431global posted7 months, 3 weeks agoToday’s Devotional Prayer
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.” – Titus 2:11-15
Our Heavenly FATHR,
We thank YOU for the age of grace. And this is the design of the gospel. Now grace is obliging and constraining to goodness: Let not sin reign but yield yourselves unto YOU for we are not under the law, but under grace. It is our love of Christ that constrains us not to live to self, but to HIM and without this effect, grace is received in vain. This gospel grace brings salvation- salvation from sin and wrath, from death and hell. Hence it is called the word of life; it brings to faith, and so to life, the life of holiness now and of happiness later. The law was the ministration of death, but the gospel is the ministration of life and peace. Before grace, life was comparatively dark and shadowy; but now there is a clear and shining light; and, as it is now brighter, so more diffused and extensive also. The gospel is not for speculation only or chiefly, but for practice and right ordering of life; for it teaches us to abandon sin: Denying ungodliness and worldly lusts; to renounce and have no more to do with these, as we have had: We are taught to put off, concerning the former conversation, the old man which is corrupt; that is, the whole body of sins by putting away ungodliness and irreligion, all unbelief, neglect or disesteem of YOU not loving. FATHER, help us deny ungodliness- to hate and put it awa; and worldly lusts, all corrupt and vicious desires and affections that prevail in worldly men, and carry out to worldly things the lust of the flesh also, and of the eye, and the pride of life, all sensuality and filthiness, covetous desires and ambition. An earthly sensual conversation suits not a heavenly calling. If we do, we know that we will be called a special people, as it was so described here. Those that are CHRIST’S have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. We have done this by covenant-engagement and promise and have initially and prevailingly done it in act; we are going on in the work, cleansing themselves more and more from all filthiness of flesh and spirit. Thus, the gospel first unteaches that which is evil, to abandon sin; and then. Rebuke with all authority, as coming in the name of JESUS, and armed with his threatening and discipline, whoever makes light of which will do it at their peril. FATHER empower all minsters to reprove and bring YOUR church back into holiness. Forgive YOUR fallen church JESUS!
In JESUS name AMEN