Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!Psalm 95:6
Quietly prepare your heart for corporate Worship today by meditating on the sermon Scripture text, the New City Catechism and the Valley of Vision Prayer. These can be used to enhance your worship this week as well.
Valley of Vision – The ‘Nevers’ of the Gospel
O LORD, May I never fail to come to the knowledge of the truth, never rest in a system of doctrine, however scriptural, that does not bring or further salvation, or teach me to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, or help me to live soberly, righteously, godly; never rely on my own convictions and resolutions, but be strong in thee and in thy might; never cease to find thy grace sufficient in all my duties, trials, and conflicts;never forget to repair to thee in all my spiritual distresses and outwardtroubles, in all the dissatisfactions experienced in creature comforts; neverfail to retreat to him who is full of grace and truth, the friend that loveth at all times, who is touched with feelings of my infirmities, and can do exceeding abundantly for me; never confine my religion to extraordinaryoccasions, but acknowledge thee in all my ways; never limit my devotions to particular seasons but be in thy fear all the day long; never be godly only on the sabbath or in thy house, but on every day abroad and at home;never make piety a dress but a habit, not only a habit but a nature, not only a nature but a life. Do good to me by all thy dispensations, by all means of grace, by worship, prayers, praises,
And at last let me enter that world where is no temple, but only thy gloryand the Lamb’s.
Greetings in the name of Christ our Lord!
Today James emphasizes another righteous deed to follow true saving faith. This good work he brings to our attention is critical to the faith, it must be present in our lives or our testimony is worthless and the faith we think we have, will not stand under the judgment of God. The critical deed we refer to is our integrity, our honesty. The priority is not our name but God’s name. We dare not soil His reputation. Nothing dishonors God more than a lie! Nothing could illustrate false faith more vividly than professing Christians known to be liars.
Let us not be those who live a double life that mars the name of Jesus Christ, the name above every name. This morning we must ask ourselves the question, do I have the integrity to carry His holy name? This honesty must begin before His all knowing gaze. Have you examined your life to see what He sees? Have you been honest before Him? “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1Jn. 1:9)
May the Lord Cleanse our lips and make us an honest people by His mercy, and the power of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
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