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Devotional: August 1st
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world. 1 John 5:4. He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do. John 14:12.
Faith is the way and the door and the key to all the treasures of God. "All things are possible to him that believeth," says the Savior (Mark 9:23). What the Savior did, faith can do; yea, faith can do even greater works, according to what the Lord has promised His believers. It is hard to believe this and yet, who shall dare gainsay the truth? For Jesus does not say that He Himself could not have done greater works, but only that He will let those who believe on Him do greater works. It is He alone who works in the believers and therefore the works are His works. The greatest work is unquestionably to overcome one’s self and the world within one’s self. For there have been world-conquerors who have conquered everything without. The Christian only can conquer self. That power is not to be found outside of the Christian. Still, the Christian faith conquers also in others and for others. When it struggles in prayer, it conquers the most invincible, the most hardened hearts, and makes them subject to Christ. It drives all devils of sin and wickedness out of the hearts of men, when in the power of prayer it raises itself to that Lord who has the keys of death and hell. What can be stronger than death? Who can overcome it? Faith does not fear it. Faith swallows it up, quickens the dead and creates a new, living world out of dry bones (Ezekiel 3:7). If you can do nothing but believe, then you can do all things. " Such faith is a living and moving power of prayer, and is most intimately connected with omnipotence a connection without which faith is impossible. Faith is God in us. Blessed is he who holds Him fast.
Faith in the conscience worketh peace.
And bids the mourner’s weeping cease;
By faith the children’s place we claim.
And give all honor to one Name.
the Week of Proper 13 / Ordinary 18
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