• October 22, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Jeremiah 39:1-47:7 2nd Timothy 1:1-3:17 Proverbs 26:1-8

    “The Habit of Prayer”

    “In the day of trouble I will seek the Lord.”
    [Psalm 77:2]

    Getting ourselves to the point of praying sometimes causes us distress and anguish, and this requires the greatest skill. With our own concerns and thoughts we torture ourselves and stew over trying to pull this off our neck and to get rid of it. There is an evil and clever devil riding me and other people, frequently playing tricks on me in my temptation and anxieties, whether it has do with spiritual, or with secular affairs.
    The devil butts in and makes you start stewing over your troubles. In this way he snatches you from your prayers, and makes you dizzy so that you stop praying altogether. By the time you begin praying, you have tortured yourself half to death. He is well aware of what prayer achieves and can do for you. This is why Satan creates so many obstacles and disturbances, to keep you from getting around to it at all.
    And so, we ought to learn to take these words to heart. We should develop the habit, whenever we see anguish or need in others [and in ourselves], to fall on our knees and spread the needs before God, knowing His promises and love. Then, we would find help, and would not have to torture ourselves with our own ideas about looking for help. This is a very precious medicine, one that certainly helps and never fails, if only we will use it regularly!

  • October 21, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Jeremiah 37:1-38:28 1st Timothy 6:1-21 Proverbs 25:28

    “The Peace that Comes from God”

    “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
    [Philippians 4:4-7]

    This peace of God is not to be understood as that peace in which God is quiet and content with Himself, but rather as that peace which He puts into our hearts so that we are content … reason knows on no peace except that which comes when evil ceases … but those who rejoice in God are satisfied that they have peace with God. They remain bold in affliction. Rather, they stand firm and await inner strength through faith. They do not ask whether the evil will be and remain short or long, temporal or eternal – they also do not think or care how it will end – but they let God be in charge. This is the peace of the cross, the peace of God, the peace of conscience, Christian peace, which makes a person outwardly calm, satisfied with everyone, and upset about no one. It is the work of God, with which no one is familiar, except the person who has experienced it.

  • October 20, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Jeremiah 35:1-36:22 1st Timothy 5:1-25 Proverbs 25:25-27

    “Christ for Us”

    “But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sons.”

    [Hebrews 12:3]

    Look and see what superabundant riches the Christian faith has for us! All these works and the suffering of Christ Jesus are given to the Christian to become His own, so that he may rely on them as if he had done them himself and they were his own. As has been said; “Christ did them not for Himself, but for us.” He had no need of them, but amassed the treasure for us, so that we can cling to it, believe it, and possess it. Moreover, such faith brings with it the Holy Spirit. What more should God do? How could a heart refrain from being free, joyous, eager, and willing in God and Christ?

  • October 19, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Jeremiah 33:1-34:22 1st Timothy 4:1-16 Proverbs 25:23-24

    “Christ’s Kind Heart”

    “Consider Him who endured from sinners such hostility against Himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.” [Hebrews 12:3]

    Press on through to look at Christ’s kind heart, how it is full of love toward you, love which compels Him to the difficult task of carrying your conscience and your sin. In that way your heart delights in Him, and the confidence of your faith is strengthened … when your heart has thus been established in Christ, and you have become an enemy of sin out of love and not of fear of pain, then the suffering of Christ should further be an example for your whole life, and you should reflect on that suffering in a different way. Christ’s suffering must be dealt with not in words and pretense, but in our lives and in truth. Thus, St. Paul admonishes us: “Consider Him who endured from sinners such hostility against Himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.” [Heb. 12:3] St. Peter also writes: “As Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking” [1st Peter 4:1].

