Hope for Today: A Daily Devotion from Reasons for Hope*Jesus
“Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When the LORD brings back the captivity of His people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad.” Psalm 14:7
“If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” John 8:36 (See also 31, 32.)
Not that sin is utterly destroyed, or entirely dead, and cannot stir anymore in the heart of believers; for the Scripture speaks of them as having still to contend against the lusts of the flesh (Galatians 5:17). But it is true that pardoned sin has no power either to condemn or to reign over us; nay, it shall be weakened more and more (Romans 6:12, 14). So that Christ reigns even in the heart where sin, though hated, still finds a place. He reigns in the midst of His enemies, encouraging the believer to fight perseveringly beneath His banners until He becomes more than a conqueror and be presented without fault before the throne of God.
I will, therefore, daily seek grace from God to subdue my iniquities, to sanctify my nature, and to conform me to the Lord Jesus; that being freed from condemnation and consecrated to His service — I may bring forth the fruits of righteousness to His praise and glory. Thus shall I carry out the apostolic exhortation, “Grow in grace.”
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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