The Saint’s Fortification ~ Part 3

July 30, 2013 at 11:35 pm (Remodeling the Mind) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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***Taken from The Christian in Complete Armor by William Gurnall.***

3. Avoid Entrapment

Be sure also, Child of God, to keep to the plains. That is, do not let Satan lure you into doctrinal traps where you can neither fight nor flee. One of his tactics is to lead you through a maze of impertinent questions intended to retard your progress toward heaven. Sometimes he asks a soul which it embraces? – free will or predestination? And whichever answer it gives, he confounds it with his crafty reply. Another time, he will demand to know the exact day and hour of your salvation, and if you cannot answer, he will challenge your right to claim kinship to Christ.

When Satan badgers you with trivial inquiries, do not try to reason with him. Answer him with your present position in Christ and His sure work of grace in your soul. Never forget that the simple truth of the Word reduces all the intricacies of Satan to a worthless heap of lies.

Now suppose you escape the trap of pointless questions; what will you do when Satan leads your trust down a trail of obscure scriptures? I am talking about those difficult passages which rush past the understanding as a mountain stream past the eye, until dizzy and disoriented, one drops in despair of their own condition. The wine of the gospel is heady stuff! Too much study in difficult places can confuse your soul and weaken your trust. Once again, keep to the plains. Combat Satan’s attack with simple scriptures – those most likely to nourish your trust and cheer your spirit. When you meet such straightforward scriptures as speak to your own walk, use them to ford the flood of temptation, and do not venture beyond your depth.

Satan will try to draw you off your steadfast course to heaven in still another way – by the presence of circumstances you cannot understand. With them, Satan argues against God’s steadfast love, and for your soul. First (by God’s permission) he pillaged Job’s earthly possessions, and then fell to work on his spiritual estate. He used every circumstance and everybody at his disposal. He had Job’s wife blame God; he had Job’s friends condemn the man himself. Satan convinced them all – except Job – that an afflicted condition and state of grace could not live together in the same house.

Here’s a timely warning when you find your soul adrift in a heavy fog of tribulation: neither accuse God foolishly of your enemies mischief, nor charge yourself with belonging to the enemy. God can chart a straight course in the worst storm. He can be righteous when He uses wicked instruments, and gracious when He dispenses harsh providences. Do not over-react to changes in your temporal estate. Christ told us to expect some rough sailing before we reach heaven’s shore.

Your perspective should be very different from that of the unregenerate. Like naive children, they think everyone loves them who gives them plums (or candy now). They do not realize that prosperity can be a curse to bind them in a deeper sleep of false security. Remember how Jael served Sisera (Judges 5:25-26). She gave him milk though he asked for water, that she might more surely nail him to the ground – milk having the property, it is said, to incline sleep. But the Child of God in an afflicted state has a key to decipher God’s providence. The Spirit, through the Word, teaches you to read the shorthand of His dispensations: every son whom He loves, He corrects. Behind the travail of every affliction is a blessing waiting to be born.

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Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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4 Comments

  1. Toni Sprandel said,

    Love the point that our perspective should be different from the unregenerate. Too many times that is not the case. Great post Lisa!

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    • buttrflygrl14 said,

      Yes…that line caught my inner-eye too! Love the way this 1600’s man thought! Wow! Not sure why the 1600- the end of the 1800’s men and women of God seemed to have insight that seems to be so rare now. I treasure these voices from “the past” though they be eternal! Blessings Toni…and much love!

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  2. linda herz said,

    this is very very wise, just plain good Yeshua. thx lisalu

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