Today's Puritan Audio Devotional:
"A new existence!"
J. C. Ryle, on the new birth
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"The Breaker has gone up before them. He will bring you through the gates of your cities of captivity, back to your own land. Your King will lead you; the Lord Himself will guide you!" Micah 2:13
Inasmuch as Jesus has gone before us, things do not remain as they would have been, had He never passed that way. He has conquered every foe which has obstructed the way. Cheer up O faint-hearted warrior. Not only has Christ traveled the road--but He has slain your enemies upon life's road!
Do you dread sin? He has nailed it to His cross!
Do you fear death? He has been the death of death!
Are you afraid of hell? He has barred the gates of hell from being entered by any of His children; they shall never see the gulf of perdition!
Whatever foes may be before the Christian--they are all overcome!
There are lions--but their teeth are broken!
There are serpents--but their fangs are extracted!
There are rivers--but they are bridged or fordable!
There are flames--but we wear that matchless garment which renders us invulnerable to fire!
The Breaker, Christ--has taken away all the power that anything can have to hurt us. Well then, you may go safely and joyously along your journey, for all your enemies are conquered beforehand! What shall you do--but march on to take the prey? They are beaten, they are vanquished; all you have to do is to divide the spoil. You shall, it is true, often engage in combat; but your fight shall be with a vanquished foe! His head is broken! He may attempt to injure you--but his strength shall not be sufficient for his malicious design. Your victory shall be sure--and your treasure shall be beyond all count!
"Proclaim aloud the Savior's fame, Who bears the Breaker's wondrous name; Sweet name; and it befits Him well, Who breaks down earth, sin, death, and hell!"
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