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Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Wednesday 27 February 2013 at 06:00 am
26 February
 
But who is it that conquers the world, if not the person who believes that Jesus is God's Son!  
1 John 5:5.
 
That is what is called a victorious faith, the person who believes Jesus is God's Son; that is a supernatural power created in the heart of a Christian by the Holy Spirit; for it is such a sure understanding, which does not flutter back and forth nor gawks at its own thoughts, but rather seizes God in this Christ as His Son, sent from heaven, through Whom God reveals His will and heart and helps a person from sin and death into grace and a new, eternal life. It is also the kind of confidence and trust which does not rely on its own merit and worthiness, but rather in Christ, the Son of God, and upon His power and might which fights against the world and the devil.  Therefore also such a faith is not a cold, lazy, vacant and idle thought, but rather a living, active power/force.  Where it is, there must follow such fruit, victory and conquering, or if it does not follow, then there also is no faith and new birth there.
 
Elmer's personal comments:
Ouch! ouch! My shoulders and arms and fingers make me realize that Christ must have suffered horribly as He hung on that cross as He atoned for our sins! Thank God, He enabled me to do one more translation.
In Christ,
Elmer Hohle

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Friday 22 February 2013 at 06:00 am
22 February
 
In Christ we have redemption through His blood, namely the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:14
 
If I could portray or draw a picture of Peter, I would above all else write on every hair on his head: Forgiveness of sins. For that's how the Evangelists depict him. No part of the Passion is described with more words than the fall of Peter. Everything that Christ experienced is displayed with brief words; Peter, however, they shamefully chop up, so that they seemingly can't craft enough words about his fall; but the Evangelist John says: The fruit and benefit of Christ's suffering shall be this, that you therein have forgiveness of sins.
 

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Thursday 21 February 2013 at 06:00 am

21 February

Christ was given up for our sin and was raised for the sake of our justification. Romans 4:25.

You must with total trust rely upon this and similar passages, even much more so, as your conscience martyrs you.  For where you do not do this, but instead spoil yourself with your own contrition and satisfaction in order to satiate your conscience, you then will never ever come to rest and of course finally come to despair.  For our sins, when we have them in our conscience and let them remain with us and look into our heart, they then are so many and are too strong and live forever.  But when we see that they are laid upon Christ and that He has conquered them through His resurrection, and we cheerfully believe this, we the are not dead and and have not been destroyed; for our sins may not remain on Christ; through His resurrection they have bee conquered, and now see no wounds and pains on Him, i.e.: no sign of sins.

There you have it.

In Christ, Elmer Hohle

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Tuesday 19 February 2013 at 06:00 am

19 February

 
This is My beloved Son, with Whom I am well pleased; listen to Him.  Matthew 17:5.
   
The holy martyrs were strengthened without the appearance of the angels solely through the Word, so that they went to death for the sake of the Name of Christ; why don't we also cling to the same Word an be satisfied with that?  We have clear and beautiful, bright manifestations enough, namely as for example Baptism, the Lord's Supper, the Office of the Keys, the Office of the Ministry, which are like, indeed far exceed all manifestations of all angels, from which Abraham only had a tiny little droplet and crumb. Consequently I disregard the angels . . . For the the divine Promise is now richly fulfilled and revealed in Christ.  He has left me His Word, with which I instruct and strengthen myself, and need not be concerned that He is so inconsistent and fickle, that He now brings forth this teaching, and then soon another one.  We have God's Word, the Lord's Supper, Baptism, the Ten Commandments, the married state, the secular government with its ordinances, and the regiment of the household.  Let us be satisfied with these and practice ourselves in them until the end of the world.

I pray that you find this edifying.
In Christ,
Elmer M. Hohle

Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Monday 18 February 2013 at 06:00 am

18 February

Be sober and watch; for your adversary, the devil, goes  about like a roaring lion and looks for whomever  he can devour.  1 Peter 5:8   

True and earnest warning for pious, God-fearing hearts.

 If I still should live a hundred years and had not only by God's grace put down the prior and present red and stormy winds, but could also still put down all future ones, then I could well see that thereby our descendants would have no rest restored to them, because the devil lives and rules. You, our descendants, also pray and promote with seriousness God's Word!  Hold on to the poor storm lantern of God!  Be armed and ready, as those who have to be ready every hour for when the devil will knock out your pane or window, rip off your door or roof, extinguish your light. That's why you should be sober and be alert!  He never sleeps or parties; nor does he die before Judgment Day. You and I have to die, and when we are dead, he still hangs around - he who has always been around and can not let up on his raging.  Christ, our dear Lord, Who has stomped on his head, come and finally save us from his raging. Amen.

Ouch! my shoulders are killing me - but  take this Satan!  By God's grace you didn't succeed in translating this difficult German devotion!  May you, as fellow believer's in Christ, find this edifying.

In Christ,

Elmer