Thanksgiving Thursday

BE PARTICULAR IN YOUR THANKS TO GOD

“Thank God for granting you recovery from danger…

For signal recoveries from danger by sickness or otherwise.

When perhaps there has been but a step between us and death, and when we have felt that we have received the sentence of death, and have been ready to say, ‘In the middle of our days we must depart; we are consigned to the gates of Sheol for the rest of our years’; yet in love you have delivered our lives from the pit of destruction and cast all our sins behind your back.

When the snares of death have encompassed us and the pangs of Sheol have laid hold on us, we have called on the name of the LORD and have found that gracious is the LORD, and righteous, yes, our God is merciful; we have been brought low, and he has saved us, and has delivered our souls from death, our eyes from tears, and our feet from stumbling. We will therefore walk before the LORD in the land of the living.” (Matthew Henry)

 

Preservation

 

For more on this subject, visit Method for Prayer.

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The Experience of God’s Free Grace

THE EXPERIENCE OF GOD’S FREE GRACE

“An appreciation of the sovereignty of God in salvation results in humility. From evangelical humiliation come two essential attributes, namely, the fear of God and a humble, contrite mind. The fear of the Lord receives little if any attention in evangelical circles today. We still have the phrase ‘a God-fearing man’, although it is not used as much as it used to be. The fear of God lies at the very heart of true Christianity. Both Old and New Testaments speak much of this fear. Indeed, there are hundreds of direct or indirect references to this matter in Scripture… Free grace causes us to leave every reliance upon ourselves or dependence on what we have done and to look to the Lord alone to save us… Appreciation of free grace is the source of intense joy, a joy which inspires profound worship… The fruit of the experience of free grace is love, worship, gratitude, humility, joy, dedication, zeal, meekness, gentleness and compassion towards others. Those who deeply appreciate that they have received so much so freely are the most thankful to God and the most ready to seek the good of others.” (Errol Hulse)

For more on the subject, visit Reformation Today.

 

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Family Friday

MARRIAGE TO THE GLORY OF GOD

“None of our family relations will be right unless we fear God. This is the soul of godliness—fearing Him. When your marriage is governed by this fear of God it means that you will revere the eternity of God, and His illimitable knowledge, His authority over everything in heaven and hell, His providence over every hair on our heads, His power over the waves and winds, His purity, trustworthiness, justice that renders all moral accounts on the cross or in hell, His atoning mercy, His wrath that one day we will give an account to Him, His grace that forgives the penitent and so on. That is fearing God, and blessing comes to the church by marriages like this.” (Derek Thomas)

For more on this subject, visit the Pastoral Theology page.

 

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