Bible Passage:Psalm 119:80,87
Let my heart be sound in Thy statutes, that I be not ashamed. . . . They had almost consumed me upon earth: but I forsook not Thy precepts.
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In matters of religion and what concerns God's Word, we must be sure and certain without wavering. Above all things, let us be sure that the doctrine which we teach is God's Word, for when we are sure of that, then we' may build thereupon and be sure that this cause shall remain; the devil shall not be able to overthrow it, much less the world be able to root it out, rage as they will. I, God be praised, do surely know that the doctrine which I teach is God's Word, and have now hunted from my heart all other doctrines and faiths which I see do not concur with God's Word, have overcome those temptations, the doubtful thoughts which sometimes tormented me, such as: Are you the only man who has God's Word pure and clear, and all others fail therein? That doctrine which the Christian Church so many years has held and established as right, will you presume to reject and overthrow with your new doctrine, as if it were false and erroneous, and thereby produce trouble, alteration, and confusion both in spiritual and temporal government? This argument of the devil I find in all the prophets, where the chief heads and members both in church and commonwealth always have upbraided them, saying: We are God's people, we are placed and by God ordained in an established government: what we conclude and acknowledge for right, the same must and shall be observed and kept. Truly, in this case we must not only be well armed with God's Word and established therein, but we must also have the certainty of conviction that we have the true doctrine, otherwise we shall not be able to subsist in the combat.
And since the cause and glory, Lord,
Are Thine, not ours, do Thou afford
Us help and strength and constancy;
With all our heart we trust in Thee.
aka Pastor Robin Fish
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