The Prize of Faith

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Daily Reformation, Romans 8:31-39

From the Reformer

Oh! how great and glorious a thing it is to have before one the Word of God! With that we may at all times feel joyous and secure; we need never be in want of consolation, for we see before us, in all its brightness, the pure and right way. He who loses sight of the Word of God, falls into despair; the voice of heaven no longer sustains him; he follows only the disorderly tendency of his heart, and of world vanity, which lead him on to his destruction.

—Martin Luther, Table Talk, “Of God’s Word”

Pulling It Together

“How can you be so sure?” he asked her. He wanted to know how she was so certain that God loved her, forgave her for her sins, and that the promise of her eternal life was sure.

Her simple answer was, “Because I do not focus on me.” To be exact, she did consider her life—her actions and her thoughts—but she did not dwell there and she did not use it as a barometer of God’s promise. Instead of concentrating on her own defects, she kept the promise in sight. She focused on what the Word told her instead of what the devil planted in her heart. She would not allow that bad seed to grow because the Word promised her that nothing could separate her from that great love of Jesus. This thought sustained her; it kept her moving ever on toward the prize.

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers

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