Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 12, 2014

Reformed Doctrine shows “the way in which you should go”.

Today’s devotion comes from Deuteronomy 1:19-33.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?st=4&utm_expid=13466113-11.e_eljl4ZQueab2zC5ghezw.4&search=Deuteronomy+1&version=NASB&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.biblegateway.com%2Fversions%2FNew-American-Standard-Bible-NASB%2F

I quote only the following verses.

“Then I said to you, ‘Do not be shocked, nor fear them.  The Lord your God who goes before you will Himself fight on your behalf, just as He did for you in Egypt before your eyes, and in the wilderness where you saw how the Lord your God carried you, just as a man carries his son, in all the way which you have walked until you came to this place.’  But for all this, you did not trust the Lord your God, who goes before you on your way, to seek out a place for you to encamp, in fire by night and cloud by day, to show you the way in which you should go.”  Deuteronomy 1:29-33.

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“8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go;
I will counsel you with My eye upon you.
9 Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding,
Whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check,
Otherwise they will not come near to you.
10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked,
But he who trusts in the Lord, lovingkindness shall surround him.
11 Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous ones;
And shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart.”  Psalm 32:8-11.

Reformed Doctrine shows “the way in which you should go”.  It is a path all of God’s doing.  It is a path of God’s work in us.  It is a path of God’s preservation of us.  It is a path of God bringing us to glory.  It is a path of trust only in God.

Other doctrine shows us their way.  Their path is a path of man’s doing whether it be man’s works or man’s faith.  It is a path of trust in man’s free-will.  It is a path of man’s wisdom.  It is a path of man’s perseverance.

Reformed Doctrine’s path starts us out with being chosen to walk the path by God’s “Unconditional Election” and then brings us to the cross of God’s “Limited Atonement” to receive all the saving gifts purchased for us by Christ’s death for us and then blows the wind of God’s “Irresistible Grace” on our backs to propel us onward and then sends us through the protecting tunnel of God’s “Preservation of the Saints” to bring us home to glory.

Article 8.   For this was the sovereign counsel, and most gracious will and purpose of God the Father, that the quickening and saving efficacy of the most precious death of his Son should extend to all the elect, for bestowing upon them alone the gift of justifying faith, thereby to bring them infallibly to salvation:  that is, it was the will of God, that Christ by the blood of the cross, whereby he confirmed the new covenant, should effectually redeem out of every people, tribe, nation, and language, all those, and those only, who were from eternity chosen to salvation, and given to him by the Father;  that he should confer upon them faith, which together with all the other saving gifts of the Holy Spirit, he purchased for them by his death;  should purge them from all sin, both original and actual, whether committed before or after believing;  and having faithfully preserved them even to the end, should at last bring them free from every spot and blemish to the enjoyment of glory in his own presence forever.  Canons of Dordt SECOND HEAD OF DOCTRINE  Of the Death of Christ, and the Redemption of Men Thereby.     

But, there are many who don’t want anything to do with this one and only path of salvation.  They trust themselves and want their own credit and glory.

“Enter through the narrow gate;  for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.  For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”  Matthew 7:13-14.

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