Thursday, August 11, 2016

A Firm Purpose

Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
O thou who the Shepherd of Israel art,
give ear to our prayer, and thy favor impart;
thou leader of Joseph, thou guide of his way,
'mid cherubim dwelling, thy glory display.
 —Psalm 80:1
Suggested tune: To God Be the Glory (

Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.
—Hebrews 12:1-2
Two ways may we be said to sin against purpose:
  1. Either when we are overborne contrary to our purpose, our purpose still remains to please God; as when the water breaks over the bank, the bank remaining; in such a case the fault is not in the bank, but in the violence of the flood; 
  2. Or, secondly, when we break off our purpose, or consent to do evil; as when we cut through the bank so that the water may easily make through. 
There is a great deal of difference between sin dwelling in us, and sin entertained by us, between sin remaining and sin reserved. When you have a firm purpose against all sin, there is sin remaining, but it is not reserved, it is not kept and allowed.
 —Thomas Manton, from a sermon on today's scripture
I confess to you, O God, that sin clings to me; yes, it dwells in me. Give me the strength, however, neither to entertain it, nor to cherish it...
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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