  • October 18, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Jeremiah 31:27-32:44 1st Timothy 3:1-16 Proverbs 25:20-22

    “Followers of Christ Can Bear Everything”

    “My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”
    [Matthew 11:30]

    Whatever there is of a cross or suffering to borne in our life, is able to be sustained. The yoke that Christ lays upon us is sweet, and His burden is light [Matthew 11:30]. When sin has been forgiven, and the conscience has been liberated from the burden and the sting of that sin, the Christian can bear everything easily. We can do this because everything within us is sweet and pleasant, and our soul will then willingly suffer all things for Christ. But when we go along in our own righteousness, then whatever we do and suffer becomes painful and tedious for us, because at that point we begin to suffer for Christ, we feel, in an unwilling manner. This becomes something for a Christian to think of, as they sit at a fire in the evening with their family, remembering the day past, and the day to come.

  • October 15, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Jeremiah 26:1-31:26 2nd Thessalonians 3:1-18 / 1st Timothy 1:1-2:15 Proverbs 25:16-19

    “Rely on Christ Alone”

    “But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you…”
    [1st Peter 3:14-15]

    The world is defiant and courageous when it’s moneybags and bins are full. Then there is such pride and defiance that the devil could no get along with a rich peasant … one who has a little power, honor, knowledge, favor, money, or goods, refuses to yield to another person. But if we look at this right, we find nothing but a foolish childish reliance, without any stability. Christians have nothing to rely upon but Christ, their Lord and God. They willingly surrender all things for His sake and say: “before I deny or forsake Christ, I will bid farewell to my neck, honor and goods, house and home, family and everything.” This courage cannot be a sham or a delusion; it must be genuine and real. A Christian is sure of their position, and will then fear neither the devil nor the world; neither is he intimidated by any threat or terror.

  • October 14, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Jeremiah 23:21-25:38 2nd Thessalonians 2:1-17 Proverbs 25:15

    “God Hears and Answers”

    “I called out to the Lord, out of my distress, and he answered me;
    out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice.”
    [Jonah 2:2]

    We must feel that our crying to God is of a nature that God will answer, that we may glory with Jonah in the knowledge that God answers us when we cry to Him in our necessity. That means nothing else but to cry out God with the heart’s true voice of faith. The heart finds solace when it hastens to God, with the gift of the Holy Spirit, and seeks mercy amid wrath, lets God punish and at the same time comfort the sinner. Our heart has sharp eyes when it searches for the love of Christ, and yet, only a heart touched by God can see through His wrath. The crying of faith must feel in it’s heart that it is making contact with God.

  • October 13, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Jeremiah 22:1-23:20 2nd Thessalonians 1:1-12 Proverbs 25:11-14

    “Bearing Witness to God”

    “Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches;
    feed me with the food that is needful for me”
    [Proverbs 30:8]

    Christ bears witness everywhere that He does the will of the Father, and He teaches others to do the same thing, as He says in John 4:34 – “my food [sustenance] is to do the will of my Father.” To cling to God is to be freed from the world and all creatures. To bear the image of Christ is to live according to the love and the image of Christ. But since these divine blessings are invisible, nature cannot attain or love them unless it is lifted up through the grace of God. David learned this and bears witness to it when he said in Psalm 31:20: “in the cover of your presence you hide them from the plots of men; you store them in your shelter…”.

  • October 12, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Jeremiah 19:1-21:14 1st Thessalonians 5:4-28 Proverbs 25:9-10

    “You Can Trust God”

    “ Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
    [Matthew 6:26]

    Christ says: “every day you see before your very eyes how the heavenly Father feeds the little birds in the fields, without any concern on their part.” Should we not trust Him to feed us as well, since He is our Father and He calls us His children? Shall He not be concerned about you, whom He has made His children and to whom He gives His Word? The Lord feeds His little creatures everyday, as if they were His only concern. He enjoys it when they fly around without a care in the world, as if they were singing; “I song and frolic, and yet I do not know of a single grain I will eat. My bread is not baked, and my grain is not yet planted. But I have a Master who takes care of it for me.” Now, since the birds have learned this art of trusting Him, and of casting their cares upon God, we who are children of God should do so even more.

