Thursday, April 28, 2016

Guaranteed by God's Perseverance

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
Behold how bless'd the people are
who know the joyful sound;
for in your light and presence, Lord,
their footsteps will be found.
 —Psalm 89:15 (Tune: Capel CM)
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
Now I will restore the fortunes of Jacob, and have mercy on the whole house of Israel; and I will be jealous for my holy Name. They shall forget their shame, and all the treachery they have practiced against me, when they live securely in their land with no one to make them afraid, when I have brought them back from the peoples and gathered them from their enemies’ lands, and through them have displayed my holiness in the sight of many nations.
—Ezekiel 39:25b-27
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
It is not lawful, it is not even possible, to separate God from us, without dividing God.
 —John Calvin, Institutes 3.xxv.3
The believer's perseverance is guaranteed by God's perseverance... Only if the eternal pact between the persons of the Godhead can be broken can one of the elect be lost.
 —Michael Horton, The Christian Faith 20.vi.A
TODAY'S PRAYER
I am loved with everlasting love, clothed in eternal righteousness, my peace flowing like a river, my comforts many and large, my joy and triumph unutterable, my soul lively with the knowledge of salvation, my sense of justification unclouded. I bless thee that thou wilt keep the sinner thou hast loved, and hast engaged that he will not forsake thee, else I would never get to heaven...
 The Valley of Vision
YOUR OWN PRAYERS
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

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

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