Jan 5, 2017

Payment of a Sufficient Price

CALL TO PRAYER
Meditate on this passage from the psalms until your mind is focused on God.

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
—Psalm 119:103


FOOD FOR THOUGHT

To recover us, there was a price to be paid by way of ransom to God. We are not delivered from this bondage by prayer or entreaty, nor by strong hand or mere force, nor yet by the sole condescension and pity of the injured party, without seeking reparation of the wrong done, but by the payment of a sufficient price, and just satisfaction to provoked justice. This price was not paid indeed to Satan, who detaineth souls in slavery as a rigid usurping tyrant or merciless jailer (from him indeed we are delivered by force), but the price was paid to God. Man had not sinned against Satan, but against God, to whom it belongeth to condemn or absolve. And God being satisfied, Satan hath no power over us, but is put out of office, as the executioner hath nothing to do when the judge and law is satisfied
—Thomas Manton


TODAY'S SCRIPTURE
If possible, memorize this verse, so that you can think about it throughout the day.

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us.
—Ephesians 1:7-8a


PRAYER

God of peace,by the blood of the eternal covenant you brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep: Make me fully alive in Christ, and work in me that which is pleasing and good...
—NZ: Anglican (alt.)
Let this pray guide you in praying on your own, then close your devotions with...


THE LORD'S PRAYER

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
—Matthew 6:9-13

Jan 4, 2017

Fixed upon Us

CALL TO PRAYER
Meditate on this passage from the psalms until your mind is focused on God.

I have seen a limit to all perfection, but your commandment is exceedingly broad.
—Psalm119:96


FOOD FOR THOUGHT

In the freest manner, and on no mercenary grounds, does God bestow upon us his love and favor, just as, when we were not yet born, and when he was prompted by nothing but his own will, he fixed upon us his choice. The material cause both of eternal election, and of the love which is now revealed, is Christ, the Beloved. This Name is given to remind us that by him the love of God is communicated to us. Thus he is the well-beloved, in order that we may be reconciled by him.
—John Calvin


TODAY'S SCRIPTURE
If possible, memorize this verse, so that you can think about it throughout the day.

He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will
—Ephesians 1:5


PRAYER

Father, imprint upon my heart that because I belong to you, no one can pluck me from your hand, and because I fear you I need fear no other...
—NZ: Anglican (alt.)
Let this pray guide you in praying on your own, then close your devotions with...


THE LORD'S PRAYER

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
—Matthew 6:9-13

Jan 3, 2017

Mercy Seeks the Guilty

CALL TO PRAYER
Meditate on this passage from the psalms until your mind is focused on God.
My soul languishes for your salvation; I hope in your word.
—Psalm 119:82


FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Mercy seeks the guilty... The physician has not come to heal the healthy, but to heal the sick. The great philanthropist has not come to bless the rich and the great, but the captive and the prisoner. He puts down the mighty from their seats, for he is a stern leveler, but he has come to lift the beggar from the dunghill, and to set him among princes, even the princes of his people.
—Charles Spurgeon


THE SCRIPTURE
If possible, memorize this verse, so that you can think about it throughout the day.

So the poor have hope, and injustice shuts its mouth.
—Job 5:16


TODAY'S PRAYER

You have said, O Lord Jesus, that anyone who believes in you has everlasting life. I do now believe. With my whole heart I look to you as Savior, Friend, and King; and in this glad hour I receive from your hand not only life, but life more abundantly...
—F.B. Meyer
Pray now according to your needs: Praise, confession, thanksgiving, prayer, intercession for others, etc. Then close your devotions with...


THE LORD'S PRAYER

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
—Matthew 6:9-13

Jan 2, 2017

Like Snow

CALL TO PRAYER
Meditate on this passage from the psalms until your mind is focused on God.

Let your steadfast love become my comfort according to your promise to your servant.
—Psalm 119:76


FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The stern requirements of the prophets, if taken alone, kindle despair. ‘Wash yourself, make yourself clean’—easy to say, plainly necessary, and as plainly hopelessly above my reach. If that is all that the prophets have to say to me, they may as well say nothing. For what is the use of saying ‘Arise and walk’ to someone who has been lame since birth? How can a foul body be washed clean by filthy hands? Ancient or modern preachers of a self-wrought-out morality exhort to impossibilities, and unless they follow their preaching of an unattainable ideal as Isaiah followed his, they are doomed to waste their words. He cried, ‘Make yourself clean,’ but he immediately went on to point to One who could make clean, could turn scarlet into snowy white, crimson into the lustrous purity of the unstained fleeces of sheep in green pastures. The assurance of God’s forgiveness which deals with guilt, and of God’s cleansing which deals with inclination and habit, must be the foundation of our cleansing ourselves from filthiness of flesh and spirit. The call to repentance needs the promise of pardon and divine help to purifying in order to become a gospel. And the call to ‘repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ,’ is what we all, who are ‘laden with iniquity,’ and have forsaken the Lord, need, if ever we are to cease to do evil and learn to do well.
—Alexander Maclaren (alt.)


THE SCRIPTURE
If possible, memorize this verse, so that you can think about it throughout the day.

Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be like snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.
—Isaiah 1:18


TODAY'S PRAYER

Wash me, O Lamb of God,
wash me from sin;
by thine atoning blood,
oh, make me clean.
Purge me from ev’ry stain,
let me thine Image gain—
in love and mercy reign
o’er all within...
—H.B. Beegle

Pray now according to your needs: Praise, confession, thanksgiving, prayer, intercession for others, etc. Then close your devotions with...


THE LORD'S PRAYER

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
—Matthew 6:9-13