  • October 11, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Jeremiah 16:16-18:23 1st Thessalonians 4:1-5:3 Proverbs 25:6-8

    “God’s Goodness”

    “He makes peace in your borders; he fills you with the finest of the wheat.”
    [Psalm 147:14]

    When we see the whole field or just one grain, we should recognize not only God’s goodness, but also His power and say to ourselves: “O lovely grain! God gives you to us in abundance out of His great goodness. And with what great power He protects you. What dangers have you not survived from the hour when you were sown until you are put on the table. With what mighty power has He not torn you from the devil’s hands, which clutch and snatch to destroy you and starve us.” A devout and believing heart understands how useless our plowing and sowing will be without God’s grace and gifts. We are to work with all diligence, as if it depends only on us, yet, knowing it is God that brings the fruit. He will defend it from all the devils.

  • October 08, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Jeremiah 10:1-16:15 Colossians 3:18-4:18/1st Thessalonians 1:1-3:13

    Proverbs 24:28-25:5“What to Pray For”

    “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”
    [James 5:16]

    We usually press for small and trivial things and do not consider with what a Great Majesty we are speaking when we pray. For if God wanted to give only small and trivial things, He would not have prescribed such a great and magnificent form of prayer as the “Our Father”. He puts before us and offers us immense riches, and the best gifts in heaven and on earth. These he wants us to ask for and to expect; for in every petition, heaven and earth and everything that is in them are comprised. The problem is that our courage is so small, and our faith is so weak. And so know this, God is not content to give in small portion. He gives more than we understand or even have the courage to ask. Ephesians. 3:20 “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.”

  • October 7, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Jeremiah 8:8-9:26 Colossians 3:1-17 Proverbs 24:27

    “There is No Secret Salvation”

    “I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house.”
    [Acts 20:20]

    Christ says, and bears witness in clear words, that everything necessary for salvation has been made known to us. For this is how He addresses those who are His in John 15:27: “the Spirit will bear witness to Me.” Paul said this in Acts 20:20, 27: “You know I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house, … for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.” With this very statement Paul teaches at the same time that all Scripture has been fulfilled.

  • October 06, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Jeremiah 6:16-8:7 Colossians 2:8-23 Proverbs 24:26

    “God is Unchangeable”

    “Then Jesus said to him, ‘be gone, Satan!’ ”
    [Matthew 4:10]

    Christ manifested Himself in the flesh to snatch us from death, from the power of the devil. From this knowledge must come great joy and delight that God is unchangeable, that He works in accordance with unchangeable necessity, and that He cannot deny Himself [2nd Timothy 2:13] but keeps His promises. The Son of God came into this world to destroy the devil’s word and to destroy all our doubt. Then, the trials will cease, and our heart will return to peace, quiet, and the love of God.

  • October 05, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Jeremiah 4:19-6:15 Colossians 1:18-2:7 Proverbs 24:23-25

    “The Time for Rescue”

    “In Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.”
    [Galatians 3:26]

    No human being can endure the devil’s attacks without God’s special help and strength. For the devil takes for himself a piece of truth, which one cannot deny, and with it increases the cutting edge of his lies so that a person cannot defend himself. At this point, then, the time is ripe for rescue and help from heaven above. We are sinners, and Christ will, and always will, come to the rescue.

  • October 04, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Isaiah Jeremiah 2:31-4:18 Colossians 1:1-17 Proverbs 24:21-22

    “Trust in God”

    “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.”
    [Psalm 37:5]

    Therefore, it is best to trust in God, even though we cannot be without tears, sorrow and pain. What can we do against this? Our flesh is such that it is impossible for it to not sob, weep, grieve, and complain. Indeed, even cattle express their pain by their bellowing when they are slaughtered; and lifeless things, like timber, are not cut down and broken up down without a crash. But let us not doubt that it has already been determined by God that He wants to turn these pains, troubles, and brief crosses … into everlasting and supreme joy. With this confidence and hope, He shall very easily lighten our troubles and cares.