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Five Minutes a Day with Luther
Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Bible Passage:John 17:7

"Now they have come to know that everything Thou hast given Me is from Thee;"

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All these things are intended only to lift up our fearful and heavy conscience, and to lighten and gladden our heart, that we might not fear to draw near unto God.  Having the Word (He says), and keeping it, they know that all things whatsoever I have to do, perform, and give, are from Thee; that is, they receive them as given and freely bestowed by Thee, and do not doubt that they have been chosen by Thee, and drawn unto Me.  For all who are united unto Me by faith, and hear Me, know with certainty that Thou art their Father and their merciful and propitious God.  For they could neither hear Me nor keep My Word, unless Thou Thyself hadst given it to them and hadst chosen them for it.  And this is the fruit of the Word where it is received and kept; for through the benefits of it, we attain unto the knowledge of all the graces and heavenly blessings which are given unto us of the Father by Christ; on which we may rest with a happy and assured mind.  And that is what no human reason or wisdom, no, nor even the doctrine of the law can effect.  And this is that true and blessed light and glory by which we behold God with open face without any veil and covering, as Paul says (2 Cor 3).

Who shall the Lord's elect condemn?
'Tis God who justifies their souls;
And mercy, like a mighty stream,
O'er all their sins divinely rolls.

He lives! He lives! and sits above,
Forever interceding there:
Who shall divide us from His love,
Or what should tempt us to despair?

aka Pastor Robin Fish
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

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