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March 5, 2020

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
New American Standard Bible for 2020

Text: Deuteronomy 17-20
Audio: Deuteronomy 17-20

Psalm 85 (ESV)

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.

Lord, you were favorable to your land;
    you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
You forgave the iniquity of your people;
    you covered all their sin. Selah
You withdrew all your wrath;
    you turned from your hot anger.

Restore us again, O God of our salvation,
    and put away your indignation toward us!
Will you be angry with us forever?
    Will you prolong your anger to all generations?
Will you not revive us again,
    that your people may rejoice in you?
Show us your steadfast love, O Lord,
    and grant us your salvation.

Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,
    for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints;
    but let them not turn back to folly.
Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him,
    that glory may dwell in our land.

10 Steadfast love and faithfulness meet;
    righteousness and peace kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness springs up from the ground,
    and righteousness looks down from the sky.
12 Yes, the Lord will give what is good,
    and our land will yield its increase.
13 Righteousness will go before him
    and make his footsteps a way.


English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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  1. You forgave the iniquity of your people;
        you covered all their sin (Psalm 85:2).

    Imputed Righteousness

    Way back in Genesis 15:6 we read that Abraham "believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness." In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, expounds the doctrine of justification by faith alone in the first eight chapters of Romans – and mentions Genesis 15:6 in the process.  

    Romans 4:1-5 says, "What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? 'Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.' 4 Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. 5 And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness

    Here Paul not only reiterates that Abraham was justified, he explains how he was made right with God – by faith alone (not by Abraham's good works).

    Ephesians 2:8-10 "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."

    This is important for us to remember. Even the faith we have is a gift of God, not just His grace.  And we are not save BECAUSE of our good works but are saved UNTO good works (that we should walk in them).


    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "Mountains Are Level In God's Strength" by Robert Hawker

    "Precious Jesus, may it be found that I sat down, counted the cost, and formed my whole plan—but in your strength, and to your praise.

    And may it be found that whatever opposition I may meet, like the Tobiahs and Sanballats in the Bible, I may feel the sweetness and encouragement of that blessed Scripture, and say with the prophet:

    'Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain. And he will bring forward the top stone amid shouts of ‘Grace, grace to it!' (Zechariah 4:7). Amen."

    (Excerpt taken from Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans) 

  2. I love Ephesians 2: 8-10, and I was praying about this very thing this morning. 

    I thank God every day for choosing to open my eyes – I am astounded by it every day! And my heart and stomach hurt for those whose eyes will remain closed. I have lived there, in that darkness, and it is unbearable. 

    Please pray for my family members who are not saved. 

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