Devotional: October 6th
Whosoever is born of God, doth not commit sin. 1 John 3:9. For this is the love of God, that ye keep his commandments. 1 John 5:3. But how can that be possible, are we not weak men? Answer. Would God require it from us if it was impossible? Is it not farther said, And his commandments are not grievous. Now if they are grievous to you, you are not born anew, consequently not in faith, and therefore not strong in the Lord. Ephesians 6:10. For whatsoever is born of God, overcomes the world, and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. 1 John 5:3-4.
Therefore, pray earnestly to God, for faith, read diligently the word of God, avoid every sin, and shun the occasion of it, and all that may be a hindrance of what is good. If you meet with difficulties, faint not, but be instant; and pray not only mornings and evenings out of your prayer book, but fall down also upon your knees at other times of the day, and pray with your own words, from the heart. And though you should not find directly the desired effect, you must not give over, but go on, and try again and again. By this method you will succeed, and by none else; this is carefully to be observed.
O Lord! having prayed for nothing more than for faith, all the days of my life, I trust thou wilt not only grant, but keep it also to the end, and carry me through all difficulties. Amen.
Till thou anew my soul create,
Still may I strive, and watch, and pray,
Humbly and confidently wait,
And long to see thy perfect day.
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