“Do not trust in these lying words, saying, ‘The temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD are these.'” Jeremiah 7:4
“Thoroughly amend your ways and your doings.” Jeremiah 7:5 [See also John 4:24, Romans 12:1, James 1:27.]
One of the most pernicious, and at the same time successful artifices of Satan is that by which he induces men to substitute extensive knowledge and an assurance of their own making, not witnessed by the Spirit, for true faith. Thus deceived, they trust in some outward form of worship or in the church communion they have with real believers, and those strong and perhaps frequent feelings which they call Christian experience but which, in them, are unattended with a change of heart. As long as this inward change is lacking, we read and pray and attend the sanctuary and receive Divine ordinances to no purpose.
We must be renewed in our minds; and then, and then only, shall we prove, by our words and deeds that we are the living temples of God. Reader, never rest short of union to Christ and the renewal of your nature by the Holy Spirit. It is to be feared that many do, and therefore are light and vain and worldly in their lives. True religion always includes tenderness of conscience, sorrow for sin, faith in Jesus, and a holy life. Have you these? Search and look, for it is for eternity. My soul, make sure work for eternity!
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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