All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: – II Timothy 3:16
The Highest Law
The men who framed our Constitution knew they were writing the basic document for a government of free men; they recognized that men could live as free and independent beings only if each one knew and understood the law. They were to know their rights, their privileges, and their limitations. They were to stand as equals before the court of law, and few judges could be unfair; for the judge, too, was bound by the same law and required to try each case accordingly. . . . As the Constitution is the highest law of the land, so the Bible is the highest law of God. For it is in the Bible that God sets forth His spiritual laws. It is in the Bible that God makes His enduring promises. It is in the Bible that God reveals the plan of redemption for the human race.
Almighty God, each day our nation and we, the people, face so many crises. May each one of us seek wisdom through Your Word, the Bible.
The good I want to do, I do not do; the evil that I do not want to do, I do. I grieve, for my temper, my pride, my self-will, the bad thoughts I permit, the unkind, things I say. But you knew all this before you awakened me. Have compassion and save me!
“And I will give you a heart of flesh.“—Ezekiel xxxvi. 26.
The hard heart does not love the Redeemer, but, the renewed heart burns with affection towards him. Many are the privileges of this renewed heart: “‘Tis here the Spirit dwells, ’tis here that Jesus rests.” It is fitted to receive every spiritual blessing, and every blessing comes to it. It is prepared to yield every heavenly fruit to the honor and praise of God, and therefore the Lord delights in it. A tender heart is the best defense against sin, and the best preparation for heaven. A renewed heart stands on its watertower looking for the coming of the Lord Jesus. Have you this heart of flesh?
Next Sunday (November 17,2013) we will be looking at Matthew 8.5-13 and our faith response to Jesus by submitting to His authority. So this is a simple concept to get our minds thinking:
“Faith is taking God at His Word and staking one’s life upon Him that He will do His work in, through, and with you, and also show you how to cooperate with Him.”
Robert Bingham in Christ Is Life
As we have asked earlier in our study of Matthew, “if we trust God with our eternity, why not trust Him with our daily lives?” So we trust Him and keep our eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12.1,2). Accordingly, our getting thinking about faith is…wait for it…you know what’s coming…our getting thinking about faith is to dwell more on Jesus!
Holy Savior! Undertake the care of our failures that might lead us to despair, and the joy of our successes that might induce pride. Make right what is wrong; undo what is done amiss; establish, strengthen and prosper all you can use.
I adore you, Holy Father! There is no limit to your power or to your love. You are greatly to be loved! There is none like you, glorious in holiness, fearful in praise, doing wonders. Accept the homage of my soul and life, through Jesus Christ.
“Make me to hate evil and to cling to that which is good. Take away my heart of stone, and give me a heart of flesh. Deliver me from my idols. Take away my love of sin. Put your Spirit within me, and cause me to walk in your way.”
My Master and Lord! May I know that you go before me as you went before your disciples. The sword pierces your heart before it touches mine, and the waves spend themselves on you before I am wetted by their spray. The heavy part of my cross rests on you.
Daily Prayers: A Classic Collection.