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October 28, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Reformation Week: Luther Devotions 1


Devotions by Martin Luther

Monday

The devotions for this week are adapted from John Theodore Mueller’s delightful
Five Minutes Daily with Luther (MacMillan, 1926)

 

Galatians 3:26 For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. (ESV)

 

Luther’s Thought for Today

Paul, as a true and excellent teacher of faith, always says these words, “by faith, in faith, of faith,” which is in Christ Jesus. He does not say, “You are the children of God because you have heard the Law and have done the works thereof,” but” by faith in Jesus Christ.” The Law does not make us children of God, much less the traditions of men. The Law does not produce in us a new nature, a new birth; but it sets before us the old birth by which we were born into the kingdom of the devil, and thus prepares us for a new birth, which is by faith in Christ, and not by the Law. This is done by faith alone. Faith in Christ makes us the children of God. What tongue, either of men or angels, can sufficiently praise and magnify the great mercy of God towards us, that we, though we are miserable sinners and by nature children of wrath, should be called to His grace and glory to be made the children and heirs of God and lords over heaven and earth, and all of this only through our faith in Jesus Christ!

 

Prayer

Lord God, I think you for the gift of faith by which I have received all of the blessings of being Your child. Help me to live in the joy of this truth today. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Faith is a living, daring confidence in God's grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times. — Martin Luther

 

Quote of the Day

The Protestant Reformation had a lot to do with the printing press, where Martin Luther's theses were reproduced about 250,000 times, and so you had widespread dissemination of ideas that hadn't circulated in the mainstream before. — Nate Silver

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October 25, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Eye Surgery 4-Church


God’s Surgical Instruments: The Church

 

Isaiah 30:20-21

[The Church exists so that] we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity…so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,

 

Thought for Today

The third instrument the Holy Spirit uses to help correct our spiritual vision is the church. In the church we help each other grow. We hold each other accountable for spiritual progress. We lift each other up when the circumstances of life overwhelm us. The Holy Spirit works through our relationships with one another to help us see the truth and become more like Christ. As you gather with your brothers and sisters in Christ this weekend, praise God the Holy Spirit for the relationships He has brought into your life that have supported you. Then ask Him who He wants you to come along side and help them grow to maturity.

 

Prayer

Spirit of Truth, thank You for all of the people you have brought into my life through Your church who have blessed my on my journey through life. Help me be open to the people You can use me to bless. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

The church exists primarily for two closely correlated purposes: to worship God and to work for his kingdom in the world ... The church also exists for a third purpose, which serves the other two: to encourage one another, to build one another up in faith, to pray with and for one another, to learn from one another and teach one another, and to set one another examples to follow, challenges to take up, and urgent tasks to perform. This is all part of what is known loosely as fellowship. ― N.T. Wright, Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense

 

Quote of the Day

Out of difficulties grow miracles. — Jean de la Bruyere

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October 24, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Eye Surgery 4-Prayer


God’s Surgical Instruments: Prayer

 

James 1:5

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

 

Thought for Today

The second instrument God uses to correct our spiritual sight is prayer. Through prayer we allow the Holy Spirit access to the lenses of our heart. There He can diagnose the lies we have believed, the unhealthy attitudes we have cultivated, and the behaviors that all falsely inform the way we see the world and the people around us. These things are often hidden to us. We don’t generally analyze the way we see other people. We just assume our opinions are right and normal. However, the Holy Spirit is the revealer of truth. As He begins to correct your spiritual vision you will start to see the truth. He will also remind you of what Jesus said, like, “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” As your sight becomes clear you will begin to realize that the people you don’t like are people Jesus passionately loves. He will show you how to respond to them in a way that reshapes how you see the world and God’s amazing grace within it. Prayer is also intended to go hand in glove with your time in God’s Word. The Holy Spirit uses these two instruments together to speak to you and show you the truth. Pray about the things He shows you in your Bible reading. These are the things He is longing to talk with you about. It is okay, in this process, to feel a bit like you are wrestling with Him. After all, it is difficult to have your world view adjusted. Just keep pushing through. He will hang in there with you until you come to a knowledge of the truth.

 

Prayer

Dear Holy Spirit, help me to open my heart to You, learn to listen to Your voice as You speak to me through God’s Word, and help me clearly see what is true, rather than what I want to be true. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair. ― C.S. Lewis

 

Quote of the Day

The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off. ― Joe Klaas, Twelve Steps to Happiness

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