Saturday, December 28, 2019

Strengthened by Grace Devotional: 12/28/19

Prayer for Saturday: ​Let me now go forth, Lord my God, to the work of another day, still surrounded by Your wonderful lovingkindness, still pledged to Your loyal service, still standing in Your strength and not my own.

  • Let me today be a Christian not only in my words but also in my deeds
  • Let me follow bravely in the footsteps of my Master, wherever they may lead
  • Let there be no self-pity or self-indulgence in my life today
  • Let my thinking be clear, my speech direct and open, and my action courageous and decisive.
  • I would pray, Lord, not only for myself but for all the household to which I belong, for all my friends and all my fellow workers, asking You to include them all in Your fatherly regard. 

O Christ my Lord, who for my sake and my brothers and sisters did without all earthly comfort and fullness, forbid it that I should ever again live for myself. Amen.

Scripture Reading for Saturday: Revelation 7-11

Scripture Reflection for Saturday: Today's journey in God's word visits Revelation 7-11.

In Revelation 7, we see that the Christian life is one of many troubles and much opposition. However, when believers arrive in God’s kingdom, it shall all be worth it. Are you a true believer? If so, as you consider the promises of this chapter, which promise do you find particularly sweet? Why? Memorize that promise, and take it with you, meditating on it over the coming day.

In Revelation 8, we see that God answers prayer. By the work of Jesus Christ, our High Priest, the prayers of believers rise to God like pleasing incense. Dear believer, be encouraged to pray and not give up. Realize, however, that the ultimate answer to all our prayers is Christ’s coming (Luke 18:1–8). For He is our life, and in Him all God’s promises are fulfilled to His people. When you pray, hope in Christ.

In Revelation 9, we see that if only people could see the demons behind the so-called pleasures and privileges of this world, they would shrink back and cry out in horror. Behind the beautiful hair of the seductress or the gleaming gold crown of the conqueror is a locust with the teeth of lions and the sting of scorpions. Pray for God to enable you to see the evil of sin, not just in its consequences but also in its hatred against God, so that you might thoroughly repent of sin.

In Revelation 10, we see that though demonic powers rage and ruin mankind (9:1–21), Jesus is Lord. Believers in Christ need not fear the Devil. As Martin Luther said, “The prince of darkness grim, we tremble not for him. His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure.” Christ’s kingdom cannot fail, for His work of accomplishing redemption is already finished. How much then should we desire and delight to be part of His kingdom! Jesus will reign forever.

In Revelation 11, we see that the church can witness to the world with great confidence in God’s power and presence with us. Yet there is a cost to witnessing, sometimes to the point of shedding our blood for Christ. How can you grow in your boldness and courage to speak up for the Lord?

Daily Teaching (Catechism) for Saturday:

(6.5) During this life, this corruption of human nature remains in those who are regenerated.  Even though it is pardoned and put to death through Christ, yet both this corruption of nature and all actions arising from it are truly and actually sin (Romans 7:18,23; Ecclesiastes 7:20; 1 John 1:8; Romans 7:23–25; Galatians 5:17).

May God help you to grow in Christ today,