A Little Time With The 1689: Day 164

Day 164

Of Christ the Mediator.

Chapter 8, Paragraph 8.

“… governing their hearts by his word and spirit,…”

Scripture Lookup

Romans 8:9,14

Reflection

Because of redemption, the elect are free from the slave master of sin. Our guilt has been forgiven; the punishment due us is borne by Jesus Himself. We are now free to do whatever we want as independent women and men, right? After all, as culture in the United States claims, freedom is being able to do what you want, when you want it, with no repercussions. Is that what Christ’s redemption has given His elect?

Christian, because of redemption your life is not your own. Yes, you are no longer a slave to sin, but you are governed by Jesus Christ. His reign is not anarchy. He does not leave His sheep to wander, but guides them with the word and with the Spirit. Such guidance is kind, showing us His will, drawing us to Himself even in times of discipline. His governance of our hearts is not something to resent but to cherish, as it is for our good and His glory.

We need not fear that Scripture and the Spirit will be at odds with one another in revealing Christ’s will. The Spirit will not lead you in a way that is contrary to His Word. Pray for the Spirit to dwell in you richly, and also richly read the Word. This way we will grow in the knowledge of Christ, and discern what is pleasing to Him.

Questions to Consider

  • Is there any part of Christ’s governance that you are resisting at the moment?

A Little Time With The 1689: Day 43

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Day 43

Of God and of the Holy Trinity

Chapter 2, Paragraph 2.

“…and he hath most sovereign dominion over all creatures, to do by them, for them, or upon them, whatsoever himself pleaseth;…”

Scripture Lookup

Daniel 4:25, 34, 35.

Reflection

God demonstrates His power and rule over His creation time and time again.

He divided the sea and delivered the Israelites (Exodus 14).

He uses a donkey to speak to Balaam (Numbers 22).

He raised Lazarus from the dead (John 11).

This same God is demonstrating His power and rule here and now.

He works ALL things – not all kinds of things, not a few things, but 100% – for the good of those that love Him, who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:38). How could He do so if He did not have sovereign dominion over His creation?

We may be struggling. Various events in the world, and possibly in our own lives, may confuse us. It may seem to us that God is not working among His creatures. Yet His word tells us otherwise, and His word is sure. Do not let the trials of this world loosen your grip from that truth!

Questions to Consider

  • Can you see God’s sovereign dominion over His creatures at this time?