Facing Trouble

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Daily Reformation, Ephesians 6:10-18a

From the Reformer

Many boast of their title to the church, whereas they know not the true church; the holy prophets much opposed the false church. The prophet Isaiah, in the beginning of his first chapter, describes two sorts of churches. The upright and true church is a very small heap and number, of little or no esteem, and lying under the cross. But the false church is pompous, boasting, and presuming; she flourishes, and is held in high repute, like Sodom, of which St Paul complains, Romans 8:9. The true church consists in God’s election and calling; she is powerful and strong in weakness.

—Martin Luther, Table Talk

Pulling It Together

He has given us what we need to survive the troubles of life. When every weapon we bring to bear fails us or we cannot bring it to bear quickly enough, there is faith. With faith one is equipped to stand up to every circumstance. By faith one is strong in weakness. Faith says, I cannot stand but God stands for me.

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

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