Every victor must first be a self-conqueror. But the method of Joshua’s victory was the uplifted arm of Moses on the mount. As Moses held up his hands, Joshua prevailed; as he lowered them, Amalek prevailed. It was to be a battle of faith and not of human strength. The banner that was to wave over the discomfited foe was Jehovah-nissi. This, too, is the secret of our spiritual triumph. If we are led of the Spirit we shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16). Sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace (Romans 6:14).Have we begun the battle and in the strength of Christ planted our feet on our own necks And thus victorious over the enemy in the citadel of the heart, have we been set at liberty for the battle of the Lord and the service of others It was this lack that hindered the life of Saul, and it has wrecked many a promising career. One enemy in the heart is stronger than ten thousand in the field. May the Lord lead us all into Joshua’s first triumph and show us the secret of self crucifixion through the greater Joshua, who alone can lead us on to holiness and victory! A.B.Simpson
“Do not be discouraged at your faults; bear with yourself in correcting them, as you would with your neighbor. Lay aside this ardor of mind, which exhausts your body, and leads you to commit errors. Accustom yourself gradually to carry prayer into all your daily occupations. Speak, move, work, in peace, as if you were in prayer, as indeed you ought to be.” – François Fénelon
As I was driving down the road today and noticed as I have so many times before how close some cars follow each other. When I learned to drive I was taught to give at least one car length of space for every 10 miles per hour that I was driving. That’s a save driving distance to give us time to react to the car in front of us should they have to stop suddenly. Shouldn’t we give our lives enough space to react to the temptation of sin and the devil? Don’t we sometimes speed down the fast highway of life not giving ourselves enough space from the temptations of sin failing to slow down and count our Blessings and be thankful for every thing that God has provided for us whether it be the material things, the Spiritual things or the friends and family that He has placed in our lives. If we would only try to “go placidly amid the noise and and haste and remember what peace there may be in silence”, and if we plan on having a family day on Sunday let it start in Church with our Church Family. Come to Church and give God a chance to Bless your week “and if you will look full in His Wonderful Face, then the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the Light of His Glory and Grace”
May God Bless!
The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. -James 3:17 The world, in the last few years, has reverted to a sort of barbarism. As practical Christianity has declined, rudeness and violence have increased. Neighbors quarrel with neighbors. Fighting is a major problem in our schools and the “gang wars” of the teenagers have come to present a serious menace in our cities. Fathers and mothers wrangle and bicker. Homes are disintegrating. High government officials in Washington engage in name-calling and in heated disputes not at all in keeping with the dignity of their office. Why and how has all this savagery crept into our social life It is because we have forgotten Jesus’ words, “Happy are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth.” I have seen tough, rough, hardened men open their hearts by faith, receive Christ as Savior, and become gentle, patient, merciful gentlemen. Billy Graham
For Paul every exercise of the Christian life was simply the grace of Jesus Christ imparted to him and lived out by him. To be holy meant to put on the Lord Jesus and all the robes of His perfect righteousness which Paul describes so often in his beautiful letters.Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, he says to the Colossians, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long suffering and above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfectness (Colossians 3:12). None of these things is regarded as an intrinsic quality in us. Rather, they are all imparted graces from the hand of Jesus. And even in the later years of life, and after the mature experience of a quarter of a century, we find Paul exclaiming, I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but refuse, that I may win Christ, and be found in him (Philippians 3:8-9).Lord, enable us today to go out, clothed in Thy robes of perfect rightness, and with our hearts in adjustment with Thy perfect love.
“A fault, once denied, is twice committed.” – Thomas Fuller
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