• 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.

  • October 01, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Isaiah 62:6-66:24 / Jeremiah 1:1-2:30 Philippians 2:19-4:23 Proverbs 24:13-20

    “When Salvation Begins”

    “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”
    [Romans 10:17]

    Our salvation begins, not with any work of ours, but with the hearing of the Word of life. Hence also the Law precedes, to humble, to reveal sin, and to teach that we can do nothing by our own strength. Through the hearing of the Word the Holy Spirit is given; by faith He purifies the heart. Romans 10:17 says – “faith comes from what is heard.” Now there is no more fear or slavish flight from the face of the wrath of God; there is childlike access to God through grace, in which we stand and boast. [Romans 5:2-3]

  • September 30, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Isaiah 60:1-62:5 Philippians 1:27-2:18 Proverbs 24:11-12

    “Who is an Apostle”

    “Behold, I am against the prophets, declares the Lord, who use their tongues and declare, ‘declares the Lord.’ Behold, I am against those who prophesy lying dreams, declares the Lord, and who tell them and lead my people astray by their lies and their recklessness, when I did not send them or charge them. So they do not profit this people at all, declares the Lord.”
    [Jeremiah 23:31-32]

    For who can preach unless he is an apostle? But who is an apostle except one who brings the Word of God? And who can bring the Word of God except one who has listened to God? But the man who brings his own teachings or those that rest on human laws and decrees, or those of the philosopher – can he be called an apostle? Indeed, he is one who comes as a thief, a robber, and a destroyer of souls. To put it clearly, this means that as often as the Word of God is preached, it renders the conscience sad, cramped, and full of fear in itself, because it is a word of the Law, of wrath and sin; it shows what a person has failed to do and how deeply he is in debt. This is why we must follow it with the Gospel.

  • September 29, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Isaiah 57:15-59:21 Philippians 1:1-26 Proverbs 24:9-10

    Waiting for God”

    “For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end – it will not lie.
    If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.”
    [Habakkuk 2:3]

    God’s nature is always like Himself and will never change on our account. It is His nature to be long-suffering, to discipline His own in a wonderful manner, and gradually to lead them all the way until death comes, but, on the other hand, when the crisis of life has been reached, to be present at once and to assist them in their trials. Therefore, God must be awaited, as the examples and exhortations in the psalms and the prophets remind us. Besides, He is the kind of God who not only makes everything out of nothing, but makes nothing out of everything, just as He first reduced Joseph to nothing. And when it seemed that Joseph was ruined and lost, He makes everything out of him.

  • September 28, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Isaiah 54:1-57:14 Ephesians 6:1-24 Proverbs 24:8

    “Have Faith Like Children”

    “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
    [Matthew 18:3]

    How often does Christ tell us that we must become children and fools? How often does He condemn human reason? Likewise, tell me what kind of reason the little children had whom Christ embraced and blessed and to whom He gave heaven? Were they without reason? Why, then, does He command them to be brought to Him and bless them? Where did they get the faith, which makes them children of the kingdom of heaven? Yes, because they are child-like and without reason and foolish, they are better adapted for faith than adults and the wise, for whom reason is always in the way, and refuses to push its big head through the narrow door.

  • September 27, 2021

    Day by Day with Martin Luther

    Read: Isaiah 51:1-53:12 Ephesians 5:1-33 Proverbs 24:7

    “Why is Christ Punished”

    “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way;
    and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
    [Isaiah 53:6]

    These words must not be diluted, but must be left in their precise and serious sense. For God is not joking in the words of the prophet; He is speaking out of great love, namely, that this Lamb of God, Christ, should bear the iniquity of us all. But what does it mean to “bear?” Why is Christ punished? Is it not because He has become sin for us? Psalm 40:12 says: “For evils have encompassed me beyond number; my iniquities have overtaken me, and I cannot see; they are more than the hairs of my head; my heart fails me.” In this Psalm and also in Psalms 41:4 / 69:5, the Holy Spirit is speaking of the Person of Christ, and is speaking of Christ becoming sin for us. Therefore, Paul correctly applies to Christ the general Law from Moses: “cursed be everyone who hangs upon a tree.” Christ hung upon a tree; therefore Christ is a curse of God. And this is our highest comfort, to clothe and wrap Christ this way in my sins, your sins, and the sins of the entire world, and in this way to behold Him bearing all our sins.