Friday, October 14, 2016

The Form Is Necessary

Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
At home, abroad, in peace, in war,
thy God shall thee defend;
conduct thee through life's pilgrimage
safe to thy journey's end.
 —Psalm 121:9
Suggested tune: Stracathro (CM)

You must understand this, that in the last days distressing times will come. For people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, inhuman, implacable, slanderers, profligates, brutes, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to the outward form of godliness but denying its power. Avoid them!
—2 Timothy 3:1-5
Christian people fall into a certain outward method of procedure, a peculiar outward mode of uttering our faith, which becomes to true godliness what the body is to the soul. The form is useful, the form is necessary, the form ought to be vitalized—just as the body is useful and is necessary and is vitalized by the soul. If you get both the form, as modeled in the Word of God and the power, as bestowed by the Spirit of God, you do well and are living Christians. If you get the power alone, without the ordained form, you somewhat maim yourself. But if you get the form without the power, then, you dwell in spiritual death.
—Charles Spurgeon
Today, O Lord, let me be a Christian not only in my words, but also in my deeds; let me bravely follow in the footsteps of my Master, wherever they may lead; let me be hard an stern with myself; let there be no self-pity or self-indulgence in my life today; let my thinking be keen, my speech frank and open, and my action courageous and decisive...
—John Baillie
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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