Faith Changes People

by Mike Ratliff

Christianity is unique among all the other religions. It it the only one in which believers are justified by faith rather than by works. This faith is not simply a belief system. It is not anything that can be generated by the believers either. It is a supernatural gift by God to those whom He saves. This supernatural faith changes people dramatically and eternally. This devotion by Martin Luther gives us a wonderful insight into this miracle of salvation.

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Crucifixion and Ressurection


I marvel that thou shouldst become incarnate,

    be crucified, dead, and buried.

The sepulcher calls forth my adoring wonder,

    for it is empty and thou are risen;

    the four-fold gospel attests it,

    the living witnesses prove it,

    my heart’s experience knows it.

Give me to die with thee that I may rise to new life,

    for I wish to be as dead and buried

        to sin, to selfishness, to the world;

    that I might not hear the voice of the charmer,

        and might be delivered from his lusts.

O Lord, there is much ill about me – crucify it,

            much flesh within me – mortify it.

Purge me from selfishness, the fear of man, the love of approbation,

            the shame of being thought old-fashioined,

            the desire to be cultivated or modern.

Let me reckon my old life dead because of crucifixion,

    and never feed it as a living thing.

Grant me to stand with my dying Saviour,

        to be content to be rejected,

        to be willing to take up unpopular truths,

            and to hold fast despised teachings until death.

Help me to be resolute and Christ-contained.

Never let me wander from the path of obedience to thy will.

Strengthen me for the battles ahead.

Give me courage for all the trials, and grace for all the joys.

Help me to be a holy, happy person,

    free from every wrong desire,

            from everything contrary to thy mind.

Grant me more and more of the resurrection life:

    may it rule me,

    may I walk in its power, and be strengthened through its influence.

From The Valley of Vision – A collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions

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