Crumbs
August 4, 2020
356. Week of Twenty Third Sunday after Trinity - Friday
Those who are blessed by Him shall inherit the earth
          Those who are blessed by Him shall inherit the earth; and those that are cursed by Him shall be cut off.   Psalms 37:22
          In the Lord's kingdom, which extends over all, there are those who are blessed by Him, and those who are cursed by Him. Those that are blessed by Him are those whom from eternity impelled solely by His grace, for Christ's sake, the Lord has chosen and predestinated with the purpose of blessing them, and whom in time He made partakers, through faith, of this blessing through His Word and the Holy Spirit, so that now they live and walk according to His Word as His blessed children, and wait for eternal life. All this is solely the grace of God and in no respect whatever to be attributed to any work, doing, conduct, or merit of God's blessed children themselves. Those who are cursed by the Lord are those whom the Lord from eternity, impelled by His grace for Christ's sake, most earnestly desired to bless, and whom in time He sought to make partakers, through faith, of this blessing through His Word and the Holy Spirit, but who would not have this blessing, and would not have Him, so that now they live and walk according to their own imaginations and lusts as those cursed by the Lord, and dash headlong into their own destruction. And all this is entirely their fault and in no respect whatever the Lord's will or doing; nor is it because the Lord had neglected them in any way. Now, those who are blessed by Him shall inherit the earth. The earth on which they live is theirs by the will of God; it belongs to them. And when that saying shall be revealed: "I saw a new heaven and a new earth," then it shall also be revealed that the earth is theirs and belongs to them alone. But those that are cursed by Him shall be cut off. God permits them to live on earth a while yet, and is long-suffering with them. But he that continues in his evil mind shall at last be cut off, he shall not see the new heaven and the new earth; he shall be damned.
          PRAYER: - My God, I give thanks to You that You have made me, the unworthy sinner, partaker in faith of Your blessing through Your pure grace for Christ's sake, and have thus given me the sure hope of eternal life. I pray You with all my heart to keep me in the true faith and to let me remain blessed forever. Amen.

Third Part : The Christian's Life and Death
August 4, 2020