I have slain more dragons in my soul with that sword than any other I think. It is a precious weapon to me.
2. "He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?" (Romans 8:32).
How many times I have been persuaded in the hour of trial by this verse that the reward of disobedience could never be greater than "all things."
3. "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me . . . And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:18, 20).
How many times have I strengthened my sagging spirit with the assurance that the Lord of heaven and earth is just as much with me today as he was with the disciples on earth!
4. "Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you and you shall glorify me" (Psalm 50:15).
What makes this weapon so compelling is that God’s helping me is made the occasion of my glorifying him. Amazing arrangement. I get the help, he gets the glory!
5. "My God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19).
The context is financial and material. But the principle is total. What we really need (not just want) will be granted. And what is need? Need is what we must have to do God’s will. What we must have to magnify our Savior. That is what we will be given as we trust him.
Be constantly adding to your arsenal of promises. But never lose sight of the chosen few that God has blessed in your life. Do both. Be ever-ready with the old. And every morning look for a new one to take with you through the day.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Proven Weapons in the Fight for Holiness
Everything the world has to offer is based on a lie, leading to death and destruction. When we are confronted with temptation, it is important to remember that God has given us a vast arsenal of weapons with which we may defend ourselves. John Piper reminds us of a few: