August 20, 2017
May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 2 Peter 1:2-7
“… the transcendent excellency of this life of communion with God: it is the life of our life, the joy of our hearts; a heaven upon earth,”
“It is the instrument of mortification, and the most excellent and successful instrument for that purpose in all the world.”
“A temptation overcome this way is more effectually subdued than by all the vows, resolutions, and external means in the world.” John Flavel, The Works of John Flavel, Volume 4, pages 250, 253, 254
Lay hold of Him through promises made
Which do not change nor do they fade.
And more secure we cannot be
Than when we first by grace believe.
Oh, venture then in every place
To please Him who has shown His face
Of glory in the Christ, the Lord,
Jesus, who thus wields the sword
Of truth which renders such effect
To slay remaining sin subject
To death and must be laid to rest
As we draw near our Savior’s breast.
Commune with Him as He with you
Will show transforming power to,
And demonstrate to those aroundNo other place can grace be found.