Thursday, March 17, 2016

As the Sun Is among the Planets

 Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
O thank the Lord, for he is good;
his gracious love endures.
O let all Israël now say,
"His gracious love endures!"
 —Psalm 118:1-2
And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith. Who is it that conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
—1 John 5:4b-5
Of all graces faith is the chief, and is chiefly to be labored for, it takes precedence over all others. It is among graces, as the sun is among the planets. Though every grace has done virtuously, yet you, O faith, excel them all. The apostle indeed gives the precedence to love, and sets faith on the lower hand. 'Now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.' Yet, you may observe, that this preference for it above faith has a particular respect to the saints' blissful state in heaven, where love remains, and faith ceases. In that regard love indeed is the greater, because it is the end of our faith. We apprehend by faith what we may enjoy by love. But, if we consider the Christian's present state, while militant on earth, in this respect love must give place to faith. It is true, love is the grace that shall triumph in heaven. But it is faith, not love, which is the conquering grace on earth.
 —William Gurnall (alt.)
God, the strength of all who believe in you, increase my faith and trust in your Son Jesus Christ, that in him I may live victoriously...
 —A New Zealand Prayer Book (alt.)
 Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

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

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