Welcome everyone to Classic Friday; the first of the New Year 2009. Today’s writing is from William Gurnall, and is from The Christian In Complete Armour. Enjoy the reading and be blessed.
“The Source Of The Saint’s Strength
The strength of an earthly general lies in his troops–he flies upon their wings. If their feathers get clipped or their necks broken, he is helpless. But in the army of saints, the strength of the whole host lies in the Lord of hosts. God can overcome His enemies without help from anyone, but His saints cannot so much as defend the smallest outpost without His strong arm.
One of God’s names is ‘the Strength of Israel’ (1 Samuel15:29). He was the strength of David’s heart. With Him, this shepherd boy could defy the giant who d efied a whole army; without God’s strength, David trembled at a word or two that dropped from the Philistine’s mouth. He wrote, ‘Blessed be the Lord my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight’ (Psalm144:1). The Lord is likewise your strength in your war against sin and Satan.
Some wonder whether a sin is ever committed without Satan having a part. But if the question were whether any holy action is performed without involving the special assistance of God, that is settled: ‘Without Me ye can do nothing’ (John 15:5). Paul put it this way: ‘Not that we are sufficient of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God’ (2 Corinthians 3:5). We saints have a reservoir of grace, yet it lies like water at the bottom of a well and will not ascend with all our pumping. First God must prime it with His awakening grace. The it will gush forth.
Paul says, ‘To will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not’ (Romans 7:18). Both the will to do and the action which follows are of God. ‘It is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure’ (Philippians 2:13). God is at the bottom of the ladder, and at the top also, the Author and Finisher, assisting the soul at every rung in its ascent to any holy action.”
January 06 reading THE CHRISTIAN IN COMPLETE ARMOR, Daily Readings in Spiritual Warfare, by William Gurnall.
My prayer is that these readings will be an inspiration, and encouragement to you in your Christian walk with God.
The following are the verses of Scripture used in the reading by William Gurnall:
“And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.” 1 Samuel 15:29 (KJV)
“Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight…” Psalms 144:1 (KJV)
“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5 (KJV)
“Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God…” 2 Corinthians 3:5 (KJV)
“For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.” Romans 7:18 (KJV)
“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13 (KJV)
God bless you all. Have a blessed and prosperous New Year in the Lord.
-Tim A. Blankenship