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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Words of Encouragement


Excerpt from Liveprayer.com's Daily Devotional--


Several months ago a dear friend sent me an excerpt from the writings of
that great preacher and theologian from the 1800's Charles Spurgeon. As
God's timing is always perfect, it came at a moment when I needed some
encouragement. The weight of the work was extremely heavy and the flesh
weary that day. I sat at my desk and read Spurgeon's' words and tears
literally ran down my cheeks as I was read about my life, my battles, my
challenges in his poignant words. I have printed out that passage he wrote
and keep it with me. I refer to it often since it so perfectly sums up my
life. It also perfectly sums up the life of any follower of Christ who is
sold out to serve the Lord until their dying breath.

I want to share those powerful words with you today. I pray that they will
inspire and encourage you as much as they have me so many days. They really
sum up what this journey is all about. There is perhaps no greater challenge
we have as followers of Christ than to remain true to the faith. So many
over the years have been like Demas who we read about in the Book of Acts.
Demas was a man serving God, but decided to turn back to the world. In those
moments of temptation I often think back to the words of Peter. When asked
by Jesus if he would turn away from the Lord Peter boldly responded in John
6:68, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life!" That
is why the child of God presses on, remains true to the faith. To whom shall
we go?

Spurgeon writes
: "Perseverance is the badge of true saints. The Christian
life is not a beginning only in the ways of God, but also a continuance in
the same as long as life lasts. It is with a Christian as it was with the
great Napoleon: he said, "Conquest has made me what I am, and conquest must
maintain me." So, under God, dear brother in the Lord, conquest has made you
what you are, and conquest must sustain you. Your motto must be,
"Excelsior." He only is a true conqueror, and shall be crowned at the last,
who continueth till war's trumpet is blown no more. Perseverance is,
therefore, the target of all our spiritual enemies. The world does not
object to your being a Christian for a time, if she can but tempt you to
cease your pilgrimage, and settle down to buy and sell with her in Vanity
Fair. The flesh will seek to ensnare you, and to prevent your pressing on to
glory. "It is weary work being a pilgrim; come, give it up. Am I always to
be mortified? Am I never to be indulged? Give me at least a furlough from
this constant warfare." Satan will make many a fierce attack on your
perseverance; it will be the mark for all his arrows. He will strive to
hinder you in service: he will insinuate that you are doing no good; and
that you want rest. He will endeavour to make you weary of suffering, he
will whisper, "Curse God, and die." Or he will attack your steadfastness:
"What is the good of being so zealous? Be quiet like the rest; sleep as do
others, and let your lamp go out as the other virgins do." Or he will assail
your doctrinal sentiments: "Why do you hold to these denominational creeds?
Sensible men are getting more liberal; they are removing the old landmarks:
fall in with the times." Wear your shield, Christian, therefore, close upon
your armour, and cry mightily unto God, that by His Spirit you may endure to
the end."

AMEN...AMEN....AND AMEN!!!

2 comments:

CurtissAnn said...

So true-- perseverance is all. I am struck with the thought: I must persevere to learn to remember perseverance when trials overwhelm. Thanks so much, Robin.

Robin Bayne said...

Thanks for stopping by again : )