He that feeds only upon Christ and yet with fear and trembling works out his own salvation, is in the right way. The former preventing discouragement, and the latter presumption.
“Strive to enter through the narrow gate.” Luke 13:24
“Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” Philippians 2:12
“Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.” Philippians 3:13
Grant, O Lord, that I may still continue to fight the good fight of faith and never look back on the flesh-pots of Egypt, and choose “rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin for a season.” May thoughts of the painful death which You suffered on the cross have an abiding place in my heart, that thereby unbelief and slavish fear may be destroyed; that my heart may be inflamed to gratitude and love, that my faith may grow day by day, and that I may walk at all times and in all places with holy and filial reverence, as in Your presence. AMEN.
O to be pressing forward and reaching forth to greater attainments! There is much treasured up in Christ for us and promised to us, but not yet received by us.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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