9 Trinity – Monday
Daily Devotional Materials
Week of the
Ninth Sunday after Trinity
– Monday –
I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord. – Romans 8:38-39.
Mark well how confident the Apostle Paul was of possessing the grace and love of God and of obtaining eternal salvation! His was a confidence that excluded all doubt whatsoever. So unshakable was his confidence that many expositors of Scripture think he must have had a special revelation. But just see what he said! Does he speak only of himself? Does he not say “us“? Does he, therefore, not speak of all Christians? Certainly, he does. Every Christian may and must be just as sure of the forgiveness of his sins and of eternal salvation as St. Paul was. Every Christian, I say. I am not speaking of unbelievers. And what must such confidence be founded on? On God’s Word and promise. God says that for Christ’s sake He daily and richly forgives all your sins to you. You know that God says so. Does God lie? That is impossible. Hence you may and must be altogether sure of the forgiveness of your sins. And where there is forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation. Hence you may and must be altogether sure of your salvation. But, do you say, what if I fall from faith? Indeed, if you fall from faith, you are lost. But God has promised and assured you that He will keep you in true faith. “Ye are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation,” says the Holy Ghost. (1 Peter 1:5.) Read once more what the Holy Spirit has inspired Paul to write in the text above. So you must be altogether sure, my dear Christian, that God will preserve your faith. Such confidence, alas! is often clouded within us by the diffidence of our flesh. But always consider again the Word and promise of God. Then this confidence will ever again burst forth like a light; you wilt always regain the assurance of the forgiveness of your sins and of your salvation.
PRAYER. – My God! It is certain that for Christ’s sake Thou dost forgive my sins and Thou dost save me. For Thou sayest it and Thou promisest it. Therefore, give to me, I implore Thee, Thy Holy Spirit, that I may have full assurance of the same. Help me to have regard to nothing else than solely to Thy sure Word and promise. And comfort me and fill my soul with joy over this blessed assurance, so that I may gladly walk in newness of life. Amen.
16 Then came there two women, that were harlots, unto the king, and stood before him.17 And the one woman said, O my lord, I and this woman dwell in one house; and I was delivered of a child with her in the house.18 And it came to pass the third day after that I was delivered, that this woman was delivered also: and we were together; there was no stranger with us in the house, save we two in the house.19 And this woman’s child died in the night; because she overlaid it.20 And she arose at midnight, and took my son from beside me, while thine handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom.21 And when I rose in the morning to give my child suck, behold, it was dead: but when I had considered it in the morning, behold, it was not my son, which I did bear.22 And the other woman said, Nay; but the living is my son, and the dead is thy son. And this said, No; but the dead is thy son, and the living is my son. Thus they spake before the king.23 Then said the king, The one saith, This is my son that liveth, and thy son is the dead: and the other saith, Nay; but thy son is the dead, and my son is the living.24 And the king said, Bring me a sword. And they brought a sword before the king.25 And the king said, Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other.26 Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it. But the other said, Let it be neither mine nor thine, but divide it. 27 Then the king answered and said, Give her the living child, and in no wise slay it: she is the mother thereof.28 And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment.
- Source materials used for these Daily Devotions
- Read the KJV Bible Online
- Read the book of Psalms