Thursday, September 08, 2016

A Lodging Place for the Truth

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
God, in our depth of woes,
on us with favor thought,
and from our cruel foes
to peace and safety brought.
For God will prove our constant friend;
his boundless love shall never end.
 —Psalm 136:25-26
Suggested tune: Darwall's 148 (66.66.88)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
If I am delayed, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of the truth. Without any doubt, the mystery of our religion is great: He was revealed in flesh, vindicated in spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among Gentiles, believed in throughout the world, taken up in glory.
—1 Timothy 3:15-16
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
The Apostle tells us in the preceding verse that the Lord has a double design in maintaining his church in the world. The first is that it may be the place of his abode, for the church of the living God is the house of God, the home wherein he reveals himself unto His own children, the resting place of his love which he has of old appointed. The Lord still inhabits the praises of Israel and still he fulfills his promise to his chosen, I will dwell in them and walk in them.

God's next purpose in sustaining a church in the world is that it may preserve and uphold his truth among humanity, for the church of the living God is the pillar and bulwark of the truth. The gospel must be believed, practiced and proclaimed by people of God or it will not have power. God does not trust the conservation of his truth to books, or to the most accurately written creeds, or to some one person supposed to be infallible. He puts the incorruptible seed into the hearts of his chosen and in such good soil its vitality and its growth secure its preservation. Even the inspired word, as a letter, has small power till it gains a lodging place for the truth in a warm heart—and then it grows and yields fruit till its boughs spread far and wide and its seeds are wafted on the wings of every wind to spring up on the hills and among the valleys where none had looked for them.
—Charles Spurgeon
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
God, make me single and sincere; take away all that is not true, all that hinders thy work in me; for only so shall I serve thee...
—St Francis Prayer Book
 
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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