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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Bible Passage:1 Peter 2:11

Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts, which wage war against the soul.

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This is the sense of the Apostle when he says, Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers.  Since, then, you are one with Christ, form one household, and His goods are yours, your injury is His injury, and He takes as His own all that you possess; therefore you are to follow after Him, and conduct yourselves as those who are now no longer citizens of the world.  For your possessions do not rest on the earth, but in heaven; and although you have already lost all temporal goods, you still have Christ, who is worth more than all else combined.  The devil is the prince of this world and rules it; his citizens are the people of this world; therefore, since you are not of the world, act as a stranger at an inn, who does not have his possessions with him, but procures food, and gives his gold for it.  For here it is only a sojourning, where we cannot tarry, but must travel farther.  Therefore we should use worldly blessings no more than is needful for health and appetite, and then leave and go to another land.  Abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.  What does St. Peter mean by these words?  This is what he would say: You are not to imagine that you can succeed by exercise and sleep.  Sin is indeed taken away by faith, but you still have the flesh, which is impulsive and inconsiderate; therefore take good care that you overcome it.  A Christian life is nothing else but a conflict and encampment.  We must therefore always make resistance, and call upon God for help, and despair of all human powers.

O guide and lead me Lord,
While here below I wander;
Grant that I follow Thee,
My Guide and My Commander.
For if I lead myself,
I soon am led astray,
But if Thou leadest me,
I do my duty aye.

aka Pastor Robin Fish
Lutheran to the core -- and just a little beyond.

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