissism and entitlement. Dr. Harrison observes, ‘On almost any measure you care to mention – precision of terminology, evidence of beneficial effect, potential for harm, philosophical integrity – self-esteem ideology promised big, but...

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Daily Devotional 10-20-20

Posted by on Oct 20, 2020 in Daily Devotional, General

Avoiding a Hardened Conscience We are warned not to allow ourselves to become hardened, because if we look at the whole concept of hardening in its biblical perspective, we see that something happens to us through repeated sins. Our consciences become seared. The more we commit a particular sin, the less remorse we feel from it. Our hearts are recalcitrant through repeated disobedience. When God hardens the heart, all He does is step away and stop striving with us. For...

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Daily Devotional 10-19-20

Posted by on Oct 19, 2020 in Daily Devotional, General

Promises, Promises What is the real essence of marriage? First of all, you should not equate marriage with sexual relations. On one side, the Bible condemns all sexual relations outside of marriage as sin. On the other side, God blesses the honeymoon union as holy. Why? The couple is already married. Marriage is not the same as sexual relations. Marriage authorizes sexual relations. What then is marriage? Speaking to a husband, God says of his wife, “She is your companion...

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